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ICTeSSH 2020 : Information-communication technologies enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities


When Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 1, 2020
Where Amsterdam
Submission Deadline Nov 29, 2019
Categories    computer science   humanities   social sciences   escience

Call For Papers

SSH researchers should be awakened to the huge possibilities and avenues for research based on ICT. The future of science is about multidisciplinary collaboration and applying new technologies. ICT tools for SSH researchers already exist, such as research-oriented social networking sites and tools to support scientific research, to manage labs and data, and to enable better communication. These tools could change the way SSH researchers carry out research, collaborate, disseminate and evaluate research outputs. The International Conference on Information-communication technologies enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities (ICTeSSH) is a three day annual conference where stakeholders come together for an open discussion to talk about the changing research ecosystem in SSH fields in the digital age due to the extremely fast development of ICT.

The ICTeSSH 2020 conference ( aims to bring together leading SSH researchers, computer scientists, informaticians, publishers, librarians, vendors of research ICT tools, SSH decision makers and others, to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of ICT enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities. In addition, the conference aims to discuss promising new ideas and identify new potential collaborators. The ICTeSSH 2020 conference will be held in Amsterdam in the last week of June.

Important Dates
Dates of the conference: June 29th – July 1st, 2020
Deadline for abstract submission: November 29th, 2019
Notification of acceptance: January 31st, 2020
Deadline for workshop/training proposal submission: January 15th, 2020
Early bird registration: March 31st, 2020
Regular registration: May 31st, 2020

Key Facts about the Conference
Amazing plenary speakers;
Open-access conference proceedings indexed in WoS - ITM Web conferences;
Lunch each day, twice daily coffee/tea on site, drinks reception, gala dinner, and Amsterdam canal tour included in the conference fee;
Academic ICT products and infrastructure projects will be presented
An award and prize (500 euros in goods) will be granted to the best conference paper presenter, as well as to the academic ICT tools quiz winner

Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions related to the themes listed below, however the conference Programme foCommittee will also consider submissions on any other aspect of ICT enhanced SSH. We are looking for three types of contribution: presentations on academic ICT tools or infrastructure projects, technical papers and research papers. The language of the conference will be English.

The initial submissions must be made by using the EasyChair platform (, in the form of an extended abstract.

The evaluation of the extended abstracts will be double-blind, therefore authors’ names, addresses, emails and affiliations MUST NOT be included in the extended abstract (in the file). The extended abstract MUST be submitted in PDF format and MUST NOT exceed four A4 pages (including figures) and MUST NOT exceed 1500 words.

The deadline for submitting extended abstracts is 29th November 2019.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 31st January 2020.

Accepted extended abstracts will be made available through the conference website. For all accepted papers and posters we will need a short biographical note for the website and a photograph. At least one author or co-author for each accepted abstract MUST be registered for the ICTeSSH conference no later than 15th March 2020. Authors who have not registered by this date will have their paper removed from the programme.

List of Themes

The ICTeSSH Programme Committee proposes to explore each of the following themes through the programme, however it is also open to considering proposals that may not strictly seem to fit into any of the five proposed themes:

Performing research – There are a lot of tools which can help SSH researchers to perform research. This theme includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

ICT based methodologies and algorithms for SSH research
HPC, GPU, simulation techniques, computationally-intensive data analysis
Web Science
Digital infrastructures for SSH
for doing research, writing, reviewing, publishing and assessing research, as well as for outsourcing experiments
Data tools
data visualization tools, survey and statistic tools, computation of data, big data, machine learning, deep learning techniques, etc.
Citizen science / people-powered research
data gathering tools to help you involve the general public in your research efforts (an example of tool:
Exploring literature
Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic Search, Zotero, Reference managers, automatic recommendation system, automatic literature review, Article visualization tools – these enhance your reading experience, for instance, by helping you navigate from one paper to another
The Internet of things
connecting instrumentation to the Internet
Software source code tools
to help the development of research software

Collaboration – Research cannot stay buried in the lab any more, and researchers all over the world should collaborate. Science is an increasingly collaborative endeavour because research problems tackled by today’s SSH researchers require a variety of expertise, skills and scientific equipment. There is a set of ICT tools that help researchers reach out to other researchers and find expertise for new collaborations. This theme includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

Research-orientated social networks / social networks
Tools for finding potential collaborators
Virtual research environments
Bibliometric analysis of publication and collaboration patterns in the digital age
Collaborative writing of textual documents
Collaborative development of data
Collaborative development of source code
Telecoms and meetings
Communication tools
Infrastructure for research communication

Dissemination – Some ICT tools help SSH researchers to communicate their research outputs to the general public. Managing large sets of data and programming code is already unavoidable for most researchers. Tools have been developed to efficiently store and share data, code, publications and other research objects. This theme includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

Find and share data
tools which help researchers to disseminate and find data and samples
Data, publication and software source code repositories
Open science and open data
FAIR principles
Experiment and study protocol repositories
Research object / multimedia repositories
Research-orientated social networks
Web search engines and research objects
Selection of journal for publishing papers
Journal finder, publisher copyright and self-archiving policies
Executable papers

Management – ICT could make management tasks much easier. Also, there are some new options for funding and evaluation of project proposals and results. This theme includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

Laboratory and project management
Electronic laboratory notebooks
tools that help you collect funds for research from others
Evaluation of research
peer-review, altmetrics, national bibliographic databases, publication forums, etc.
CRIS systems, institutional repositories, bibliographic databases, citation databases
Scientometrics/bibliometrics analysis of SSH field based on various citation databases

Skills – There is so much for everyone to learn about how to use ICT to enhance SSH research. Senior researchers should ‘unlearn’ habits from the past and embrace academic culture change. SSH researchers should acquire the right skills in scholarly communications and keep these up to date. This theme includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

Data & software carpentry
Integration of various ICT tools
Library services for supporting the digital SSH
The authors with accepted submissions will be invited to submit full papers for publishing in the ICTeSSH 2020 open-access proceedings indexed in WoS published by ITM Web conferences.

Invited Speakers

Loet Leydesdorff (Ph.D. Sociology, M.A. Philosophy, and M.Sc. Biochemistry) is Professor emeritus at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) of the University of Amsterdam. Since 2014, he is listed as a highly-cited author by the ISI at

Title: How Are “Big Data” a Challenge to the Social Sciences?

Abstract: Against the monist programs and philosophies nowadays prevalent, I argue in favor of a dualism between information and meaning. The dynamics of (Shannon-type) information processing and meaning processing are different. In the social sciences, one studies the reflexive processing of meaning. Meaning is provided from the perspective of hindsight (against the arrow of time) and may generate redundancy: options which have not yet been realized. A calculus of redundancy can be envisaged.

Google Scholar:

David De Roure is Professor of e-Research at University of Oxford. Focused on advancing digital scholarship, David works closely with multiple disciplines including social sciences (studying social machines), humanities (computational musicology and experimental humanities), engineering (Internet of Things), and computer science (large scale distributed systems and social computing). He has extensive experience in hypertext, Web Science, Linked Data, and Internet of Things. Drawing on this broad interdisciplinary background he is a frequent speaker and writer on digital scholarship and the future of scholarly communications. His previous roles include Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre, and Strategic Advisor to the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
Title: TBD

Abstract: TBD

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Sören Auer is Professor of Data Science and Digital Libraries at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Director of the TIB. Prof. Auer has made important contributions to semantic technologies, knowledge engineering and information systems. He has received several awards, including an ERC Consolidator Grantfrom the European Research Council, a SWSA ten-year award, the ESWC 7-year Best Paper Award, and the OpenCourseware Innovation Award. He has led several large collaborative research projects, such as the EU H2020 flagship project BigDataEurope. He is co-founder of high potential research and community projects such as the Wikipedia semantification project DBpedia, the OpenCourseWare authoring platform and the innovative technology start-up Prof. Auer was founding director of the Big Data Value Association, led the semantic data representation in the Industrial/International Data Space, is an expert for industry, European Commission, W3C and member of the advisory board of the Open Knowledge Foundation.
Title: From papers to knowledge: Representing scientific contributions in the Open Research Knowledge Graph

Abstract: Despite an improved digital access to scientific publications in the last decades, the fundamental principles of scholarly communication remain unchanged and continue to be largely document-based. The document-oriented workflows in science have reached the limits of adequacy as highlighted by recent discussions on the increasing proliferation of scientific literature, the deficiency of peer-review and the reproducibility crisis. We need to represent, analyse, augment and exploit scholarly communication in a knowledge-based way by expressing and linking scientific contributions and related artefacts through semantically rich, interlinked knowledge graphs. This should be based on deep semantic representation of scientific contributions, their manual, crowd-sourced and automatic augmentation and finally the intuitive exploration and interaction employing question answering on the resulting scientific knowledge base. We need to synergistically combine automated extraction and augmentation techniques, with large-scale collaboration. As a result, knowledge-based information flows can facilitate completely new ways of search and exploration. In this talk we will present first steps in this direction and present some use cases in the context of our Open Research Knowledge Graph initiative and the ERC ScienceGRAPH project.

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The conference will be held at the Impact Hub Amsterdam.

The Impact Hub Amsterdam lies in the heart of Amsterdam - the capital of the Netherlands, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades. Amsterdam is full of creative energy. The city is a living, growing and evolving network of academics, entrepreneurs, makers and marketers.

The city is world-famous for its beautiful canals, bridges and museums. Visiting ICTeSSH 2020 in June 2020 does not only assure you of a wonderful experience on the Impact Hub Amsterdam, but also outside. Amsterdam is a city to explore, discover and be amazed about.


All questions about submissions should be emailed to

Organized by

Sci2zero - a global non-profit organization for development and promotion of Science 2.0

Suported by

CLARIAH - Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

ENRESSH - European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

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