CFP: SIGOPEN Mini-Tracks at AMCIS 2017

AIS SIGOPEN is proud to host it’s second AMCIS track on Openness and Research and Practice and invite you to submit your papers, panels, workshops, tutorials, and other proposals.

Track Chairs
Joe Feller, University College Cork, jfeller@afis.ucc.ie
Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha, mgermonprez@unomaha.edu
Matt Levy, San Francisco State University, mlevy@hpu.edu
Lorraine Morgan, National University of Ireland, Galway, lorraine.morgan@nuigalway.ie

Track Description
The track seeks research papers in all things related to “openness” and the sharing of information in organizations and society. Papers in this track will be those that share new ideas about theoretical and empirical research on the wide range of phenomena emerging at the intersection of Information Systems on the one hand, and various forms of legal, technological, organizational, and societal openness, on the other.

Relevant topics for papers include: New modes of knowledge creation embedded in open source and open content licensing, radical inclusivity of the crowd to share knowledge, effort and value, the tearing down of traditional organizational boundaries to enable new forms of innovation, or the reinvention of commons or open spaces to share information related to education, science, and democratic participation. Openness continues to be a disruptive and transformative force that demands the rigorous and considered investigation of the Information Systems community. This track provides a forum to further our understanding of these disruptive ideas.

Mini-Track 1: Breakthroughs in Openness in Science, Research, and Pedagogy

Openness has the potential to disrupt and transform academic work in many known and unknown ways. Open approaches to scholarship have taken many new forms, including open data sets, publishing, peer review, evaluation of scholarly research, and the all-encompassing idea of Open Science. However, what we do not know are the effects, positive or negative, of such ideas. For an academic field to advance, there must be a free and open exchange of ideas in order to foster ‘democratic discourse (Mingers and Walsham, 2010), and a ‘deliberative democracy’ which include the characteristics of openness, participation, truthfulness, and non-privilege (Apel, 2001; Habermas, 1996). This mini-track invites research papers, research-in-progress, and panel proposals on all topics related to openness in scientific discovery, the practice and evaluation of research and pedagogical practice. We are interested in the production, use, evaluation and impacts of openness in scholarship in its many forms – quantitative, qualitative, theoretical, literature review, case study, scientometric and other research approaches are welcome.

Lorraine Morgan, NUI Galway, lorraine.morgan@nuigalway.ie
Jim Love, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, james.love@ololcollege.edu
Michael Cuellar, Georgia Southern University, mcuellar@georgiasouthern.edu

Mini-Track 2: Breakthroughs in Openness in Organizations and Society

Contemporary discourse has fostered new forms of openness spanning the technological, legal, socio-cultural, and economic systems in modern organizations and across society. This includes advances in open source software, open source hardware, open content, open data, and open design, and even the ‘industrialization’ of the maker’s movement and how openness has shaped the funding of new innovation. These phenomena have crossed the boundaries of the specialist communities from which they emerged and have expanded into a wide number of communities and sub-cultures (makers, gamers, virtual world builders, social media prosumers, etc.). This mini-track invites conceptual and empirical research that will contribute to our understanding of openness in these contexts as it relates to the systems and technology that the individual, collaborative, and collective production and sharing of complex knowledge goods and creative works.

Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska Omaha, mgermonprez@unomaha.edu
Joe Feller, Cork University Business School, University College Cork, jfeller@ucc.ie

The AMCIS 2017 Conference is accepting the following types of submissions. Please click here for more information.

  • Completed Research, due 01-March-2017 1:00 PM EST (13:00)
  • Emergent Research Form (ERF), due 01-March-2017 1:00 PM EST (13:00)
  • Workshops and Tutorials, due 03-April-2017
  • Panels, due 03-April-2017
  • Technology Research, Education, and Opinion (TREO) Talk Sessions, due 25-April-2017
  • Professional Development Symposia (PDS), due 25-April-2017

POSTDOC / RESEARCH FELLOW POSITION, Lero (the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre), NUI Galway

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position at the level of Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Fellow, depending on candidate experience, in Software Project Management & Open/Inner Source with Lero at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  This position is available from January 2017 for an initial two years, with the possibility of extension for a further 2 years subject to successful project outcomes.

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SIGOPEN earned Outstanding SIG Award 2015

The Association for Information Systems announced SIGOPEN as one of 22 AIS Communities that earned the designation of Outstanding SIG, Chapter, or College for 2015.

This recognition program celebrates the exceptional work of AIS Communities. Outstanding Communities are awarded for their contributions toward supporting the mission of AIS through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems. Some of the criteria used to identify Outstanding Communities included holding events, tracks and workshops, publishing journals or articles, providing officer transition training, and more.

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Delft University of Technology launches MOOC about Open Government

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While governments all over the world aim to become more open and transparent, opening governments is a complex and challenging problem. How can governments become more open and transparent, while simultaneously dealing with various challenges, such as data sensitivity? How can open government data be made available to improve public policy making? Which technologies are available to make governments more open and to use open government data?

 

We at Delft University of Technology will be teaching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Open Government soon. The MOOC starts on March 14, 2016, and will run for 5 weeks. Enrolment for our MOOC is possible now via https://www.edx.org/course/open-government-delftx-og101x. This Open Government MOOC is aimed at university students, professionals, government officials, policy advisors and researchers,  but is open to anyone interested in Open Government. It will help participants grasp the key principles of open government, and answers questions like: ‘What are the best practices for opening governments? And how to give citizens access to governmental data to answer their questions?’ Most importantly, participants will apply the topics of the course to concrete cases.

 

What participants will learn:
*             Basic concepts related to Open Government and Open Government Data
*             How to analyze and discuss benefits, barriers and potential negative effects of a particular open government case and an open government data case
*             How to analyze public values and best practices related to open government
*             How to apply the open government principles in various situations
*             To understand potential negative and positive effects Open Government might bring to the workplace

 

This MOOC includes lectures by:
*             Prof. Marijn Janssen – Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Head of ICT section and professor in ICT and governance
*             Dr. Anneke Zuiderwijk – Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Researcher in Open Data and data infrastructures
*             Dr. Bastiaan van Loenen – Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Associate Professor in geo-information and land development
*             Dr. Tomasz Janowski, United Nations University, Portugal, head of United Nations University, Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance
*             Prof. Keith Jeffery, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, professor in Computer Science & Informatics
*             Dr. Amr Ali Eldin, Mansoura University, Egypt, senior lecturer in Computer Science and Information Technology

 

Please forward this call to anyone in your network who might be interested in Open Government. Thank you very much!

 

Kind regards, on behalf of our Open Government MOOC team,
Marijn Janssen and Anneke Zuiderwijk

CFP: 2016 AMCIS Mini-Track – IT, Making, and Sharing: The Contemporary Peer Production Landscape

Part of the IS and Open Research and Practice (SIGOPEN) track of the 2016 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) in San Diego, CA – August 11-13, 2016.

Mini-Track Chairs:

Mini-Track Description:

The interplay between technological, legal, socio-cultural, and economic systems has enabled the emergence and growth of a variety of peer production phenomena, including open source software, open source hardware, open content and open design. These phenomena have crossed the boundaries of the specialist communities from which they emerged and have expanded into a wide number of communities and sub-cultures (e.g. makers, gamers, virtual world builders, and social media prosumers). This mini-track invites conceptual and empirical research that will contribute to our understanding of how the IT enables the individual, collaborative, and collective production and sharing of complex knowledge goods and creative works.

This mini-track invites research papers, research-in-progress, and panel proposals on all topics related to the contemporary Peer Production Landscape. We are interested in work extending our understanding of the impact of open systems on the production and distribution of a wide variety of economic, cultural, and knowledge goods.

The potential list of topics for the mini-track includes, but is not limited to:

  • Open Source Software
  • Open Hardware
  • Open Design
  • Open Content
  • 3-D Printing
  • “Maker” and “Hacker” Cultures
  • Gamers and Virtual World builders
  • Augmented and Blended Realities
  • Collaborative Creativity

Important Dates:

  • January 4, 2016: Manuscript submissions for AMCIS 2016 open.
  • March 2, 2016: Deadline for paper submissions.

Instructions for Authors:

  • Completed research papers (< 5000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures)
  • Research-in-progress papers (< 3500 words, excluding references, tables, and figures)
  • All conference submissions will be double-blind, peer reviewed, and must be submitted using the online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/amcis2016. For complete instructions for authors and information about the conference, visit the AMCIS 2016 website at http://amcis2016.aisnet.org.

CFP: 2016 AMCIS Mini-Track – Open Scholarship and Learning

Part of the IS and Open Research and Practice (SIGOPEN) track of the 2016 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) in San Diego, CA – August 11-13, 2016.

Mini-Track Chairs:

  • J.P. Allen, University of San Francisco, USA, jpallen@usfca.edu
  • Lorraine Morgan, NUI Maynooth, IRELAND, Lorraine.Morgan@nuim.ie

Mini-Track Description:

Research papers, research-in-progress papers, and panel proposals are invited for the mini-track on “Open Scholarship and Learning”.

Openness has the potential to disrupt and transform academic work. Open approaches to scholarship have taken many new forms, including open data sets, open academic publishing, and open peer review. But have new forms of open scholarship lived up to their potential? In what ways have open approaches to scholarship transformed academic work (or not)? What are the most important research questions for open scholarship going forward? How can academic research be made more effective, innovative, and have a greater impact on the world through open approaches and technologies?

Where are the opportunities to improve education in Information Systems, Management, and other fields through increased openness? Early experiments with new approaches such as open educational resources, open courseware, and MOOCs may have hit an impasse. What kinds of new approaches to openness will be necessary to enable educational transformation that will make a positive difference in the world?

As we look at our own field of Information Systems, what is the current state of open education? What kinds of open examples, approaches, or initiatives have the potential to transform IS education? How can openness contribute to better educational outcomes in developing and developed economies?

This mini-track invites research papers, research-in-progress, and panel proposals on all topics related to open scholarship and open education. We are interested in the production, use, and impacts of open scholarship and education. Quantitative, qualitative, theoretical, literature review, case study, and other research approaches are welcome.

The potential list of topics for the mini-track includes, but is not limited to:

  • Open data sets
  • Open access publishing
  • Open peer review
  • Open educational resources
  • Open teaching and learning
  • Open courseware
  • MOOCs
  • Improving Information Systems education and/or scholarship through open approaches
  • The development, use, and/or impacts of open education
  • The development, use, and/or impacts of open scholarship

Important Dates:

  • January 4, 2016: Manuscript submissions for AMCIS 2016 open.
  • March 2, 2016: Deadline for paper submissions.

Instructions for Authors:

  • Completed research papers (< 5000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures)
  • Research-in-progress papers (< 3500 words, excluding references, tables, and figures)
  • All conference submissions will be double-blind, peer reviewed, and must be submitted using the online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/amcis2016. For complete instructions for authors and information about the conference, visit the AMCIS 2016 website at http://amcis2016.aisnet.org.

CFP: 2016 AMCIS Mini-Track – Social Media at the Crossroads of Social Impact, Response and Learning

Part of the IS and Open Research and Practice (SIGOPEN) track of the 2016 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) in San Diego, CA – August 11-13, 2016.

Mini-Track Chairs:

Mini-Track Description:

Social media is at the Crossroads of Social Impact, Response, and Learning. Its use and impact has emerged in many sectors including healthcare, emergency management and education. In healthcare, it emerged as a way of providing not only emotional support and information for patients but also information for healthcare professionals and providers. In emergency management, it provides a way for the active engagement of the public in times of need and also possibilities for first responders to improve their communication and services. In education, it is emerging as a way to connect learners, educators, and industry professionals in new interactive platforms.  Social media is considered here as any Internet-based platform that supports the communication, coordination, and collaboration between people in a transparent network. This includes different specialized and general technological platforms available to the public. It also includes organizational and inter-organizational private platforms for both general and specialized purposes.

This track welcomes empirical and theoretical submissions from all research traditions (positivist, interpretive, design science, critical realism) applying different methodologies.

The potential list of topics for the mini-track includes, but is not limited to:

  • Organizational adoption and use of social media in emergency management, education and healthcare.
  • Socio-technical approaches to adoption and use of social media in emergency management, education and healthcare.
  • Social media and citizen participation.
  • Theoretical premises for the study of social media
  • Methodological issues.
  • Social media and design in emergency management, education and healthcare.
  • Social media analytics in emergency management, education and healthcare.
  • Ethical, legal and social issues.

Important Dates:

  • January 4, 2016: Manuscript submissions for AMCIS 2016 open.
  • March 2, 2016: Deadline for paper submissions.

Instructions for Authors:

  • Completed research papers (< 5000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures)
  • Research-in-progress papers (< 3500 words, excluding references, tables, and figures)
  • All conference submissions will be double-blind, peer reviewed, and must be submitted using the online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/amcis2016. For complete instructions for authors and information about the conference, visit the AMCIS 2016 website at http://amcis2016.aisnet.org.

CFP: 2015 SIGOPEN Pre-ICIS Workshop

2015 SIGOPEN Pre-ICIS Workshop
13 December 2015, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Deadline for paper submissions: 30 September 2015 15 Oct 2015
Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions: 20 October 2015 31 Oct 2015
Workshop Fee: $50 (Includes two coffee breaks and boxed lunch)
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AIS SIGOPEN invites those working on research on the following broad topics to submit their extended abstracts to the 2015 SIGOPEN Pre-ICIS Workshop:

– The Peer Production of Knowledge Goods (e.g. open source software, hardware, content and design; the collaborative economy and the sharing society; etc.),
– Collective Intelligence, Action and Resources (e.g. open innovation; the wisdom/wealth/power of crowds; social media in extreme events; citizen science; volunteer computing; crowdsourcing/funding; etc.),
– Open Science and Education (e.g. open data/access; publishing and data management conflicts; open teaching and learning; micro-scholarship; open peer-review; etc.)

The workshop will include both formal quick (10 minute) presentations and small group work mentored by internationally respected researchers. We invite you to present your research-in-progress and/or ideas for paper development. The SIGOPEN workshop is amenable to new ideas, and is open to all interested scholars and professionals who are researching in the area of openness as broadly conceived above. The unique and collegial character of the workshop will help ensure constructive, helpful, and high-quality feedback. This is a great opportunity for you to mature your ideas, meet other researchers in related areas, and learn about emerging research in a relaxed and supportive setting.

The workshop will be held prior to ICIS 2015 on Sunday, 13 December 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. Papers will be presented, and then workshopped in small group discussions in a round-table format. Small groups will be formed around the themes of submissions. Participants will be expected to read and comment on other papers in their group. The goal is to help move
the work forward to publication in other venues.

We invite those interested in sharing and discussing their research-in-progress and/or ideas for paper development in the form of an extended abstract of four (4) to seven (7) single-spaced pages using the ICIS 2015 submission template. All text, figures, tables, and appendices must be included within the page limit. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count. Submissions can be made via the EasyChair online submission system:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sigopen2015

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2015 15 Oct 2015. Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection decisions by 20 October 2015 31 Oct 2015. As a paper development workshop there will not be printed proceedings; however the accepted extended abstracts will be made available on the workshop page at sigopen.org under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Further information will be posted to the workshop page at sigopen.org, registration details will be provided on the ICIS 2015 conference website.

Any questions regarding the workshop can be emailed to Matthew Levy: mattlevy [at] sfsu.edu or one of the other members of the workshop committee (Joseph Feller: jfeller [at] afis.ucc.ie, Matt Germonprez: mgermonprez [at] unomaha.edu, or Lorraine Morgan lorraine.morgan [at] nuigalway.ie).

We look forward to welcoming you in Fort Worth!

Matt Levy – San Francisco State University
Joseph Feller – University College Cork
Matt Germonprez – University of Nebraska-Omaha
Lorraine Morgan – School of Business, Maynooth University