Call for Papers


>Call for Papers
This year WebSci19 will include a workshop on Data Sharing, with the aim of establishing the institutions that enable data sharing as a topic of academic study.

Open Data has been a goal pursued primarily by governments, to unlock previously inaccessible value and accelerate growth of digital businesses. This has been tremendously successful in the US as well as across Europe. In the scientific community, there has also been extensive work on the infrastructure required to support the sharing and use of vast amounts of data through data commons. While open data is open to all, there is also benefit in sharing data that is not public. To enable the uptake of the new opportunities arising with data sharing, new institutions are required. These should address the complications of data sharing processes, and consolidate the interests of data subjects, processors and owners. This consolidation could happen through the – still conceptual – frameworks of Data Trusts, Data Collaboratives or Data Cooperatives, which are intended to simplify the use of data by enabling an environment in which is can be shared while maintaining the trust of all parties involved. Due to their potentially central role in data sharing environments, they are also of particular interest for academics from a broad variety of fields, including Computer Science, Law, Political Science, and Sociology. There is very little published research treating data sharing institutions as an object of study in their own right and placing them in a broad socio-technological context. This workshop aims to investigate the potential for coherent multidisciplinary research into the institutional frameworks that enable the sharing of data, what their development means for society as a whole, how they might work, and why this matters.

The workshop will take place on the 30th June.

Important Dates
All deadlines are midnight AoE time on the date specified.

Papers submitted by: 10th April
Notification to authors: 17th April
Camera ready submission: 1st May
We invite submissions of papers on the following topics:

What are data sharing institutions? Are Data Trusts, Collaboratives, and Cooperatives the same, or different? Is there one kind of institution or many? How should they function and make decisions? What skills, knowledge and attitudes are required to set them up? How do they differ from scientific Data Commons? What existing frameworks can be drawn upon to deliver them?

Why do we need them? What are their legal, technical, socio-technical challenges and implications? Which issues they can address?

How should they be established? What organisational structure is best suited to achieve their goal: Charities, government institutions, or privately owned companies? Are existing legal concepts sufficient?

Who should be involved? Are these institutions meant to increase trust of data subjects, data controllers, or data processors, or a combination of all of the above? How are the parties’ interests represented, and how can this work at scale?

What are the practical implications? In what form should private and public sector organisations be working with these institutions? How should they be connected to education and research?

What are the broader political, social and philosophical implications? How should these institutions go about establishing trust, e.g. through certification or control? What are the implications of these decisions in the near and distant future?

Submissions can be of two types:

Completed long papers (8-10pp)
Short papers (experience related, position papers, research in progress; 3-5pp)
All papers should be submitted through EasyChair.

The programme committee will select the best papers to be presented at the workshop. All accepted papers will be published on the workshop website. This will be done several days before the workshop in order to facilitate discussion in the plenary section of the workshop. All accepted papers will also be included in the proceedings of the ACM Web Science 2019 conference proceedings

Selection criteria
The selection criteria are adapted from the Springer LNCS. Submissions should:

Be written in English;
Fit with the workshop theme;
Have a clear motivation (why the problem is interesting theoretically and/or practically);
Conceptual development and grounding in prior literature (given the nascent nature of the topic it is not expected that the prior literature is about data sharing institutions);
Methodological adequacy (if relevant);
Adequate list of references to related work and grounding theories;
Interesting findings;
Well-structured and clearly written paper;
Maximum length of paper: 10 pages for full papers, 5 pages for short papers; and
Conform to WebSci 2019 (SIGCONF) rules for formatting.
Papers will be subjected to double blind review by 2 reviewers for rigour, relevance, originality and clarity of presentation and then the accepted papers will be chosen by the programme committee based on the reviewers’ assessment. Papers should be anonymised, i.e. all information identifying the authors removed, before submitting via Easychair.


The workshop is supported by the H2020 projects Data Pitch, euBusinessGraph, EW-Shopp, and TheyBuyForYou.