DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURES for RESEARCH 2018 | Serving the user base

Call for Participation

Downloadable Call details 

The organisers invite all stakeholders including funding agencies, the research communities and the infrastructure providers, both public and private, to come together and share their insights, concerns, needs and vision for the future.

Challenges facing users and service providers

Modern research requires novel digital services combining software, tools, data and computing across different institutions and  across heterogeneous environments. This track focuses on the emerging needs of research collaborations, the requirements of added value thematic services and the computing needs of data-driven science. The track presents challenges and opportunities for both users and providers.

Example topics:

  • Working with the research community
  • Working with industry
  • Working with E-infrastructure platforms
  • Community engagement
  • Computing platforms (cloud, HTC, HPC)
  • Thematic platforms (Science Gateways, Virtual Research Environments, research community tools)
  • Collaboration and sharing

Services enabling research

This track focuses on services and frameworks needed to enable researchers to securely collaborate and share resources in a federated environment combining geographically distributed services from multiple providers and further the opportunities of Open Science. Submissions for this track should highlight benefits and challenges as seen by researchers when using existing frameworks or present ideas to address the future challenges.

Example topics:

  • Security
  • Incident handling
  • Trust, Identity & AAI & PID
  • Federated architecture and enabling services
  • Open Science services
  • Service portfolio management
  • eduGain and eduroam
  • Computer networking


A changing environment, changing research

The environment in which research is conducted, and digital infrastructures operate, is changing rapidly. Access and provisioning of services require clear governance, engagement rules, policies and funding models. Submissions should focus on the barriers, opportunities and changes in this environment in order to address the non-technical pressures, for example social, financial, legal and policy that influence the present and future opportunities.

Example topics:

  • Governance and funding
  • Business models
  • Policy development and strategy
  • Open science policies
  • The law, friend or foe?
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Intellectual Property and Copyright
  • e-Infra policies
  • Digital Divide
  • Procurement


Working with data

This track focuses on the requirements of data-driven science and the solutions for finding, accessing, integrating and reusing research data. Papers that highlight requirements and opportunities for a seamless usage of digital infrastructures for data management, storage and curation as well as for linking and publishing all forms of research objects like data, software, tools, pipelines and publications would be particularly topical

Example topics:

  • Data Science
  • Data management and preservation
  • Data visualisation
  • Ontologies and knowledge representation
  • Publishing
  • FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)
  • Open science publishing
  • Open data


Instructions for submission

The call for abstracts for full sessions, training and presentations, posters and lightning talks is now CLOSED.


All submissions should be on subjects relevant to the spirit and objectives of the conference: to present, discuss and learn about the challenges facing users and e-infrastructures, how they work together and their use in the research and education community. The topics described above are an indication of the scope of the conference, but are not meant to be restrictive.

Dates and deadlines

  • 6th April – Digital Infrastructures for Research Call for Participation Announcement
  • 1st May – On-line submission opens
  • 3rd June 10th June – Extended Deadline for submission (full sessions, single presentations, demonstrations, training sessions)
  • 27th June – Acceptance notifications
  • 06th July 2016 - Registration Opens updated
  • 05th July 2016 – Digital Infrastructures for Research Programme On-line updated
  • 20th July - Deadline for submission (posters, lightning talks)
  • 16th August 2016 - Early Bird Closes updated
  • 14th September - On-line registration closes updated
  • 28th – 30th September – Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 in Krakow, Poland


Full sessions and single presentations
Deadline: 3rd June 10th June – Extended Deadline

Full session proposals (90 minutes)
Proposals should be about 1200 words (two A4 pages).
Session proposals must include: title, proposer names and their affiliations, five keywords, session format, objectives, target audience, proposed speakers, speakers’ biographies.
Single presentation proposals (25 minutes)
Abstracts should be about 1200 words (two A4 pages). These may include future work that is expected to produce results in the first half of 2017. Abstracts should clearly indicate what work has already been done and what still has to take place. Abstract proposals must include: title, author names and affiliations, five keywords, speaker names (if different from the author) and their affiliations, speaker’s biographies.

Training sessions and demonstrations
Deadline: 3rd June 10th June – Extended Deadline

At DI4R 2016, spaces are available for training sessions parallel with the official tracks from Tuesday 27 September to Friday 30 September. Training proposals should include: title, proposer names and affiliations, five keywords, meeting format, technical requirements, short introduction, intended audience.Please send your proposal via email to All training requests will be evaluated by the Programme Committee and all submitters will be notified at the end of June 2016.

Demonstrations and exhibits will be possible throughout the conference in the exhibition area. Companies or projects wishing to participate should contact

Lightning talks
Deadline: 20 July 2016

Lightning talks (5 minutes) focus on one key point. This can be an idea, successful project, a cautionary story, collaboration invitation, quick tip or demonstration. This is an opportunity for ideas to get the attention they deserve.Lightning talk proposals must include: title, author name and short biography, five keywords, and a short description of the planned talk. Please indicate on your abstract whether you would be willing to have your proposal considered as a poster if it is not accepted as a lightning talk.


Deadline: 20 July 2016

(Poster authors are required to be available to discuss their posters during p.m. coffee breaks)
Poster proposals may include future work that is expected to produce results in the second half of 2016. Abstracts should clearly indicate what work has already been done and what still has to take place.Poster submissions must include: poster title, name(s) and affiliation(s) of any author(s), lead author contact information, presenter name (if different from the submitting author); an abstract (max. 2 pages of A4) describing the content of the poster. A draft poster may also be submitted to support the abstract. Please indicate on your abstract whether you would be willing to have your proposal considered as a lightning talk if it is not accepted as a poster.

Full papers

Authors of abstracts selected to be presented at the conference, and all invited speakers, have the possibility to submit a full paper for review. Around twelve will be selected for online publication as conference proceedings. Please indicate on your abstract whether you are willing to prepare a full paper.