Journal Articles

Saab, D.J. and Riss, U.V. (2011) Information as Ontologization, Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 62(11):2236-2246, doi: 10.1002/asi.21615.

Saab, D.J., Tapia, A. Maitland, C.F., VanGorp, A., Maldonado, E., Ngamassi Tchouakeu, L.M., (2012) Inter-organizational Coordination in the Wild: Trust-Building and Collaboration among Field Level ICT Workers in Humanitarian Relief OrganizationsVoluntas, March 2013, 24(1):194-213, doi: 10.1007/s11266-012-9285-x.

Saab, D.J. (2010) Teaching Information Ethics in an iSchool, International Review of Information Ethics, Vol. 14, Dec 2010.

Saab, D.J. (2009) A conceptual investigation of the ontological commensurability of spatial data infrastructures among different cultures, Earth Science Informatics, Special Issue on Spatial Data Infrastructures for the Sustainability of the Brazilian Amazon: Integrating People, Information, and Models, 2(4):283-297, Berlin: Springer.

Book Chapters

Saab, D.J., & Fonseca, F. (2014). Ontological Complexity and Human Culture, in R. Hagengruber & U. Riss (eds.), Philosophy, Computing and Information Science: History and Philosophy of Technoscience: 3, pp. 131-143, London: Pickering & Chatto Publishers.

Saab, D.J. and Riss, U.V. (2010) Logic and Abstraction as Capabilities of the Mind: Reconceptualizations of Computational Approaches to the Mind, In J. Vallverdú (Ed.), Thinking Machines and the Philosophy of Computer Science: Concepts and Principles, pp. 132-148, Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Conference Papers

Klein, G., Hintze, N. & Saab, D. (2013) Thinking Inside the Box: The ShadowBox Method for Cognitive Skill Development, International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making 2013, Marseille, France, May 21-24, 2013.

Saab, D.J. (2011) An Emergent Culture Model for Discerning Tag Semantics in Folksonomies, In iConference ’11 Proceedings of the 2011 iConference, February 8-11, 2011, Seattle, WA.

Saab, D.J. (2010) The Ontology of Tags, Paper presented at iConference 2010, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, February 3-6, 2010. [QuickTime .mov]

Saab, D.J. and Riss, U.V. (2009) Logic and Abstraction as Capabilities of Mind, Paper presented at European Conference on Computing and Philosophy, E-CAP ’09, Madrid, Spain, July 2-4, 2009.

Saab, D.J. (2009) Culture as Mediator for what is Ready-to-hand: A Phenomenological Exploration of Semantic Networks, Paper presented at North American Conference on Computing and Philosophy, NA-CAP ’09, Bloomington, IN, USA, June 14-17, 2009, doi:10.13140/2.1.4865.1841.

Saab, D.J. and Fonseca, F. (2008) Ontological Complexity and Human Culture, Paper presented at Philosophy’s Relevance in Information Science, Paderborn, Germany, October 3-4, 2008, doi:10.13140/2.1.4340.8963.

Saab, D.J. (2008) An Ethnorelative Framework for Information Systems Design, Proceedings of the Fourteenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2008, Toronto, ON, Canada, August 14th-17th 2008. Alternative download from AMCIS.

A.F. van Gorp, L.M. Ngamassi Tchouakeu, C.F. Maitland, D.J. Saab, A. Tapia, E. Maldonado, R. Orendovici, and K. Zhao (2008) VSAT Deployment for Post-Disaster Relief and Development: Opportunities and Constraints for Inter-Organizational Coordination among International NGOs. The 17th Biennial Conference of the International Telecommunications Society. Montreal, Canada, June 24-27, 2008.

Saab, D.J. (2008) On the Importance of Cultural Schemas for Information System Ontologies, Position paper: The First US-China Workshop on GeoCollaborative Crisis Management (GCCM), Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA May 23-24, 2008.

Saab, D.J., Maldonado, E., Orendovici, R., Tchouakeu, L-M, van Gorp, A., Zhao, K., Maitland, C., Tapia, A.H. (2008) Building global bridges: Coordination bodies for improved information sharing among humanitarian relief agencies, in F. Fiedrich and B. Van de Walle (eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International ISCRAM Conference, Washington, DC, USA, May 4-7, 2008, pp. 471-483.

Saab, D.J. (2011) The Ontologization of Tags, PhD Dissertation, College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.


Saab, D.J. (2008) Trust Me. I’m from a Humanitarian Relief Organization, and I’m here to Coordinate. A presentation given at The First US-China Workshop on GeoCollaborative Crisis Management (GCCM), Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA, December 3-5, 2008.

Saab, D.J. (2008) GCCM Concept Mapping Workshop. The First US-China Workshop on GeoCollaborative Crisis Management (GCCM), Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA December 3-5, 2008.

Peters, M., Haynes, S. Saab, D.J., Mentis, H., Durrant, A. (2007) Exploring design as a research activity, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI ’07 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, San Jose, CA, April 28 – May 03, 2007.

Hoffman, B., Mentis, H., Peters, M., Saab, D., Schweitzer, S., Spielvogel, J. (2006) Exploring design as a research activity, Symposium on Designing Interactive Systems, Proceedings of the 6th conference on Designing Interactive Systems, University Park, PA, June 26-28, 2006.


Saab, D.J. (2003) Conceptualizing Space: Mapping Schemas as Meaningful Representations, Master’s Thesis, Lesley University, doi:10.13140/2.1.3030.1767. View a tagcloud of this thesis.

Saab, D.J. (1997) The Dance of the Passamaquoddy: A cultural study of the Passamaquoddy Tribe portrayed through the metaphor of traditional dance, Ethnographic Study, doi:10.13140/2.1.1981.6002.

In Progress

Saab, D.J. and Fonseca, F. (In Revision) Overcoming the Semantic Barrier: Intercultural and Intracultural Usage of Semantic Technologies.

Saab, D.J. and McGill, W. (In revision) Sociocultural factors in the intelligence consumer’s reasoning about analytic confidence.

Saab, D.J. (In progress) An Ethnorelative Values Framework for Sociotechnical Systems Design.

Saab, D.J. and Fonseca, F. (In progress) The Emergent Culture Model and the Ontology of Tags.

Saab, D.J. (In progress) Incentivizing Information Flow in Self-organizing Social Networks during Extreme Events.

Saab, D.J. (In progress) Uncovering the Ethics of Algorithms.