February 25, 2018

Foundations for New Frontiers Explored at ASIST Meetings

By LJ Staff

More than 750 people from several countries participated in nearly 80
technical program sessions, two plenary sessions, contributed paper and poster
sessions, and a variety of preconference workshops offered as part of the Annual
Meeting of ASIST, the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
The theme of the conference, held in Philadelphia from November 18-21, was
“Information, Connections and Community.” It provided ample opportunities for
both academic and practical exploration of issues such as how people use
information; collaboration; information production and delivery; information and
knowledge management; information organization, retrieval and access; and
overall information technology. A companion to the conference was a two-day
seminar on the “History and Heritage of Scientific and Technological Information
Systems,” co-sponsored by ASIST and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, with
support from the Eugene Garfield Foundation.

The preconference workshops included such topics as “Knowledge Management in
the 21st Century: Moving Forward, Sustaining the Momentum,” and
sessions on content management, taxonomies and metadata, measuring search
behaviors, intranet strategy and architecture, and others. During the first
Plenary Session, Washington insiders Lee Strickland and Thomas Blanton carried
on a “debate” on “Openness, Privacy, and National security Post 9/11,” in which
they basically agreed on several major points: be prepared, get legal advice,
look for ways to preserve individual freedoms while being realistic about how
much of a threat current government policies really represent, and keep a
positive attitude about the future beyond the current atmosphere.