IASSIST 2007 Call for Papers

The theme for the 33rd annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) is:

The theme focuses our attention on the ever increasing globalization of knowledge and the importance of the "open data" concept in the development of knowledge communities. The conference will explore the inter-relationship of knowledge communities with open data. What is required to make data more "open" and available; what are the outcomes from open data; and what is the role of the data community in helping this happen?

With this announcement, we seek proposals for papers, sessions, panel discussions, poster/ demonstration sessions and workshops on topics that address all aspects of the conference's theme, including:

  • Open data and the development of knowledge communities.
  • The principles of open data.
  • Open data and its implications for documentation, metadata dissemination, preservation, curation and data authentication.
  • New data partnerships in knowledge communities.
  • E-science, cyber infrastructure and open data.
  • Open data and digital repositories.
  • Developing trusted data repositories in knowledge communities.
  • Developing an agenda for open data literacy.
  • Open spatial data and GIS
  • Open data and the role of the data librarian.
  • Life cycle models for managing data in knowledge communities.
  • Empirical research results on any of these areas.

For other key topics see previous IASSIST Conferences at http://www.iassistdata.org/conferences/index.html
The deadline for these proposals is February 12, 2007



Individual presentation proposals and session proposals are welcome.
Proposals for complete sessions, typically a panel of three to four presentations within a 90-minute session, should provide information on the focus of the session, the organiser or moderator, and possible participants.
The session organiser or moderator will be responsible for securing participants, some of whom may submit paper proposals independently.

Workshops are typically for half a day (3 hours) and may include a hands-on component. Proposals should provide an outline of the content the workshop seeks to cover and the names of the presenters.

Proposal should include the proposed title, an abstract (limited to 150 words) and 3 to 5 keywords based on the focus of the session.

All proposals (paper, session, poster/demonstration and workshops) can be submitted using the online submission form

Alternatively proposals may be sent via email to iassist07@gmail.com.
Please use a subject heading of "Paper proposal - Your Name", "Session proposal - Your Name", "Poster/Demonstration - Your Name" or "Workshop - Your Name" replacing "Your Name" with the name of the author/session etc. organiser.

Following the January 2007 deadline, the conference Program Committee will send notification of the acceptance of proposals on or before February 15, 2007.

All presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee for the conference. Registration for individual days will be available.

Further information on travel and accommodation will be available shortly on the IASSIST'07 Conference Website.

Online conference registration is scheduled to open in early February, 2007.

Make plans to come to Montreal for IASSIST 2007 on May 15-18, 2007!


IASSIST is an international organisation of professionals working in and with information technology and data services to support research teaching in the social sciences.
The organisation also explores issues of access, stewardship and the interconnections among social science, behavioural, biological, and health data. Typical workplaces include quantitative and qualitative data archives/libraries, statistical agencies, research centers, libraries, academic departments, government departments, and non-profit organisations further information see the IASSIST website.

IASSIST conferences bring together data professionals, data producers, and data analysts from around the world for presentations and workshops covering new and persistent issues relating to access to data, its documentation and digital preservation, with special emphasis on the social sciences. The social sciences have a long history of data sharing activity which will make the conference of interest to colleagues in disciplines where improving data access practices is on the policy agenda, and where there are clear overlaps with digital curation, data publishing, e-science/ cyber infrastructure initiatives, and new interdisciplinary collaborations.

Questions may be sent to the Program Planning Co-Chairs, Louise Corti and Suzette Giles at iassist07@gmail.com.