[CODATA-international] Call for Sessions – SciDataCon 2021, part of International Data Week 2021
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Sessions – SciDataCon 2021, part of International Data Week 2021
Proposals are invited for sessions at International Data Week’s SciDataCon
2021: Data to Improve our World.
SciDataCon 2021 is an integral part of International Data Week 2021, which
will be held *both virtually and onsite* in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on
8–11 November 2021.
Session proposals should be submitted at: http://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2021/.
The deadline for proposals is *23:59 UTC on 31 March 2021*.
If you have not already done so, you should sign up and create an account
on the SciDataCon website. Needless to say, this is not the same as
registering for the conference. Conference registration will be available
in due course at http://internationaldataweek.org/
About International Data Week and SciDataCon
International Data Week 2021 comprises two founding events: the 18th RDA
Plenary and SciDataCon 2021. SciDataCon is a conference for peer-reviewed
research and practice presentations, which covers all aspects of the role
of data in research, society and policy. As well as the core themes of data
science and data stewardship, Open Science, and FAIR data and services,
SciDataCon shares high-level themes with International Data Week.
SciDataCon 2021: High-level Themes
The overarching theme of IDW 2021 and SciDataCon is *Data to Improve our
World*. In our post-pandemic future, humanity has an opportunity and
obligation to address major challenges, including climate change,
sustainable development, and disaster risk reduction. The digital revolution
and the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, the methods and practices of Open
Science, and of FAIR data and services, give humanity the tools to do so.
Embracing these possibilities requires engagement with society, rigorous
research methods, and good practice in data science and data stewardship.
The theme *Data to Improve our World* explores the nexus of these issues.
The high-level themes of IDW 2021 and SciDataCon include:
1. Data to Improve our World: The role of data to address global
2. The State of Open Science Globally
3. Research Transparency, Accountability, and Reproducibility
4. Data, Research and Industry: The Interface between Data-intensive
Research and Innovation
5. Science and Society: Engagement and participation
6. Empowering and Enabling Society: Data Science and Stewardship
Education and Data Literacy
Session proposals addressing these themes are *particularly* welcome.
SciDataCon 2021: Themes
Also in scope are session proposals addressing any of the below core,
persistent themes of data and research typically addressed in SciDataCon.
Further detail and examples of topics are provided at
*Data and Research: *Data issues in relation to major research questions.
This can include, for example, the availability, findability,
accessibility, interoperability, and reusability of data in different
fields of research; the challenges of combining and integrating data; and
the challenges of effective analysis. The discussion of such data issues
should relate concretely and directly to specific research questions.
*Data Science and Data Analysis: *Frontier scientific, technical, and
epistemological challenges associated with data in research. Topics
relating to data science and data analysis in particular research domains,
or across domains.
*Data Stewardship: *Advances in sustainable, long-term data stewardship.
This could include good practice, organisational and institutional aspects,
and topics related to the FAIR, TRUST, and CARE Principles.
*Policy and Practice of Data in Research: *Data policies and practices, as
well as the role of data in scholarly communications. Data policy and
practices can include their development and harmonization, in addition to
issues around legal interoperability, rights management and privacy; the
value and sustainability of research data infrastructure; and data
publication, metrics, credit, and attribution.
*Data and Education: *Educational and training responses to the
This can include mobilizing capacity in areas such as data science and
addressing needs and gaps in data skills, especially for the modern
workforce; as well as formal education and curricula development to
increase data literacy.
*Data, Society, Ethics, and Politics:* The broader dimensions of data and
data-driven research in relation to society. This can include any issues
concerning the social, legal, and ethical dimensions of data and research;
for example, data sovereignty, the Digital Divide, data openness and
availability, and digital empowerment.
*Open Data, Innovation, Industry and Development:* The interactions among
industry, innovation, and data. This could include collaborations and
partnerships with the private sector around any of topics already mentioned
above, and especially concerning data-driven innovation and development.
Please note that the simple presentation of research results is not in
scope. The primary focus should always be on the data issues in different
fields of research.
Sessions at SciDataCon explore research and practice. Sessions may include
presentations of original research, of interesting data practices, or a mix
of the two. Sessions may be structured around conventional presentations
and discussion, or they may take more interactive formats, including panels
and interactive workshops. All session proposals will be peer-reviewed.
They should be compelling and of interest to the global data community. The
format, structure, and outcomes should be clearly expressed.
Sessions may be structured around a set of invited speakers and presenters,
or they may be open sessions on a given theme that then requests
presentation submissions. *Whether a session is by invitation or open to
submissions should be clearly stated.*
Suggested session types:
- Research Presentations (state clearly if invited presentations or open
- Practice Presentations (state clearly if invited presentations or open
- Mix of Research and Practice Presentations (state clearly if invited
presentations or open to submissions)
- Panel Discussion
- Ignition/Lightning Talks and Structured Discussion
- Group Discussions (World Café)
- Workshop Session (state format)
- None of the above (you may suggest an alternative format, but you
should describe it clearly)
Proposing a SciDataCon Session
Please take into account the following considerations when preparing your
proposal for a SciDataCon 2021 session.
- Sessions will be 90 minutes in duration.
- Session proposals should explicitly address one or more of the
conference themes outlined at
- Session proposals should clearly describe the format and ‘type’ of the
session: see above and
for information about the different formats of sessions that are
- The proposed session structure should allow sufficient time for
interaction and discussion with participants and audience.
Your proposal should:
- Explain the significance of the issues to be tackled in the session.
- Provide a clear description of the approach, structure, format, and
suggested agenda for the session.
- Provide as much information as possible about proposed speakers and
the subject of their papers, or state clearly that it is an open session,
actively soliciting presentations (i.e., that the purpose of the session
proposal is to address an important topic and create a space on the
programme to which papers on this topic may be submitted).
- Be no shorter than 300 words and no longer than 900 words.
Next Steps and Timescales
The deadline for session proposals is *23:59 UTC on 31 March 2021*.
Selected sessions will be notified *by 1 May 2021*.
The Call for Sessions will be followed by a general Call for Presentations,
which will open *on 1 May 2021* with a deadline of *23:59 UTC on 30 June
The Call for Presentations will invite:
1. Presentations specifically for sessions approved from the current
2. Presentations submitted independent of approved sessions to ‘General
Submissions’ (which, if selected, will be organised into thematic sessions
by the SciDataCon Programme Committee).
It is the responsibility of the organisers of an accepted session to ensure
that invited speakers for the session submit their abstracts by the
The SciDataCon Programme Committee may allocate paper(s) from the general
Call for Presentations to a session if appropriate and with the agreement
of the session organisers.
Selected presentations will be notified by *31 July 2021,* when we hope
also to publish an outline programme.
Summary of Key Dates
15 December 2020 Release call for sessions
31 March 2021 Deadline for session proposals
1 May 2021 Release call for presentations
30 June 2021 Deadline for presentations
31 July 2021 Publish programme
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