Call for Proposals

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Important Dates

December 19, 2014: Panel Presentations Submissions Due
January 16, 2015: Interactive Posters and Lightning Talks Submissions Due

RDAP15, the sixth annual Research Data Access and Preservation Summit, is accepting proposals (max. 300 words) for panels, interactive posters, lightning talks, and discussion tables. Themes for RDAP15 were selected by this year’s planning committee with input from previous years’ attendees and RDAP community members.

Panel Presentations

We are seeking panelists for the following topics (other panels are being curated by members of the program committee):

  • Data Literacy & Education: Creating the next generation of scientists
    This session will look at how libraries are building data literacy instruction services for undergraduate students, graduate programs and researchers across the disciplines. Questions to answer include: What role will librarians have in supporting data instruction services to researchers and students? What skills should libraries teach? Who should we partner with? What parts of the research process should librarians teach? How do we help non-scientists understand scientific data?
  • The Role of Assessment in Research Data Services
    This panel will discuss assessment activities institutions have conducted to provide research data services, such as identifying data management needs on campus, understanding the training needs of librarians who provide the services, and establishing metrics to measure the service outcome.

Additionally, we are looking for panelists for general topics related to research data access & preservation, such as:

  • Data Management Services
  • Designing, Implementing, Proposing Pilot programs
  • Transitioning from Pilot programs to Full programs
  • Building Repositories: Money, Staff, Infrastructure
  • What Researchers Want/Need
  • Data Curation Outside Academia

Interactive Posters

We are soliciting on any of the following themes:

  • Institutional policies for research data
  • Building/expanding research data services
  • Collaboration or tension between units involved with research data
  • Institutional responses to government policies/guidelines concerning research data
  • Systems/strategies for full-lifecycle research data curation
  • Tools developed and/or used for data curation/management
  • Digital preservation
  • Data citation and reuse
  • Data repositories (institutional/disciplinary/other)
  • Education and training for research data management/curation

Themed Lightning Talks

We are seeking lightning talks on the theme:  Building a community of Practice for Research Data Services: Experiences of academic institutions, government agencies and organizations.

Research data management is a trending topic in higher education government agencies and organizations. The experiences of these institutions and groups range from creating, developing research data management services and the multi-faceted approaches to implementing the research data management services. Although some of these experiences include but are not limited to: obtaining university and campus support, building partnerships with faculty, data management consultations, assisting with data management plans and data literacy. We’re interested in learning more about the experiences, challenges and lessons learned of other institutions, organizations and agencies during the RDAP 15 summit.

Discussion Tables

In addition to the traditional conference presentations, we’re looking for interested and knowledgeable people to lead discussion tables during the Summit. Topics include, but are not limited to, the topics listed above for posters. If interested, submit a short description on the submission page.


Submit your 300 word (maximum) summary or abstract, along with any supplementary documentation, for Panel Presentations by December 19, 2014.

Submissions for Interactive Posters, (Seven Minute) Lightning Talks, and Discussion Table topics are due January 16, 2015.

View previous RDAP presentations and posters on our Slideshare site. Links to previous Summits’ programs, videos and articles in the ASIS&T Bulletin are available on our RDAP Past Events page.

Keep up with RDAP news by joining our Listserv and following us on Twitter. For questions, contact co-chairs Carolyn Bishoff or Margaret Janz. We look forward to hearing from you!


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