Information science, scholarly publishing, and knowledge management are a few of the dominant information industry conference themes this summer. The usual complement of professional society meetings rounds out the conference calendar.
Information science (IS) is the fundamental discipline and the basis for many of the industry's products and services. Here are some conferences on various leading-edge aspects and applications of IS:
* The ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) is a group of about 1,200 members interested in research in information retrieval, "ranging from theory to user demands in the application of computers to the acquisition, organization, storage, retrieval, and distribution of information." Its annual conference, which was established in 1978, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary (www.sigir2007.org) from July 23 to 27 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is surely a longevity record for an information industry conference. The list of titles of the 28 sessions (examples include classification and clustering, image retrieval, formal models, music retrieval, and question answering) provides an excellent overview of current research in information retrieval.
* Information has now expanded to include multimedia. This year, the fifth in a series of conferences on Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval (http://amr2007 .lip6.fr) will be held July 5-6 in Paris. The program will cover data mining, metadata, semantic content analysis, and methods for data visualization as each relates to multimedia.
* Information retrieval and other topics pertaining to library and information science are on the program of the Sixth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science (C0LIS6), which will be held Aug. 13-16 in Borås, Sweden. Its theme is Featuring the Future. According to the conference Web site (www.hb.se/ colis), theoretical and empirical research trends will be examined "together with sociocultural and technical issues relating to our understanding of the various roles, natures, uses and associated relationships of information, information systems, information processes, and information networks."
* Content is currently a popular subject, but context has also become an important information research area. The Sixth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context (CONTEXT 07; http://context-07.ruc.dk) will be held Aug. 20-24 in Roskilde, Denmark. It claims to be the longest-running conference on context, covering topics such as artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, cognitive science, and linguistics.
* Since humans are visual creatures, we tend to assimilate visual information much better than textual. The 11th International Conference on Information Visualization (IV07; www.graphicslink.co.uk/IV07), which will be held July 4-6 in Zurich, Switzerland, is a major event for anyone interested in the subject. Preconference tutorials will be held July 2-3. This is part of a series of co-located conferences on related aspects of visualization (Visualization Summit, BioMedical Visualization, Geometric Modelling and Imaging, etc.). Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, IV07 will address both theoretical and applied aspects of information visualization.
Metadata Standards, Open Access, and Scholarly Publishing
One of the most interesting and potentially significant research efforts in open access (OA) is the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), a partnership among several educational organizations in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area. PKP has developed free open source software for the management, publishing, and indexing of journals and conferences. According to its Web site (http://pkp.sfu.ca/ node), PKP "seeks to improve the scholarly and public quality of academic research through the development of innovative online environments." PKP's First International Scholarly Publishing Conference will be held from July 11 to 13 in Vancouver. …