Worldwide interest in Information Studies Conference

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Worldwide interest in Information Studies Conference

UNIVERSITY of Zululand (UNIZULU) hosted a successful 14th annual Information Studies Conference at the KwaDlangezwa Campus in Empangeni last month.

The 2013 conferenced themed “Information Ethics in Africa” was organised by the Department of Information Studies in collaboration with University of Pretoria’s Africa Centre for Excellence in Information Ethics.

The conference attracted participants from 10 universities and two other institutions from seven countries across Africa, Europe and North America.  Forty six papers were presented including 32 full papers, five posters, nine research-in-progress and workshop papers.

UNIZULU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Prof Rob Midgley said research integrity is important:.“When undertaking research one should respect the environment to ensure sustainability.  We live in a human rights era; you have to acknowledge their rights and integrity. If you take information from communities you got to give back to that community, otherwise that research is unethical.”

Keynote speakers included Director: International Centre for Information Ethics, Prof Rafael Capurro, Capurro Fiek Foundation director; Vice-Chancellor and Provost Academic Affairs at  University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Prof Johannes Britz; and Chairperson of the Department of Information Science at University of South Africa, Prof Bosire Onyancha.

The conference also saw the launch of the book Information Ethics in Africa: crosscutting issues edited by Professors Dennis Ocholla, Johannes Britz, Rafael Capurro and Coetzee Bester.

Ocholla said: “We envisage this to be the first volume in a series of handbooks on topics related to Information Ethics in Africa.”

He thanked the contributing authors and conference participants adding that the book will be of great benefit to researchers and students.

CAPTIONS:Information Studies Conference participants during the launch of the book, ‘Information Ethics in Africa: Crosscutting issues