SciDataCon 2018: Call for abstracts and posters

SciDataCon 2018 will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’.  In a hyperconnected world where the internet is pervasive and web technologies are driving major changes in our lives, research has become more than ever before digital and international.  Furthermore, the major societal and scientific challenges facing humanity in this digital age are profoundly global in character, requiring the participation of researchers from all countries and disciplines. The data revolution is also a major source of the scientific opportunities to address these issues but to realise these potentials the frontiers of science, data analysis and stewardship must be advanced.  Likewise, the data revolution must be inclusive, benefitting all,  and harnessing all energies: no parts of the world and no disciplines should be left behind.
SciDataCon 2018 seeks to explore the digital frontiers of global science by bringing together research and practice papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.
The high-level themes of the 2018 edition are:
  • the digital frontiers of global science;
  • a global and inclusive data revolution;
  • applications, progress and challenges of data intensive research;
  • data infrastructure and enabling practices for international and collaborative research.
SciDataCon 2018 will take place on 5-8 November in Gaborone, Botswana as part of International Data Week convened by CODATA, the ICSU World Data System and the Research Data Alliance.

Call for Papers:

For SciDataCon we request that proposals should be submitted for research papers, practice papers, lightning talks and panel contributions: https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/submit/

In some cases, session organisers will be inviting proposals, but please note that you may submit a proposal to any accepted session if you think your proposal is a good fit with that session topic.

Abstracts must be submitted to an accepted session or to the General Submission session. Select the appropriate option to submit your abstract. Abstracts submitted to specific sessions will be reviewed for their individual quality and according to their appropriateness for that session. Abstracts submitted to the General Submission option will be reviewed for individual quality and, if accepted, will be assigned to an accepted session or grouped into thematic sessions.

Accepted abstracts will be available from the conference website and will form a persistent collection, so please consider the following recommendations carefully:

  • Please submit your proposal of a length appropriate to the intervention. For example, we recommend that the proposal for a research paper should be 800-1600 words and for a practice paper 600-1000 words.  For lightning talks or panel interventions 300-600 words is sufficient.  These are guides and please use your judgement.  We strongly discourage proposals of more than 1600 words.
  • Submission must include a summary.  The summary should be brief – 100-250 words, and certainly no more than 250 words.

Call for Posters:

Posters will be an important feature of SciDataCon 2018. The organisers will endeavour to ensure that all poster presenters have an opportunity to give a lightning talk as well as participating in the poster reception.  Posters can often be a more effective way of communicating key technical features of a paper and providing a visual summary that really engages the viewer.

Poster Abstracts may be submitted to an accepted session or to the General Submission session. Select the appropriate option to submit your Poster abstract: https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/submit/

  • For a Poster Abstract we suggest 800-1600 words and no more than 1600 words in length.
  • Submission must include a summary.  The summary should be brief – 100-250 words, and certainly no more than 250 words.

Please describe the subject of the proposed poster in as much detail as possible. Describe the structure of the poster. Above all, let us know:

  • why will this be an interesting feature of the conference?
  • why is it particularly suited to a poster and/or demo session?
  • why the poster or demo will catch delegates’ attention and why will they stop and listen to you?

Deadline: 30 April 2018