IASSIST 2003 Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Co-operating for a Better Tomorrow
May 27-30, 2003
Call for Papers
The International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) invites submissions for papers, panel discussions, poster/demonstration sessions and workshops for its 29th annual conference to be held at the University of Ottawa in the heart of Canada's national capital.
IASSIST conferences bring together data librarians and archivists, data producers, and data analysts from around the world who are engaged in the creation, acquisition, processing, maintenance, distribution, preservation, and use of social science data for research and instruction.
Mark your calendar now and plan to join us on May 27-30, 2003.
The IASSIST 2003 conference theme carries two important messages in today's world of data, whether quantitative or qualitative. One message is associated with the influence or power of data as evidence in scientific investigation or in policy making. "Strength in numbers" in this context refers to the contribution of data in the formation of knowledge and policies defining our
world. Access to and preservation of data are critical in the role of data in science and policy making. An important focus of this conference will be on the issues of data access and preservation.
A second meaning associated with "strength in numbers" is to express the importance of working together in collaboration. In this sense, the greater the number of people and organizations working together, the more that can be accomplished. Our sub-theme emphasizes channeling collaboration into building of a better future in social science data services and provides another theme
The conference also presents opportunities to discuss the collaboration among data professionals and researchers in the metadata life cycle and on projects that have employed emerging standards for integrating data and documentation.
Presentations are also welcome that address issues of statistical and data literacy and the instructional uses of data in substantive, mainstream courses. One aspect of creating "strength in numbers" is building a data culture in which all of society is enfranchised in the use of numeric evidence.
The following list provides some ideas for the sessions, papers, and presentations that we see flowing from the themes of this Conference and for which we are seeking submissions.
Preserving and accessing research content
Relationships among archives and the social science research
Privacy and confidentiality issues with research data
New research and archive networks
Measuring the contribution of data in knowledge transfer
Metrics for assessing the value and impact of data in the
The life cycle of research data and issues of preservation
Data lifespan and integrity in web environments
Future of data warehousing and data mining
GIS and data access
Impact of Internet technology on social science research
Collaborative metadata dissemination and integration projects
DDI standards and new developments
Documenting qualitative resources to enhance access
Service implications for data access in virtual communities
Preparation of complex data for multiple user audiences
Legal barriers to Internet-based data access
Library subscriptions, licensing and data acquisition policies
Web-based data access for research and teaching
Universal access to public data
Statistical and data literacy to create broader public access
Instructional uses of data in mainstream courses
Data literacy and certifying data professionals
Proposals due by January 24, 2003
The deadline for paper, session, and poster/demonstration proposals is January 24, 2003. The Conference Program Committee will send notification of the acceptance of session proposals by January 31, 2003 and by February 14, 2003 for all other proposals.
Session proposals should contain information on the focus of the session, the organizer or moderator, and possible session participants. It will be the responsibility of the session organizer or moderator to secure session participants. Please send submission, including proposed title and an abstract (recommended length 150 words), to the e-mail address below.
For the most current information, check the IASSIST 2003 conference
web site or if you have questions about the program, contact Chuck Humphrey, the
Program Chair via e-mail.
Deadline for proposals: January 24, 2003
Notification of session proposal acceptance: January 31, 2003
Notification of acceptance of all other proposals: February 14, 2003
IASSIST 2003 Conference: May 27-30, 2003
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