Call for papers



November 28 - December 2, 2022

Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia




The TODO International Open Data Conference organised by the Twinning Open Data Operational Project Consortium seeks to address current challenges of open data provision and reuse. This scientific conference, which will also host open data professionals from public and private sector as well as open data users and enthusiasts, aims to highlight benefits and impact of open data for addressing societal problems and economic growth.

In addition to the main sessions which will provide the participants the opportunity to get acquainted and inspired by the recent developments in the open data research, the five-days conference will offer keynote speeches, sessions, special panels, workshops for students and general public, presentation of the Open data MOOC and professionals panels. The conference is expected to host 400 participants from international, regional and local open data academic and professional community, and general public. The conference will be hosted in the hybrid mode, both offline and online, in English as the language of the conference.

We invite interested researchers to apply with their research papers presenting innovative research on open data or case studies on different examples of open data publication, processing and reuse. Within this context, the conference aims at discussing opportunities and challenges, new tools, emerging practices, policies, innovative approaches, “dark” aspects and risks that may raise negative consequences, case studies, and more theoretical contributions concerning the governance, use, impact, adoption and sustainability of open data that may shape future societies.

The research papers may be presented in the form of extended abstracts or poster presentations. Up to 35 research papers and 5 professional papers, with additional 10 posters will be selected for the conference upon review by the Scientific Committee.

The research contributions may address different aspects of open data including, but not limited to, the following tracks and subtopics:

Track 01: Governance and policies for open data

Open data governance, policy approach and legal framework set the agenda for the actual availability, quality and impact of open data as well as the research opportunities. This track explores different approaches to these issues as well as specific conditions and effects of governance, policy, legal and management aspects of open data, including but not restricted to:

- big, open, linked data management

- open data policies, strategies and legal frameworks

- criteria and methodologies for the identification of high-value datasets

- legal framework and regulatory issues, copyright, privacy and open data, legal protection

- international and European open data initiatives (Open Data Partnership, Open Government Initiative, etc.)

- governance framework for the open data ecosystem

- open government data political, administrative and technological leadership

- open government data officer/steward roles

Track 02: Stakeholders and data reuse in the open data ecosystem

Open data has become an essential element of the strategic agendas in the public and private sectors. This Track focuses on new, reusable, collaborative and inclusive ways to use open data in the open data ecosystem. This also includes the revolution of digital services through the use of disruptive technologies (i.e. AI, ML, BC). The research contributions may address different aspects of open data ecosystems and stakeholders including, but not limited, the following subtopics:

- open data in open science and the use of open repositories

- open data for crisis management (i.e. Covid19)

- data intermediaries as key enablers in the open data ecosystem

- the role of the private sector in the open data ecosystem

- open data stakeholders in different domains and sectors

- access and use of open government data by SMEs and micro-enterprises

- access and use of open government data by civil society

- open government data, open private and civil sector data

- data spaces

- data analytics and artificial intelligence

- open data in smart cities

- cross-border use/exploitation of open government data

Track 03: Open data technical considerations (Architecture & Portals)

- Application Programming Interfaces (API)

- measurement and analysis of OGD portal use

- technical barriers and obstacles for open data publication

- technical infrastructure for re-use at the local levels

- open data processing and visualisation

- linked open data, semantics

- data anonymization for protection of personal, private and sensitive data

- metadata standards for open data publication

Track 04: Impact and value of/for open data

- open data impact, business models based on open data, and sustainability of open data

- open government data policy funding models

- measurement and analysis of open government data social, economic and political impact

- measurement and analysis of open government data impact on government transparency and accountability

- measurement and analysis of open government data impact on government efficiency and effectiveness

- measurement and analysis of open government data impact on policy-making processes

- development of innovative novel electronic services and applications

Track 05: Open data practice and research evaluation and assessment

- open data assessments and indicators

- analysis of open data research and projects

- open data ecosystems impact and maturity assessment

- open government data quality characteristics-criteria

- readiness and/or adoption assessment of open data

- open government data metadata contents, standards and adoption/use

Track 06: Open data sustainability issues

- sector specific open data (geospatial, traffic, agriculture, legal, etc.)

- open data interoperability

- guidelines and support instruments for open data publication

- open data training and capacity building

- sustainability of government support for open government data re-use

- open government data re-use promotion initiatives and partnerships

Submission types

  • Extended Abstracts submission - research papers’ abstract from 1000 up to 2500 words describing the research work carried out, outcomes and discussion, and containing keywords and references

  • Poster submission - short presentation of the research in progress, especially welcome from the researchers at the beginning of their career and PhD students, with length up to 1000 words, including keywords and references

Submissions will be accepted by electronic submission form (link). The following word processor file formats are acceptable:

  • Microsoft word (DOC, DOCX)

  • Rich text format (RTF)

  • OpenDocument format (ODF)

Submissions should meet the formats of the extended abstract or poster submission and are subject to review by the Conference scientific committee.

Publication opportunities

The extended abstracts and posters will be published in the conference proceedings edited by international board and reviewer which will be available online.

Selected full papers will be invited for publication in the WoS and Scopus indexed journals in interdisciplinary and specific fields beginning of October (e.g. Indecs, other journals publishing on information systems, e-government and open data, journals of the University of Zagreb)

Technical requirements for the later publication of full papers will be announced by each of the journal publishers separately.

Conference type: Hybrid (offline in Zagreb, Croatia; Online)

Language of the conference: English

Registration for the conference: Registration is free. Optionally, a small charge may be required for lunch. Registration will be open 25 October 2022.

Important deadlines

Extended abstract submission deadline: 30 September 2022

Notification on selected papers: 22 October 2022

Registration for the conference: 25 October to 21 November 2022

Publication of abstracts in the Book of abstracts: 1 December 2022

Publication of selected papers in journal(s): March 2023