[At-Large] CFP for Data for Policy 2021 - deadline March 25th

Joanna Kulesza jkuleszaicann at gmail.com
Sat Feb 13 17:23:16 UTC 2021

Dear all,

this cross-cutting new venture might be of interest to some of you, 
please kindly consider submitting and/or attending (for now we're 
planning to keep this as a face-to-face/at least a hybrid meeting, the 
format might be adjusted according to local circumstances closer to the 
date). Distributing the call further among your networks would also be 
most appreciated. Apologies for any unavoidable cross posting.

Kindest regards,

Joanna Kulesza

6^th  International Conference
*Data for Policy 2021*
Lessons for policy-data interactions after Covid-19

14-16 September 2021, UCL, London

*Call for Papers and Session Proposals *
(Deadline: 25 March 2021)

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The Data for Policy conference series is the premier global forum for 
multiple disciplinary and cross-sector discussions around the theories, 
applications and implications of data science innovation in governance 
and the public sector. Its associated journal, /Data & Policy/ 
published by Cambridge University Press has quickly established itself 
as a major venue for publishing research in the field of data-policy 
interactions. Both the conference and the journal receive valuable 
support from their sustainer partners: the Alan Turing Institute, the 
Office for National Statistics and UCL.

Convening for the sixth time in September 2021, the International 
Organisation Committee for the conference invites Paper and Panel 
Session proposals at the conference to be also considered for potential 
post-conference publications in /Data & Policy/ (subject to 
peer-review). *We are planning for a physical conference and we hope 
that presenters will be able to join us in person. We understand that 
this may be difficult, or even impossible, and we will adapt the 
conference proceedings accordingly to accommodate virtual presentations 
where this is necessary.*

There are six broad, interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral areas of 
interest, which form the standard tracks of the conference. Following 
the momentous events of 2020, the International Committee and organisers 
wish to recognise the additional focus on data throughout the whole of 
society as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the opportunities 
this creates for learning about and developing data and policy 
interactions. This focus should not be seen as limiting, and we welcome 
submissions across domains, sectors and applications. In addition to the 
standard tracks, nine Special Tracks have also been shortlisted this 
year (Special Track 9 added to the original eight on 1st Feb).

The standard tracks of the conference are as follows:

  * *Data-driven Transformations in Governance & Policy* – this standard
    track focuses on the high-level vision for philosophy, ideation,
    formulation and implementation of new approaches leading to paradigm
    shifts, innovation and efficiency gains in collective
    decision-making processes. Topics may include:

      o From data to decisions: scientific innovation in knowledge
        generation processes, data-driven insights, evidence-based
        policy making;
      o Applications in public, private and voluntary sector governance
        and policy-making  (local, national, international)
      o Real-time management, future planning, and rethinking/reframing
        of governance and policy-making in the digital era;
      o Government-private sector-citizen interactions: data and digital
        power dynamics, asymmetry of information;
      o Democracy, public opinion and involvement, citizen services,
        media and digital platforms;
      o Interactions between human, institutional and algorithmic
        decision-making processes; psychology and behaviour of
      o Socio-technical and cyber-physical systems, and their policy and
        governance implications.

The remaining categories represent more specifically the current 
applications, methodologies, strategies which underpin the broad aims of 
Data for Policy’s vision:

  * *Data Technologies & Analytics for Policy & Governance*

      o Data sources: Personal, proprietary & administrative data,
        official statistics, open & public data;
      o Technologies: GovTech/RegTech, AI, blockchain, IoT, cloud,
        platforms, visualisation & user interaction;
      o Methodologies & Analytics: Theory  & data-driven models,
        statistics, computational social science,
      o Machine Learning, edge analytics,  mixed methods, real-time &
        historical data processing, geospatial analysis, gaps in theory
        & practice.

  * *Policy Frameworks, Governance and Management of Data-driven
    Innovations *– this track focusses on governance practices and
    management issues involved in implementation of data-driven solutions:

      o Data collection, storage and circulation;
      o Data and algorithm design, value assessment;
      o Data supply chains, ownership, provenance, sharing, linkage,
        curation, and expiration;
      o Assignment of accountability;
      o Governance models and frameworks;
      o Data literacy, translation, communication;
      o Data intermediaries, trusts, collaboratives;
      o Data and algorithms in the law, regulation;
      o Meta-data, standards and interoperability.

  * *Ethics, Equity and Trust in Policy Data Interactions *– this track
    examines the issues which must be considered in technology design
    and assessment.

      o Digital Ethics: Data, algorithms and interaction models;
      o Privacy, data sharing and consent;
      o Digital identification and services;
      o Uncertainties, bias, imperfections in data and data-driven systems;
      o Algorithmic behaviour: equity and fairness, transparency,
        explainability, accountability, interpretability and reliability;
      o Human control, rights, democratic values and self-determination;
      o Responsibility and maliciousness.

The following are areas which fall within the above categories, but are 
highlighted as being of special interest:

  * *Algorithmic Governance:*

      o Algorithm agency along with human and institutional
        decision-making processes; black-box processing, data-driven
      o Governance automation: citizen service delivery, supporting
        civil servants, managing national public records and physical
        infrastructure, statutes and compliance,  public policy development;
      o Good governance with/by/of algorithms: participation, consensus
        orientation, accountability, transparency, responsiveness,
        effectiveness and efficiency, equity and inclusiveness, the rule
        of law.

  * *Data to Tackle Global Issues and Dynamic Societal Threats:*

      o Human existence and the planet;
      o International collaboration for global risk management and
        disaster recovery;
      o Global health, emergency response, Covid-19 and pandemics;
      o Sustainable development, climate change and the environment;
      o Humanitarian data science and international migration;
      o Racial justice and gender-based issues;
      o International security, organised crime and hostile environments.

The Special Tracks for the conference are as follows:

 1. ‘Showcasing innovative data services from EU Member States - Paving
    the way towards transparent documentation’ /Track Chairs/: Seth van
    Hooland, Emanuele Baldacci, Blanca Martinez De Aragon and Joao
    Rodrigues Frade read here
 2. ‘Governance of the digital transformation of health systems’ /Track
    Chairs/: Tugce Schmitt and Mujaheed Shaikh read here
 3. ‘Arguments, algorithms and tools: what do we need to shape policy
    and confront misinformation post-pandemic?’ /Track Chairs/: Jaron
    Porciello, Ulrike Hahn and Stephan Lewandowsky read here
 4. ‘Ethical Technology Adoption in Public Administration Services’
    /Track Chairs/: Francesco Mureddu, Giovanna Galasso and Francesco
    Paolo Schiavo read here

 5. ‘AI and public decision-making processes’ /Track Chairs/: Sarah
    Giest, Bram Klievink and Alex Ingrams read here
 6. ‘Rethinking the open data movement through an intersectional
    feminist lens’ /Track Chairs/: Anjali Mehta, Gülsen Güler and Amanda
    Greene read here

 7. ‘Facilitating Data-Driven Innovation for Sustainability: Policy
    Frameworks and Measures for Data Governance’ /Track Chair/: Masaru
    Yarime read here
 8. ‘Towards a data-driven economy: Data Mexico’ /Track Chairs/: Luis
    Godoy, Ana Cruz and Fiorentina Garcia read here
 9. 'Systematic Engagement: Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and the design
    challenge of inclusion, sustainability and data ownership'/Track
    Chairs:/Ronit Purian and Avi Cohen read here

Submissions will be accepted in the following categories:

  * Individual Research/Policy/Practitioner Proposals to Standard or
    Special Tracks in the form of a) full research papers or b) extended
  * Session Proposals

*Individual Research/Policy/Practitioner Proposals to Standard or 
Special Tracks*
*a) Full research paper:* For the benefit of those authors who wish to 
submit their paper for consideration in the open-access /Data & Policy 
<https://dataforpolicy.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0e48a758fb1eccb009ec5c754&id=dc45c4b983&e=5b07afa9ac> published 
by Cambridge University Press, we are integrating the review process for 
the conference into that of the journal; it is intended that the reviews 
performed for the conference will be considered as part of the journal’s 
peer review procedure, leading to faster decisions in the journal and 
the potential of publication ahead of the conference. Authors interested 
in taking advantage of this integrated process can submit a full paper 
through the conference’s EasyChair system by the deadline of 25 March 
2021.  In order to submit a full paper, authors can use the LaTeX and 
Word templates available via the /Data & Policy/Instructions for Authors 
<https://dataforpolicy.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0e48a758fb1eccb009ec5c754&id=6ad9f21002&e=5b07afa9ac> . 
Please convert your article to PDF to submit to the conference’s Easy 
Chair System; if accepted into the Journal we will ask for the source files.

Please consider the following points, which are described in more detail 
in the instructions that are linked to above:

  * /Data & Policy/ has two main categories: Research Articles
    (presenting novel findings; approx 8,000 words inclusive of
    references) and Commentaries (an overview of existing knowledge
    about an issue; approx 4,000 words). In your article, please include
    a heading that indicates into which category your article falls;
  * The journal also requires authors to provide a policy significance
    statement, a competing interest statement, a funding statement and a
    data availability statement in their article;
  * The journal encourages authors to make replication data and
    materials openly available and to link to these in the data
    availability statement in their article;
  * Authors should watermark or otherwise indicate in the full paper
    that it is ‘under review’.
  * The review process is likely to include multiple iterations that
    extend beyond the timeline of the conference, and publication is
    subject to reviewer comments being reflected in the final paper.
  * Note that conference acceptance does not guarantee publication in
    /Data & Policy/.

*b) Extended abstract:* The process is essentially unchanged from the 
2020 conference. This should be 1,000 words maximum, including a title, 
research/policy question, research methodology and data used, and key 
findings. Authors who decide to just submit an extended abstract - in 
order to present at the conference - will still have the option of 
submitting to the Journal at a later date if they wish to do so, but 
will not benefit from the integrated review procedure.   Note also that 
some Special Track Chairs are intending to guest-edit thematic 
collections of articles in /Data & Policy/, so you may be separately 
contacted by the Chair about the potential of submitting to the Journal.

*Session Proposals *
Session proposals should comprise a combination of 3-4 presentations 
from researchers and/or practitioners, each of whom must provide an 
abstract (1,000 words maximum). A description of the panel should also 
be submitted (500 words maximum).

*Submission Process*
Extended abstract submissions should be made via EasyChair 
also accessed via the 2021 conference page 
<https://dataforpolicy.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0e48a758fb1eccb009ec5c754&id=58bf8fbb8b&e=5b07afa9ac> on 
the Data for Policy website. Authors are invited to enter their name(s), 
title and abstract, and keywords. A number of ‘Submission Categories’ 
are then presented, from which authors can choose the most relevant. The 
rest of the submission should be attached as a single pdf.

*Review and Assessment*
Full papers will be subject to the usual peer review process 
<https://dataforpolicy.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0e48a758fb1eccb009ec5c754&id=3f6fe482ea&e=5b07afa9ac> for 
/Data & Policy./

Extended abstract and session proposal submissions will be assessed 
according to following criteria:

  * Potential contribution to the debates in the field
  * Potential for stimulating debate in the conference
  * Freshness of the content, novelty and originality
  * Formulation of the research/policy question
  * Data and methodology
  * Quality of writing and presentation

*Post-acceptance of submission for conference presentation (preliminary 
Extended abstract submissions: authors will be invite to submit a 
discussion paper to the Data for Policy community profile on the Zenodo 
platform. Other materials that they wish to share can be included – such 
as their presentation slides, or any related data sets. Any material 
submitted to Zenodo is citable, so it can be referenced in any future 

Full paper authors will also be encouraged to make their paper and other 
relevant material available before the conference, using the Data for 
Policy community on Zenodo 
Further details on how to submit will be provided nearer the 
time. Authors may be required to prepare video presentations in advance 
of the conference. Further details will be provided nearer the time, if 

*General Conference Information*
All current information about the conference is available from the 2021 
conference page 
This information will be regularly updated as plans for the conference 

Data for Policy 2021 is a fee-paying event and all conference 
participants, including presenters, will be responsible for arranging 
their own travel and accommodation. We have limited funding to support 
student participation; those who wish to be considered for these grants 
should send a CV and cover letter explaining their case to 
team at dataforpolicy.org <mailto:team at dataforpolicy.org> .

Data for Policy is also committed to increasing diversity in its 
presenter community. We understand that the cost of registration may be 
a barrier to participation, and are therefore delighted to offer Data 
for Policy diversity scholarships to suitable candidates from groups 
which are currently underrepresented in our community, in particular 
those from developing nations, who will extend our geographic 
diversity.  Scholarship awards are based on the level of financial need, 
and the appropriateness of the opportunity afforded to the applicant. To 
be eligible, applicants must have no other source of funding to meet the 
cost of registration. Please send a CV and cover letter explaining their 
case to team at dataforpolicy.org <mailto:team at dataforpolicy.org> . In both 
cases, applications should be made after completion of abstract submission.
All enquiries about the conference should be sent to 
team at dataforpolicy.org <mailto:team at dataforpolicy.org> . For questions 
relating to publication in /Data & Policy/, please contact 
dataandpolicy at cambridge.org <mailto:dataandpolicy at cambridge.org>

*Important Dates*


Deadline for Special Track proposals


10 December 2020

Call for Papers  – announcement


14 January 2021

Extended abstract and full paper submission deadline


25 March 2021

Notification of acceptance with reviewer comments and invitation to 
submit revised versions for those accepted


11 June 2021

Registration deadline for presenters


23 July 2021

Submission of revised paper for a second round of review for journal 
(compulsory); upload of pre-conference material to Zenodo (optional); 
submission of video (if relevant)


20 August 2021

Public registration deadline


20 August 2021



14-16 September 2021

Decision on publication of revised paper, and invitation to submit to 
Data & Policy if accepted, or invitation to second revision



*Conference Partnership & Sponsorship*
Data for Policy conference series is an independent non-for-profit 
initiative and fully funded by the income raised through conference 
registrations and partner/sponsor contributions. Organisations 
interested in our flexible partnership/sponsorship packages should get 
in touch with our team team at dataforpolicy.org 
<mailto:team at dataforpolicy.org>

*Call for Bids to Host Future Data for Policy Conferences*
We welcome bids from academic, government and private sector 
stakeholders to host future Data for Policy conferences. Consortium bids 
bringing together a host country’s academic and government stakeholders 
are encouraged and demonstration of further industry support would also 
be an advantage. Interested organisations should send a brief Statement 
of Interest to team at dataforpolicy.org <mailto:team at dataforpolicy.org>, 
outlining the partnership model proposed and the commitments offered. 
Bids will be considered on a rolling basis.

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