i3 brings together academic and practitioner researchers interested in exploring the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change.

The conference provides a forum for exchange of research findings and an opportunity to identify key questions and issues for future research. It is relevant to those involved in researching, developing or delivering information and knowledge services in any sector as well as those concerned with the development of skills for a knowledge society.

Date and Location: 27-30 June 2017.  Aberdeen Business School Building, Robert Gordon University

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Jennifer Ford, recipient of the sponsored place award for 2015, reflects on her experiences at i3 2015.

Report on i3 by Jennifer Ford (PDF 76KB)


i3 aims to bring together academic and practitioner researchers with an interest in:

  • the quality and effectiveness of user/information interactions (e.g. information literacies);
  • patterns of information behaviour in different contexts (e.g. creativity, ethics, surveillance, ownership, information recycling/reuse);
  • the social, cultural and economic impacts of engagement with information, including the assessment of value and impact;
  • the   value   of   information   and   knowledge   as   agents  of   change in organisations and communities.

The conference focuses on the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change. i3 will look beyond the issues of use and accessibility of technology to questions about the way people interact with the information and knowledge content of today's systems and services, and how this might ultimately affect the impact of that information on individuals, organisations and communities. Research questions may include, but are not restricted to the following:

  • How much do we know about the impact of information behaviours and capabilities on the quality and effectiveness of learning, knowledge building and sharing, decision-making and problem solving, creativity, democracy? 
  • How do information behaviours and literacies contribute to the economic or social value of information assets or the intellectual capital of an organisation?
  • How do/can organisations and communities harness their information assets to meet challenges, solve problems, survive and thrive?
  • Is there a connection between information and inspiration?
  • How well do our models and pedagogies for information literacy relate to real-world information contexts in workplace, community, education or home environments? 
  • Are new information environments changing the way people seek and use information?
  • What are the methodological challenges of addressing such issues?

The growing research bases which inform our understanding of information behaviours, literacies and impacts have developed along their own distinctive lines. Yet all have a common interest in understanding the information user suggesting that there should be value in dialogue and collaboration across these lines of research in order to more fully understand the complex nature of human/information interaction.  In encouraging that dialogue, i3 seeks to influence the development of research towards a fuller understanding of the role of information in a complex, fast-moving information society.


Conference fees for the i3 conference 2017:

  • Full rate - £445
  • Day rate (long day) -  £150
  • Day rate (shorter day) - £125
  • Student rate- £325

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Keynote Speakers i3 2017

Elaine TomsProfessor Elaine Toms - University of Sheffield

Professor Tom's research lies at the intersection of human computer interaction, information retrieval and the representation and presentation of information. Her research includes improving search systems to support real-life work tasks (rather than bags of words), new approaches to evaluating search systems, understanding serendipity and how systems can deliver on serendipity and the relationship between human curiosity and browsing, her work has been funded by NSERC, SSHRC, OCLC, Heritage Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canada Research Chairs Program.  She was an investigator with three Canadian national research networks: a) TAPoR, the Text Analysis Portal for Research; b) NECTAR, the Network for Effective Collaboration Through Advanced Research; and c) National Centres of Excellence project, GRAND, which involves graphics, animation and new media

Professor Gobinda Chowdhury- University of Northumbria

Professor Chowdury joined Northumbria University in August 2013 after spending a few years as a Professor and Director of the Centre for Information & Knowledge Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He has worked as an academic and researcher in information science for over 25 years in different parts of the world including Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. For the past few years he also been actively involved in the iSchools network activities especially in the Asia-pacific region and is currently the European representative. 

Dr. Crystal Fulton - University College Dublin

Crystal FultonDr. Crystal Fulton is an Associate Professor in the School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland, where she has taught and conducted research on such topics as information literacy, information and public services, information and communication behavior, and social media for over eighteen years. Her research focuses on the interactions among people, information, and communication in a range of life contexts. In particular, her work extends beyond issues of information acquisition to explore how information is used, shared or hidden, and created in both digital and non-digital environments. Exploring these issues in the context of hobbyists, including genealogists, urban explorers, and gamblers, she continues to examine the social impact of information on individuals, groups, and communities. Recently, she co-authored the monograph, Digital Detectives (Chandos, 2016), which explores the development and leverage of digital competencies around online information seeking, evaluation, and use.

Amy SippittAmy Sippitt - Research and Impact manager at Full Fact

Amy is Research and Impact manager at Full Fact - an independent charity who provide free tools, information and advice to check claims from politicians and the media. Amy joined Full Fact in February 2014 from Buttle UK, a charity that provides grants to vulnerable young people. Since joining Full Fact she has appeared on Sky News to present analysis about the Scottish Referendum, and has managed a report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the accuracy of the political debate on poverty during the general election.



Accommodation Details


Jury’s Inn

Union Square

Guild Street

Aberdeen AB11 5RG

+44 (0) 1224 381200


Holiday Inn

29-43 Chapel Street

Aberdeen AB10 1SQ

+44 (0)1224 623500 


Park Inn

1 Justice Mill Lane

Aberdeen AB11 6EQ

+44 (0) 1224 592999



Robert Gordon University - We have one guest flat at Woolmanhill available which consists of 6 single and 1 double rooms and include continental breakfast. This would be at a cost of £37 for the single and £66 for the double rooms. Liberty House offer a range of student accommodation:

Liberty House Don Street

130 Don Street

Aberdeen AB24 1UY


Liberty House Linksfield

9-11 Linksfield Rd

Aberdeen AB24 5RW


Liberty House St Peters

St Peter Street

Aberdeen AB24 3HU

Liberty House Rosemount

1-68 Farmers Hall Lane

Aberdeen AB25 1XF

Download and print the Booking Form (Please print and return to address below)

Return the form with your full payment to:

Accommodation Services,

Robert Gordon University, CSB Garthdee, ABERDEEN, AB10 1FY.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 262130,  email: accommodation@rgu.ac.uk