The Program Committee seeks presentations that highlight this year’s theme, Once Upon a Data Point: Sustaining our Data Storytellers.

Please use this online submission form to submit your presentation proposal.
Submissions in both Canadian official languages – English and French – are welcome.

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018:  Pre-Conference Workshops
  • Wednesday, May 30 – Friday, June 1, 2018: Conference Sessions

Conference Topics

Possible topics for this conference include, but are not limited to (in alphabetical order):

  • Anonymization, privacy, confidentiality
  • Apps & APIs
  • Cartographic resources: Managing and integrating materials
  • Challenges of preservation of non-digital data and oral histories
  • Data curation
  • Data for social justice
  • Data management
  • Data policies
  • Data reference services
  • Data sharing
  • Data sources
  • Data visualization
  • DDI uses and updates
  • Digital humanities
  • Digitization and digital preservation
  • Establishing national data surveys or offices
  • Ethics and data
  • Explorations of data across subject areas and geographic regions
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS), web mapping, and geospatial analyses
  • Geospatial data management
  • Harmonizing metadata standards
  • Indigenous studies and reconciliation
  • Instruction/teaching/curriculum
  • Intellectual property
  • Management and curation of mixed media (images, videos, audio files, etc.)
  • Metadata standards in the humanities and social, physical and life sciences
  • Open data
  • Outreach to data users
  • Partnerships: International, regional, national, or local
  • Qualitative and humanities data
  • Repositories
  • Reproducibility and replication
  • Strategic international collaboration
  • Strategic planning / future scoping
  • Strategies for setting up data services
  • Text or data mining

Presentation Formats

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for any of the following formats:


Presenters are required to submit an original research paper in advance of the conference and present and discuss its findings at the conference. We will select submissions based on proposals, and the authors of accepted proposals are required to submit their final and complete papers by March 23, 2018. All papers will be eligible for publication consideration in an edition of IASSIST Quarterly. In addition, one paper will be selected as best paper with a prize of one free registration for a future IASSIST conference.

Individual Presentation

Typically this format is a 15-minute talk ideally accompanied by a written paper. If your individual proposal is accepted, you will be grouped into an appropriate session with similar presentations.


You may propose an entire session with a set of presenters and topics, or a “deep dive “into a specific resource or concept. The session proposal can take a variety of forms–e.g. a set of three to four presentations, a discussion panel, a tutorial (with less substance than a pre-conference workshop), a discussion with the audience, etc. If accepted, the person who proposed the session becomes the session organizer and is responsible for securing speakers and a chair. Please note: the names of all speakers must be included in the proposal.

Posters or Demonstration

Proposals in this category should identify the message being conveyed in the poster or the demonstration. For more information about poster formats, storage and setup, see Posters.

Pecha Kucha

A pecha kucha is a highly visual presentation that consists of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each. Presentations in this category are timed, and speakers are restricted to seven minutes total. These are not your typical conference presentations. Since the slides progress on a timer, speakers must fill the time for each slide exactly and not go over. We encourage you to check out for more information.

Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF)*

Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session are informal meetings around topics of interest, without any pre-planned agenda or speakers. Their content and attendance is dependent on the mood of conference attendees.

*BoF topic suggestions will be collected shortly before and during the conference (rather than submitted for formal review and acceptance).

Other Formats

Session formats are not limited to the ideas above; session organizers are welcome to suggest other formats.

NOTE: When submitting you will be required to select one of the proposal formats above, but it is possible that your submission may be accepted on the condition of adapting it to another format (e.g., an individual presentation proposal might be accepted if you are willing to adapt it to a poster or a Pecha Kucha presentation). If this is the case, you will be given the choice to accept this format change or to decline being in the conference program when notified of its acceptance.

Submit a Presentation Proposal

Please use this online submission form to submit your presentation proposal.

All submissions should include the proposed title and an abstract. The abstract should be no longer than 200 words and written for a general audience. NOTE: Abstracts longer than 200 words will be returned to be shortened before being considered. Also, if the reviewers can’t understand what a proposal is about, it will be rejected.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: The conference organizers anticipate that some individuals may wish to submit multiple proposals. Due to logistical and organizational challenges, the conference organizers reserve the right to limit the number of accepted presentations from an individual and will work with the affected individual(s) to resolve issues accordingly.

  • Deadline for submission of ALL proposals: 01 December 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: February 2018

Questions about presentation submissions may be sent to the Program Co-Chairs (Jay Brodeur, Laurence Horton, and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh) at