Wednesday, 15 April 2009

5th International Digital Curation Conference: Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the 5th International Digital Curation Conference has just been published. With the title "Moving to Multi-Scale Science: Managing Complexity and Diversity", the conference will be held in London from 2-4 December, 2009. I believe this is THE conference for papers on advances in digital and data curation! The text of the call follows:
We invite submission of full papers, posters, workshops and demos and welcome contributions and participation from individuals, organisations and institutions across all disciplines and domains that are engaged in the creation, use and management of digital data, especially those involved in the challenge of curating data for e-science and e-research.

Proposals will be considered for short (up to 6 pages) or long (up to 12 pages) papers and also for demonstrations, workshops and posters. The full text of papers will be peer-reviewed; abstracts for all posters, workshops and demos will be reviewed by the co-chairs. Final copy of accepted contributions will be made available to conference delegates, and papers will be published in our International Journal of Digital Curation [external]. Accordingly, we recommend that you download our template and read the advice on its use.

Papers should be original and innovative, probably analytical in approach, and should present or reference significant evidence (whether experimental, observational or textual) to support their conclusions.

Subject matter could be policy, strategic, operational, experimental, infrastructural, tool-based, and so on, in nature, but the key elements are originality and evidence. Layout and structure should be appropriate for the disciplinary area. Papers should not have been published in their current or a very similar form before, other than as a pre-print in a repository.

We seek papers that respond to the main themes of the conference: multi-scale, multi-discipline, multi-skill and multi-sector, and that relate to the creation, curation, management and re-use of research data. Research data should be interpreted broadly to include the digital subjects of all types of research and scholarship (including Arts and Humanities, and all the Sciences). Papers may cover:
  • Curation practice and data management at the extremes of scale (e.g. interactions between small science and big science, or extremes of object size, numbers of objects, rates of deposit and use)
  • Challenging content: (e.g. addressing issues of data complexity, diversity and granularity)
  • Curation and e-research, including contextual, provenance, authenticity and other metadata for curation (e.g. automated systems for acquiring such metadata)
  • Research data infrastructures, including data repositories and services
  • Disciplinary and inter-disciplinary curation challenges and data management approaches, standards and norms
  • Promoting, enabling, demonstrating and characterizing the re-use of data
  • Semantically rich documents (e.g. the “well-supported article”)
  • The human infrastructure for curation (e.g. skills, careers, training and organisational support structures, careers, skills, training and curriculum)
  • Curation across academia, government, commerce and industry
  • Legal and policy issues; Creative Commons, special licences, the public domain and other approaches for re-use, and questions of privacy, consent, and embargo
  • Sustainability and economics: understanding business and financial models; balancing costs, benefits and value of digital curation
Important Dates
  • Submission of papers for peer-review: 24 July 2009
  • Submission of abstracts posters/demos/workshops: 24 July 2009
  • Notification of authors of papers: 18 September 2009
  • Notification of authors of posters/demos/workshops: 2 October 2009
  • Final papers deadline: 13 November 2009
  • Final posters deadline: 13 November 2009


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