Call for Papers — Open Sessions
Big Data Special Interest Group, Digital Humanities / Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group and the Information Technology Section
- 22 March 2022, 15:13
Theme: "Perspectives on data access and use at scale: Lessons from the field"
In the digital era, many libraries find themselves inheriting or becoming custodians of large datasets and associate resources. These present various challenges for effective data management, access and retrieval. This session will provide a venue to discuss issues related to data at scale including practice, infrastructure, and approaches. Topics will cover accessing and using metadata and digital objects at scale, visualizing data, data collaborations, and data management solutions from multiple points of view, such as the digital humanities and issues related to diversity, inclusivity, and data access. This includes a focus on digital humanities collections, research and services, as well as the building and management of data and knowledge-sharing ecosystems which are responsible for the governance of indigenous data in an increasingly data-driven science environment.
We invite papers particularly, but not exclusively, on the following sub-themes:
- Analysing and making sense of huge quantities of metadata available in digital collections
- Perspectives: from library view, researcher view, government/industry view
- Initial explorations of artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), challenges with AI/ML on creating metadata for machine learning and digital humanities research uses, AI/ML systems for the training of BERT models or similar, automatic indexing
- Accessing and leveraging digital holdings of metadata as well as digital or digitized collections
- Cross community/institution collaborations on using data or computational projects for public good, and the use of cross-institutional data holdings and collaborative projects
- Collaborative strategies to complete data-focused projects in remote or decentralised locations
- Approaches to networking and integrating collections into systems for comprehensive full-text search, as they are emerging or have emerged in many scientific communities.
- Development of solutions and/or provisioning processes that support the targeted development of collections that are capable of processing larger volumes of data.
- Vocabulary development on the basis of digital collections in libraries.
- Libraries as Data Trustees: local computing facilities established to allow the use of protected or restricted materials.
- Research Data Repositories and pragmatic pathways to AI/ML and Big Data
Each presentation will be 20 minutes and in English. Time for Q&A will be scheduled after the presentations.
Proposals must be submitted in an electronic format and must include the following information:
- Email subject “IFLA Dublin Abstract Proposal Big Data”
- Title of the proposed presentation
- Abstract of the proposed paper (no more than 500 words)
- Name(s) of presenters and positions and or titles
- Employer or affiliated institution
- Contact information including email address
- Short biographical statement of no more than 100 words
- An indication of the sub-theme the abstract addresses
- Papers / PPTs will be published in IFLA’s online Library following the conference
Send proposal abstracts (500 words or less) by 15 April 2022 to:
- Patrick Cher – Email: Patrick_cher@nlb.gov.sg and
- Alenka Kavčič-Čolić – Email: Alenka.Kavcic@nuk.uni-lj.si
- 2 May 2022 (Monday): Deadline for submission of abstract
- 9 May 2022 (Monday): Notification of acceptance
- 6 June 2022 (Monday): Deadline for submission of presenter information and optional paper
- 11 July 2022 (Monday): Deadline for submission of slides
At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the Open Session in Dublin. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
The paper must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.
All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2022 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.
All expenses for attending the IFLA conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
Single-day registrations are possible. More information on the conference is available here.
A number of grants and awards are available every year for supporting delegates to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, find some information here.