The ISIC conferences have a reputation for being an arena for discussing challenging work concerning people’s contextualised interactions with information of various kinds. Already the first conference 1996 in Tampere, Finland, constructed a platform for development within the field and a community for researchers. The ISIC conference series has contributed high quality papers, theoretical developments, and interesting empirical phenomena within the area of information seeking.
The history of the ISIC conferences has welcomed and promoted the interdisciplinary study of information research, taking influence from fields such as information science, information studies, library studies, communication studies, computer science, education, information management, information systems, management science, psychology, social psychology, sociology, and other disciplines. A common thread is the focus on contextualised information activities, expressed in different framings such as ‘information behaviour’, ‘information practice’, ‘information seeking’, ‘information experience’ and others.
ISIC 2020 intends to reflect and engage with the interdisciplinary character of information research and seeks to attract papers from all of these areas. ISIC is a conference for research papers exploring information as a rich site of study, going beyond a sole focus on technological aspects and exploring a wide variety of contexts. This legacy is borne out in the publication of the conference proceedings since the first conference in the series over 20 years ago.
First ISIC conference, Tampere, 1996: Information seeking in context. Proceedings of an international conference on Information Seeking in Context, Tampere, Finland 1996. London: Taylor Graham Publishing, 1997.
Second ISIC conference, Sheffield, 1998: Exploring the contexts of information behaviour. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Research in Information Needs, Seeking and Use in Different Contexts, Sheffield, 1998. [Note: the papers of the first and second conferences are reproduced with the kind permission of Peter Taylor of Taylor Graham Publishing.]
Third ISIC conference, Gothenburg, 2000: the proceedings were published in print as The New Review of Information Behaviour Research, Volumes 1 and 2.
Fourth ISIC conference, Lisbon, 2002: the proceedings were published in print as The New Review of Information Behaviour Research, Volumes 3 and 4.
Fifth ISIC conference, Dublin, 2004: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 10, Number 1 and Number 2.
Sixth ISIC conference, Sydney, 2006: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 11, Number 4 and Volume 12, Number 1.
Seventh ISIC conference, Vilnius, 2008: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 13, Number 4.
Eighth ISIC conference, Murcia, 2010: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 15, Number 4 and Volume 16, Number 1.
Ninth ISIC conference, Tokyo, 2012: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 17, Number 4 and Volume 18, Number 1.
Tenth ISIC conference, Leeds, 2014: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 19, Number 4 and Volume 20, Number 1.
Eleventh ISIC conference, Zadar, 2016: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 21, Number 4, and Volume 22, Number 1.
Twelfth ISIC conference, Krakow, 2018: the Proceedings were published in Information Research, Volume 23, Number 4, and Volume 24, Number 1.
The ISIC conference has thereby become a platform for a broad and open community to engage with the dynamism of the field through research presentations, discussions and workshops about the way people engage with information in myriad contexts. This very human focus is reflected not only in the publication of the papers emerging from each conference, but also in the opportunity that each conference provides as a site for open-ended conversations about information. We invite experienced researchers as well as newcomers to the field. We invite you to join us in stretching the boundaries and improving the strength and quality of research in a field that holds value for society-at-large.
The distribution of false and misleading information threatens social, community and economic development. Libraries and information services need to intensify activities to highlight these threats and show communities how to check information for veracity and reliability. We can also benefit from paying more attention to the application of information behaviour research to practice based settings to enhance decision making and problem solving. ISIC2020 particularly welcomes submissions focussed on these challenges and opportunities in addition to other themes.
Themes of this conference include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Theoretical conceptualisations of the cultural, social, cognitive, affective, and situational aspects of information needs, seeking, searching, use and sharing.
- Research approaches and methodologies employing and developing qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches.
- Specific contexts: e.g. in different sectors and organisations (health care, education, cultural heritage, libraries, business, industry, public services and government, emergency services and others); in everyday life, and in social networks, including social media, gaming or virtual worlds.
- Collaborative information practices: communities, boundary spanning and innovation practices.
- Information use and value: meanings of information and how information is used to help solve problems, aid or support decision-making.
- The role of information in building and enhancing the adaptive capacity of organisations: strategy and information absorption, transformation and integration.
- Cross-disciplinary contributions: integrating studies on information seeking and interactive retrieval; integrating information science and management science.
- Critical investigations of information activities in contemporary society and of ethical challenges.
- Research and actions related to the distribution of false and misleading information threatening social, community and economic development.
- Application of information behaviour research to practiced based settings to enhance decision making and problem solving.