i3 brings together academic and practitioner researchers interested in exploring the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change.

The conference provides a forum for exchange of research findings and an opportunity to identify key questions and issues for future research. It is relevant to those involved in researching, developing or delivering information and knowledge services in any sector as well as those concerned with the development of skills for a knowledge society.

Date and Location: 27-30 June 2017.  Aberdeen Business School Building, Robert Gordon University

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i3 aims to bring together academic and practitioner researchers with an interest in:

  • the quality and effectiveness of user/information interactions (e.g. information literacies);
  • patterns of information behaviour in different contexts (e.g. creativity, ethics, surveillance, ownership, information recycling/reuse);
  • the social, cultural and economic impacts of engagement with information, including the assessment of value and impact;
  • the   value   of   information   and   knowledge   as   agents  of   change in organisations and communities.

The conference focuses on the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change. i3 will look beyond the issues of use and accessibility of technology to questions about the way people interact with the information and knowledge content of today's systems and services, and how this might ultimately affect the impact of that information on individuals, organisations and communities. Research questions may include, but are not restricted to the following:

  • How much do we know about the impact of information behaviours and capabilities on the quality and effectiveness of learning, knowledge building and sharing, decision-making and problem solving, creativity, democracy? 
  • How do information behaviours and literacies contribute to the economic or social value of information assets or the intellectual capital of an organisation?
  • How do/can organisations and communities harness their information assets to meet challenges, solve problems, survive and thrive?
  • Is there a connection between information and inspiration?
  • How well do our models and pedagogies for information literacy relate to real-world information contexts in workplace, community, education or home environments? 
  • Are new information environments changing the way people seek and use information?
  • What are the methodological challenges of addressing such issues?

The growing research bases which inform our understanding of information behaviours, literacies and impacts have developed along their own distinctive lines. Yet all have a common interest in understanding the information user suggesting that there should be value in dialogue and collaboration across these lines of research in order to more fully understand the complex nature of human/information interaction.  In encouraging that dialogue, i3 seeks to influence the development of research towards a fuller understanding of the role of information in a complex, fast-moving information society.


Conference fees for the i3 conference 2017:

Early Bird Rate- £395

Full rate- £445

Day rate (long day)-  £150

Day rate (shorter day)- £125

Student rate- £325?


Registration will open on the 20th of February 2017. 

Call for Papers

Call for Papers 2017

We invite the submission of high quality papers that report original research or critically discuss underlying methodological issues associated with the main themes of the conference. Papers may reflect ongoing or completed research studies and should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. We would particularly welcome papers which address two or more of the conference themes.

Important Deadlines

  • All abstracts should be submitted by Wednesday 25 January 2017.
  • Notification of acceptance will be emailed in mid March.
  • The final copy of full papers for the peer-reviewed journal will be around September 2017. Details to be confirmed.

Criteria for acceptance

Criteria for acceptance will be based on the following elements:

  • the relevance of the paper to the conference themes; the extent to which the paper demonstrates awareness of the current state of knowledge in the field (i.e. in relation to theory or practice);
  • the originality and significance of the arguments and results presented (i.e. based on new findings and addressing a new problem or focusing on a novel synthesis and in-depth discussion of existing research, which provides a new perspective);
  • the appropriateness, validity and robustness of the methodology chosen displaying awareness of limitations;
  • the contribution to knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding information interactions and impact;
  • the quality of the written abstract (e.g. organisation and clarity).

Submissions will be anonymously reviewed by two members of the International Programme Committee specialising in one or more of the conference research streams.

Type of submissions

Submissions are invited for full papers, short papers and round table discussions. The conference language will be English.

Full papers

Full papers will be allocated 40 minutes (35 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions). Presenters of full papers should submit an extended abstract of 1000 words (excluding the list of references). Authors who are accepted to give full papers at i3 are also invited to submit a full paper for consideration by the editorial board for a special of a peer reviewed journal in 2018.  Details to follow.

Short papers

Short papers will be allocated 15 minutes for presentation with opportunities for questions at the

end of each session. Presenters of short papers should submit an abstract of 300-500 words (excluding the list of references).

Round Table Discussions

Proposals are welcome from persons interested in chairing a round table discussion (of between 60 and 80 minutes) centred on the major conference themes. Chairpersons should submit an abstract of 300-500 words (excluding the list of references), explaining the background and goals of their discussion.

Preparing your paper

1.   The abstract should be prepared as .doc or .docx file.

2.   Full paper abstracts should be 1000 words (excluding the list of references), and short paper and round table discussion abstracts should be 300-500 words (excluding the list of references).

3.   Papers should be written using Calibri font, size 11; single spacing; justified alignment.

4.   Tables or figures must be numbered and have captions at the bottom.

5.   Referencing should be done using the Harvard referencing system.

How to submit a paper

Please download and save the Abstract Submission Form - (MS Word document)

Please attach your completed form to an email and send it to  i3submissions@rgu.ac.uk. Receipt of your abstract will be acknowledged by email.

Submit your paper by Wednesday 25 January 2017.


Keynote Speakers i3 2017

Elaine TomsProfessor Elaine Toms - University of Sheffield

Professor Tom's research lies at the intersection of human computer interaction, information retrieval and the representation and presentation of information. Her research includes improving search systems to support real-life work tasks (rather than bags of words), new approaches to evaluating search systems, understanding serendipity and how systems can deliver on serendipity and the relationship between human curiosity and browsing, her work has been funded by NSERC, SSHRC, OCLC, Heritage Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canada Research Chairs Program.  She was an investigator with three Canadian national research networks: a) TAPoR, the Text Analysis Portal for Research; b) NECTAR, the Network for Effective Collaboration Through Advanced Research; and c) National Centres of Excellence project, GRAND, which involves graphics, animation and new media

Professor Gobinda Chowdhury- University of Northumbria

Professor Chowdury joined Northumbria University in August 2013 after spending a few years as a Professor and Director of the Centre for Information & Knowledge Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He has worked as an academic and researcher in information science for over 25 years in different parts of the world including Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. For the past few years he also been actively involved in the iSchools network activities especially in the Asia-pacific region and is currently the European representative. 

Other Keynote Speakers to be confirmed