Call for Proposals – Presentations

The call for conference fellows has now closed.

Deadline for submission of ALL proposals: November 1, 2018

Notification of acceptance:  Mid-December 2018

Questions about presentation submissions may be sent to the Program Co Chairs, Bobray Bordelon, Ashley Jester, and Kelly Schultz, at

Questions about workshop submissions may be sent to the Workshop Coordinators, Eimmy Solis and Stephanie Labou, at

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


The Program Committee seeks presentations that highlight this year’s theme:
Data Down Under: Exploring “Data Firsts”

Sample Topics (in alphabetical order):

  • Advocacy
  • Anonymization, privacy, confidentiality
  • Apps & APIs
  • Big Data
  • Data and social justice
  • Data as numbers, pictures, words, and sounds
  • Data curation
  • Data management
  • Data mining
  • Data policies
  • Data professionals: training, careers, communications
  • Data reference services
  • Data sharing
  • Data sources
  • Data use agreements
  • Data visualization
  • DDI uses and updates
  • Digital humanities
  • 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
  • Indigenous studies and reconciliation
  • Instruction / teaching / curriculum
  • 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 data
  • Repositories
  • Reproducibility and replication
  • Strategic planning / future scoping
  • Strategies for setting up data services

Presentation Formats

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for the following formats:

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 (90-120 minutes) 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 and the moderator must be included in the proposal.


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 22, 2019. 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.

Posters or Demonstration

Proposals in this category should identify the message being conveyed in the poster or the demonstration.

Lightning Talks

A lightning talk is a short, highly visual presentation. Presentations in this category are timed, and speakers are restricted to 5 minutes total. Presentations should have a maximum of 15 slides, but there is no restriction on how many minutes you stay on each slide or the exact format of the presentation as long as you stay within the strict time limit. These are not your typical conference presentations.

Other Formats

Session formats are not limited to the ideas above; session organizers are welcome to suggest other formats. We will consider interactive formats that encourage audience participation.

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 Lightning Talk). 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.

Questions about presentation submissions may be sent to the Program Co-Chairs (Bobray Bordelon, Ashley Jester, and Kelly Schultz) at


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