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Eighth Workshop on the Philosophy of Information
Second Call for Abstracts

Submissions are invited for the Eighth Workshop on the Philosophy of Information, which will take place at the University of Ferrara, 13th–14th of June 2016 immediately prior to the 2016 IACAP Conference.

The general theme for this year is the role of data in biomedical sciences, and should encourage an exchange between the philosophy and methodology of the biomedical sciences and the philosophy of information about what it means to use data as evidence or to use data as information for understanding, but also for action (informing/supporting decisions).

Topics of interest include:

Epistemic standards for evidence
Evidence Based Medicine
Information in probabilistic and abductive reasoning
Data and information visualisation in biomedical sciences
Data and information in biomedical informatics
Biomedical ontologies
Ethical and epistemological perspectives on data handling
The value and importance of reproducible results
The place of negative results
Open data, and the distribution and re-use of data

In addition to two invited speakers, we have up to 7 slots of 45 minutes (30+15) available for contributed talks.
Abstracts of 500-1000 words should be submitted no later than 15 March 2016 to Submissions will be evaluated by the programme committee, and acceptance notifications will be issued by 15 April 2016.



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Now reading the excellent introduction to the philosophy of information by the society while preparing a class on personal identity in pervasive gaming. Quite relevant, since the synchronic identity question mentioned by Floridi is quite similar to the question of identity in roleplaying games / LARPs and ARGs, where different identities are coming together, from which one is strongly mediated. Thank you Phyllis Illari and Frederico Gobbo for your excellent chapter on personal identity. 

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Today and Tomorrow 7th Workshop on the Philosophy of Information "Conceptual challenges of data in science and technology" organised by +Middlesex University and +UCL +Phyllis Illari +Giuseppe Primiero 

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7th Workshop on the Philosophy of Information -- Programme and Abstracts available

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Keynote: In Search for a Conceptual Logic of Information, 5th World Conf. on Universal Logic, 25-30-06-15 Istanbul,

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Deadline for abstract submissions to 7th Workshop on the Philosophy of Information  is 23/01: 

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Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

1. Nature of the Award

1.1 The award shall consist of $1,000, given annually to a graduate student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of information (broadly construed). As we see it, the range of philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy of mind, logic, philosophy of information so-called, philosophy of science, etc.).

2. Purpose of the Award

2.1 The purpose of this award is to encourage and support scholarship in the philosophy of information.

3. Eligibility

3.1 The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications:
(a) Be an active doctoral student whose primary area of research is directly philosophical, whether the institutional setting is philosophy or another discipline; that is to say, the mode of dissertation research must be philosophical as opposed to empirical or literary study;
(b) Have completed all course work; and
(c) Have had a dissertation proposal accepted by the institution.

3.2 Recipients may receive the award not more than once.

4. Administration

4.1 The Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information is sponsored and administered by Litwin Books, LLC, an independent scholarly publisher.

5. Nominations

5.1 Nominations should be submitted via email by June 1, 2015, to

5.2 The submission package should include the following:
(a) The accepted dissertation proposal;
(b) A description of the work done to date;
(c) A letter of recommendation from a dissertation committee member;
(d) An up-to-date curriculum vitae with current contact information.

6. Selection of the Awardee

6.1 Submissions will be judged on merit with emphasis on the following:
(a) Clarity of thought;
(b) Originality;
(c) Relevance to our time;
(d) Evidence of good progress toward completion.

7. Notification

7.1 The winner and any honorable mentions will be notified via letter by July 1, 2015.

Advisory Board

Jonathan Furner, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA
Ron Day, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
John Budd, School of Information & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri

Past Winners

2014: Patrick Gavin, of the University of Western Ontario FIMS, for his dissertation propsoal, titled, "On Informationalized Borderzones: A Study in the Politics and Ethics of Emerging Border Architectures."

2013: Steve McKinlay, of Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia, for his dissertation proposal, titled, "Information Ethics and the Problem of Reference."

Rory Litwin
P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel. 218-260-6115

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