[Rasch] International Objective Measurement Workshop's 17th biennial conference

Mark Moulton markhmoulton at gmail.com
Wed Jul 31 04:13:27 EST 2013

Dear Patrick,

Achh, you're right.  I've been flipping May and March all summer for some


On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 3:30 AM, Patrick B. Fisher <
pfisher at sportsmeasures.com> wrote:

>  Mark,
> I suspect you meant March 31, not May 31?
> Patrick
>  On 7/30/2013 3:00 AM, Mark Moulton wrote:
> Dear Rasch Colleagues,
>  The International Objective Measurement Workshop (IOMW) conference
> planning committee announces the 17th biennial international conference,
> and a *call for papers*, on the theme:
>  *"Democratizing Measurement"*
>  Mark the dates now!
>  *When*
> Workshops on Monday, May 31, 2014
> Conference on Tuesday, April 1 -- Wednesday, April 2, 2014
>  (Immediately preceding AERA and NCME)
>  *Where*
> Hilton Garden Inn, Philadelphia
> 1100 Arch Street,
> Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
>  *Details, Registration, and Paper/Presentation Guidelines*
> http://iomw2014.eventbrite.com/
>  (Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page!)
>  As the organizer for 2014, I feel a need to say some personal words
> about this conference.  The IOMW has always occupied an odd and precious
> role in my professional life.  It is the closest thing to a "Rasch home"
> that I know, perhaps the oldest continuous venue of the Rasch community.
>  It doesn't feel like a industry conference, nor even an academic or
> scientific conference.  It is where individuals from a variety of Rasch
> schools -- schools centered in Europe, Australia, Chicago, Colorado,
> Berkeley, Hong Kong, and elsewhere -- share a passion for a certain way of
> looking at the world.  It is composed of practitioners, academics,
> theorists, philosophers, cranks, and warriors.  That a mere "methodology",
> a *probability model*, should evoke these kinds of passions, attract this
> diversity of individuals, is odd to say the least.
>  I want to be honest here.  IOMW and the Rasch community feel somewhat
> marginal to me now.  The trends of the last decade or so have been against
> us.  The crowning idea of our community -- specific objectivity -- seems to
> have gotten lost in the fog somehow.  It should be ubiquitous.  In an
> effort to reclaim the centrality and importance of Rasch's core ideas, we
> in the IOMW organizing committee have been thinking hard about how to
> expand, clarify, and deepen the subject matter of our community
> interactions.
>  As you peruse the IOMW registration website and primary website, you
> will see that we are opening the workshop to a range of papers, topics, and
> formats that may seem new, though they are not.  If you ever suppressed
> ideas relating to the practice, theory, and philosophy of measurement, or
> because you felt your applications, constructs, or theories were outside
> the mainstream of our community, this is the conference -- maybe the only
> conference -- where you will have a chance to break out of the bubble.
>  There will be no parallel sessions, no speaking to an empty room.
>  If you have drifted away from IOMW over the years, I ask you to give it
> another look.  I ask you to invite friends and colleagues who are on the
> edge of our community.  I and the other members of the organizing committee
> are extremely interested in figuring out what IOMW needs, and what Rasch
> modeling wants to be, over the next decade or so.
>  We look forward to the pleasure of your company next April.
>  Yours Truly,
>  Mark H. Moulton (lead 2014 organizer)
> with Jade Caines, Brent Duckor, Stefanie Sebok, Gregory Stone, and Richard
> Smith
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