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September 25, 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Open Data Research Symposium 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Open Data Research Symposium will be held on Tuesday 25 September 2018 in the lead up to the International Open Data Conference 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As open data become entrenched in the policy mainstream, there is an ongoing need to delve deeper into the dynamics of open data practices. At the same time, there is a need to maintain a critical perspective and to develop empirically-tested theories on the publication, use and impact of open data.

The 3rd Open Data Research Symposium (ODRS) offers researchers an opportunity to share completed research to inform our understanding of open data’s contribution to society. It is also an opportunity to shape the open data research agenda such that the knowledge produced by the research community is both relevant and robust.

ODRS, as a forum that brings researchers together, will also serve as the occasion to explore the resurrection of the Open Data Research Network (ODRN). The research community will be invited to provide input on how best to create a vibrant, invaluable and inclusive open data research network.

Submissions that reflect critically on a variety topical and emerging themes are invited. Submissions are invited from all disciplines, though with an emphasis on empirical social research. Cross-country, interdisciplinary, and cross-sector collaborations are particularly encouraged.

The format of the 2018 Symposium will be similar to that of the 2016 Symposium, that is, one full day divided into morning paper presentations and afternoon workshops. However, for the 2018 Symposium we aim to have fewer parallel sessions as well as fewer papers per session to allow for extended and constructive interaction between presenters and participants. We anticipate 8 to 12 papers being selected overall.


Deadline: 11 June 2018 - CLOSED

Paper submissions should be made in the form of extended abstracts (2-4 pages) providing a summary abstract (up to 300 words), introduction (including problem statement and research question), methodology, findings and conclusions, with references and 1-2 diagrams/figures if appropriate. A template is available for the submission of extended abstracts. Authors of accepted abstracts and workshops will be invited to submit full papers. Full papers of accepted abstracts will be due by 3 September 2018. Abstracts should be submitted via Easy Chair.


Workshop proposals are invited for the afternoon session. Proposals should outline activities or topics for discussion that will contribute to shaping the open data research agenda or share tools or processes relevant to the research community. Workshops held at ODRS16 included “Getting to grips with the impact of open data”, “Research infrastructure for open data research”, and “A Common Open Data Assessment Framework”. There is no strict template for workshop proposals but they should include details of the organiser, the themes addressed by the workshop, the anticipated outcome, and the proposed format.

Workshop proposals can be emailed to and are due no later than 15 May 2018.

Important Dates

Call for abstracts and workshop proposals
Deadline for workshop proposals
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts
Notification of accepted abstracts
Deadline for full papers
Open Data Research Symposium 2018
Call for abstracts and workshop proposals
Deadline for workshop proposals
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts
Notification of accepted abstracts
Deadline for full papers
Open Data Research Symposium 2018

Travel support

ODRS18, with support from OD4D, will make available 3 travel grants to the value of USD 1,500 each to the presenting author of accepted papers, provided that full versions of the accepted papers are submitted on or before 3 September 2018.


Centro Cultural San Martin, Buenos Aires

Program Committee

  • Stefaan Verhulst The GovLab, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Francois van Schalkwyk University of Stellenbosch
  • Emmy Chirchir Münster University
  • Michael Canares World Wide Web Foundation
  • Tim Davies Open Data Services Co-operative
  • Silvana Fumega ILDA
  • Gustavo Magalhaes UT Austin | Portugal CoLab
  • Michelle McLeod University of the West Indies
  • Johanna Walker University of Southampton


For further information on the Symposium please contact either Francois van Schalkwyk or Stefaan Verhulst.

Selected Papers from ODRS16:

The Social Dynamics of Open Data

Book edited by Francois van Schalkwyk, Stefaan Verhulst, Gustavo Magalhaes, Juan Pane & Johanna Walker now available here.