Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SoCG deadline, and a new NSF rule

SoCG CFP is out:
  • Titles/abstracts: Nov 22
  • Papers: Dec 1
  • Notification: Feb 14
  • June 13-15, conference. 
As Sariel noted,  the CFP makes an explicit request for more diverse submissions and plans to accept more papers:
Anticipating the usual high overall quality of submissions, the program
committee intends to accept more papers than was typical in previous years. Also, we intend to interpret the scope of the conference broadly, and will accept all papers of high quality that are of significant interest to our research community. The conference venue in Paris is attractive and allows a bigger conference than previous years.
My optimistic side is excited by this, and I really hope we can see more papers on diverse topics. My pessimistic side is grumping "yes, that means any papers that aren't mine". sigh...

In unrelated news, the NSF appears to have a new policy for 'data management' and will require a new supplementary document to this effect. Note that since it's a mandatory document, it will affect theory proposals as well:

Plans for data management and sharing of the products of research. Proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan.” This supplement should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results (see AAG Chapter VI.D.4), and may include:

* The types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project
* The standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies)
* Policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements
* Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives
* Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of access to them

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