2011 Conference Statistics

I listed 684 conferences held in 2011 (up from 653 in 2010) on the ITI Conference Calendar, and mentioned 241 of them in my 11 monthly columns.  As shown in the figure below, 2011 followed the usual pattern, with the busiest periods of the year in the spring and fall. The spring period, April through June, had 192 conferences, and the fall period, September through November, had 240.  Each of these periods accounts for approximately 1/3 of the yearly total.  And also as usual, dips were observed in the year-end months and in July.

Conferences were held in 209 different cities in 21 countries.  Here are the cities in which 5 or more conferences were held.

London, UK

53

Washington, DC

31

New York, NY

23

Philadelphia, PA

18

Chicago, IL

13

San Francisco, CA

11

Berlin, Germany

11

Beijing, China

9

San Juan, PR

8

London heads the list, as it usually does, followed by Washington and New York.  The reason San Juan, PR appears is that it was the location of the IFLA annual conference and its associated meetings.

On a country basis, the US had the most conferences, with 313.  Countries hosting 6 or more conferences are shown below.  Eight conferences were virtual—held online only.

USA

313

UK

71

Germany

35

China

27

Canada

23

France

17

Netherlands

15

Italy

12

India

12

Spain

11

Australia

11

South Africa

10

Greece

9

Austria

9

Switzerland

8

Czech Republic

7

Singapore

7

Denmark

6

Japan

6

The states where 7 or more conferences were held are shown below.

CA

35

DC

31

NY

26

PA

22

IL

14

WA

12

ON

10

FL

10

PR

8

NC

8

TX

8

AZ

8

VA

7

OH

7

Here are the organizers of 5 or more conferences in 2011.

Information Today, Inc.

26

IFLA

22

Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)

16

IEEE

15

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

14

WAN (World Association of Newspapers)-IFRA

12

Third Door Media

11

International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM)

8

Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)

7

Incisive Interactive Marketing LLC

6

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science (SILS)

6

National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)

6

Database and Expert Systems (DEXA) Society

6

American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)

6

Library Journal

5

O’Reilly Media

5

Academic Conferences Ltd

5

Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA)

5

These data are similar to those of 2010, showing that the information industry conference scene has remained healthy, despite the difficult economic conditions.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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