Panel: Significance and Relevance of Information Science in German-language Countries - A Panel Discussion devoted to the 65th Birthday of Wolf Rauch

Organizer: 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:

While the first statement was probably a little bit provocative, the second one was based on a realistic assessment of the status of academic information science at that time. On the occasion of the 65th birthday of Wolf Rauch, the panel aims at performing a critical review of the actual situation of information science.
In particular, the following questions will be discussed in more detail:
  1. How is the actual role of information science in German-language countries?
  2. 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?
  3. 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 sciences

Organizer: 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 ( 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:

Panel: Examining Research Integrity

Organizer: 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).

ISI2017 is organized by: Berlin School of Library and Information Science,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
In Cooperation with: HI - University Association of Information Science DIPF - Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation

Last modified: January 28th, 2017