Call For Posters at RDAP12 Issued

A Call for Posters at the 3rd Annual Research Data Access & Preservation Summit (RDAP12, New Orleans, LA, March 22-23) has recently been issued.  Here is a description of RDAP12, taken from its website:

The RDAP summit will explore the following topics: data management plans and policies; training data management practitioners; discovery of research data; data curation service models; sustainability of data management; and data citation.

RDAP will be highly participatory, providing ample opportunities for every attendee to get involved, e.g. “topic tables” at lunch, a “dine-around” dinner, a round of lightning talks, poster sessions, and demonstration sessions.”

RDAP12 will be held in cooperation with the ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

2nd ACM SIGHIT International Health Informatics Symposium (IHI 2012)

The 2nd Annual ACM IHI Symposium is where the application of computer science principles, information science principles, information technology, and communication technology to healthcare will be discussed.  The 2012 conference, opening next week, will feature tracks devoted to 9 broad subject areas:

  1. Information technologies for healthcare delivery and management
  2. Health data acquisition, management, and visualization 
  3. Healthcare knowledge management and decision support
  4. Healthcare modeling and simulation
  5. Data analytics, data mining, and machine learning
  6. Health information system engineering
  7. Health information systems
  8. Healthcare communication networks and environments
  9. Interactions with health information technologies
The keynote speaker is Professor Sophia Ananiadou, Director of the UK National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM), who will speak on “Biomedical Text Mining for Semantic Search and Knowledge Discovery”.

Healthcare informatics has blossomed into a large and very relevant subject in recent years; this conference will provide a good look at it.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

8th Annual Data Harmony Users Group

The 8th Annual Data Harmony Users Group Meeting (Albuquerque, NM, February 7-9) will help users get the most from the Data Harmony knowledge management platform.  The first day will be a training session on the 3 components of Data Harmony; the second and third days will present new features and case studies from users.

Users group meetings are specialized events and are good places to network with others interested in a subject and who have made a significant investment in a product, get training, interact with the developers, and keep updated with product advances.  This one is no exception.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Digital Book World Opens Next Week

The Digital Book World 2012 conference opens next week in New York.  It will feature a lineup of executives and other experts in digital publishing discussing all aspects of e-books.  Even the children’s market will be looked at; a co-located all-day conference, Children’s Publishing Goes Digital will be sponsored by the Publisher’s Launch Conference. on Monday, January 23.  A panel of CEOs discussing lessons learned in digital publishing will feature the following speakers:

  • David Nussbaum, Chairman and CEO, F+W Media
  • John Ingram, Chairman, Ingram Content Group
  • John Donatich, Director, Yale University Press
  • Dominique Raccah, CEO and Publisher, Sourcebooks
  • Ellen Archer, President, Hyperion
This is a great learning and networking opportunity for those interested in electronic publishing of books.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor


Personal Information Management Conference Preliminary Program Now Available

The preliminary program for the 2012 Personal Information Management conference (San Francisco, CA, February 23-24) is now available.

Mike Ashenfelder

The keynote speaker will be Mike Ashenfelder, from the Library of Congress; his topic is “The Library of Congress: Personal Digital Archive Advice for the General Public”.  Here is an extract from his biography:

Mike Ashenfelder joined the Library of Congress in 2002. Initially he worked for the Library’s Music Division, developing online presentations. In 2003 he began working for the Office of Strategic Initiatives, first on the Web Archiving team and then for the Communications team. He writes feature stories for about digital preservation leaders, institutions and developments of interest. He also produces public information videos and podcasts featuring interviews with digital preservation leaders. “

Bewster Kahle, Founder of the Internet Archive will also make a keynote presentation entitled “A Data Archiving Service”, and Cathy Marshall from Microsoft (last year’s opening keynote speaker) will return to speak on “Ownership, aggregation and re-use of Personal Data”.

If you are interested in the currently hot topic of personal information management, this is one conference you should definitely consider attending.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

February Conferences: Personal Information Management, Publishing, Search Engines, and More

Personal Information Management

Personal information management is a topic of growing interest, particularly in the current information environment, as the amount of information available in digital form continues to increase and the time to assimilate it is shrinking.  Two conferences on this subject will occur in February.

The Internet Archive has organized a second Personal Digital Archiving conference (PDA 2012) to be held at its headquarters in San Francisco on February 23-24.  The program features traditional presentations and panels as well as an ad hoc series of “lightning talks” to be arranged during the conference.  Last year’s conference was very successful (see the postings about it on this blog), and this year’s event promises more of the same.

A workshop on Personal Information Management (PIM) has been part of various industry meetings since 2005.  This year’s workshop will be the 5th PIM Workshop; the theme is “PIM in a Socially Networked World”.  It will be held in Seattle, WA on February 11-12 in conjunction with the CSCW Conference (see below) and will focus on current research in a number of related fields, such as human-computer interaction, database management, information retrieval, and artificial intelligence.


The 2012 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW, Seattle, WA, February 11-15) is the 15th in the series, and its program is larger than any previous conference.  It encompasses a wide range of subjects, such as social media, community efforts, human knowledge, privacy, software development, etc.  The opening keynote speaker will be Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  According to the conference website, over 500 attendees have already registered.


The iConference 2012 (Toronto, ON, February 7-10) will focus on critical information issues in contemporary society, such as social media, ethics, digital humanities, crowdsourcing, and digital culture.  In addition to 2 keynote addresses, there will be 53 presentations, 96 posters, workshops, and other events.  A series of “alternative events” is also scheduled, one of which will revisit the perennial question, “What is Information?”


O’Reilly’s annual Tools of Change (TOC) for Publishing conference, again predicted to be a major sellout event, will be in New York on February 13-15 (pre-conference workshops are on the 13th).  A detailed program is available on the conference website.  The keynote addresses and some of the sessions will be live streamed, allowing virtual attendance.

The Publishing Expo (billed by its organizers as “the UK’s Only Multi-Platform Show”) will be in London on February 28-29.  From its description it seems to be similar to TOC:

“In 2012 Publishing Expo will shape the future of publishing with over 100 leading industry suppliers and ground breaking education from publishing’s best, covering any content and any channel, in digital, print or mobile.”

An extensive program of seminars (which drew over 3,300 attendees last year) is offered concurrently with the main Expo, addressing such topics as “What sense do the old publishing job roles make any more?” and “What shape and size are likely to comprise the optimum for a publishing company in the next generation?”

Searching and Search Engines

The periodic Search Engine Strategies (SES) and Search Marketing Expo (SMX) events are both occurring this month.  SES London will be on February 20-24.  According to the SES website:

“The SES series operates under a variety of formats around the world, from large-scale multi-tracked conferences and exhibitions to more intimate forum style events and in-depth training courses drilling into the detail on specific topics…”

SES London is a large-scale conference with search engine optimization (SEO) a major topic.  For most of the program, there will be 3 simultaneous tracks from which to choose, many of which are at an introductory or basic level.  SES is also presenting a 1-day “Search & Social Media Accelerator Day” in San Diego, CA on February 9 at the Online Marketing Summit.  It has 3 tracks and appears to be a miniature version of one of the larger SES conferences.

 SMX is holding its SMX West event in San Jose, CA on February 28 – March 1.  It will feature a keynote discussion with Susan Wojciki, Sr. Vice President of Advertising at Google, and search experts Danny Sullivan and Chris Sherman from Search Engine Land.Wojciki is prominent in the search advertising field and manages Google’s advertising and measurement platforms including AdWords, AdSense and Google Analytics.  She has been with Google since 1999 and was one of its earliest employees.  (In fact, her house was Google’s first official “headquarters” after it moved from the campus of Stanford University.)  She was 16th on Forbes Magazine’s 2011 list of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

Although many of the subjects covered at SMX are similar to those at SES, SMX takes a more focused and cutting edge view of search marketing and allied subjects like SEO, primarily because the program is personally organized by Sullivan and Sherman, who make a special effort to recruit leading experts as speakers.  As is well known to readers of this blog, currency and technological advances are especially important in a highly competitive business such as search marketing.  SMX has events in major cities of the world throughout the year.

The 5th ACM Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2012) Conference will take place in Seattle, WA on February 8-12.  WSDM features presentations on research in search and data mining, as well as practical models and applications, algorithm design, economic analysis, and similar topics.  The opening keynote speaker is Hal Varian, Emeritus Professor in the School of Information Management & Systems at the University of California, Berkeley and Chief Economist at Google.  His topic is “Nowcasting the Macroeconomy with Search Engine Data”.  The endnote address will be by Hillary Mason, Chief Scientist at, who will speak on “The Secret Life of Social Links”.

Society Meetings

Here are some of the major society meetings scheduled in February:


SSP 2012 Librarian Focus Group Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) January 31 Washington, DC
AAP/PSP 2012 Annual Conference: Prospering With Digital: Making Investments Pay Association of American Publishers (AAP) Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) February 1-3 Washington, DC
2012 ACP Mid-Winter Meeting Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) February 3-4 Toronto, ON
ICSTI Annual Members’ Meeting and Workshop 2012 International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) February 3-5 Paris, France
VALA 2012 Conference VALA – Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. February 6-9 Melbourne, Australia
ALPSP Seminar: Digital Strategy Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) February 9 London, UK
54th NFAIS Annual Conference: Born of Disruption: An Emerging New Normal for the Information Landscape National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) February 26-28 Philadelphia, PA
ASA Annual Conference 2012: “The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Invent It” Association of Subscription Agents (ASA) February 27-28 London, UK

Other February conferences are listed on the ITI Conference Calendar.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Handheld Librarian VI

Back in July, I wrote about the Handheld Librarian V Conference.  Now, the 6th conference in the series has been organized.  Registration for Handheld Librarian VI is open.  (Note:  The main conference takes place on February 1.  Post-conference sessions will occur on February 2–see below.)

The morning keynote speaker will be Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, and the afternoon keynoter will be Stephen Abram, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Markets at Gale Cengage Learning.  The general theme of the conference is “Mobile Solutions for Libraries that Work”.

This year, two new post-conference featuring hands-on training are being offered (for an extra fee) on February 2.  The subjects are “Broad Mobile Development, including jQuery” and “Empowering your E-readers; teaching your readers to access content”.  They are each 2 hours long and will take place one after the other, so that it will be possible to attend both of them.

Anyone interested in mobile technologies in libraries is well advised to consider signing up for this conference.  The two keynote speakers are very highly regarded in the information industry.  The registration fee is nominal, so there is nothing not to like!

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Happy Holidays!

The conference scene is well into its annual holiday shutdown, and The Conference Circuit is following suit.  This posting (the 180th of the year) will be the last until 2012.

It is my pleasure to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a healthy and successful New Year!

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Slides from International UDC Conference Now Available

Slides and audio files from all 21 presentations at the International UDC Seminar 2011 “Classification and Ontology: Formal Approaches and Access to Knowledge” are now available on the conference website. In addition, complete proceedings can be purchased.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

IFLA Camp–A New “Unconference”

IFLACamp is the first ever “unconference” to be held in conjunction with an IFLA conference.  The 2012 IFLACamp will be structured as a satellite meeting just prior to the main conference in Helsinki, Finland on August 11-17.  It will meet in Hämeenlinna (about 100 km north of Helsinki) on August 9-10 and is being organized by IFLA’s New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG).  The theme will be “New Professionals Now”.  Proposals for topics are being solicited in video format and are due by the end of 2011.  Submissions will be available on NPSIG’s blog and comments and votes may be freely made.  Prospective attendees will welcome the news that there will be no registration fee.

I look forward to following this fascinating development and bringing you periodic updates.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor