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DCMI 2020: Doctoral Forum

The Doctoral Forum, as part of the programme for the DCMI 2020 International Conference on Metadata, provides a venue for doctoral students from around the world to discuss their dissertation research projects with invited senior researchers and other participating students. As such, the dissertation projects must be in their early stage. Dissertation research projects that are close to or have already been finished will not be eligible for participating in this Doctoral Forum.

The objective of the Doctoral Forum is to help students with their dissertation research plans by providing feedback and general advice. Students will present their research in the Doctoral Forum together with fellow doctoral students in a supportive, constructive atmosphere. A further objective for this Doctoral Forum is to function as a platform initiating international contacts between doctoral students as well as researchers that may lead to future collaboration. A panel of established researchers in the field of metadata and related research domains will review the submissions and comment on the research plans through interactions at the Forum. The Doctoral Forum will be a half-day event at the DCMI 2020 conference in Ottawa, Canada, 14-17 September 2020 (exact date and time for the Doctoral Forum to be decided).

Doctoral students who are in their early stage of dissertation research are encouraged to participate in the Doctoral Forum held in connection with the DCMI 2020 conference. There is no extra charge for participating in the Doctoral Forum as it is included in the main conference registration (at the discounted rate for students).

This year the DCMI 2020 Doctoral Forum will provide financial support in the form of Doctoral Forum Awards for three people:

  • First Prize: $500 + free registration for the main conference,
  • Second Prize: $300 + free registration for the main conference
  • Third Prize: $200 + free registration for the main conference.

All doctoral students who submitted their application to the Doctoral Forum will be automatically eligible for the award competition. The Doctoral Forum Panel will select the three best dissertation research plans for the cash awards.

How to apply for the Doctoral Forum

Applications to the Doctoral Forum should consist of the following:

  • Thesis Description: A thesis description of 1200 - 1500 words plus references. The description should include the working title, outline the research problem and theoretical framework, describe suggested methods, and give a description of your progress as well as a future work plan. Specifically include in your description problems you have encountered and would like to discuss at the doctoral forum or questions you would like to raise.
  • Curriculum Vitae / Résumé: A short outline of earlier experiences of relevance for the Doctoral Forum (1 - 2 pages).
  • A letter of recommendation from supervisor.

Your submission should be in PDF format.

Important dates

  • June 29, 2020: Submissions are due.
  • July 27, 2020: Notification of acceptance
  • To be decided (it will be a half-day between 14-17 September 2020): Doctoral Forum
  • September 14 - 17, 2019: DCMI 2020 main conference

Selection of participants

Submissions will be judged by originality, significance, correctness, clarity, and completeness. The number of participating PhD students is restricted and the selection criteria will be based on the anticipated contribution to the objectives. Examples of research themes and topics can be found on the DCMI 2020 conference page.