We wish to invite you to participate in the 18th Information Studies (IS) conference at the University of Zululand, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. This year’s conference theme is “Trends in the management of e-content in the digital era”
We contend that with the explosion of the digital era, the management of e-content has brought to the fore continuous debate regarding challenges of evidence, trust, integrity and provenance of information and knowledge in the quest to build a world that values openness, democracy and accountability. We are especially aware that contending issues associated with challenges to the management of e-content in information and knowledge flow – such as access, ethics, policy, standards, infrastructure, and security in the digital era remain a concern in Africa. We concede that several advances have been made in the world in the development and deployment of information and knowledge support systems and services that enable the credible creation, discovery, sharing, use and management of e-content to support public sector reforms, private sector transparency and civil society governance but acknowledge that more still need to be done.
This years’ 18th IS conference seeks to unravel issues related to the general management and challenges of e-content such as evidence, trust, integrity and provenance of information and knowledge in the digital era in building an open and accountable society. The conference will thus take an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary dimension to information and knowledge management and will attempt to bring together all information and knowledge workers in Africa and beyond from different LIS knowledge fields/domains such as archival science, records management, knowledge management, media and publishing, information science, information systems and computing that support and develop e-content in the new information and knowledge dispensation in the digital era. Our aim is to create cross-disciplinary linkages of the views that would deliver richer, deeper and clearer scholarly perspective and practice on the different aspects of the management of e-content. The conference will enable the interrogation of theories, methodologies, technologies and practices that can be used to manage e-content in contemporary information and knowledge society.
We anticipate that the 2017 18th IS annual conference will provide an international open forum for academics, students, researchers, knowledge and information managers and authorities, and information and communication related professionals, largely from Africa, to converge, discuss, and share knowledge and experiences on the conference theme, with an emphasis on the progress made in Africa.
We invite researchers worldwide, and especially from Africa and the developing world, to submit their contributions to the 18th IS Annual Conference in the form of original full research papers (FRP), research-in-progress (RIP) papers, or posters that have not previously been presented elsewhere and make new contributions to the theme’s theory and practice. Topics of interest in include, but not limited to:
• Bibliometrics, Informetrics, Webmetrics and Scientometrics
• Digital Archiving/Digital Curation
• Digital Libraries and Open Source Software Technology
• Digital Preservation and Access
• Digital records management
• Digital Scholarship and Open Access
• Mobile Government
• E-learning Innovations
• ICT for Development
• Information ethics
• LIS Education and Training in the digital era
• E-content in Indigenous Knowledge Management
• Information Access, Trust and Provenance in the digital era
• Information and Knowledge in the Cloud
• Information and Knowledge-Seeking Behaviour in the digital era
• Information Literacy in the digital era
• Information Security in the digital era
• Information Storage and Retrieval Systems in the digital era
• Information/Knowledge Ethics in the digital era
• Integration of Social Networking Tools
• Knowledge Discovery Tools – Web and Linked data
• Management of Social Media Content
• Marketing Information/Knowledge Services in the digital era
• Multi-media Management
• Open Data and Open Government
• Research Data Management
• Virtual Community Information/Knowledge Services
Guidelines on Submission of Abstracts and Full Papers
You are invited to submit an abstract of your proposed paper in electronic format (as an attachment to an e-mail) based on the following guidelines:
1. The extended abstract should be 300 - 500 words in length and consist of:
(a) purpose (b) methodology/approach (c) findings (d) practical implications (g) originality/value of contribution (h) keywords; and (i) paper type (e.g. research paper, literature review, case study, conceptual paper, etc.).
2. The heading should include the title of your paper, followed by name(s), affiliation(s), and the e-mail of the author.
3. The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 May, 2017.
4. Full text should be 4000 - 6000 words in length (single spaced, size 12, Roman Times font, Harvard referencing style).
5. The deadline for submitting full papers is 30 July, 2017.
6. The deadline for research-in-progress papers and posters is 30 July, 2017.
7. Accepted full text papers will be published on the conference website and in peer-reviewed conference proceedings before the conference begins. Selected papers may be published in a book or journal.
Proposals for papers should be sent to Programme Chair: Trywell Kalusopa (PhD) (
), or Conference Chair: Neil Evans (PhD) (
Conference Fees and Registration
1. The conference fee is R2,500 per participant and R1,000 for students (Proof of studentship required).
2. The fees will cover conference materials, teas, and luncheons.
3. Registration details can be found on the conference website (www.lis.uzulu.ac.za/conference). Proforma invoices will be provided once you do your online registration.
Cash payments can be made at registration. However, bank payments can be made to the following bank account:
University of Zululand
ABSA - Empangeni Branch
Account No. : 1880 000 035 (11ZA632005 for International Payments)
Branch code : 632005
Reference : D009-25109
For details, please see: (www.lis.uzulu.ac.za/conference).
The conference will be held at in Richard Bay. The Richards Bay is a town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is situated on a 30 square kilometre lagoon of the Mhlatuze river, which gives it one of the country's largest harbours. It is a bubbling and fast becoming the north coast holiday destination, offering remarkable scenery. The coastline stretches about 350 km from the mouth of the mighty Tugela River in the south to the Mozambique border in the north. The coastal plains include endless unspoilt beaches and coastal conservation areas and incorporate the largest estuarine system in Southern Africa. The town can be reached daily flights through OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg.
See more details at: http://www.places.co.za/html/richards_bay.html.
Travel and Visa Requirements
It is expected that most participants should make their travel arrangements. However, most SADC residents do not require entry VISA to travel to South Africa. For those requiring visas it advisable to apply in good time to the South African Embassy in your respective countries.
The costs for travel, accommodation and incidentals are the responsibility of the participants. Participants are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements. More information pertaining to alternative accommodation is available on: (www.lis.uzulu.ac.za/conference).