Call for Papers — Open Sessions
Health and Biosciences joint with Information Technology
- 23 January 2020, 17:19
Theme: "Enabling open science, open access, and artificial intelligence to advance and support healthcare practice and scientific discovery"
Library and information technology professionals play critical roles in the open science and open access movements and facilitate artificial intelligence technologies in systems of discovery. They support the lifecycle for research data by providing services for storage, discovery, and access; develop data catalogues or repositories to further reproducibility; and negotiate for and curate open access information. We want to hear from librarians and information technologists in libraries who have clearly defined roles in furthering open access to information and data, have developed a plan or project in which they play a vital role in education and/or the application of artificial intelligence or other technology around open information, and ways in which they get data, build on it, or share it.
The IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (HBS) and Information Technology Section (ITS) seek to explore these topics more deeply, and invite proposals for the open session to be held during IFLA WLIC in Dublin, Ireland from 15-21 August 2020.
Under the umbrella of this topic, the session includes, but is not limited to, the following subthemes:
- Establishing open access/open data policies
- Advocating for the value of open access publications in academic settings
- Supporting open, digital publishing at your institution
- Negotiating for open access in publisher deals
- Curating open information in library discovery systems
- Evaluating the impact of open access policies and practices
- Supporting article or data sharing with novel technologies
- Using technology to make scientific enquiry more open and efficient
- Role and impact of artificial intelligence technologies in open science
- Making publications and data open for application of data mining and AI technologies
- Building staff skills and capacity for open science, open access, and artificial intelligence
- Examining legal and ethical perspectives of open access
The abstract must be submitted in an electronic format and must contain:
- Title of abstract
- Abstract for proposed presentation/paper (300 words maximum)
- An indication of the sub-theme the abstract is focusing on
- Name(s) of presenter(s) plus position(s) and/or title(s)
- Employer/affiliated institution
- Contact information including email address, telephone number(s)
- Keywords (3 – 5) of your own choosing that describe the contents of your talk
- Confirmation that able to attend IFLA congress and present in person if selected
Please submit abstracts by 9 March 2020 as an attachment in MS Word, with the subject line IFLA open session proposal to:
Beth Ketterman (HBS)
Maria Kadesjö (ITS)
+46 10-709 36 19
Receipt of all submissions will be confirmed. Please contact us if you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 10 days of submitting your abstract.
9 March 2020 (Monday): Deadline for submission of abstract
15 April 2020 (Wednesday): Notification of acceptance
1 June 2020 (Monday): Deadline for final changes to printed programme (presenter information, etc.)
8 June 2020 (Monday): Deadline for submission of full paper
At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program 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 2020 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, including registration for the 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.
Congress Participation Grants
List of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & Awards webpage.