Workshop on ICT for Sustainability at the iConference 2015

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This workshop aims at establishing a community and potential research collaborations within the iSchools network and beyond to link efforts around ICT for sustainability. ICT can be a threat but also an enabler for environmental and social sustainability, in the form of systems that support the protection of natural resources, that foster communities and participation. Supporting systems build on many intellectual traditions within the information field (such as requirements engineering, software quality, life cycle analysis, value-based design, sustainable HCI). As information scholars, we have a responsibility to work on the survival and thriving of all life on this planet, as well as to think about related issues of long-term perspectives. Sustainability is thus a critical value for ICT researchers to embrace and strive toward.

In the morning, selected contributions on ongoing research and position statements will be presented. In the afternoon, we will engage the participants in interactive breakout sessions. Breakout sessions will focus on future research potential, connecting the disciplines, and transfer into practice.

We solicit abstracts of 1-2 pages that:
– Provide in succinct form the information that you would convey in a seminar about your ongoing research work to a fellow academic visiting your department;
– Present the long-term directions and prospects of your research endeavors;
– Serve as a trigger for establishing new collaborations with like-minded colleagues.

Submission via Easychair
Submission deadline: *January 15, 2015* (submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
Further information can be found at

Topics include but are not limited to:
– ICT systems that support environmental sustainability
– ICT systems for changing user behaviour (feedback systems)
– Data analytics from user feedback systems and privacy issues
– Studying the usage of ICT from a perspective of social sciences w.r.t. sustainability
– Qualitative analysis of sustainable communities and how they use ICT
– Using ICT for analyzing attitudes towards sustainability
– Attitudes towards sustainable system design
– Greening ICT (Greening of IT)
– ICT systems for social sustainability
– Sustainable HCI
– Food security
– ICT systems for local resilience

Contributions will be peer-reviewed by at least 2 reviewers, and accepted based on originality and potential for discussion at the workshop. We would like to have a discussion at the workshop on a joint publication effort, most likely in a special issue of a journal.

The iConference is an annual gathering of a broad spectrum of scholars and researchers from around the world who share a common concern about critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference pushes the boundaries of information studies, explores core concepts and ideas, and creates new technological and conceptual configurations – all situated in interdisciplinary discourses. iConference participants do not need to be affiliated with an iSchool; all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome.

Birgit Penzenstadler, University of California, Irvine
Christoph Becker, University of Toronto
Eli Blevis, Indiana University Bloomington
Kenneth R. Fleischmann, University of Texas at Austin
Beth Karlin, University of California, Irvine
Lisa Nathan, University of British Columbia
Juliet Norton, University of California, Irvine
Ankita Raturi, University of California, Irvine
Debra Richardson, University of California, Irvine
Six Silberman, University of California, Irvine
Bill Tomlinson, University of California, Irvine