Because good research needs good data


Submissions can take a number of forms and will be considered for either the main conference which will take place on 23-24 February or the "workshop"  days which will take place on 22 & 25 February 2016.

On entering the ConfTool system you will be invited to choose the type of participation (e.g. research paper, practice papers, poster etc. ) and the relevant session theme/themes from the list of topics (except for data papers, which will be presented in one block so do not need to select a session theme).

Your submission can take a number of forms -  papers about research, practice or data, posters and workshops. More detail on each of these follows:

  • Research Papers should present original and novel conclusions derived from significant supporting evidence. The evidence may be experimental, observational or textual in nature, but the method used to derive the conclusions must be clear. Research papers should be submitted as full papers for peer review and for inclusion in the IJDC as reviewed papers. Papers should be no longer than 12 pages (excluding references & appendices).
  • Practice Papers may identify challenges, propose a solution or approach tackling the same, or describe an activity or research project currently in progress or recently completed. Of particular interest are lessons learned from digital curation activities, and recommendations for best practice. Practice Track papers should be submitted as extended abstracts for peer review. These should be no more than 1000 words. On acceptance, we will request a final paper of no more than 10 pages (excluding references & appendices.) Those received in good time will be candidates for publication in the IJDC as general articles.
  • Data Papers - Reuse is central to what we do at DCC so we are continuing to experiment with types of submission to give you credit for the data, workflows and/or methods you've created and shared. We invite you to give a short lightning talk on your data, describing your datasets, how they were collected and the potential for reuse. The data/workflow/method should have been prepared for sharing and deposited in a recognised repository. Lightning talks are short presentations capped at 5 minutes each, so you'll need to be concise and grab the audience's attention by explaining what's so special about your data. Data papers should be submitted as one-page abstracts, but as with practice papers, accepted authors may submit a fuller paper to be considered for publication in IJDC. Data papers do not need to fit in with the conference themes.
  • Workshops will take place on Monday 22 February and Thursday 25 February. Workshop proposals need to include the title and description, plus proposed number of delegates, expected number of speakers and required room layout , i.e theatre style, classroom, cabaret. All workshops need to be fully funded either by the workshop organisers in which case the workshop will be free or funded by charging a delegate fee. Please note there is a minimum cost for a full day and a half day workshop. See IDCC16 workshop submission process for further detail on how to present the information that we'll need to consider your workshop proposal.
  • Birds of a Feather (BoFs) - We will have a number of small rooms booked for Birds of a Feather sessions. We don't want formal proposals to be submitted for these. The sessions should be more free-form and responsive, based on ideas that arise around the conference and shared interests of attendees. We will allow individuals/groups to propose topics shortly prior to and during IDCC and provide more guidance nearer the time on how a BoF session should operate. A block of open time will be allocated for networking and posters in which the Birds of a Feather sessions will be scheduled, based on demand and popularity.
  • Posters enable individuals or groups to display information about innovative projects or activities in an informative, interactive environment. Posters will be displayed in the Foyer area outside the auditorium and there will be a dedicated poster slot to ensure all delegates have time to see the posters which interest them. Poster proposals should be submitted as one-page abstracts, although the poster itself is also an acceptable form of submission.  A poster PDF will need to be submitted prior to the conference.

The ideal poster should be designed to attract attention, provide a brief overview of your work and initiate discussion. Posters need to be as simple and as clear as possible with an emphasis on graphics rather than text. Posters should adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. A1 portrait or landscape - 594mm x 841mm or approximately 33.1" x 23.4"
  2. Your poster should be one piece and not made up of separate sections.
  3. Your poster should include title, author(s) names, affiliations, institutional logos, where appropriate, and email addresses

There will be a prize for the best poster

  • Demonstrations of new software tools and resources will be considered for inclusion in a showcase session. Demo proposals should be submitted as a one-page abstract. This will need to include details of any technical requirements.

All submissions to ConfTool must use the template provided.

  • Download the Microsoft Word template
  • Download the Open Document (ODT) template for LibreOffice, Apache OpenOffice, etc.
  • Download the LaTeX template from CTAN or install the 'dccpaper' package in TeX Live or MiKTeX. If using this template, please submit as a zip file containing both the LaTeX source and a compiled PDF.