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Deadline for receiving originals: Thursday, 30 June, 2016

Issue 37 (December 2016)
Focus on: Social/cooperative writing 
Coordinators: Daniel Cassany: and Marià Marín:
Deadline for submissions: 30/06/2016
Author’s guidelines:

The rise of the use of the internet in all spheres of life has led to the emergence of new forms of cooperative reading and writing. We are now accustomed to reading Wikipedia entries and helping to correct the errors; asking or answering a question about language use on WordReference; sharing reviews of restaurants or hotels on TripAdvisor; accepting or rejecting comments made by readers of our latest blog post; using Google Drive to amend the research project we are carrying out with colleagues from different countries; searching a company’s online database, or playing alongside others in a war video game, among other things. These social reading and writing practices are gradually spreading to the point where, today, many “digital residents” host their texts in the cloud, begin their daily work reviewing the updates that have been made during the night or over the weekend and spend much of their time interacting online with collaborators (co-authors, reviewers, technicians, etc.) spread across the globe using countless screens, interfaces and programs. Before the advent of the internet, production of written works was also cooperative (with co-authors, editors, proofreaders, typesetters, designers, booksellers, etc.), but with fewer resources and possibilities.

In this special issue BiD is to explore some of the most important aspects of this social practice of cooperatively reading and writing on the internet. The aspects to be covered include:

1. Organization of online cooperation. Exploring how digital communities develop and structure themselves to cooperatively develop complex reading and writing tasks (multilingual, multimodal, specialist, etc.). We are interested in self-managed (fanfic, scanlation, bloggers, gamers, etc.) and official communities (institutional websites, corporate databases, etc.). How do people find each other on the internet? How do they distribute their roles? How do they collaborate and help each other? What problems arise? Etc. How do they manage to achieve significant milestones that an individual would find hard to achieve on their own.

2. Negotiation between co-authors, disciplines and cultures. How do interdisciplinary communities (including artists and scientists, scientists from different disciplines, etc.) from different places (Spanish speakers worldwide, and co-authors and audiences with varying levels of knowledge) interact on the internet and reach agreements to develop a unique product that they all feel represents them. Digital collapse and how to handle it.

3. Basic forms of web-based content production (prosumers): creation, aggregation and curation. Exploring the behaviour of internet users in these tasks in different environments (formal and informal, public and private, work and leisure, etc.).

4. Ethics. Rules and regulations linked to cooperating online, including the various forms of copyright, the concept of authorship, citation, copying and pasting, remix or plagiarism and its handling in different settings (education, arts, leisure, personal).

5. Different digital genres. Synchronous (chat and video games) and asynchronous (email, blog, wiki, web, etc.) forms of collaborative online writing.

6. Collective writing in different contexts: education (collaborative online teaching and learning), research (groups in different physical locations), art (cooperative digital literature), trade, etc. The similarities and differences between cooperative activity in various fields such as information and communication or creativity (art and science), and the generation of new forms of management, distribution, reception and creativity.

7. The transformations caused by online cooperation in the uses, habits, practices and texts of the community. How do language, norms, roles, identities, attitudes and values change due to cooperative experiences? How do the tasks of the different agents involved in the production of written texts (authors, proof-readers, graphic designers, editors, booksellers, librarians, readers, etc.) change?

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Deadline for receiving originals: Saturday, 31 October, 2015
Issue 36 (June 2016)
Focus on: “Innovation in products and information services”
Coordinator: Julio Alonso Arévalo
Deadline for submissions: 31/10/2015
Author’s guidelines:

Technological advances are not a neutral element in the context of information. The introduction of new digital products serves as a catalyst and driving force of new services, which are based on innovative concepts such as open, remix and social aspects that somehow affect the ways in which content is accessed, owned and managed, and received by end users. Therefore, we should analyse these issues in order to make a diagnosis of the current situation and to verify the changes in our professional practices. This mutation of the concept of information represents a fundamental change in the nature of what we do and how we do it. From this point of view, information services have evolved from places to get some information in a passive way to places of a deliberately proactive nature, able to involve and engage the community. When we talk about innovation, it is especially important to detect what might be called a “best practice”, so that in the near future these innovations become common practice, able to be applied and adapted to any level of information.

This is a particularly sensitive context in terms of creativity and innovation, with the very specific objective of responding positively to the needs, demands and expectations of citizens today, immersed in a world where information and knowledge are basic needs that may serve as the best alternatives to better compete in the digital age. It seems inevitable that all information services must reinvent themselves from a new set of parameters inherent to the digital world in which users are increasingly involved, forming new ways of accessing information, new products and new services, in line with a creative and innovative society.

Thus, in the present monograph on innovation in products and information services, we offer a range of topics, such as:
- Changes in innovative concepts and information services
- Trends in the various areas related to information
- Evaluation of best practices; evidence-based practices
- Influence of changes in access, management and training - Transfer and adaptation of innovative practices  
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Deadline for receiving originals: Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

Issue 35 (December 2015)
Focus on: Education and Research
Coordinator: Ernest Abadal
Deadline for submissions: June 30
Authors guidelines:

Challenges for Library and Information Science (LIS) education and research
The Escola Superior de Bibliotecàries (School of Librarians) was created in 1915 to train the staff of the public libraries that were to open in Catalonia from 1918 onwards. Initially, training focused on library organization and printed books as the standard document type.
In 1931, Charles C. Williamson published “The place of research in library service” in the first issue of Library Quarterly – one of the first papers on research in our discipline. It described the characteristics of research in Library and Information Science (LIS) and tried to explain why there was so little research at the time.
Great progress has been made since then, both in education and research. The time that has passed offers us the chance to take stock on the current challenges for LIS education and research. Indeed, this is the goal of the proposed special issue of the BiD journal, and of the Third International Seminar on LIS Education and Research ( organized to mark the centenary of the Escola Superior de Bibliotecàries.
In broad terms, some of the issues to be looked at in terms of education are:
- What are the current problems and what changes need to be made to courses to meet current needs?
- What kind of new teaching methods need to be introduced?
- Which bachelor’s and master’s degree courses should be offered?
- What skills do LIS professionals need?
- How can the courses be made more attractive to high-school graduates?
- How will MOOCs affect the university courses offered?
And in terms of research:
- What are the current issues and methods in LIS?
- Which disciplines are collaborated with most?
- What impact does research have in the profession?
- What kind of transfer takes place and in which sectors?

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Deadline for receiving originals: Sunday, 30 November, 2014


Issue 34 (June 2015)
Focus on: data
Coordinator: Julià Minguillón
Deadline for reception of originals: 30 November 2014
Authors guidelines:

“Data is the new oil,” said Clive Humby, a mathematician who helped with the Tesco customer loyalty card system. “Data is the new soil,” corrected David McCandless, journalist, designer and expert in data visualization. You cannot talk about the Information and Knowledge Society without mentioning the raw material: data. It has been said that someone living in the middle ages could not fill a newspaper with all the events that happened during their lifetime; whereas now we are surrounded by data. Indeed, we ourselves are an important source of data, feeding all sorts of administrative and corporate processes. Thanks to the rise of the web 2.0 and social networks and the widespread use of mobile devices we can track the daily activities of people, sensors, services or processes on a minute scale. The current technological capacity to store and retrieve these huge amounts of data is virtually infinite, but the same cannot be said for our capacity to process and analyse them or extract knowledge.

This issue of BiD includes a series of rigorous studies of each of the stages of the data lifecycle, from the capture and preprocessing to the description, publication and preservation, and finally the analysis and visualization from the dual perspective of Open Data and Big Data.

BiD has opened a call for original papers in the following areas:

  • Aspects related to the management and preservation of massive datasets (Data Curation)
  • Open data portals and repositories
  • Technological challenges for managing massive datasets
  • Transparency and open government: data as a driver for better democracy
  • Sharing scientific data: finding new synergies and reducing scientific misconduct
  • Ethical and legal aspects related to the use of open data
  • Data journalism: fact-based story-telling
  • Industry experience in the use of scenarios based on open data: education, e-commerce, health, etc.
  • Citizen initiatives as drivers of change in society based on the use of open data
  • From infographics to interactive visualizations: data as search interface
  • Basic skills for data scientists, the profile of future 21st-century citizens?
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Deadline for receiving originals: Saturday, 31 May, 2014
Issue 33 (Decembre 2014)
Focus on: audiovisual content
Coordinator: Javier Guallar
Deadline for reception of originals: 31 May 2014
Authors guidelines:
In the current information and communication scenario, audiovisual content has achieved prominence. Audiovisual creations, productions and information in different contexts --TV, movies, Internet ...- represent a prolific field of interest today, both from professional and academic viewpoints. This planned issue of the journal BiD aims to present a vision --based on rigorous studies-- concerning the audiovisual sector and related questions such as the use, management, creation, preservation and dissemination of audiovisual content.

BiD is making an appeal for original works that address, among other topics, the following:

- Theoretical analysis of the characteristics of audiovisual information.
- Methods and processes of management, use or dissemination of audiovisual content.
- Professional experience with the use, management and dissemination of audiovisual content.
- Audiovisual material from television broadcasting.
- Audiovisual material from cinema.
- Audiovisual material available on the internet.
- Sound and graphic documentation.
- Digitization of audiovisual archives.
- Preservation of audiovisual content.
- Economic analysis of the audiovisual industry.
- Training for audiovisual professionals.

Those interested in contributing articles should follow the instructions for authors ( and send the proposed texts by 31 May 2014.
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Deadline for receiving originals: Wednesday, 15 January, 2014
Issue 32 (June 2014)
Focus on: the profession and training
Coordinators: Virginia Ortiz-Repiso and Ana Reyes
Deadline for reception of originals: 15 January 2014
Authors guidelines:

The UOC Information and Communication Sciences Department has been co-editor of the BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentació ( journal since last June. The journal was first published 15 years ago by the former College of Librarians, what is now the Faculty of Library and Information Sciences, at the University of Barcelona.

We would like to take advantage of this call for papers to let you know about the upcoming issue 32 and encourage you to send in your proposals.

Issue 32 of BiD (June 2014) will focus on the profession and training, in their widest senses. The guest editors for this issue will be doctors Virginia Ortiz-Repiso and Ana Reyes, both members of faculty in the Library and Documentation Sciences Department of Carlos III University, Madrid.

The profession is undergoing constant change due, fundamentally, to the evolution of technologies that bring with them new tasks and new services. Analysis, assessment and re-assessment of the training received by information specialists is nothing new; indeed, it is vital that it be carried out periodically to detect weaknesses and opportunities. This monographic issue will look to analyse the current situation and the future prospects for the profession.

BiD has opened a call for original works for this issue in the following areas, among others:
- University training of professionals for different types of libraries.
- New professional profiles: why and for whom.
- Adapting the course offering to the requirements of professional profiles.
- Who are the employers at a time of crisis?
- Lack of awareness of Information and Documentation Sciences degree courses: reasons and solutions.
- Interdisciplinary nature of Library and Documentation Sciences curriculums: bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
- Master’s degree student profiles: better, worse or just different.
- Analysis of course offerings: bachelor’s and master’s degrees and specialization courses.
- Visibility and social standing of courses and the profession.
- Competencies, professional development and the job market.
- Researcher training: master’s and doctoral degrees.
- The demand for the profession at a time of crisis.
- Uncertified professionals working in all or almost all sectors of information and communication.

Those interested in writing for the journal should follow the guidelines for authors ( and send in their proposed texts by 15 January 2014.