[CODATA-international] Fwd: Updated Call for Papers: Data for Policy 2021

YARIME Masaru yarimemasa at gmail.com
Mon Mar 15 23:30:30 EDT 2021

Dear colleagues,

I would like to inform you that the Data for Policy Conference 2021 will
take place on September 14-16, 2021 at University College London.

The International Organisation Committee is currently inviting papers for
presentation, which would also be considered for potential post-conference
publications in Data & Policy (Cambridge University Press). The deadline
for submissions is March 25, 2021.

Sustainable development, climate change, and the environment are among the
areas that are highlighted as being of special interest. In Special Track
7: Facilitating Data-Driven
Innovation for Sustainability: Policy Frameworks and
Measures for Data Governance, we will discuss opportunities and challenges
in policy frameworks and measures to facilitate data-driven
innovation for sustainability.

Thank you very much for your kind consideration.

Best regards,

YARIME Masaru, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Public Policy (PPOL), The Hong Kong
University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Office: Room 4611 (Lift 31/32), PPOL, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong
Kong SAR
Phone: +852-3469-2283; E-mail: yarime at ust.hk; Web:
https://ppol.ust.hk/ppl/faculty/prof_masaru_yarime; http://yarime.net/
Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Science, Technology,
Engineering & Public Policy, University College London
Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The
University of Tokyo

6th International Conference
*Data for Policy 2021*
Lessons for policy-data interactions after Covid-19

14-16 September 2021, UCL, London

*Call for Papers and Session Proposals *
(Deadline: 25 March 2021)

  | @dataforpolicy
 | cambridge.org/dap
 | @data_and_policy

The Data for Policy conference series is the premier global forum for
multiple disciplinary and cross-sector discussions around the theories,
applications and implications of data science innovation in governance and
the public sector. Its associated journal, *Data & Policy*
published by Cambridge University Press has quickly established itself as a
major venue for publishing research in the field of data-policy
interactions. Both the conference and the journal receive valuable support
from their sustainer partners: the Alan Turing Institute, the Office for
National Statistics and UCL.

Convening for the sixth time in September 2021, the International
Organisation Committee for the conference invites Paper and Panel Session
proposals at the conference to be also considered for potential
post-conference publications in *Data & Policy* (subject to peer-review). *We
are planning for a physical conference and we hope that presenters will be
able to join us in person. We understand that this may be difficult, or
even impossible, and we will adapt the conference proceedings accordingly
to accommodate virtual presentations where this is necessary.*

There are six broad, interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral areas of interest,
which form the standard tracks of the conference. Following the momentous
events of 2020, the International Committee and organisers wish to
recognise the additional focus on data throughout the whole of society as a
consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the opportunities this creates
for learning about and developing data and policy interactions. This focus
should not be seen as limiting, and we welcome submissions across domains,
sectors and applications. In addition to the standard tracks, nine Special
Tracks have also been shortlisted this year (Special Track 9 added to the
original eight on 1st Feb).

The standard tracks of the conference are as follows:

   - *Data-driven Transformations in Governance & Policy* – this standard
   track focuses on the high-level vision for philosophy, ideation,
   formulation and implementation of new approaches leading to paradigm
   shifts, innovation and efficiency gains in collective decision-making
   processes. Topics may include:
      - From data to decisions: scientific innovation in knowledge
      generation processes, data-driven insights, evidence-based policy making;
      - Applications in public, private and voluntary sector governance and
      policy-making  (local, national, international)
      - Real-time management, future planning, and rethinking/reframing of
      governance and policy-making in the digital era;
      - Government-private sector-citizen interactions: data and digital
      power dynamics, asymmetry of information;
      - Democracy, public opinion and involvement, citizen services, media
      and digital platforms;
      - Interactions between human, institutional and algorithmic
      decision-making processes; psychology and behaviour of decision-making;
      - Socio-technical and cyber-physical systems, and their policy and
      governance implications.

The remaining categories represent more specifically the current
applications, methodologies, strategies which underpin the broad aims of
Data for Policy’s vision:

   - *Data Technologies & Analytics for Policy & Governance*
      - Data sources: Personal, proprietary & administrative data, official
      statistics, open & public data;
      - Technologies: GovTech/RegTech, AI, blockchain, IoT, cloud,
      platforms, visualisation & user interaction;
      - Methodologies & Analytics: Theory  & data-driven models,
      statistics, computational social science,
      - Machine Learning, edge analytics,  mixed methods, real-time &
      historical data processing, geospatial analysis, gaps in theory
& practice.

   - *Policy Frameworks, Governance and Management of Data-driven
   Innovations *– this track focusses on governance practices and
   management issues involved in implementation of data-driven solutions:
      - Data collection, storage and circulation;
      - Data and algorithm design, value assessment;
      - Data supply chains, ownership, provenance, sharing, linkage,
      curation, and expiration;
      - Assignment of accountability;
      - Governance models and frameworks;
      - Data literacy, translation, communication;
      - Data intermediaries, trusts, collaboratives;
      - Data and algorithms in the law, regulation;
      - Meta-data, standards and interoperability.

   - *Ethics, Equity and Trust in Policy Data Interactions *– this track
   examines the issues which must be considered in technology design and
      - Digital Ethics: Data, algorithms and interaction models;
      - Privacy, data sharing and consent;
      - Digital identification and services;
      - Uncertainties, bias, imperfections in data and data-driven systems;
      - Algorithmic behaviour: equity and fairness, transparency,
      explainability, accountability, interpretability and reliability;
      - Human control, rights, democratic values and self-determination;
      - Responsibility and maliciousness.

The following are areas which fall within the above categories, but are
highlighted as being of special interest:

   - *Algorithmic Governance:*
      - Algorithm agency along with human and institutional decision-making
      processes; black-box processing, data-driven insights;
      - Governance automation: citizen service delivery, supporting civil
      servants, managing national public records and physical infrastructure,
      statutes and compliance,  public policy development;
      - Good governance with/by/of algorithms: participation, consensus
      orientation, accountability, transparency, responsiveness, effectiveness
      and efficiency, equity and inclusiveness, the rule of law.

   - *Data to Tackle Global Issues and Dynamic Societal Threats:*
      - Human existence and the planet;
      - International collaboration for global risk management and disaster
      - Global health, emergency response, Covid-19 and pandemics;
      - Sustainable development, climate change and the environment;
      - Humanitarian data science and international migration;
      - Racial justice and gender-based issues;
      - International security, organised crime and hostile environments.

The Special Tracks for the conference are as follows:

   1. ‘Showcasing innovative data services from EU Member States - Paving
   the way towards transparent documentation’ *Track Chairs*: Seth van
   Hooland, Emanuele Baldacci, Blanca Martinez De Aragon and Joao Rodrigues
   Frade read here
   2. ‘Governance of the digital transformation of health systems’ *Track
   Chairs*: Tugce Schmitt and Mujaheed Shaikh read here
   3. ‘Arguments, algorithms and tools: what do we need to shape policy and
   confront misinformation post-pandemic?’ *Track Chairs*: Jaron Porciello,
   Ulrike Hahn and Stephan Lewandowsky read here
   4. ‘Ethical Technology Adoption in Public Administration Services’ *Track
   Chairs*: Francesco Mureddu, Giovanna Galasso and Francesco Paolo
Schiavo read

   5. ‘AI and public decision-making processes’ *Track Chairs*: Sarah
   Giest, Bram Klievink and Alex Ingrams read here
   6. ‘Rethinking the open data movement through an intersectional feminist
   lens’ *Track Chairs*: Anjali Mehta, Gülsen Güler and Amanda Greene read

   7. ‘Facilitating Data-Driven Innovation for Sustainability: Policy
   Frameworks and Measures for Data Governance’ *Track Chair*: Masaru
   Yarime read here
   8. ‘Towards a data-driven economy: Data Mexico’ *Track Chairs*: Luis
   Godoy, Ana Cruz and Fiorentina Garcia read here
   9. 'Systematic Engagement: Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and the design
   challenge of inclusion, sustainability and data ownership' *Track
   Chairs:* Ronit Purian and Avi Cohen read here

Submissions will be accepted in the following categories:

   - Individual Research/Policy/Practitioner Proposals to Standard or
   Special Tracks in the form of a) full research papers or b) extended
   - Session Proposals

*Individual Research/Policy/Practitioner Proposals to Standard or Special
*a) Full research paper:* For the benefit of those authors who wish to
submit their paper for consideration in the open-access *Data & Policy *
by Cambridge University Press, we are integrating the review process for
the conference into that of the journal; it is intended that the reviews
performed for the conference will be considered as part of the journal’s
peer review procedure, leading to faster decisions in the journal and the
potential of publication ahead of the conference. Authors interested in
taking advantage of this integrated process can submit a full paper through
the conference’s EasyChair system by the deadline of 25 March 2021.  In
order to submit a full paper, authors can use the LaTeX and Word templates
available via the *Data & Policy* Instructions for Authors
Please convert your article to PDF to submit to the conference’s Easy Chair
System; if accepted into the Journal we will ask for the source files.

Please consider the following points, which are described in more detail in
the instructions that are linked to above:

   - *Data & Policy* has two main categories: Research Articles (presenting
   novel findings; approx 8,000 words inclusive of references) and
   Commentaries (an overview of existing knowledge about an issue; approx
   4,000 words). In your article, please include a heading that indicates into
   which category your article falls;
   - The journal also requires authors to provide a policy significance
   statement, a competing interest statement, a funding statement and a data
   availability statement in their article;
   - The journal encourages authors to make replication data and materials
   openly available and to link to these in the data availability statement in
   their article;
   - Authors should watermark or otherwise indicate in the full paper that
   it is ‘under review’.
   - The review process is likely to include multiple iterations that
   extend beyond the timeline of the conference, and publication is subject to
   reviewer comments being reflected in the final paper.
   - Note that conference acceptance does not guarantee publication in *Data
   & Policy*.

*b) Extended abstract:* The process is essentially unchanged from the 2020
conference. This should be 1,000 words maximum, including a title,
research/policy question, research methodology and data used, and key
findings. Authors who decide to just submit an extended abstract - in order
to present at the conference - will still have the option of submitting to
the Journal at a later date if they wish to do so, but will not benefit
from the integrated review procedure.   Note also that some Special Track
Chairs are intending to guest-edit thematic collections of articles in *Data
& Policy*, so you may be separately contacted by the Chair about the
potential of submitting to the Journal.

*Session Proposals *
Session proposals should comprise a combination of 3-4 presentations from
researchers and/or practitioners, each of whom must provide an abstract
(1,000 words maximum). A description of the panel should also be submitted
(500 words maximum).

*Submission Process*
Extended abstract submissions should be made via EasyChair
also accessed via the 2021 conference page
the Data for Policy website. Authors are invited to enter their name(s),
title and abstract, and keywords. A number of ‘Submission Categories’ are
then presented, from which authors can choose the most relevant. The rest
of the submission should be attached as a single pdf.

*Review and Assessment*
Full papers will be subject to the usual peer review process
 for *Data & Policy.*

Extended abstract and session proposal submissions will be assessed
according to following criteria:

   - Potential contribution to the debates in the field
   - Potential for stimulating debate in the conference
   - Freshness of the content, novelty and originality
   - Formulation of the research/policy question
   - Data and methodology
   - Quality of writing and presentation

*Post-acceptance of submission for conference presentation (preliminary
Extended abstract submissions: authors will be invite to submit a
discussion paper to the Data for Policy community profile on the Zenodo
platform. Other materials that they wish to share can be included – such as
their presentation slides, or any related data sets. Any material submitted
to Zenodo is citable, so it can be referenced in any future publications.

Full paper authors will also be encouraged to make their paper and other
relevant material available before the conference, using the Data for
Policy community on Zenodo
Further details on how to submit will be provided nearer the time. Authors
may be required to prepare video presentations in advance of the
conference. Further details will be provided nearer the time, if

*General Conference Information*
All current information about the conference is available from the 2021
conference page
This information will be regularly updated as plans for the conference

Data for Policy 2021 is a fee-paying event and all conference participants,
including presenters, will be responsible for arranging their own travel
and accommodation. We have limited funding to support student
participation; those who wish to be considered for these grants should send
a CV and cover letter explaining their case to team at dataforpolicy.org .

Data for Policy is also committed to increasing diversity in its presenter
community. We understand that the cost of registration may be a barrier to
participation, and are therefore delighted to offer Data for Policy
diversity scholarships to suitable candidates from groups which are
currently underrepresented in our community, in particular those from
developing nations, who will extend our geographic diversity.  Scholarship
awards are based on the level of financial need, and the appropriateness of
the opportunity afforded to the applicant. To be eligible, applicants must
have no other source of funding to meet the cost of registration. Please
send a CV and cover letter explaining their case to team at dataforpolicy.org .
In both cases, applications should be made after completion of abstract
All enquiries about the conference should be sent to team at dataforpolicy.org .
For questions relating to publication in *Data & Policy*, please contact
dataandpolicy at cambridge.org

*Important Dates*
Deadline for Special Track proposals 10 December 2020
Call for Papers  – announcement 14 January 2021
Extended abstract and full paper submission deadline 25 March 2021
Notification of acceptance with reviewer comments and invitation to submit
revised versions for those accepted 11 June 2021
Registration deadline for presenters 23 July 2021
Submission of revised paper for a second round of review for journal
(compulsory); upload of pre-conference material to Zenodo (optional);
submission of video (if relevant) 20 August 2021
Public registration deadline 20 August 2021
Conference 14-16 September 2021
Decision on publication of revised paper, and invitation to submit to Data
& Policy if accepted, or invitation to second revision Post-conference
*Conference Partnership & Sponsorship*
Data for Policy conference series is an independent non-for-profit
initiative and fully funded by the income raised through conference
registrations and partner/sponsor contributions. Organisations interested
in our flexible partnership/sponsorship packages should get in touch with
our team team at dataforpolicy.org

*Call for Bids to Host Future Data for Policy Conferences*
We welcome bids from academic, government and private sector stakeholders
to host future Data for Policy conferences. Consortium bids bringing
together a host country’s academic and government stakeholders are
encouraged and demonstration of further industry support would also be an
advantage. Interested organisations should send a brief Statement of
Interest to team at dataforpolicy.org, outlining the partnership model
proposed and the commitments offered. Bids will be considered on a rolling

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