Workshop on Issues in Shared and Collaborative Scientific Research

Important Dates

  • Submission Packet Due Date: October 4th
  • Notification of Acceptance to the Workshop: October 20th
  • Notification of Fellowship: October 20th
  • Workshop: December 10th

Call for Papers

This workshop is funded through SAVI: NSF #1449209 and 1449188 and explores research as a significant driver of innovation, creator of economic activity, and agent for social well-being. The workshop will highlight the new methods that researchers use in open settings, include investigating how tools may be designed to support different modes of collaboration, theory development from rich qualitative methods, or open publishing strategies. While research contexts are shared across research colleagues, differences in data and methods leads to fragmented discourse across disciplines, publications, and impact. Issues of coherence within different communities studying the same data makes discussion about particular research issues difficult.

This workshop will explore obstacles to progressing shared science across disciplines. Participants will focus on identifying and removing known and yet to be identified obstacles to shared and collaborative scientific research. Building a community of scholars who address differences in research aims, data, and methods will enable a new, interdisciplinary synthesis of knowledge. Our aim is to increase the coherence of scientific and public communication across existing disciplines. Discussions, activities, and presentations in the first workshop are expected to be social, organizational, and technical in nature.

Financial Support

In association with the first workshop (December 10th), up to six (6) OCDF Fellowships ($1,000 USD) will be awarded. The fellowships are competitive and can be used to cover travel costs. If you are interested in receiving an OCDF Fellowship, please indicate this in your workshop application packet. The fellowships are precisely aimed at identifying researchers exploring emerging issues in shared and collaborative scientific activity (Workshop 1). Only one member of a research team will be eligible for an OCDF Fellowship and preference will be given to Ph.D. students, early career academics, and underrepresented groups in IT.


Participation in the first workshop is free and will be limited to 25 participants. As this is an emerging area of interest, participants are not expected to be experienced researchers in shared and collaborative scientific research. However, as part of the workshop, we ask that you reflect on and prepare your thoughts and questions in this area. Interested participants must submit a packet containing:

  1. A one-page summary of your interest in shared and collaborative scientific research
  2. A brief slide deck summarizing your interest in shared and collaborative scientific research
  3. A current CV
  4. Indication to be considered for an OCDF Fellowship

Email submissions to Kevin Lumbard ( and Matt Germonprez (

Organizing Committee

  • Matt Germonprez – University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Sean Goggins – University of Missouri
  • Susan Winter – University of Maryland
  • Joseph Feller – University College Cork
  • Gaye Kiely – University College Cork
  • Kieran Conboy – Lero/National University of Ireland – Galway
  • Brian Fitzgerald – Lero/University of Limerick
  • Klaas-Jan Stol – Lero/University of Limerick
  • Kevin Lumbard – University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Georg Link – University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Local Organizing Chair: Greg Madey, University of Notre Dame

See Also

This workshop is being organized through a unique collaboration between the Open Collaboration Data Factories (OCDF), Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, the TOTO Project, and SIGOPEN, and the Irish Chapter of the AIS, with venue provided by the University of Notre Dame:

Workshop 1 (December 10th): Issues in Shared and Collaborative Scientific Research

Workshop 2 (December 11th): SIGOPEN 2016 Developmental Workshop for Openness Research

The two, one-day workshops will bring together researchers engaged in the study of technology-enabled openness. This includes such issues as shared science and citizen science, open source software and open content, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, and related areas.

People participating in either workshop will be provided the opportunity to contribute towards a workshop report to be published through CAIS at the conclusion of the workshops. As a service, the organizing committees will aggregate the speaker talks as well as gather relevant issues raised during the workshops in preparation for a collective CAIS submission.

Participants are welcome to submit to, and to participate in, both workshops, but are not obligated to do so. Submissions to a single workshop are also welcome.