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DTMD 2011 : The Difference that Makes a Difference


When Sep 7, 2011 - Sep 9, 2011
Where The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
Submission Deadline Jul 1, 2011
Notification Due Jul 15, 2011
Categories    information science   information   sociology   science

Call For Papers

*** Submission deadline extended to 1st July ***

The development of information technologies has had a profound impact on modern society, but although talk of information is routine and unproblematic for engineers and technologists, it has been recognised since the early days of digital technologies that there is an uneasy relationship between the engineer’s concept of ‘information’ and wider uses of the word.

As we move further into the ‘information age’, we need to make the bridge between information of the information technologist and understanding of information in other disciplines. As researchers and practitioners in diverse fields grapple with an understanding of information – what it is, how it can be modelled and tools for coping with it – now more than ever is the time to share insights and bring some clarity and coherence to these differing perspectives.

With an emphasis on interdisciplinary conversation, we are keen to involve as many different people, from as many different disciplines, as possible in presenting and participating in the workshop.

Five respected keynote speakers have been confirmed:

* Vlatko Vedral (Oxford and Singapore),
* Wolfgang Hofkirchner (Vienna),
* Chris Bissell (Open University),
* Jonathan Silvertown (Open University)
* Tony Hirst (Open University);
* Hugh Mackay (Open University);
* Frank Webster (City University, London)
* Richard Harper (Microsoft Research)

with discussion continuing with one more

We now invite a wide range of participants to give short (10 minute) presentations on their work as it relates to an understanding of information. There are four main sessions, focused around:

* the philosophical underpinnings of information;
* the scientific understanding of information;
* information as it relates to business, library science, and education;
* the social impact of information.

Abstracts for the short presentations should be sent to by 17 June 2011. For more information please visit the workshop website:

Registration is free, but must be made through the website.

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