Call for Papers: Open Data Academic Research at OKFest

At [Open Government Data Camp](http://opengovernmentdata.org/camp2011/) in Warsaw last year, much discussion took place about academic research around Open Data. In response to these conversations, a specific ‘Open Data Academic Research’ session will be taking place at [OKFest](http://okfestival.org/) this year. The session will bring together a community of researchers from a variety of disciplines who are exploring Open Data from a range of perspectives.

## Overview

The Open Data research session will focus on the impact of Open Data research within the academic environment. The session will bring together the latest research concerning Open Data and Open Government Data, forming an interdisciplinary mix of short presentations followed by a discussion panel.

The panel will be 2 hours long, and invites submissions from a broad range of disciplines. Below is a list of some of the topics that the Open Data Academic research track is interested in.

### Topics:
* Mapping the movement: What histories can illuminate current open data practice? How should we understand the idea of an open data movement? What can research tell us about the future directions a movement might take?
* Open data impacts: What impact is open data having in different fields? What methods can be used to trace the impacts of open data?
* Open data and grassroots communities: What is the impact of open data on grassroots communities, how do they integrate and influence into the open data community? How has open data changed the practices of grassroots movements?
* Open data internationally: What impact is open data having in different countries? How is open data supporting transparency as well as participatory engagement?
* Open data and democracy: How is open data being used to support democratic engagement, or impacting upon the democratic sphere?
* Open data as a tool for research: exploring how open data can be used in research, and tools for open data-driven research.

## Workshop Submissions and Outcomes

Submissions should consist of a 2 page extended abstract of a position paper of current research. Accepted authors will require to produce a 4-6 page paper and 15 minute presentation to be given at the workshop.

Please send all submissions to academictrack.okfest [@] gmail.com

The aim of the workshop is to publish the accepted papers and outcomes in a relevant journal/proceedings – keep checking back for updated information on this.

## Key Dates

* Submission Open: 22nd June
* Submission Deadline 20th July
* Accepted Papers: 3rd August

## Additional Contact Details:

* Session Leader – Ramine Tinati @raminetinati
* Part of the Research and Education topic stream. Contact educationandresearch [@] okfestival.org

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