Call For Proposals

43rd IASSIST Annual Conference
23 to 26 May, 2017, Lawrence, KS
Data in the Middle: The common language of research

The deadline for submissions has passed.
Notification of acceptance: February 2017

Many issues around data (sources, strategies, and tools) are similar across disciplines. While IASSIST has its roots in social science data, it has also welcomed discussions over the years of other disciplines’ issues as they relate to data, data management, and support of users. So again this year, in line with this tradition, we are arranging a conference that will benefit those who support researchers across all disciplines:┬ásocial sciences, health and natural sciences, and humanities. Please join the international data community in Lawrence, KS, “in the middle” of the U.S., for insights and discussion on how data in all disciplines are found, shared, used, and managed. Join us and draw inspiration from this diverse gathering!

We welcome submissions on the theme of data as the common language of research and encourage conference participants to propose papers and sessions that will be of interest to a diverse audience of data professionals. Sample topics are listed below, but these are not the only possibilities. Feel free to propose nearly anything related to data and data services and the Program Committee will evaluate it.

Sample Topics:

  • Anonymization, privacy, confidentiality
  • Apps & APIs
  • Data curation
  • Data management
  • Data policies
  • Data reference services
  • Data sharing
  • Data sources
  • Data visualization
  • DDI uses and updates
  • Digital humanities
  • Establishing national data surveys or offices
  • Ethics and data
  • Explorations of data across subject areas and geographic regions
  • Harmonizing metadata standards
  • 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
  • Repositories
  • Reproducibility and replication
  • Strategic international collaboration
  • Strategic planning / future scoping
  • Strategies for setting up data services
  • Text or data mining

Conference Formats

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for the following formats:

We will also be having Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. Topics for those sessions will be selected separately from the proposal process.

Submit a Proposal

Please use this online submission form to submit your proposal.

All submissions should include the proposed title and an abstract no longer than 200 words (note: longer abstracts will be returned to be shortened before being considered). Please note that all presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee for the conference; registration for individual days will be available. Please be aware that abstracts should be written for a general audience. If reviewers can’t understand what a proposal is about, it will be rejected.

Questions about sessions/paper submissions may be sent to the Program Chairs (iassist2017 ‘at’


Please see the separate Call For Workshops to submit a proposal for a pre-conference workshop. Questions about workshop submissions may be sent to the Workshop Coordinators, Jenny Muilenburg (jmuil ‘at’ and Andy Rutkowski (arutkowski ‘at’