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.