Information Science to Data Science: New Directions for iSchools Workshop

Information Science to Data Science is a half-day workshop on March 22nd at the 2017 iConference, hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department. The Information Science to Data Science Workshop is sponsored, in part, by the Metadata Research Center/CCI/Drexel.


The iSchools, an interdisciplinary community, has an unique opportunity to contribute to the field data science, given information science foundations and advances in information retrieval, knowledge organization, visualization, and other information and data-driven processes.

The “Information Science to Data Science: New Directions for iSchools” workshop at iConference 2017, Wuhan University, will provide a forum for cross-institutional dialog in the area of data science. Contributions welcome from iSchool leaders and faculty, graduate students, and industry partners engaged in and exploring the complementary relationship and convergence of information science and data science.

The workshop will include position papers and statements along with breakout group discussion. Workshop goals are to: 1) share iSchool developments in data science education and research, 2) articulate unique contributions and opportunities for iSchools in data science, and 3) lay a foundation for continued, international dialog among iSchools leading or seeking to pursue data science. 


Workshop participation is open to both presenters (people submitting position papers or statements), as well as general participants who seek to engage in this necessary discussion.


We seek position papers (roughly 2 pages) or statements (200-500 words). Papers and statements may address one of the following guiding questions.

  1. What are iSchools currently doing in the data science space?
  2. What unique contributions and opportunities are there for iSchools in data science education and research? 

  3. What hardware, software, applications, knowledge and skill, and other resources are required for iSchools to 
excel and lead in data science? 

  4. How can iSchools facilitate global collaboration in data science education and research? 

Submissions are not restricted to the posited questions, and may address other topics associated workshop’s themes and the relationship between information science and data science.


  • All submission will be peer reviewed by the workshop organizing committee and made accessible via the Metadata Research Center’s website at Drexel University, prior to the workshop. At least one author of accepted work is expected to register and participate in the workshop at Wuhan University. 

  • Submissions should follow the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) template: 

  • Presenters will have an opportunity to submit an extended version of work for a special monograph to be published as part of the iResearch Series, following the workshop. 

  • Workshop submissions should be sent to: 

  • Submissions due: February 5, 2017 

  • Review feedback shared by: February 20, 2017 

  • Final copies for workshop dissemination due: March 15 

Organizing Committee

Jane Greenberg, CCI, Drexel University (Co-chair); 
Xia Lin, CCI, Drexel University (Co-chair); 
Gobinda Chowdhury, Professor of Information Science, Chair, European iSchools, Department of Computer & Information Sciences, Northumbria University
; Sam Oh, Sungkyunkwan University: Library & Information Science and Data Science Department; 
Virginia Ortiz-Repiso, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Il-Yeol Song, CCI, Drexel University
; Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba: Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies; 
Qinghua Zhu, Nanjing University, China