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IDIMC 2014

Abstract Submission Deadline: 6 June 2014
IDIMC 2014 ‘Making Connections’
International Data and Information Management Conference
17 September 2014 Loughborough, UK

The Centre for Information Management <; at Loughborough University, in collaboration with the British Computer Society Data Management Specialist Group<; is pleased to announce its inaugural International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC), taking place on 17th September 2014.

The conference will bring together researchers, managers and policy makers from academia, industry, government, commerce and the third sector. The overarching theme of this year’s conference is ‘making connections’ to reflect the interconnected nature of data, knowledge creation and information management.

The day will comprise a series of invited and contributed papers and posters and excellent networking opportunities throughout the day.

Confirmed Speakers include
Dr Mark Harrison, Director Auto-ID Lab, Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge.
Professor Tom Wilson, University of Sheffield

Programme Committee
Christine L. Borgman, Presidential Chair & Professor of Information Studies, University of California
Guy Fitzgerald, Professor of Information Systems, Loughborough University
Robert Galliers, Distinguished Professor in Information Systems, Bentley University
Michael Myers, Professor of Information Systems, University of Auckland
Reijo Savolainen, Professor at the Department of Information Studies, University of Tampere
Philip Woodall, Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Conference theme: Making Connections
The information society and knowledge based economy rely on the organisation and retrieval of data and information; the processes associated with knowledge creation; and the knowledge required to design, develop and implement solutions that enable the exploitation of knowledge, data and information. However, it is when the contribution of these strands of important research are combined and integrated that their influence has the power to make breakthrough impacts on the information society and knowledge based economy. Therefore, the overarching theme of the conference is ‘making connections’, and we particularly encourage papers that reflect the interconnections and links between some of the key areas of interest outlined below.

Topics of interest
IDIMC welcomes submissions for oral presentations, and for posters, within, but not limited to, the following areas of data and information management:
•               Big data
•               Organisation and Information Retrieval
•               Data analytics, enterprise data and business intelligence
•               Data quality management
•               Open and linked data
•               Data integration, cloud computing and data warehousing
•               Master data management
•               Data visualization
•               Managing industrial data
•               Industrial data and information value
•               Knowledge creation
•               Knowledge management
•               Sharing information securely
•               People’s information behaviour
•               People centred design
•               Enterprise Information Management
•               Management of Information Systems
•               Information management benefits realization
•               Monitoring information management impact
•               Evaluating information management impact

•               Systems development methodologies
Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings published by LISU, Loughborough University.

Important dates
Submissions open: 5 March 2014
Submission deadline: 6 June 2014
Notification of authors: 4 July 2014
Deadline for final papers 29 August 2014
Conference: 17 September 2014

Submission process
Each proposal should be made using the submission template available from <;  including details of authors/presenters, the proposal type (oral presentation or poster) and an abstract of 1,000 words. The completed form should be emailed to the Conference organisers:<>. All documents should be in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format. The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 6 June 2014.

Accepted authors will be required to submit a full paper of between 3,000 and 5,000 words before the final submission date: Friday 29th August 2014.

Registration information
For all accepted papers and posters, at least one presenter must register for the conference; discounted rates will be available. Registration will open in May 2014. Please email the organisers ( <>) to register interest and receive advance notification of registration.

Contact details
For further information, please email the conference organisers:<> or visit the conference website



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The growth of education systems and the construction of the state have always been connected. The processes of governing education systems always utilized data through a range of administrative records, pupil testing, efficiency surveys and international projects. By the late twentieth century, quantitative data had gained enormous influence in education systems through the work of the OECD, the European Commission and national system agencies. The creation and flow of data has become a powerful governing tool in education. Comparison between pupils, costs, regions and states has grown ever more important.

The visualization of this data, and its range of techniques, has changed over time, especially in its movement from an expert to a public act. Data began to be explained to a widening audience to shape its behaviours and its institutions. 

The use of data in education systems and the procedures by which the data are constructed has not been a major part of the study of education, nor of the histories of education systems. This volume of contributions, drawn from different times and spaces in education, will be a useful contribution to comparative historical studies.


Martin Lawn. Introduction. The Rise of Data in Education

Martin Lawn. The Internationalisation of Education Data: exhibitions, tests, standards and associations

Marcelo Caruso. Policing Validity and Reliability: expertise, data accumulation and data parallelisation in Bavaria, 1873-1919

Noah W. Sobe. Educational Data at Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century International Expositions: ‘accomplished results’ and ‘instruments and apparatuses’

Joakim Landahl & Christian Lundahl. (Mis-)Trust in Numbers: shape shifting and directions in the modern history of data in Swedish educational reform

Ian Grosvenor & Siân Roberts. Systems and Subjects: ordering, differentiating and institutionalising the modern urban child

Inés Dussel. Counting, Describing, Interpreting: a study on early school census in Argentina, 1880-1900

Joyce Goodman. Visualising Girls’ Secondary Education in Interwar Europe: Amélie Arató’s L’Enseignement secondaire des jeunes filles en Europe

Romuald Normand. Governing Population: the emergence of a political arithmetic of inequalities in education. A Comparison Between the United Kingdom and France


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PISA, Power, and Policy: the emergence of global educational governance HEINZ-DIETER MEYER & AARON BENAVOT

Europeanizing Education: governing a new policy space MARTIN LAWN & SOTIRIA GREK


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Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

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Rosi Braidotti. Posthuman Humanities

Gita Steiner-Khamsi. What is Wrong with the ‘What-Went-Right’ Approach in Educational Policy?

Fuensanta Hernández Pina. Constitution, Education and Research


Governing Education Systems by Shaping Data: from the past to the present, from national to international perspectives


Valérie Lussi Borer & Martin Lawn. Introduction. Governing Education Systems by Shaping Data: from the past to the present, from national to international perspectives   OPEN ACCESS

Xavier Pons. The Science from the State: the production of data by the statisticians of the French Ministry of Education, 1957-2007

Jean-Louis Guereña & Antonio Viñao. Power, Information and Control: school statistics and the Spanish educational system (nineteenth century and first third of the twentieth century)

Véronique Czáka, Mathilde Freymond & Valérie Lussi Borer. ‘A Necropolis of Numbers’: data production in Switzerland’s decentralised education system

Thomas Ruoss. Historical Change in the Production and Legitimisation of Education Statistics in Switzerland

Martin Lawn. Voyages of Measurement in Education in the Twentieth Century: experts, tools and centres

Christian Ydesen, Kari Ludvigsen & Christian Lundahl. Creating an Educational Testing Profession in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, 1910-1960

António Nóvoa. Numbers Do Not Replace Thinking


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