[Eurchap] Joint workshop with AoIR to use this mailing list

Thelwall, Mike (Dr) M.Thelwall at wlv.ac.uk
Mon Mar 29 11:55:51 EST 2004

Dear subscribers,
ASIS&T/EC will be holding joint workshops with the Association of Internet
Researchers at the AoIR conference this year. We would like to use this
email list to host discussions regarding one of the joint workshops (see
below). Please email me if you object to this use of the email list.
Pre-conference workshop
Association of Internet Researchers Conference
Brighton, U.K.
Sunday 19 September 9-12 noon

Provisional title: The web as a mirror of scientific and technical
achievements: issues in access and measurement

Sponsored by:
	The European Chapter of the American Society for Information Science
& Technology - ASIS&T/EC (www.asis.org/Chapters/europe/)
	The Communication and Information Technology section of the American
Sociological Association [to be confirmed]
	The European Union funded project WISER - Web Indicators for
Science, Technology & Innovation Research (www.webindicators.org)
	The academic journal Online Information Review [to be confirmed]
	The academic journal Cybermetrics

Scope and objectives

The web has changed the way in which many researchers conduct research,
communicate their findings and share data. In some research fields, such as
high-energy physics, online posting of preprints is standard practice. In
others, such as astronomy, the maintenance of large shared online data banks
is common, fundamentally changing the way in which scientists operate. Other
changes are less dramatic, but more universal, such as the widespread
creation of public home pages for individual researchers and research
groups.  There is a need for assessing the impact of the myriad web uses and
for the identification of the potential and actual impact of the web.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss quantitative and
qualitative approaches for studying academic web use. The themes of the
workshop will be:

	*	Scientific collaboration and communication on the Web: new
opportunities, new social organisation.
	*	Measuring science on the web: new techniques.
	*	Publishing research online: adaptation and innovation.
	*	Disciplinary differences in web use.
	*	Individual case studies.
	*	Large scale analyses.


	The structure of the workshop is different from the usual format.
The aim is to create a lively discussion about relevant topics rather than
to be based around a few speakers giving presentations. The following
procedure is therefore proposed. Those interested in participating should
submit to one of the organizers by April 30, 2004 an abstract (500 to 750
words maximum) of a position paper dealing with any aspect of the above
topics. Abstracts will be refereed. 
Authors of accepted contributions will be notified by May 15, 2004. They
will be invited to provide an expanded abstract or short paper (2500 words
maximum) and to make a firm commitment to their presence at the workshop by
June 20, 2004.
Expanded abstracts and short papers will be circulated among workshop
participants (and possibly posted on the ASIS&T/EC web site) with a view to
allow for an advance discussion that will take place on the ASIS&T/EC
At the workshop the discussion will be arranged around 3 main topics:
scientific collaboration and communication, measuring science on the web,
and publishing research online. For each one, participants will be invited
to very briefly summarize their positions before a general discussion takes
place. We anticipate that most participants will have the opportunity to
Participants wishing to distribute their position statements as handouts or
posters are welcome to do so. Summaries of the sessions will be published in
Cybermetrics and Online Information Review [to be confirmed].

Mike Thelwall (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Andrea Scharnhorst (Nerdi/NIWI, The Netherlands)
Irene Berkowitz (Temple University, USA)
Lennart Björneborn (Royal School of Library and Information Science,
Christine Hine (University of Surrey, UK)
Michael Nentwich (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Technology
Steve Schneider (SUNY Institute of Technology, USA)
Henry Small (Chief Scientist of Thomson ISI, USA)
Liwen Vaughan (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Michel J. Menou (ASIS&T international liaison officer)

Workshop Registration fees (to cover local arrangement costs)

	1 workshop for attendees of the AoIR conference = £20
	2 workshops for attendees of the AoIR conference = £30

	1 workshop only (without attendance at AoIR conference)  = £40
	2 workshops only (without attendance at AoIR conference) = £70

	Separate registration for AoIR conference

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