School of Business and Economics


28 Jan 2016

CIM conference celebrates ‘5-minute Madness’ and more

IDIMC 2016 group shot (cropped)

On the 12th-13th January 2016 the Centre for Information Management (CIM) hosted its 2nd International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC).

Following the success of CIM’s inaugural conference in 2014, ‘Making Connections’, this event focussed on ‘Exploring our digital shadow’, with attendees from a wide range of UK and international universities.  

The event was opened by Professor Stewart Robinson, Acting Dean of the School of Business and Economics, who spoke about ‘Developing Research’ and segued nicely into the focus of the day: early career researchers.

Visiting Academic Neil Stansfield, Head of the Knowledge, Innovations and Futures Enterprise, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, closed the day with his talk entitled ‘Warfare in the Information Age: The digital transformation of defence operations in the 21st century’.

Day Two of the conference focussed more on invited and contributed research papers and posters. 

The plenary session was held by Andrew Jack from the Financial Times. His talk was entitled ‘Humans versus machines: the role of the editorial curation in journalism’.

Prior to the conference, research posters were submitted which were then voted on during Day 2. The winner of the ‘Best Poster Presentation’ was Iris Buunk, a doctoral student from Edinburgh Napier University. 

The closing keynote demonstrated the prominence of technology with a live skype call through to Christine Borgman from the University of California, Los Angeles who spoke on ‘Dataverse in the Universe of Data’.

The conference ended with the presentations of ‘Best 5-minute Madness Presentation’, ‘Best Poster Presentation’ and ‘Best Paper’. PhD student Frances Ryan from Edinburgh Napier University, won both the 'Best Paper' award and ‘Best 5-minute Madness Presentation’. 

Kayode Odusanya, a Doctoral Student in CIM, commented:

Attending the IDIMC 2016 conference was a fulfilling experience for me. It afforded unique networking and learning platforms with various academics and practitioners within the field of information management. Very glad I attended, as it has left me with useful insights and collaborative opportunities that will enhance my research.

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