Call for proposals

We would like to thank all those who have already submitted abstracts for the conference. In response to requests from prospective conference participants, we decided to extend the deadline for abstract submissions until April 15, 2015. Notification on accepted presentations will be shifted to April 22.

Proposals for short presentations about open research data are now welcome.

Presentation abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to The official language of the conference is English. The length of an abstract should not exceed 400 words. Each presentation will last 10 minutes and will be followed by a 5-minute discussion. The topics of the conference fall into three broad sessions. The sessions will cover (but are not limited to) the following sub-points:

1. Data sharing, data publishing: policies, strategies and incentives

  • Foundational challenges: what is data at the community and cross-community level
  • Data management policies: institutional, publisher, funder and national level
  • Open data policies and mandates
  • Current and future strategies for open research data
  • Incentives for data sharing by the scientific community
  • Data quality control


2. Tools and methodologies for opening data

  • New software and e-infrastructure requirements
  • Data archives and repositories
  • Data publishing workflows
  • File formats and metadata standards
  • Interoperability
  • Data journals
  • Data citation
  • Data management on the researcher’s level
  • Long-term preservation


3. Re-use of data for science and society: opportunities and challenges

  • Data mining
  • Interdisciplinarity – promoting the cross-use of data
  • Re-use by citizen science
  • Re-use by data journalism
  • Data collection development in libraries and other institutions
  • Legal challenges – copyright, sui generis database right, sensitive and confidential data
  • Ethical issues related to data opening
  • Social and economic impact of open research data