[FOSDEM] [CFP] Open Research Tools and Technologies devroom

Paul paul at ouestware.com
Wed Dec 9 20:14:51 UTC 2020

Open Research Tools & Technologies devroom CFP

We invite developers or users of open tools and technologies used in a
research context to contribute to the FOSDEM 2021 conference. We
understand research as the general process of inquiry and knowledge
production such as scientific research, investigative journalism, NGOs
fieldwork, etc.

We seek talks about:

- New releases of open source software of research tools or
- Feedback on open technology stacks used in research contexts (e.g.,
scientific research, journalistic inquiry, archive creation or
publication, etc.) which collect, analyse, document, visualize, and/or
share data.
- Tool design and implementation for specific research contexts, e.g.
how to hold an algorithm accountable to social scientists, how to
foster better reproducibility, replicability, repeatability, and
interoperability thanks to FLOSS, how to cope with biases of a chart
for a data journalist, etc.
- Issues and opportunities about bridging tech culture with research
environments (research labs, libraries, newsrooms, museums,
hackerspaces, makers labs etc.) including community building,
organizational, legal and financial aspects.

Any subjects related to open source technologies in research contexts
are welcome even if not in this list.

Talks will last around 20-40 minutes + 5-10 minutes Q&A, have to be in
The video of the talk has to be pre-recorded in January 2021. The Q/A
session will be live.
The video will be published under Creative Commons CC-BY licence on the
FOSDEM video recordings archive.


Important dates:
- Proposal Deadline: 21st Dec 2020 23:59 CET
- Accepted Talk video upload Deadline: 15th Jan 2021 23:59 CET
- Online conference with live Q&A: 6th Feb 2021

Submit early if you can, as we will evaluate the proposals as they come
because of this year’s special circumstances (very tight schedule)

Submissions must include:

- Abstract
- Session type (Lecture or Lightning Talk)
- Expected prior knowledge / intended audience
- Speaker bio
- Links to code / slides / material for the talk (optional)
- Links to previous talks by the speaker (optional)

Submission process is managed in the Pentabarf system used by the
FOSDEM conference.

Apply for a talk: https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM21

By submitting your recorded talk you agree to have it made available
publicly… forever.

When submitting your talk in Pentabarf, make sure to select the ‘Open
Research Tools and Technologies Devroom’ as the ‘Track’. If you already
have a Pentabarf account from a previous FOSDEM event, please reuse it.
Create an account if, and only if, you don’t have one from a previous

If you have any issues with Pentabarf, do not despair: contact us at

More about the Open Research Technologies devroom

The Open Research Technologies devroom addresses FLOSS developers in a
broad community concerned with research production and curation:
scientists, engineers, journalists, archivists, curators, activists.
The tools and technologies targeted are typically creating, handling or
sharing knowledge artifacts: data, academic papers, books, collections,
web contents, algorithms, artworks. This devroom provides a place and
time to discuss the issues related to the creation and usage of open
research technologies, with the ambition to foster discussions between
designers, developers and users, bridging multiple knowledge-based
communities together, and with the broader FLOSS community.

The Open Research Technologies devroom aims to:

- Allow knowledge-based tool developers to publicize their effort and
become aware of other FLOSS projects.
- Facilitate the pooling of coding efforts on (often poorly funded)
- Create a network where otherwise isolated developers, research
engineers can share common FLOSS concerns.
- Provide social recognition for people who work in fields where
designing and developing tools is less considered than usual outcomes
(e.g. not publishing papers in research, not writing investigation in
data journalism, etc).

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