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Call for papers now open

Practitioners, researchers, and educators from diverse disciplines are invited to participate in the third eResearch Africa conference taking place 02-05 May 2017. The conference will take place on upper campus at the University of Cape Town.

See the call for papers here. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your expertise and findings.

 

Important dates
  • Presentation and Workshop abstracts must be submitted by 28 February 2017
  • Poster abstracts must be submitted by 16 April 2017

 

Conference aims

eResearch focuses on technological platforms and methods that enhance researchers’ ability to generate, collect, share, process, analyse, store and retrieve information. All sessions, workshops, posters, and meetings should support the conference aims.

eResearch Africa aims to provide:

  • A catalyst for innovation and collaboration, by bringing together practitioners and researchers from diverse disciplines;
  • A forum to support the development, enhancement, and harmonisation of national, regional, and discipline-specific eResearch services and infrastructures;
  • A showcase for innovative research enabled through these technologies and services.

 

Focus areas

We have provided a list of focus areas, but you are welcome to present exemplars and case studies in any field of research.

You will be asked during the submission process to select a focus area that your abstract is related to. Please select only one area to ensure your abstract is placed in the correct programme stream.

  • Data storage management 
    Innovative storage system designs and considerations are required to service the exponential demand for research storage. Research needs a diverse range of cloud and local access mechanisms that must cope with complex and variable data sets, while also supporting high throughput.

 

  • Data transfer
    Transferring large amounts of data over long distances is very cumbersome unless appropriate tools are used. Such tools have been available in large scale computing grids for more than a decade, but in general have been difficult to use and deploy outside of these environments. The emergence of cloud hosted tools has enabled all researchers to efficiently transfer data across continents.

 

  • Data visualisation
    Visualisation plays an increasingly important role in data‐intensive and multidisciplinary research. At eResearch Africa 2017 we aim to bring together diverse communities ‐ including researchers and industry partners ‐  engaged in the development of visualisation algorithms and software applications, design of technical equipment and facilities, and the use of visualisation as core research data analysis and interpretation tool.

 

  • High performance computing (HPC) processing and analysis
    All advanced computing needs for research, including also High Performance Computing (HPC), Graphical Processor Unit (GPU) cluster and Parallel or Linear computing.

     

  • Research data management
    This focus area will explore the role of research data management within the research lifecycle, from grant planning, to information management, publication and dissemination. Topics may include the provision of research data management plans, partnering with researchers in managing dataset metadata, persistent identifiers, author rights, open access publishing, discovery support, data curation and long term preservation.

     

Types of participation

You can participate by submitting an abstract for a presentation, poster, or workshop. Instructions for each category are listed below.

NOTE: You will be asked during the submission process to select a focus area that your abstract is related to. Please select only one area to ensure your abstract is placed in the correct programme stream.

 

Presentations
Standard presentations are short conversation starters of 20 minutes, providing enough information to encourage the audience to engage and seek further information.

 

Posters
Posters enable individuals or groups to display information about innovative projects or activities in an informal, interactive environment. They can include live demonstrations. Posters will remain in the display area throughout the conference. A poster session will allow poster presenters to stand near their posters and talk with delegates, exact time will be made available at the programme.

 

Workshops
If you are submitting a workshop, please note the conference charges delegates a registration fee per workshop that is not included in the conference registration fee. This is necessary in order to cover catering, venue, and organisation costs for the workshops. Please see the registration page for the fee schedule. If you would prefer your delegates to pay a reduced cost to attend your workshop you are very welcome to subsidise their attendance; this can be arranged with the conference organisers.

 

Selection criteria

Selections for all submissions will be based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the conference aims;
  • Interest and relevance to the eResearch community;
  • Potential to be engaging and enhance the conference;
  • Quality of the submission – clarity and readability;
  • Sufficiency of information.

 

Make a submission 

Please follow these steps to make a submission to the conference.

  1. Download the submission template for the type of submission you are making:
  2. Complete the description of your topic using the template. Submissions for eResearch Africa are extended abstracts rather than full papers. Your submission should be no longer than two pages, plus a third page for author bios, and must be saved as a PDF document.
  3. Prepare a brief summary of no more than 300 words. If your submission is accepted this will become the short description of your session that appears on the conference website.
  4. Email your submission to conference@eresearch.ac.za and cc: cindy.mathys@uct.ac.za. The Subject field should contain the type of submission you are making and the focus area that your abstract is related to.

To participate, you will also need to register for the conference.