Panel: Significance and Relevance of Information Science in German-language Countries - A Panel Discussion devoted to the 65th Birthday of Wolf RauchOrganizer: Christian Schlögl, University of Graz, Austria
Abstract: 30 years ago, in his inaugural address on the occasion of the foundation of the Institute of Information Science at the University of Graz, Wolf Rauch talked about significance and research topics of information science (Rauch, 1988).
Two key statements, among others, were:
- Information science is at least as important as computer science (p. 6).
- In the U.S. and in England information science is a small but well estab¬lished discipline. This is in contrast to German-language countries, where it was much difficult for information science to gain ground (p. 14 f.).
In particular, the following questions will be discussed in more detail:
- How is the actual role of information science in German-language countries?
- What are possible reasons for the changed role of information science today? Did the research topics of information science considerably change in the last decades? Are there still research topics which can be primarily attributed to information science nowadays?
- What can information science in German-language countries do to increase its role in the future?
Ad hoc Panel: "Information and Learning" - research at the interface between information science and the learning sciencesOrganizer: Antje Michel, University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam, Germany
Abstract: What role does the form of information play in the way we learn? How relevant are the specific information-related behavioural patterns of different social groups or "knowledge cultures" to the didactic design of teaching and learning processes?
The goal of this panel is to encourage discourse and networking between scholars working at the hitherto neglected interface between information science and the learning sciences. This is the reason the event has been organised as an Ad hoc Panel. It means that there is as yet no definitive list of contributors. Scholars wishing to introduce and discuss their fields of interest in the form of a short presentation (approx. 15 min.) are invited to contact Antje Michel in advance (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is envisaged that these short talks will act as stimuli to the subsequent group discussion.
The individual lectures are intended to present approaches to the relevance of “Information” as the core category of information science and of research perspectives of information science within the context of teaching and learning processes.Potential fields of interest could include, but are not limited to:
- the role played by information search methods, processing and dissemination in learning and teaching processes
- didactic models and their use in the teaching of information literacy
- information behaviour patterns in different epistemic cultures and their relevance for teaching processes
- the role of information behaviour patterns in the development of (lifelong) learning skills
Panel: Examining Research IntegrityOrganizer: Michael Seadle, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Abstract: Research integrity issues fill the academic news, and include plagiarism, data falsification and image manipulation. Integrity violations are complex because of the gray zones between where bad practice ends and genuine malpractice begin. No real consensus exists about the boundaries, even though many people have strong opinions. The goal of this panel is to engage in a scholarly discussion about integrity issues using specific examples drawn from the book "Quantifying Research Integrity" (Morgan Claypool, forthcoming 2017).
Last modified: January 28th, 2017