Welcome to WIS 2020


in Turku, Finland on 26-28.8.2020  26-27.8.2020

Every time, WIS seeks high-quality contributions based both on scientific research and practical experience. The conference is multidisciplinary in nature, gives room for qualitative and quantitative analysis, empirical surveys, case studies as well as for conceptual work; thereby making WIS a perfect forum for exchange of information and ideas. Welcome to WIS 2020!

Since 2006, WIS has focused on various topics from the field of Well-being in Information Society. The overarching themes of the WIS were:

2018 – Fighting Inequalities
2016 – Building Sustainable Health Ecosystems
2014 – Safe and Secure Cities
2012 – Exploring the Abyss of Inequalities
2010 – Navigating the Fragmented Innovation Landscape
2008 – Promoting Health in Urban Living
2006 – European Cooperation in Health Impact Assessment

WIS 2020 was held as an online-conference.  We thank all the stakeholders for their efforts!

Hope to see you in WIS 2022!

Call For Papers


26 – 28 August 2020 Turku Finland

Welcome to WIS 2020, which looks for innovations and fresh ideas in the cross-section of urban living, information society and health as understood in a wide sense. Starting in 2006, this is now the eighth conference in its series. WIS 2020 seeks high-quality contributions based both on scientific research and practical experience. The conference is multidisciplinary in nature, gives room for qualitative and quantitative analysis, empirical surveys, case studies as well as for conceptual work; thereby making WIS 2020 a perfect forum for exchange of information and ideas.


The overreaching theme of the conference is “Fruits of Respect”. Issues of interest include but are not limited to:

  • role of respect and similar assets in society and organizations
  • measuring and defining respect in organizational and societal settings
  • respect and health and social care delivery
  • respect in information systems settings
  • individual and respect
  • showing respect to citizen, customers and patients
  • case studies of organizational and societal failures caused by missing respect
  • responsible research and innovation
  • trust and respect in healthcare IS
  • welfare systems’ ethics
  • ethical issues in eSociety


WIS 2020 will accept full-length manuscripts of 4000 – 5000 words.

All accepted full conference papers will be published in Springer series CCIS Communications in Computer and Information Science:

CCIS series

Conference proceedings of WIS 2018

All WIS proceedings by Springer: https://link.springer.com/conference/wis-wb

Best papers, as further developed versions, will be published in two journals in autumn 2021:

  • Finnish Journal of eHealth and eWelfare

Journal website

Special issue of WIS 2018

  • International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices

Journal website

Special issue of WIS 2018

Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings templates (e.g, WORD format) for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.

Manuscripts submitted for review should be in the WORD format. Please find the munascrip templates and submit your contribution in the selected category through the link in the conference website: https://ocs.springer.com/ocs/home/WIS2020

Manuscript Template: WIS 2020 full paper template


Deadline for submissions                                     31.03.2020 21.04.2020

Notification of acceptance                                   10.05.2020

Final versions and author registration             10.06.2020


WIS 2020 is organized by University of Turku in co-operation with Åbo Akademi University, Tampere University, Turku University of Applied Sciences, and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare.


WIS 2020 will have two top-level keynote speakers.

Tobias Mettler is a professor at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, University of Lausanne. His research focusses on issues related to technology adoption, digital transformation, data-driven decision-making, and business models in the public sector. He is the principal and co-investigator of several large national and international funded research projects on technologies for improving health, wellbeing, security, and demographic change. His interdisciplinary-oriented research has appeared in journals, such as the International Journal of Medical Informatics, Government Information Quarterly, Journal of Information Technology, Information Systems Journal, European Journal on Information Systems, and Technological Forecasting & Social Change.

Dr. Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki is currently serving as the Director-General of Strategic Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. She joined the Ministry in 2010 as the Director of the Health Care Group, concentrating on the health system performance and hospital reform issues. Previously she was employed as the Senior Medical Advisor of the Finnish Association of Local and Regional Authorities in 2004-2009, Chief of Emergency and Acute Care of the Helsinki University Hospital District in 2000-2004 and as a specialist and Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the University of Turku, Finland. Since 2017 she has chaired the Steering Committee of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, a WHO hosted partnership supporting evidence-informed health policymaking. Most recently, she has been actively involved in the Finnish EU Council Presidency during the second half of 2019.    



Conference: Well-Being in the Information Society – Fruits of Respect

Wednesday 26.8

10.00 Opening words

10.15 Keynote 1

           Professor Tobias Mettler, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

           The Bright and Dark Side of a Connected Workplace for Health and Well-Being

11.00 Session 1 Core concepts for ethical considerations in data utilizationChair: Kai Kimppa

11.00 Mikko Vermanen, Jani Koskinen & Ville Harkke “Internet of Things (IoT) Data Accessibility: Ethical Considerations”

11.30 Milla Aavakare & Shahrokh Nikoum Challenging the Concept of Digital Competency – Through the Assessment of Information Literacy and Digital Literacy”

12.00 Jani Koskinen & Minna Rantanen “What is a PHR? Definitions of Personal Health Record (PHR) Used in Literature — a Systematic Literature Review”

12.30 Sami Hyrynsalmi, Sonja M. Hyrynsalmi & Kai K. Kimppa “Blockchain Ethics: A Systematic Literature Review of Blockchain Research”

14.00 Session 2 Respecting vulnerable groupsChair: Mirella Cacace

14.00 Konsta Rantakangas & Raija Halonen”Special Needs of Elderly in Using Web-Based Services”

14.30 Hanna Kirjavainen & Harri Jalonen “The Many Faces of Social Withdrawal in Hikikomori”

15.00 Saaga Somerkoski “Youth Attitudes towards Immigrants in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland”

16.00 Session 3 Improving quality and containing cost in health care through digitalization?Chair: Raija Halonen

16.00 Ágústa Pálsdóttir “The Adoption of New Health Information and Communication Technology: Perception of the Abilities to Use New Technology and Possibilities to get Help at it” 

16.30 Heini Utunen “Basic Occupational Health and Safety Training for Ebola Virus Disease Missions – Reaching Frontline Responders”

17.00 Olli Sjöblom, Sonja Turnbull-Smith, Heikki Minn & Jani Keyriläinen “Comparison of Cost and Time Effectiveness between CT- and MRI-Based Radiotherapy Workflow for Prostate Cancer”

Thursday 27.8

10.15 Session 4: Using Information Technology respectfully to improve customer servicesChair: Gunilla Widén

10.15 Chenglong Li “Comprehending User Satisfaction with Smoking-Cessation Online Health Communities: A Social Support Perspective”

10.45 Stefan Stepanovic “Incentivizing the Use of Quantified Self Devices: The Cases of Digital Occupational Health Programs and Data-Driven Health Insurance Plans”

11.15 Keynote 2

           Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland

           The Economy of Wellbeing and the COVID 19 Crisis

12.00 Session 4: Using Information Technology respectfully to improve customer servicesChair: Gunilla Widén

12.00 Ting Long “Understanding the Social Media Use in Tourism: An Affordance Perspective”

13.30 Session 5 Collecting the fruits of respect in entrepreneurship and organizationsChair: Brita Somerkoski

13.30 Mari Hartemo & Mika Suutari “Utilizing Digital Tools to Enable Participation and Promote Respect”

14.00 Phuong Thao & Shahrokh Nikou “Trust and Respect in Entrepreneurial Information Seeking Behaviours”

14.30 Minna Rantanen & Jani Koskinen “Respecting the Individuals of Data Economy Ecosystems”

15.30 Session 6 Expressing respect through participation and understandingChair: Jani Koskinen

15.30 Rima Gibbings & Nilmini Wickramasinghe “Respecting the Patients’ Needs: Supporting Connected Care Using the Accountability Shared Model”

16.00 Mary Sio Lai Karppinen, Jori Karppinen & Raija Halonen “Understanding the Difficulties of People with Dementia and Their Caretakers in Finland”

16.30 Brita Somerkoski, Päivi Granö &Teija Koskela “Practical Training in Teacher Education: Reflecting Physical and Psychological Learning Environment”

17.00 Summary, best paper award and final words

17.30 End of the conference

Workshop track

Wednesday 26.8.2020

13.00 – 15.30    Better Prevention with New Technologies and Participatory Approach

How to tackle lifestyle-related diseases with new technologies and participatory approach? We are presenting the main results of the three-year Interreg project by introducing the new intervention model. The key elements of the model are the participation of the user group and the co-creation process.

BaltCityPrevention Project

Further information, program, and registration: https://baltcityprevention.eu/finalconference

15.30 – 16.00    How Clients Can Participate in Healthcare and Social Services?  

Healthcare professionals and experts by experience promoting together clients/patients participation – Experimental knowledge meets professional knowledge – Call for a new learning culture 

ASKO-Project, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, ESR 

Project coordinator Mari Turja, University of Tampere

Central Finland Central Hospital, Jyväskylä (mari.turja@tuni.fihttps://www.ttl.fi/tutkimushanke/asko-hanke/

Thursday 27.8.2020

9.15 – 10.00       DiWIL – The Impact of Information Literacy in the Digital Workplace 

This panel will discuss the role of information literacy (IL) in the workplace context. Information literacy is the set of integrated information skills, including the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, the use of information in creating new knowledge, and the ability to participate ethically in communities of learning (ACRL 2015). In the workplace context, the focus is on how the organization deals with information in order to perform effectively, and how individuals and teams contribute to handling information in a good and efficient way (Forster 2017). Workplace information literacy brings forward the importance of acknowledging that employees and managers need resources to develop their information handling skills which they need when transferring their work practices through digitalization projects.

Professor Gunilla Widén, Åbo Akademi University