About the Workshop

The Inaugural Workshop on Research Infrastructure and Services in the Cloud will be co-located with The 14th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC) 2016 in Banff, Alberta, Canada on October 10, 2016.

Successful research programs are supported by a rich and varied scaffolding of people and services. Over the past two decades, digital research infrastructures and online services have grown more vital to meeting the needs of researchers. The advent of service-oriented computing, and its natural descendant cloud computing, has enabled research infrastructure that is software-defined, and thus more agile and versatile. Access to data with increasing volume, velocity, and variety, and to sophisticated algorithms via web service APIs, and the provisioning of software-as-a-service, has lowered barriers to adopting digital tools and infrastructure that support research.

WRISC will serve as a venue for the consideration of research infrastructure and services, grounded in the key enabling technologies of service-oriented and cloud computing.

We solicit papers in the following areas:

  • describing infrastructure, services, tools, and platforms for supporting:
    • research and scholarly work
    • research data management
    • knowledge management
    • knowledge mobilization/translation
    • communication or interoperation between and among disciplines
    • data repositories
    • research collaboration
    • research dissemination
    • tracking or assessing research productivity
    • knowledge discovery and synthesis
  • assessing the prevalence and support of digital scholarship
  • data management in research, including Big Data
  • social and research networks, including calculating metrics and altmetrics
  • eliciting, understanding, and defining requirements
  • research software development, testing, maintenance, and evolution
  • assessment of training or capability gaps
  • questions of scaling or runtime management
  • policy, regulations, and funding regarding shared research infrastructure
  • the social, political, and organizational implications of the evolution of research infrastructure
  • migration of existing infrastructure to the cloud
  • the introduction, integration, and adoption of infrastructure.

Work that is multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary is encouraged. Not all disciplines have adopted digital scholarship at the same pace and in the same way. As a result, often infrastructure, metadata, data formats, digital repositories, services, open-source software, and other mechanisms for supporting research evolved to be discipline-specific.

All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

The workshop solicits outstanding original research and practice papers on all aspects of supporting research.  Papers should clearly demonstrate the research or practical contribution, the relevance to the field, and the relationship to prior work. Submitted papers will be evaluated according to their rigor, significance, originality, technical quality, and exposition. All papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee.

Papers should be formatted according to Springer’s LNCS formatting guidelines (for instructions and style sheets, see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs/lncs+authors?SGWID=0-40209-0-0-0). Submissions must be in English and not to exceed 15 pages including all references and figures. All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF to the conference submission system, EasyChair.  Short papers and position papers are welcomed.

For each accepted paper, at least one author must attend the conference and present the paper. The deadline for identifying and registering this individual will be at the time when the camera-ready version is submitted.

Important Dates

Abstract & full paper due: August 15, 2016
Notification to authors: August 31, 2016
Camera-ready papers due: September 15, 2016
Conference dates: October 10, 2016

Important Dates

Submission: August 15, 2016
Notification: August 31, 2016
Camera Ready: September 15, 2016
Workshop: October 10, 2016