Faculty & Director to Attend iConference in Wuhan

Drs. Zeng and Zhang Are Alums of Wuhan University

The iSchool at Kent State University will be represented at the iConference at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, from March 22 to 25, by Drs. Marcia Lei Zeng and Marianne Martens, along with School director Dr. Kendra Albright. A poster co-created by SLIS Professor Dr. Yin Zhang will be presented by Jiming Hu of Wuhan University.

Note: Drs. Zeng and Zhang received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Wuhan School of Library and Information Science.


  • Discovering and Visualizing the Structure and Patterns of the Global Phenomena of Big Data Research Collaborations

Yin Zhang, Kent State University, United States of America; Jiming Hu, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Note: Dr. Zhang will not be attending iConference; the poster will be presented by Jiming Hu.
Juried Poster Session 1 of 2 - Time: 23/Mar/2017: 5:00pm-6:30pm · Location: Westin Grand Ballroom/Big Conference Hall

The purpose of this poster is to reveal and visualize the structure and patterns of collaborations in Big Data research through applying various social network analysis and geographical visualization methods and tools. Results show that Big Data research tends to be collaborative, and there is a global network in research collaborations. Leading countries and major collaborative networks in Big Data research are identified and illustrated. The visualizations show nations advanced in Big Data research are centralized in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, but the overall distribution is unbalanced.

  • Building Learning Modules around the Competency Index for Linked Data

Marcia Lei Zeng, Sam Oh, Jian Qin, Michael Crandall, Baker Thomas, Wei Fan
SIE #6: Building Learning Modules around the Competency Index for Linked Data - Time: 24/Mar/2017: 10:30am-12:00pm · Location: Wuchang Hall

The Linked Data for Professional Education (LD4PE) project has developed a Competency Index for Linked Data that allows the construction of learning trajectories for Linked Data education. The Competency Index defines a set of assertions (within 30 groups under six categories) of the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind required for professional practice in the area of Linked Data. Educational resources have been collected and indexed with the competencies; all are free for use (available at: http://explore.dublincore.net/). How can instructors, trainers, and learners use the competencies to build the learning outcomes in their curricula or course syllabi? How could they share and reuse the developed curricula and the instructional resources in teaching? This session aims to bring together educators and learners in an interactive venue for using the LD4PE tools to develop learning modules for their future audiences around the competencies. The outcome will be available to the broader community through the LD4PE website.

  • “Ray of Sunshine Happiness Gun” and other apps in pursuit of social justice: Teens’ designs from Philadelphia

Ann Peterson-Kemp, University of Illinois, United States of America; Karen Fisher, University of Washington, United States of America; Marianne Martens, Kent State University, United States of America; Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia, Canada
Preliminary Papers 8: Cultural Heritage/Social Informatics - Time: 24/Mar/2017: 3:30pm-5:00pm · Location: Changjiang Hall

Young people everywhere are marginalized due to intersecting forces: poverty, racism, bigotry, and even language ability. Such marginalization limits opportunities for education, personal development, economic stability, and the ability to engage in civic affairs. Libraries can help, but are underutilized by teens on the fringes of society. Traditional methods, such as surveys and focus groups, can fall short as tools for understanding holistically the needs of teens and providing useful service. An interactive “Teen Design Day,” held with the Free Library of Philadelphia (PA, USA), convened researchers with youth to discuss technology, community, and social justice in teens’ lives, and to create designs for promoting social justice. A Raspberry Pi training session provided teens an inexpensive and user-friendly way for teens to consider how they can create technology. Teens’ designs showed an array of creative apps and services for promoting social justice that reflect deep sensitivity of community and care for others.

  • Early Career Colloquium, Part 1

Chairs: Marcia Zeng, Kent State University; Kathy Burnett, Florida State University; Antonio Soares, University of Porto
Time: 25/Mar/2017: 8:30am - 10:00am - Location: Changjiang Hall

The iConference Early Career Colloquium is an opportunity for pre-tenure faculty and post-doctoral researchers to engage with senior faculty mentors in large and small group conversation on topics related to early career success, developing a research program, and successfully navigating the tenure process.

  • Early Career Colloquium, Part 2

Chair: Marcia Zeng, Kent State University
Time: Saturday, 25/Mar/2017: 10:30am – noon - Location: Changjiang Hall

Continuation of Early Career Colloquium, Part 1.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 11:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM