Conference website: http://www.library.mcgill.ca/iassistcarto2018/

Conference hashtag: #iassistcarto


The 44th annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) will be jointly held with the 52nd annual conference of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA-ACACC) in Montréal, Québec, Canada from May 28-June 1, 2018.


Once Upon a Data Point: Sustaining our Data Storytellers


In many ways, researchers are data storytellers: they create compelling data-supported narratives for examining both historical and current social phenomena and for facilitating social change and reconciliation. We professionals who support these data storytellers play vital roles in giving their data stories life. We assist our data storytellers in:


·         Discovering existing and collecting new data from which to craft the stories.

·         Analyzing and managing data to uncover the stories hiding within.

·         Visualizing data to offer vivid and meaningful illustrations to enhance the stories.

·         Teaching data literacy skills to their audiences so they can understand and critique the stories.

·         Curating, archiving, and sharing data so that the stories are not lost for future generations, and so new data storytellers may weave even more stories from the data.


And we conduct our own research to tell our own stories and to also improve our support of other data storytellers.


We welcome submissions that tell diverse stories about our IASSIST and ACMLA-ACACC communities’ experiences, that offer conference attendees suggestions of how they can implement or adapt lessons for their own work, and that have wide-reaching appeal to our international attendees. Although the positive outcomes are always something people want to hear, there’s also an appetite for learning about the things that didn’t go well, particularly any problems you faced and how others might avoid or handle them.


So bring us your data comedies, tragedies, epics, horror stories, mysteries, histories, thrillers, adventures, fables, fantasies, science fiction, and even romances if you’ve got them! We look forward to sharing, learning from, and adapting each other's stories.



Submitting Proposals


We welcome submissions for papers, presentations, panels, posters, and Pecha Kuchas in English and French.


The Call for Presentations, along with the link to the submission form, is at: 



Questions about presentation submissions may be sent to the Program Co-Chairs (Jay Brodeur, Laurence Horton, and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh) at [log in to unmask].


We are also accepting submissions for Pre-conference Workshops. The Call for Workshops, along with the link to the submission form, is at: 



Questions about workshop submissions may be sent to Workshop Coordinators, Jenny Muilenburg ([log in to unmask]) and Andy Rutkowski ([log in to unmask]).



Deadline for ALL submissions: 20 November 2017

Notification of acceptance: February 2018


Support for Attending the Conference

IASSIST Fellows Program supports data professionals from underrepresented regions and countries with emerging economies. IASSIST Early Professional Fellows Program helps early career data professionals recognizing the value of innovative ideas. Applications can be made at https://goo.gl/forms/dr6fie6XJyOKR4Ee2 and will close http://airmail.calendar/2018-01-19%2012:00:00%20EST.

Address questions about the Fellows Programs to Florio Arguillas ([log in to unmask]) and Stuart Macdonald ([log in to unmask]).

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