There are two reasons why this is important:
1. The Summit has traditionally been a practitioner-oriented event without much emphasis on the academic / theory side of things. I have written (with Andrea Resmini and Terence) about the problem with this in the Journal of IA piece “Maturing a Practice”. To have a full-day academic workshop at the conference is a big step forward.
2. Both the world and IA have moved on but the dominant voices, publications, conferences and opinions in the field have not. The desire behind the workshop to reposition IA is overdue, vitally important and really exciting. Equally important is that the output won’t be based on opinion but a rigorous, double-blind peer review process based on validated arguments.
The proceedings will be published and as soon as they are I’ll post a link.