Diane H. Sonnenwald and Lauren Harrison
Chairs, 2016 Conference Committee

Welcome to the 2016 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The theme of the meeting is “Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information & Technology.” Information science and technology shape, and are shaped by, decisions, practices and policies that impact people, groups, organizations, governments and societies throughout the world.  The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is a premier, peer-reviewed international conference that gathers scholars and practitioners from around the globe to share research, innovations, and insights regarding how information and technology mediate the creation and use of knowledge within and across cultures and enhance lives. Paper, panel and poster submissions that focus on the production, discovery, recording, storage, representation, retrieval, presentation, manipulation, dissemination, use, and evaluation of information and on the tools and techniques associated with these processes were submitted and the best selected for inclusion in the Annual Meeting and these proceedings.

Our sincere thanks to the papers, panels and poster co-chairs, all of whom did an excellent job managing the review processes. Catherine Blake and Christian Schlögl were co-chairs for paper submissions; Isabella Peters and Barbara Endler-Jobst were co-chairs for panel submissions, and Colleen Cool and Yin-Leng Theng were co-chairs for poster submissions. These individuals generously donated their time and efforts to ensure that each submission received a minimum of two reviews. They also helped adjudicate several differences that arose when significant differences among reviewers emerged.

Our thanks also to all reviewers. High quality reviews are critical to a successful conference, and we counselled reviewers that noting a submission’s strengths is always useful, as is providing constructive comments that provide details regarding any missing references the authors should include, additional information about methods used, additional analysis the authors should consider, and/or further discussions that would strengthen the paper.

For the first time this year, we offered a paper mentoring service. The goal of this service was to provide early reviews of complete drafts of papers. 14 authors and co-authors took advantage of this service. We also offered a limited revise-and-resubmit option for papers when reviewers found the original submission of high quality but lacking in one or two aspects. The intent beyond these practices was to help colleagues achieve their publication goals, and we hope they found the mentoring and revise-and-resubmit opportunities useful.

Paper and panel submissions increased this year, increasing the competitiveness of the review process. Acceptance rates were 40% for papers, 65% for panels, and 53% for posters. We appreciate getting so many high quality submissions.

We hope that you find these proceedings relevant to your research, work and interests today and in the future.

Diane H. Sonnenwald
Emerita Professor, UCD, Ireland

Lauren Harrison
Senior Data Scientist, Roche Innovation Center NY

2016 Conference Committee Chairs