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Call for Propsals

RDAP 2021: Radical Change and Data

    About the conference theme

    We welcome proposals that discuss how data has led to radical change. This can include but is not limited to:

    • Changes to the data profession as impacted by COVID-19.
    • Changes in society (for example, the environment, diversity and inclusion, ethics) that were driven by data.
    • How data professionals are adapting and evolving to rapid change in their work or at their institution.
    • How data projects, services or research has been affected by change at higher education, industry, government and other research data stakeholders.

    The committee encourages proposals from both first-time RDAP presenters and those who provide a follow up on a project previously presented at an RDAP Summit. Presenters are invited to think about how research data issues can create and sustain inclusive communities and inform our services, practices, and technology.

    We also welcome submissions from employees of sponsors and will evaluate them using the same methods as other submissions. However, submissions will not be considered if they focus only on demonstrating or selling a sponsor’s specific product. 

    Types of proposals

    • Presentation (which will be matched with a panel), 15 minutes.
    • Lightning talk, (pre-recorded with live Q & A at Summit) 5 minutes
    • Workshop, 3 hours

    Evaluation criteria

    The committee will consider 1) the currency and relevance of the topic to the field, 2) appropriateness of the proposal for the session type, 3) impact of practices, conclusions, or recommendations (if applicable), 4) evidence of critical engagement (i.e. considering the context of the topic in the larger world of questions about equity and justice), 5) organization and clarity, and 6) evidence of ethical research practice (if applicable). Proposals will also be evaluated on potential engagement of participants and how it will provide and encourage multiple perspectives and views on the topic proposed. Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on their learning outcomes. Lightning talks can be shorter and more informal and the committee will evaluate them with that in mind.

    Finally, we expect:

    • Diverse participation in presentations. Diversity includes - but is not limited to - race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, ability, role or specialty, disciplinary approach, or environment.
    • All original research and projects are conducted using ethical practices, including informed consent and community participation in community-based research.
    • If using presentation aids, presenters are expected to provide accessible materials or work with our accessibility coordinator to make their materials accessible.


    • Proposals will be accepted through November 30, 2020. 
    • Decisions will be sent on December 21, 2020.
    • Deadline to accept is January 15, 2021.

    Publication opportunities

    RDAP and the Journal of eScience Librarianship(JeSLIB) are pleased to continue their partnership for RDAP Summit 2021.

    All RDAP Summit 2021 presenters are encouraged to submit proposals for a special issue in JeSLIB. Commentaries are also welcome for publication in JeSLIB from first time and veteran attendees.

    JeSLIB is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes full-length papers, eScience in Action articles, reviews, commentaries, and video articles. For more information see JeSLIB’s Guidelines for Authors


    Submissions require the contact information of the primary presenter, the proposal type, title, summary (max 150 words), a brief statement about what informed your involvement in this topic, and three or fewer topic keywords describing the proposal. Workshop proposals will require learning outcomes.

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    More information

    You can view the 2020 RDAP program as well as other past RDAP programs

    RDAP Summit is an independent conference through the RDAP Association, which provides accessible and affordable opportunities to connect with the research data support community.

    Presenters will not receive a discounted conference rate because the conference organizers are attempting to set one low registration rate for all attendees.

    Send your questions to the RDAP Conference Chairs: Amelia Kallaher at aak98[at]cornell[dot]edu and Reid Otsuji at rotsuji[at]ucsd[dot]edu.  


    The RDAP community brings together a variety of individuals, including data managers and curators, librarians, archivists, researchers, educators, students, technologists, and data scientists from academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry who represent a wide range of STEM disciplines, social sciences, and humanities.




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