Research Day 2016 – Perspectives On Access To Information

Friday, March 11th, 2016

The Golden Jubilee Room (4th floor, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre)

We are pleased to announce that the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at UBC, will hold its 6th Annual Research Day on Friday, March 11th, 2016, in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Golden Jubilee Room. Research Day showcases the contributions of the iSchool students and faculty working at the intersections of archival, information, library and children’s literature studies.

This year, Research Day will focus broadly on perspectives on providing access to analogue and digital cultural heritage, records and information, considering the many and various factors that work to enable and/or constrain access in different contexts, and the potential and challenge of new access environments.

We are also very pleased to have Mark Warren as our new keynote speaker. Mark Warren is a well known researcher and professor at UBC and his work speaks directly to this year’s topic: perspectives on access to information. As many of you know, Mark has been working on the Participedia project for quite a while. This open collaboration project has been successful in using new participatory models and information technologies to create and provide access to knowledge that strengthens our democratic institutions.

We are looking forward to having Mark Warren join us for Research Day. Below the details of Mark’s talk

Keynote: 11.00 am -12.00 pm

Speaker: Mark Warren, Ph.D.

The Participedia Project: Using an Open Source Platform to Mobilize Knowledge about Democratic Innovations

The Participedia Project responds to a transformation of democratic governance, one possibly as revolutionary as the development of representative, party-based democracy that evolved out of the universal franchise. The transformation involves hundreds of thousands of new channels of citizen involvement in government, often outside of the more visible politics of electoral representation, and occurring in most countries in the world. Given this rapid and extensive development, we need to know what kinds of processes exist, and we need to know what kinds work best for specific problems and issues, for specific goals, under specific circumstances. We need to map this rapidly developing domain of political institutions. We need to explain why these processes are developing as they are. We need to assess their contributions to democracy and good governance. And we need to transfer this knowledge back into practice. But these needs exceed the capacities of traditionally-organized research teams. The Participedia Project meets this challenge by combining an extensive partnership with new information technologies to create the information base necessary for high quality research and evidence-based practice. At its heart is an open source research platform ( that enables decentralized, collaborative creation and mobilization of knowledge from thousands of contributors.

10.30 am - 11.00 am

Registration & Coffee

11.00 am - 12.00 pm

Opening remarks and acknowledgements by SLAIS Acting Director Dr. Luanne Freund

Keynote Speaker:

Mark Warren, Ph.D.
"The Participedia Project: Using an Open Source Platform to Mobilize Knowledge about Democratic Innovations"

12.00 pm

Lunch buffet opens

12.15 pm - 12.25 pm

Effects of Field Dependence-Independence and Pre-existing Highlighting on Text Comprehension
Samuel Dodson (MLIS Student), Dr. Luanne Freund, and Dr. Rick Kopak

12.25 pm - 12.35 pm

A Solution to Disorderly Backlogs of Digital Files? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Social Network Analysis in File Reclassification Projects
Kate Chandler (MASLIS Student)

12.35 pm - 12.45 pm

Learning to Listen: Archival Sound Recordings and Indigenous Cultural Property
Allison Mills (MASLIS Student)

12.45 pm - 12.55 pm


12.55 pm - 1.05 pm

Secondary School Students' Perceptions of Risks to Privacy Online: A Study of Students within the Vancouver School Board
Elissa How (MASLIS Student)

1.05 pm - 1.15 pm

Useful Search Engine Results: An Exploratory Study of Information Presentation and Use
Alamir Novin (Ph.D. Student)

1.15 pm - 1.30 pm

Coffee break, poster session setup

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm

Poster presentations by iSchool students and faculty

We look forward to welcoming you for a day of engaging and inspiring short talks, conversations, and poster presentations. You can RSVP to this free event at:


Questions about Research Day can be directed to:

Dr. Richard Arias Hernandez

Dr. Jennifer Douglas

Dr. Luciana Duranti


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