The Conference Circuit: Summer is Here…And So Are Traditional Summer Conferences

Yes, finally summer has arrived, and many of us winter-weary people will say, “Finally!”   That also means that the conferences usually held in the summer months are now approaching, as well as summer schools and other events especially aimed at information professionals working in academic environments.

ITI Calendar Updated with 2012 Conferences

Before proceeding with the usual monthly roundup of upcoming conference, it is important to note that the ITI Conference Calendar has been updated with many 2012 conferences.  Because many of these are well into the future, programs and specific conference websites are not yet available; many of these meetings are simply listed on an events calendar.  The Conference Calendar will be updated with more specific data as it becomes available.

Digital Libraries, Data Mining, and Electronic Publishing

The 4th DML Workshop, “Towards a Digital Mathematics Library”, will take place in Bertinoro, Italy on July 20-21 as part of the Conference on Intelligent Computer Mathematics (CICM). Its objectives are to “formulate the strategy and goals of a global mathematical digital library and to summarize the current successes and failures of ongoing technologies and related projects”.  Besides technical subjects, business models for such a library will be discussed.

Those interested in data mining might want to consider attending the IADIS European Conference on Data Mining 2011, July 24-26 in Rome.  Research topics and applications are of interest to the committee that is organizing the program.

At many conferences, social media are of intense interest, and the 5th Bloomsbury Conference on E-Publishing and E-Publications (June 30 – July 1, London) is no exception.  Its theme this year is “Social Media and the Academy: Enhancing and Enabling Scholarly Communication”, which, according to the conference website means how scholars use social media in the research process.  Scholars from a range of different disciplines will describe their ways of working and predict how social media will change the nature of scholarly communication.

Information Science and Libraries

The program for the 13th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) 2011 Conference (July 4-8, Durban, South Africa) has now been finalized.  The main focus of the conference is “current status and advancements of informetric and scientometric theory and applications, with emphasis on the progress of scientometrics and science in developing countries”; it features 30 sessions and over 100 presentations.  Some of the broad subject areas to be discussed are Science, Technology, and Innovation; Journal Analyses; Webometrics; and Mapping and Clustering.

In a more specialized area, the 3rd International Workshop on Advances in Music Information Research (AdMIRe 2011, July 11-15, Barcelona, Spain) will focus on semantic information related to music, such as the meanings of lyrics, or the background of the singer.  Signal processing techniques used in the past cannot capture this information, which has become of interest to many music consumers.

The 6th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP6, June 27-30, Manchester, UK) will consider various aspects of evidence-based practice, such as  reflection; outcomes, impact and value; and innovation, education and research.

Kieserman Consulting Group has organized the 2nd Library Management Institute Summer Conference (July 11-12, Glenside, PA), which will have 3 keynote addresses and 25 workshop sessions.  The keynote speakers are:

  • Michael Crumpton, Assistant Dean for Administrative Services for the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
  • Kathy Schalk-Greene, Director of the Mount Laurel (NJ) Library and New Jersey Library Association’s “Librarian of the Year” in 2005, and
  • Michael Germano, library faculty member at California State University, Los Angeles.

The significant problems of multimedia information retrieval, such as users’ inability to construct queries precise enough to retrieve the information they are looking for, or the difficulty in extracting relevant semantic features of the multimedia objects, are the focus of the 9th International Workshop on Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval, AMR’2011 (July 18-19, Barcelona, Spain).  Because artificial intelligence plays a significant role in solving these problems, the Workshop will be held in conjunction with the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2011).


The next CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication, focusing on open access (OAI7) will be in Geneva, Switzerland, June 22-24.  According to the conference website, “The workshop will follow the successful format of previous workshops mixing practical tutorials, presentations from cutting-edge projects and research, discussion groups, posters, and an intense social program to maximize interaction and communication… Previous workshops have built a strong community spirit and the event is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and contact details with the wide range of people connected to the OA movement.”

Yale University is conducting another in its series of publishing courses this summer.  Magazine and online publishing will be covered from July 10-15, and book publishing (both print and digital) will be July 24-29.  Both courses are on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT.  The organizers stress that these are courses, not conferences, and active participation by attendees is strongly encouraged.  Speakers at the courses are typically executives from a wide range of publishing companies.

Peer review continues to be a controversial topic, not about the necessity for it, but with its practical applications and methods.  The 3rd International Symposium on Peer Reviewing: ISPR 2011 (July 19-22, Orlando, FL) will continue the discussions from its predecessors.  It has a large program committee (63 members!) which will apply methods of peer review to the submitted candidate presentations and organize them into the main subject areas of the conference:  quality of peer review, weaknesses and possible solutions, ethics, and new models and systems.

Semantics and Ontologies

Here are several conferences on these very relevant topics:

Society Meetings

Summer is a time when many societies hold their conferences, and of course, the major one is the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Meeting, which is on June 23-28 in New Orleans, LA.  The President’s Program speaker will be Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization that operates Wikipedia and nine other free-knowledge wikis.  She will speak on “Wikipedia: Past, Present, and Future”.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) will meet in Beijing, China on July 24-28.  This meeting is a major event for those working in the information retrieval field, and the lengthy list of accepted papers shows this.

LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, will hold its 40th annual conference in Barcelona, Spain on June 29 – July 2; the conference theme will be “Getting Europe Ready for 2020: the Library’s Role in Research, Education and Society.”  The 5 invited speakers will speak on a diverse range of topics, including e-science, scholarly communication, and libraries as information spaces.

Here are some other society meetings of note:

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor


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