SciDataCon – Call for Sessions

Proposals are invited for sessions at International Data Week’s SciDataCon 2022: Data to Improve our World. The deadline for proposals is 23:59 UTC on 14 February 2022.

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SciDataCon 2022: High-level Themes

The overarching theme of International Data Week and SciDataCon 2022 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 2022 and SciDataCon include:

  • Data to Improve our World: The role of data to address global challenges
  • The State of Open Science Globally
  • Research Transparency, Accountability, and Reproducibility
  • Data, Research and Industry: The Interface between Data-intensive Research and Innovation
  • Science and Society: Engagement and participation
  • Empowering and Enabling Society: Data Science and Stewardship Education and Data Literacy

Session proposals addressing these themes are particularly welcome.

SciDataCon 2022: 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 given below.

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 digital revolution. This can include mobilizing capacity in areas such as data science and data stewardship; 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.

Session Guidelines

Proposals are invited for sessions at International Data Week’s SciDataCon 2022: Data to Improve our World. SciDataCon 2022 is an integral part of International Data Week 2022, which will be held both virtually and onsite in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 20–23 June 2022.

The deadline for proposals is 23:59 UTC on 14 February 2022. Proposals can be submitted via the SciDataCon website

Please be sure to consult the SciDataCon 2022 Themes and the Call for Sessions before making your proposal.

Summary of Key Dates

8 November 2021: Release call for sessions

14 February 2022: Deadline for session proposals

1 March 2022: Notify successful session proposals

1 March 2022: Release call for presentations and posters

31 March 2022: Deadline for presentations and posters

15 April 2022: Notify successful presentations and posters and publish programme.