Call for Submissions (Papers): Open Data Research Track at OpenSym 2014

Research paper submission deadline: May 4th, 2014 (changed from April 20th to evade Easter celebrations/vacation).

Link to full call for submissions: Open Data Research Track.

Call for Submissions to Open Data Research Track

Open Data has the potential to transform society, government and the economy, from how we travel to work to how we decide to vote. Many initiatives started to open data sets from the government, public organizations and from industry. Still however, research on Open Data falls short in the public.

This track contributes to the increasing awareness on Open Data in research. It asks Open Data researchers and practitioners from research, industry, civil society, and government to join the Open Data track at OpenSym and to share your approaches, methods and results with others.

We invite you to submit on, but not excluding:

  • Open Data measures, indices and evaluations
  • Linked Open Data
  • Open Data services and streams
  • Data and metadata quality
  • Securing open and their integration with closed and private data
  • Data visualization
  • Data and metadata standards
  • Transformations and harvesting
  • Open Data platforms and tools
  • Data mash-ups
  • Data-intensive applications

The track on Open Data research is one of the peer-reviewed research tracks of the Open Symposium. It aims at hosting current research papers on issues related to the different aspects of Open Data, from different points of view. Multidisciplinary research is especially welcome, but specific lines within a given research field also have their place. Experience reports are welcome but should be submitted to the community track, see below.

Submission Information and Instructions

The following types of submissions are invited:

  • Long research papers (5 to 10 pages)
  • Short research papers (1 to 4 pages)
  • Research-in-progress presentations (1 to 10 pages)
  • Research posters (1 to 2 pages)

Research papers present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new theoretical or empirical work. Research papers will be reviewed by the research track program committee to meet rigorous academic standards of publication. Papers will be reviewed for relevance, conceptual quality, innovation and clarity of presentation. They must be written in English. At least one author of accepted papers is required to attend the conference in order to present the paper.

Research-in-progress presentations present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new theoretical or empirical work. This is a new format is specifically aimed at social science researchers enabling those researchers to use OpenSym 2014 as a pre-publication venue before journal publication. Only the abstracts of these papers will be published as part of the proceedings thus leaving open the opportunity for journal publication at a later date. Research presentations will be reviewed by the research track program committee to meet rigorous academic standards just like research papers.

Research posters enable researchers to present late-breaking research results, significant research work in progress, or research work that is best communicated in conversation. OpenSym’s lively poster sessions let conference attendees exchange ideas one-on-one with authors, and let authors discuss their work in detail with those attendees most deeply interested in the topic. Successful applicants will display their posters, up to 1x2m in size, at a special session during the event.

The OpenSym website provides more information about the available paper types.

Submissions for experience reports (long and short), tutorials, workshops, panels, non-research posters, and demos are also sought but are handled through the community track, please see the community track call for submissions.

Submissions to OpenSym’s Doctoral Symposium are sought but are handled separately, please see the doctoral symposium call for submissions.

Submissions should follow the standard ACM SIG proceedings format. A Word Template is available. All papers must conform at time of submission to the formatting instructions and must not exceed the page limits, including all text, references, appendices and figures. All submissions must in PDF format.

All papers and posters should be submitted electronically through EasyChair using the following URL:

Submission and Notification Deadlines

  • Submission: May 4th (in the local timezone of the submitter)
  • Notification to authors: June 15th, 2014
  • Camera-ready: July 15th, 2014

As long as it is May 4th somewhere on earth, your submission will be accepted.

Research Track Committee


  • Ina Schieferdecker, FU Berlin/Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • Jens Klessmann, Fraunhofer FOKUS

Feel free to contact us at with any questions you might have.


  • Esteve Almiral, Esade
  • Sören Auer, University Leipzig
  • Ivonne Dings, WAAG
  • Manfred Hauswirth, DERI
  • Edzard Höfig, FU Berlin
  • Jens Klessmann, Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • Julia Kloiber, OKFN
  • Tomas Knap, University Praha
  • Marta Nagy-Rothengass, EC
  • Peter Parycek, Krems University

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