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Data Curator’s Roles and Responsibilities: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
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Call for Papers

The IFLA Library Theory and Research Section (LTR), IFLA- Preservation and Conservation, IFLA- Information Technology, Warsaw University – Faculty of Journalsm, Information and Book Studies are pleased to invite submissions for its forthcoming pre-Congress Satellite Conference, to be held in Warsaw, 16 and 17 August 2017 on the topic:

Data Curator’s Roles and Responsibilities: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Focus and General Themes:

Data curation has emerged as a new area of responsibility for researchers, librarians, and information professionals in the digital environment. Digital technologies continue transforming scholarship practices including the ways research is conducted and disseminated.  An increased emphasis has been placed on data as valuable research products that need to be managed throughout the lifecycle, shared, and preserved.  Research data management has also become a high priority due to the requirements of funding agencies and journal publishers to make research data readily available at the time of article publication. The variety and sheer volume of data that must be processed, preserved, and made available to the scholarly community and public at large is creating new roles, responsibilities, and challenges, both technical and theoretical, for researchers, librarians and other information professionals who support them.

The primary goal of the Satellite Conference is to engage the international scholarly community in a conversation leading to a better understanding of the challenges that the new requirements for the dissemination of research data are posing to researchers and information professionals and to discuss the main trends in data curation/research data managment practices and education. The IFLA Satellite meeting to be held in Warsaw, Poland just prior to the IFLA 2017 conference in Wroclaw, Poland, will explore the international and interdisciplinary perspectives on the roles and responsibilities of data curators. In this meeting, we want to focus on the role of the library as data curator, core competencies and skills, access, preservation, and data curation practices. Researchers and practitioners are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and poster presentations. Conceptual papers as well as case studies of data management practices and educational programs are welcome.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Data curator’s competencies and skills
  • Data management services
  • Curatorial activities and functions
  • Roles of data curators in supporting data lifecycle
  • Roles of data curators in disciplinary and international contexts
  • Data literacy and outreach
  • Data sharing and release
  • Data curation in open science
  • Data curation and professional ethics
  • Data curation education in library and information science (LIS) programs, post-graduate certificates, and professional development courses
  • Curriculum development in data curation education

Paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes. There will be time for questions at the end of each session.

Important dates:

Saturday, February 18, 2017 Deadline for submission of paper abstracts
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance/rejection of papers
Deadline for submission of poster abstracts
Notification of acceptance/rejection of posters
Sunday, May 28, 2017 Deadline for submission of full papers

Submission Guidelines:

The proposals must be submitted in an electronic format and must contain:

  • Title of paper/poster
  • Summary of paper (250 – 350 words maximum)
  • Speaker’s name, address, telephone and fax numbers, professional affiliation, email address and biographical note (40 words)

The proposals can be submitted by email in English. They will be evaluated by a panel comprised of representatives of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section, IFLA- Preservation and Conservation, IFLA- Information Technology, and Warsaw University – Institute of Information and Book Studies. Once a proposal has been accepted, the text of the presentation should be submitted by the deadline stated above.

The presentation should preferably be presented as a paper (that may be published on the IFLA website). If the presentation will be in the format of a Power Point, a substantial abstract will be required, including references such as URLs and bibliographies.

Submissions should be sent by email to Krystyna Matusiak at: krystyna.matusiak@du.edu; paper abstracts by Saturday, February 18, 2017; poster abstracts by April 8, 2017

Please note:

It is the speaker’s’ responsibility to find funding for travel, registration, accommodation and associated costs, which IFLA and its Sections are not in a position to fund. It is expected that various conference participation grants will be available. Up-to-date information on these will be available on IFLA’s website. Applying for a grant is the responsibility of individual participants. Neither the Section nor the session’s organizing committee can provide assistance with this.