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Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) 2018 Conference


May 30, 2018 09:00 - June 1, 2018 12:15





Theme: Diversities on the data landscape: connecting information science with data studies

This year’s Congress theme, Gathering diversities | mâmawinitotân nanâtohk-ayisiyiniwak, honours the history of the Regina area as “a traditional place of gathering, evoked in Regina’s original name, Wascana, or oskana kâ-asastêki, where the bones are gathered, referring to the region’s heritage as rich buffalo hunting grounds for a multitude of Plains cultures.”

Inspired by the idea of “gathering diversities,” we considered the many impacts of data on people’s lives, on libraries, archives, other information organizations, and on the scholarly communication process. The creation and availability of data pose new opportunities as well as challenges for information science researchers and practitioners. The proliferation of data requires information science researchers and practitioners to critically investigate methodologies, approaches, theories, technologies, and pedagogies with data in mind. In keeping with the Congress theme, we conceive “data” broadly to include emerging or less predominant types of data, as well as more common forms. This year’s presenters took up our call, enabling us to offer a program featuring a fascinating and timely variety of concerns.