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Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility and Sustainability


The deadline for submissions to IASSIST 2013 has passed

The theme of this year's conference is Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility and Sustainability. This theme reflects recent efforts across the globe by the largest government agencies down to the smaller independent research units to make data (be it survey, administrative, geospatial, or scientific) more open, accessible and understandable for all.

With an ever-increasing availability of new technologies offering unparalleled opportunities to sustainably deliver, share, model and visualize data, we anticipate that there is much to share with and much to learn from one another.  Interdisciplinarity is a large part of where innovation comes from, and we hope to receive submissions from those in the social sciences, humanities, sciences, and computer science fields.

We welcome submissions on the theme outlined above, and encourage conference participants to propose papers and sessions that would be of interest to a diverse audience. In order to make session formation and scheduling more streamlined, we have created three distinct tracks.  If you are not sure where your submission fits, or feel that it fits into more than one track, that’s perfectly fine. Please do still make your submission, and if accepted, we will find an appropriate fit.

Track 1: Research Data Management

  • Best Practices in Processes, Standards and Procedures
  • Staff and Researcher Training
  • Institutional and Disciplinary Approaches and Examples
  • DDI
  • SDMX
  • Other Metadata Schema
  • Taxonomy/Ontologies
  • Data Management Policies and Workflows/Systems
  • Data Archive/Repository Implementations/Systems
  • Data Linkages
  • Data Citation

Track 2: Data Public Services/Librarianship

  • Teaching people to use/work with data
  • Data and Statistical Literacy
  • Data Collection Development in Libraries
  • Explorations of Data Across Subject Areas and Geographic Regions
  • Copyright Clearance/Privacy/Confidential Data
  • IRBs/Office of Research - Working Together with Universities
  • Interdisciplinarity - Promoting Cross-Use

Track 3: Data Developers and Tools

  • Data Dives/Hackathons
  • Data Without Borders
  • API Development
  • OpenData Sites
  • Visualization Software
  • GUIs
  • Data Mining
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Data Tech Platforms (Cloud computing)

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for:

  • Individual presentations (typically 15-20 minutes).  If you are proposing an individual presentation and accepted, you will be grouped into an appropriate session with similarly themed presentations. Sessions, which could take a variety of formats (e.g. a set of three to four presentations, a discussion panel, a discussion with the audience, etc.).  If accepted, the person who proposed the session becomes the session organizer, and is responsible for securing speakers/participants, and a chair/moderator (if not standing in that role him/herself).
  • Posters/demonstrations for the poster session.
  • Pecha Kucha (a presentation of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, with heavy emphasis on visual content) 
  • Round table discussions (these typically take place during lunch, and therefore have limited seating, please indicate how you plan to share the output of your discussion to all of IASSIST).

Session formats are not limited to the ideas above and session organizers are welcome to suggest other formats.

All submissions should include the proposed title and an abstract no longer than 200 words (note: longer abstracts will be returned to be shortened before being considered). Please note that all presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee for the conference; registration for individual days will be available.

Deadline for submission: December 5, 2012
Notification of acceptance: February 5, 2013

Call for Workshops 2013

Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility and Sustainability

The conference committee seeks workshops that highlight this year’s theme Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility and Sustainability. We will look for workshops to fit within three broad areas: Data Management, Data Public Services/Librarianship, and Data Developers/Tools. Below is a sample of possible workshop topics that may be considered:

  • Innovative/disruptive technologies for data management and preservation
  • Infrastructures, tools and resources for data production and research
  • Linked data: opportunities and challenges
  • Metadata standards enhancing the utility of data
  • Challenges and concerns with inter-agency / intra-governmental data sharing
  • Privacy, confidentiality and regulation issues around sensitive data
  • Roles, responsibilities, and relationships in supporting data
  • Facilitating data exchange and sharing across boundaries
  • Data and statistical literacy
  • Data management plans and funding agency requirements
  • Collaboration on research data infrastructure across domains and communities
  • Addressing the digital/statistical divide and the need for trans-national outreach
  • Citation of research data and persistent identifiers
  • The evolving data librarian profession

Successful workshop proposals will blend lecture and active learning techniques.  The conference planning committee will provide the necessary classroom space and computing supplies for workshops.  For previous examples of IASSIST workshops, please see our 2010 workshops and our 2011 workshops. Typically workshops are half-day with 2-hour and 3-hour options. Workshops will be held on May 28, 2013.

The call for workshops is now closed.

Please email Lynda Kellam, the IASSIST Workshop Coordinator, at if you have questions.

Deadline for submission:  December 5, 2012.
Notification of acceptance: February 5, 2013.

IASSIST is an international organization of professionals working in and with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences.  Typical workplaces include data archives/libraries, statistical agencies, research centers, libraries, academic departments, government departments, and non-profit organizations. Visit iassistdata.org  for further information.