August 23rd to 25th

 The Open Data Research Track

Open Data has the potential to transform society, government and the economy, from how we travel to how we vote, from healthcare to aerospace. Many initiatives have opened data sets from governments, public organizations and industry.

This track provides an outlet for research on open data. At this stage of open data research, we are soliciting submissions broadly, ranging from legal and societal issues all the way to technology and implementation.

Multi-disciplinary perspectives are welcome.

The research track is looking for submissions on, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Business issues
    • Non-profit business models
    • For-profit business models
  • Legal issues
    • Open data licences
    • Access to open data
    • Process of opening
    • Process of sustaining data
  • Societal issues
    • Opportunities of opening data
    • Challenges of opening data
  • Technology and quality
    • Open data sources and catalogs
    • Open data and meta-data quality
    • Open data measures and metrics
    • Open data standards
    • Open data technology platforms and tools
    • Open data applications
    • Open data visualizations
  • Experience reports and best practices

Experience reports are welcome but should be submitted to the industry and community track of OpenSym 2017.

Paper Presentation: OpenSym 2017 will be organized as a one track conference in order to emphasize the interdisciplinary character of this conference and to encourage discussion.

Submission Deadline: The research paper submission deadline is April 7th 2017.. Submitted papers should present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new work: theoretical, empirical, and/or in the design, development and/or deployment of novel concepts, systems, and mechanisms. Research papers will be reviewed to meet rigorous academic standards of publication. Papers will be reviewed for relevance, conceptual quality, innovation and clarity of presentation.

Paper Length: There is no minimum or maximum length for submitted papers. Rather, reviewers will be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length. Papers should report research thoroughly but succinctly: brevity is a virtue. A typical length of a “long research paper” is 10 pages (formerly the maximum length limit and the limit on OpenSym tracks), but may be shorter if the contribution can be described and supported in fewer pages—shorter, more focused papers (called “short research papers” previously) are encouraged and will be reviewed like any other paper. While we will review papers longer than 10 pages, the contribution must warrant the extra length. Reviewers will be instructed to reject papers whose length is incommensurate with the size of their contribution. Papers should be formatted in ACM SIGCHI paper format. Reviewing is not double-blind so manuscripts do not need to be anonymized.

Posters: As in previous years, OpenSym will also be hosting a poster session at the conference. To propose a poster, authors should submit an extended abstract (not more than 4 pages) describing the content of the poster which will be published in a non-archival companion proceedings to the conference. Posters should use the ACM SIGCHI templates for extended abstracts. An example of a poster abstract can be found here. Reviewing is not double-blind so abstracts do not need to be anonymized.

Paper Proceedings: OpenSym is held in-cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and ACM SIGSOFT and the conference proceedings will be archived in the ACM digital library like all prior editions. OpenSym seeks to accommodate the needs of the different research disciplines it draws on including disciplines with archival conference proceedings and disciplines where authors usually present at conferences and publish later. Authors, whose submitted papers have been accepted for presentation at the conference have a choice of:

  • having their paper become part of the official proceedings, archived in the ACM Digital Library,
  • having no publication record at all but only the presentation at the conference.

Response from authors: For the first time at OpenSym, authors will be given the opportunity to write a response to their reviews before final decisions are made. This should be treated as an opportunity to correct any mistakes or misconceptions in the reviews as well as to propose minor changes that the authors can make during the two weeks between notification and the camera-ready deadline.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: April 07, 2017
  • Reviews sent to authors: June 02, 2017
  • Response to reviews from authors due: June 30, 2017
  • Decision notification: July 07, 2017
  • Camera-ready papers due: July 21, 2017