[open-development] Call for Abstracts: Open Data Research Symposium - May 27th 2015, Ottawa

Tim Davies tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk
Tue Jan 6 10:42:39 UTC 2015

Dear all,

Alongside the upcoming *3rd International Open Government Data Conference
<http://opendatacon.org/>* in Ottawa, on May 27th 2015, the Open Data
Research Network <http://www.opendataresearch.org/> will host a one day
academic workshop, consisting of a series of paper presentations and
discussion panels.

We hope to make this into a key convening of the research community working
on social aspects of open data. If you are working on open data related
research, please do consider submitting a paper. We are inviting extended
abstracts in the first instance (see below).

Note that there will also be a separate call from the main IGODC conference
(http://www.opendatacon.org) coming up for session proposals and
non-academic presentations, so this current call is solely for this
parallel academic workshop.

With all best wishes

Tim Davies, Savita Bailur, Fabrizio Scrolini (Co-chairs)


*Call for Abstracts: (Deadline 28th Feb 2015)*

As open data becomes firmly cemented in the policy mainstream, there is a
pressing need to dig deeper into the dynamics of how open data operates in
practice, and the theoretical roots of open data activities. Researchers
across the world have been looking at these issues, and this workshop
offers an opportunity to bring together and have shared dialogue around
completed studies and work-in-progress.

Submissions are invited on themes including:

   - Theoretical framing of open data as a concept and a movement;
   - Use and impacts of open data in specific countries or specific
   sectors, including, but not limited to: government agencies, cities, rural
   areas, legislatures, judiciaries, and the domains of health, education,
   transport, finance, environment, and energy;
   - The making, implementation and institutionalisation of open data
   - Capacity building for wider availability and use of open data;
   - Conceptualising open data ecosystems and intermediaries;
   - Entrepreneurial usage and open data economies in developing countries;
   - Linkages between transparency, freedom of information and open data
   - Measurement of open data policy and practices;
   - Critical challenges for open data: privacy, exclusion and abuse;
   - Situating open data in global governance and developmental context;
   - Development and adoption of technical standards for open data;

Submissions are invited from all disciplines, though with an emphasis on
empirical social research. PhD students, independent and early career
researchers are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts. Panels will
provide an opportunity to share completed or in-progress research and
receive constructive feedback.

*Submission details*

Extended abstracts, in French, English, Spanish or Portuguese, of up to two
pages, detailing the question addressed by the research, methods employed
and findings should be submitted by February 28th 2015. Full papers will be
due by May 1st.

Abstracts *should be submitted via Easy Chair
<https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=odrs15>: *

*Paper format*

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers. These
should be a maximum of 20 pages single spaced, exclusive of bibliography
and appendixes. As an interdisciplinary and international workshop we
welcome papers in a variety of formats and languages: French, English,
Spanish and Portuguese. However, abstracts and paper presentations will
need to be given in English.

Full papers should be provided in .odt, .doc, or .rtf or as .html. Where
relevant, we encourage authors to also share in a repository, and link to,
data collected as part of their research.

We are working to identify a journal special issue or other opportunity for
publication of selected papers.


Contact savita.bailur at webfoundation.org or tim.davies at soton.ac.uk for more

*Programme committee*

   - Dr Savita Bailur
   Web Foundation, UK (Co-chair)
   - Tim Davies <http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/people/tgd1g11>, University of
   Southampton, UK (Co-chair)
   - Fabrizio Scrolini
   ILDA (Co-chair)
   - Dr Raed M Sharif <https://www.linkedin.com/in/raedsharif>,
   International Development Research Center, Egypt
   - Sumandro Chattapadhyay <http://ajantriks.net/>, India
   - Dr Fernando Perini
   International Development Research Center, Canada
   - Dr Sherwin Ona
   De La Salle University, Philippines
   - Silvana Fumega <https://www.linkedin.com/pub/silvana-fumega/4/969/275>,
   University of Tasmania, Australia
   - François van Schalkwyk
   <http://www.chet.org.za/people/francois-van-schalkwyk>, University of
   Stellenbosch, South Africa
   - Leonida Mutuku, iHub Research
   <http://research.ihub.co.ke/pages/team.php>, Kenya
   - Dr Jennifer Shkabatur
   Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel
   - Dr Carla Bonina <http://www.surrey.ac.uk/sbs/people/carla_bonina/>,
   University of Surrey, UK

*About the Open Data Research Network*

The Open Data Research Network was established in 2012 as part of the
Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC)
project. It maintains an active newsletter, website and LinkedIn group,
providing a space for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to

This workshop will also include an opportunity to find out how to get
involved in the Network as it transitions to a future model, open to new
members and partners, and with a new governance structure.
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