Dear Colleagues,

The University Association for Information Science is the scientific representation of universities working in the fields of information science research, teaching and practice in German-speaking countries. The central task of the University Association for Information Science is to strengthen information science research and teaching at information science training and research institutions between those organizations.

Therefore, we are very pleased to inform you that the 17th International Symposium on Information Science (ISI 2023) will take place at the University of Applied Sciences Graubünden in Chur (Switzerland) from November 7-9, 2023.

This symposium is entitled “Sustainable Information – Information for Sustainability”.

The UN 2023 Agenda for Sustainable Development (sustainable development goals, SDGs for short), with its 17 goals, addresses the urgency of taking essential collective steps towards a sustainable future. Information science, as an interdisciplinary research field, can play an important role in solving the information and knowledge problems of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Topics such as…

●       Information as a prerequisite for development, equity and innovation (SDG 4 & 9).

●       Open data, facilitated access to information and knowledge (SDG 1 & 9).

●       Libraries, archives, and museums as low-threshold learning spaces and community-building institutions (SDG 4, 11, 17)

●       “Green” libraries as blueprints for sustainable institutions (SDG 6, 7, 12, 13)

●       ICT infrastructure in developing countries (SDG 1, 4, 8).

●       Measuring and tracking SDG goals using data analytics and visualizations (all goals).

… offer many new opportunities for information science, but also many new challenges.

Join ISI 2023 as a unique platform to share your thoughts on how information science can support sustainability through theory and practice in research, business and society.

The conference language is German and English (there will be separate tracks for both language groups) and submissions can be made in both languages. Unless otherwise stated, the conference programme “EasyChair” will be used for all types of submissions. A format template and submission guidelines will be provided. PhD students are welcome to present their research in a special session.

The following types of contributions can be submitted:

  1. Long contributions (max. 7000 words)
  2. Short papers – research / work in progress (max. 3000 words)
  3. Poster / Demo / Clip (max. 1000 words)
  4. Panel proposals (max. 1000 words)
  5. Dissertation presentations (max. 3000 words)
  6. Master’s theses for the Gerhard Lustig Prize
  7. Contributions exclusively for the Newcomer Session

All submissions should be anonymous. We provide a template for your submission of long and short papers, which you can download here.

1. & 2. Long and short papers

The contributions must be unpublished original works. The review is carried out by at least two members of the programme committee.

●       Deadline for short and long papers: 1 July 2023

●       Notification of acceptance: mid-August 2023

●       Deadline for revised manuscripts: Mid-September 2023

3. Poster and System Demonstrations

Ongoing research and research prototypes can be demonstrated with a poster. The poster will be displayed in the conference area and can be commented on there. Poster authors should submit a short summary of the poster for review (max. 1000 words).

●        Deadline for poster summaries: 1 July 2023

●        Notification of acceptance: mid-August 2023

●        Deadline for revised poster abstracts: Mid-September 2023

4. Panel suggestions

Panels discuss current topics with a group of experts. The proposal for a panel should include the topic of the panel, a short description (max. 1000 words) of the objective, the name of the panel chair and the possible participants (usually between four and six people). Panels should not exceed 90 minutes at the conference.

●        Deadline for panel proposals: 1 July 2023

●        Notification of acceptance of panels: mid-August 2023

●        Deadline for submission of panel summaries: mid-September 2023

5. Doctoral research session

PhD students are encouraged to present their research in a special PhD session with short presentations (10-15 minutes) and discussions. For this purpose, please submit a summary of their ongoing dissertation research (max. 3000 words) for review.

●        Deadline for submission of the dissertation abstracts: 1 July 2023

●        Notification of acceptance: mid-August 2023

●        Deadline for submission of revised dissertation abstracts: mid-September 2023

6. Gerhard Lustig Prize for the best Master’s thesis

The Gerhard Lustig Prize is awarded for the best Master’s thesis in Information Science. All institutions with information science degree programmes (in the broader sense) are invited to submit Master’s theses passed in 2021 to 2023 for the Gerhard Lustig Prize. Participating Master’s theses are nominated by their supervising professors. Only one entry may be submitted per institution. The nomination is based on an extended abstract of the thesis of up to 1500 words (including title, figures and references). The jury will select six papers from those submitted for presentation. Among these six papers, the three best students will be awarded based on the quality of their Master’s thesis and presentation.

●        Deadline for submission of the summaries: 1 July 2023

●        Notification of acceptance: mid-August 2023

●        Deadline for submission of revised summaries: Mid-September 2023

7. Newcomer Session

Students of information science and related disciplines are encouraged to present their perspective, research projects or work in progress. Student submissions may be presented in a separate session or as a poster at the poster session. Student authors should submit a short abstract of their paper or poster and indicate their presentation preference (maximum length of 2 pages).

●        Deadline for submission of the summaries: 1 July 2023

●        Notification of acceptance: mid-August 2023

●        Deadline for submission of revised summaries: Mid-September 2023

The conference proceedings will be published online by Werner Hülsbusch (vwh, at the time of the conference. The conference proceedings are open access and will be made available to the public via relevant publication servers.

Contributions on the following topics can be submitted via “EasyChair” (link will be published on the conference website) from 01.05.2023:

●       Data/information visualisation

●       Data Science/Big Data Analytics

●       Digital libraries, curation and preservation

●       Digital Humanities

●       Health informatics, health information

●       Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D)

●       Information ethics/data protection

●       Information policy, information and society

●       Information security/integrity

●       International information problems

●       Cultural Heritage Informatics

●       Artificial Intelligence (AI)

●       Machine/Deep Learning

●       Human information behaviour

●       Metadata, resource description

●       Personal information management

●       Social/Community Informatics, Social Justice and Social Computing

●       Social media

●       Text mining and natural language processing

●       User experience design (including human-computer interaction, interaction design,

●       Virtual/Extended Reality

●       Scientific communication, bibliometrics, informetrics, scientometrics

●       Knowledge organising systems

●       Accessibility and human-robot interaction)

Participants are encouraged to think outside the box and be creative to show what is currently happening in their research areas.

The submission deadline for all types of conference papers is 1 July 2023.

The ISI 2023 organizing committee is looking forward to a lively participation and many exciting contributions on the topic of “Sustainable Information – Information for Sustainability”.

Registration fee:

Registration fees will be published on the conference website. Registration will also take place via the conference website. All speakers and participants must register for the conference and pay the registration fee.

Author Guidelines:

Authors are expected to use the Word template template_isi_2023.docx for posters, papers, student presentations, and dissertation presentations.

The conference tool is EasyChair and proposals can be submitted through it at the appropriate time. Proposals will be reviewed by the ISI 2023 Program Committee.