The 7th Information Systems Research
Conference in Scandinavia (SCIS 7)
August 7-10, 2016, Ljungskile, Sweden
University West welcomes you to the seventh Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems! The 7th SCIS will be held between 7-10 of August, 2016, in conjunction with the 39th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS 39), under the auspices of the IRIS (Information Systems Research in Scandinavia) Association (http://www.iris-sjis.org). This year, the conference is also co-located and organized back to back with IFIP WG 8.6 (http://ifip2016.org). While most participants are from the Nordic countries, we welcome researchers from all parts of the world to bring along other perspectives into the discussion.
Conference theme: Living in the cloud
During the four decades of IRIS history, the digitalization of society has proceeded and entered almost all aspects of our lives. Digitalization refers to the way in which many domains of social life are reshaped around digital communication and media infrastructures, and what constitutes a worker, a student, and a citizen in a digitalized society as it has consequently evolved and changed. In parallel, new research interests concerning use and design of digital services and devices have emerged. By labeling the theme for the 39th IRIS conference, and the 7th SCIS conference “Living in the cloud” we want to bring forth the following interpretations of the theme corresponding to three areas of concern with respect to digitalization. Therefore, we want to devote the conferences towards:
The first interpretation of “Living in the cloud” refers to “the cloud” as the increasingly ubiquitous digital data storage “up there”, which makes digital information appear to be detached from physical location and thus available anytime, anywhere, connecting everything with everyone. This has a profound effect on contemporary practices and on the way humans construct and perceive our understanding of information and information systems. We therefore particularly welcome submissions related to issues concerning consequences of the cloud as data storage and connectivity, including effects of cloud computing, digital footprints, internet of things, and an “Internet that remembers”. Likewise, we welcome research on how individuals, organizations and societies handle consequences of this phenomena, including how a distributed responsibility, management and maintenance of digital services is approached and handled, or how issues such as ownership of information, distributed cognition and sustainability are approached and understood.
The second interpretation of “Living in the cloud” refers to the sensation of being in a cloud where boundaries appear blurred and vague and it is unclear where things start and end. For example, digital services of today are often open-ended systems, resembling containers or infrastructures, which are changed by users during use as a dynamic evolution. Their use and meanings are constantly negotiated, shaped and reshaped during consumption rather than initially during design. This means that the design process becomes open and distributed, blurring the boundaries between designers and users; design phase and implementation; consumer and producer; as well as raises question of what a system is, when to evaluate it, and what constitutes the materiality in the notion of socio-materiality?
The theme’s third interpretation, having your head in the sky and your feet on the ground, is meant to illustrate the tension between contrasting aspects related to consequences of digitalization. For example, how to handle the diffusion of private versus professional roles, relations, services or information systems and how to balance benefits versus challenges of being constantly connected, available 24/7 and globally accessible.
Papers with other IS themes are also welcome.
SCIS 2016 is open for full research papers within the conference theme as well as other areas of IS research. We welcome empirical as well as theoretical and methodological papers.
Accepted papers will be published in the Springer series of Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP).
The conference uses double-blind review. Papers’ maximum length is 6000 words (including references) and maximum of 16 pages, and they must follow the Springer LNBIP formatting instructions. Papers must be submitted through EasyChair.