Rhythms of “being” at ISIC - Understanding the place of the ISIC conferences in information seeking research

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Information Research, 2008, 13 (4)
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© the authors, 2008. Results. People attend ISIC conferences because of a desire to connect with researchers, not necessarily because of specific research (areas). However, the interests of ISIC 2006 participants fall well within the core themes and clusters characterising ISIC papers since 1996. Conclusions. The project contributes to a fuller understanding of the interlacing of research and information practices and ISIC's contribution to information behaviour research.Introduction. The paper reports on findings from a project merging exploring the professional practice of academics, research students and practitioners within the ISIC community, drawn from fieldwork at the 2006 Information Seeking in Context (ISIC 2006) conference in Sydney, Australia.Method. The project used diverse ethnographic and unobtrusive techniques to locate and describe the range of activities taking place during the 2006 ISIC conference.Analysis. Both authors names and conference titles were collected from all conferences and mapped to see if core themes could be identified. Themes were compared to the topics of interest elicited from two conference surveys distributed at ISIC 2006.
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