Tuesday, December 30, 2014

CfPs: International Conference "Is Science able to explain the Scientist? (Science and Scientist 2015)"; April 17-18, at Kathmandu, Nepal

International Conference "Is Science able to explain the Scientist? (Science and Scientist 2015)"

Dates: April 17-18, 2015

Venue: Buddha Hall, Sushil Kedia Vishwa Bharati, Kathmandu, Nepal

Organized by Bhakti Vedanta Institute,USA; Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Institute, Siliguri, India; DAV Sushil Kedia Vishwa Bharati, Kathmandu, Nepal; and Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Call for Papers

The main goal of this 'Science and Scientist' annual conference series is to provide a platform for the academic, scientific and industrial community to cultivate the proper spirit of inquiry for understanding 'Life and Its Origin' using science based progress in their respective research areas. This conference aims at bringing leading Biologists, Engineers, Scientists and Academicians together to discuss the limitations of reductionist or mechanistic determinism in modern science.

The major realization in 21st century biology is the recognition that all living organisms are sentient (i.e. cognitive) entities and they are to be regarded as much subjective as objective. Nobel biologists Barbara McClintock, George Wald and other prominent scientists had come to this realization from their own experience in experimental research. In this century a major milestone must be the Cambridge declaration about consciousness during First Francis Crick Memorial Conference held at Cambridge University in 2012. Prominent biologists in this conference agreed that all human as well as nonhuman animals are also cognitive entities. Scientists like Robert Lanza, James A. Shapiro, Michael Denton and others have published books and research articles based on scientific evidence emphasizing that life requires cognition at all levels. The other realizations are that DNA has more of a participatory and cooperative role in the holistic milieu of non-random cellular functions rather than any foundational and central role in the actual living process. Mechanistic foundations have not been able to define the 'origin of life' and biological evolution, 21st century biology seeks alternatives. Twenty first century biology is not afraid to talk about cognition and consider that universe must be bio-centric. Modern Science is confirming Vedantic concepts that 'Life comes from Life' or biogenesis; and 'Matter comes from Life'. If biological research can be based on these two observable facts then it will be possible to solve the persisting problems that beset all our concepts of evolution and 'origin of life'.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee for "Science and Scientist 2015" we would be pleased if you would send a suitable scientific paper for the conference "Science and Scientist  2015". Last year "Science and Scientist 2014" conference was attended by leading scientists from premier institutes like the IITs, AIIMs, TIFR, CCMB, Tribhuvan University and so on. We are looking forward to a much more magnified participation in "Science and Scientist 2015".  

Your presence at the conference will be a great inspiration for the prominent scientists to cultivate the honest scientific approach towards the proper concept of Nature. Conference talks will be promoted with advertising in the news releases, interviews, and other advance communication with major media outlets in India and Nepal, including television show hosts. We will publish accepted papers in the conference proceedings.

Further Details: http://scsiscs.org/conference

Monday, December 29, 2014

CfPs: 2nd International Conference & Doctoral Colloquium on Transformative Social Science Research, 3-4 March, at Hyderabad

2nd International Conference and Doctoral Colloquium on Transformative Social Science Research: Disciplines, Collaborations and Think Tanks

Organized by the Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE) and the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)

3-4 March, 2015 in Hyderabad


Conference Objectives

Promoting an impact oriented Social Science Research has always been in the agenda of higher education policies of nations. This conference aims at bringing together the perspectives, systems and actions plans in this regard by inviting constructive discussions from different countries and various disciplines of Social Science Research. Strengthening Industry academic interface and the role of think tanks in this regard will have a special emphasis in the deliberations.


Conference Highlights

  • Participation from various Academies of Social Sciences across the world
  • Industry Academic interface with participation of Government departments, Industries, Banks and NGOs
  • Participation of Think Tanks from India and abroad
  • Doctoral Colloquium for Ph.D. scholars
  • A conference souvenir with the key theme papers / abstracts of all the selected papers including profiles of speakers and participating institutions will be brought out. Outstanding papers will be published as a book from an internationally reputed publishing house.


Research Papers Invited

Research papers in various disciplines in social sciences cutting across the themes including economic growth, human development, health and education are invited from faculty and research scholars. For details and guidelines, visit http://ssrconf.ipeindia.org

Last date for submission of extended abstracts: January 15, 2015


Conference Chairs

Dr Ram Kumar Mishra, Director, IPE

Dr T Chatterjee, Director, IIPA


For Queries Contact

Dr Jayasree Raveendran

Asst. Professor & Coordinator – Research, IPE

Mob: 09848455583, rjayasree@ipeindia.org


Friday, December 26, 2014

India Public Libraries Conference (IPLC) 2015: Best Practices on Public Libraries Invited

The India Public Libraries Conference 2015 (IPLC): Invitation of Best Practices

Dates: March 11-12, 2015

Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

Organizers: Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF); PRATHAM; Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF); NASSCOM Foundation; The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)


IPLC 2015: Invitation of Best Practices

Applications are invited from public libraries run by the government, communities, civil society and others in India that are doing good works innovatively in public library management in areas of – content and services, better management of resources, citizen engagement, library staff development, new methods, applications and strategies, use of technology including digital library initiatives, partnership development and in other ways that have served the citizens, communities, local agencies and others better.

  • Public libraries best practices are invited on best applications, methods, framework, strategies, and policy and programme areas including digital library initiatives that have and can impact public library functioning in India towards positive transformation.


About IPLC: The India Public Libraries Conference (IPLC) 2015 is a multi-stakeholder engagement that seeks to convene and engage librarians and library stakeholders including policy makers to dialogue and share experiences and lessons in public libraries in India. It seeks to arrive at a broad understanding of challenges and opportunities of how public libraries in India are and can contribute in overall development of communities with value added services, and collaboratively build a shared vision for the future as community oriented knowledge and resource centres of the 21st century. This stems from our recognition of Public Libraries playing a vital role in the lives of individuals and their communities. For generations, the local libraries have acted as a vehicle for access to knowledge, ideas and information and as democratic services open and available to anyone. The public library is not only a trusted and recognised feature of the local area; it is also a remarkable national asset and network.


Identifying Best Public Library Practices: An IPLC 2015 Objective

One of the objectives of the India Public Libraries Conference (IPLC) 2015 is to identify, encourage and document best practices in public libraries on the basis of above parameters. Invited and selected best practices will be documented, shared in IPLC 2015 workshops and will be showcased in the IPLC 2015 Exhibition.


Further Details:


C/O – Digital Empowerment Foundation

House 44, Second & Third Floor, Kalu Sarai, New Delhi – 110016, India

Tel: +91-11-26532786 / 26532787

Fax: +91-11-26532787

Email: iplc2015@gmail.com


Monday, December 22, 2014

UNESCO launches Open Access Curricula for Researchers and Librarians

[Apologies for cross-posting]
UNESCO launches Open Access Curricula for Researchers and Librarians
19.12.2014 - Communication & Information Sector

Within the overall framework of UNESCO Strategy on Open Access to scientific information and research and to take forward UNESCO's leadership role in diffusing knowledge amongst its Member States, UNESCO has developed a set of manuals to facilitate capacity building of library and information professionals and researchers.
The development of the modules has been undertaken very carefully and the development process covered diverse opinion in the subject area, and in consultation with more than 50 experts to include diversity and expertise from the developing south.
The OA curricula developed by UNESCO includes a set of customized modules which can be easily be fitted with the educational needs of different OA stakeholders and can be integrated with any sensitization programmes of OA.
The curricula for Library and Information Science Professionals entitled "Open Access for Library Schools", consists of four course modules. An Introductory Module aims at sensitizing the library community about the history, evolution, forms and impact of OA within the domain of scholarly communication environment and covers issues related to rights management, IPR and advocacy. The remaining three modules cover subject areas of OA Infrastructure, Resource Optimization and Interoperability and Retrieval.  These sections give insights into the features, types, maintenance and standardization of OA resources, information retrieval/storage software and highlight the role of the new dimension of web-enabled resources such as e-journals, e-repositories and ICTSs.
The curricula for researchers entitled "Open Access for Researchers" addresses OA issues within the community of research scholars. The modules cover the subject areas of Scholarly Communications, Concepts of Openness and Open Access, Intellectual Property Rights and Research Evaluation Metrics. The first four modules have been developed to nurture researchers with an elaborate understanding of the genesis, objectives, processes, types and existing limitations of OA scholarly communication, which include insights into the issues related to IPR, the methods and limitations of the process of peer reviewing and the concepts and roles of E-journals, databases, ICTs, OSS and other OERs. The final and fifth Module entitled "Sharing your Work in Open Access" provides a step-wise guideline for researchers about the process and options available for publishing their research work.
These curricula were developed after undertaking two detailed capacity building need assessment studies of librarians and researchers on Open Access. A multi-stakeholder expert meeting was organized in New Delhi, where 23 experts participated  to finalize the curriculum. Two online consultations were also held to substantiate the expert meeting, which helped UNESCO to outline the content for each of the curriculum and provided a framework to develop modules.
The curricula were developed with the help of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).
The curricula will soon be available for download. Currently,  copies can be requested by writing to UNESCO's OA programme.

Source: www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/news-and-in-focus-articles/all-news/news/unesco_launches_open_access_curricula_for_researchers_and_librarians/

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FW: Invitation to Global Partners' Education Conclave 2015, at IMT Ghaziabad; 1-3 February 2015

Dear all,


Greetings from IMT Ghaziabad! Hope this email finds you well.


We are extremely pleased to extend a warm invitation to you to attend the Global Partners' Education Conclave at New Delhi, India to be held from February 1st-3rd 2015.


The three day conclave focuses on the power of global collaboration in international education. The conclave will help in fostering cooperation and strengthening relationships among the partner institutes. It also serves as a platform for  building new relationships.


With a good mix of collaborative opportunities and cultural activities, we hope to provide you with a scintillating experience. We have invited plenary speakers from diverse backgrounds to review exciting developments in global associations in international education. One of the prime highlights of this conclave is the availability of plenty of opportunities for networking among the participants.


This conclave will include an award ceremony for the best partner institutes under various categories, industry tours and campus visits. We have also arranged for participants to explore the cultural richness of Incredible India.


We are herewith attaching the conclave brochure for your reference.


For further details visit: http://www.imt.edu/PartnersWeek2015/

To confirm your attendance please send an email to irc@imt.edu


All our strategic partners are attending the Conclave and we would really want someone to represent your prestigious isnitute at this conclave.


Kind Regards,


Jayanthi Ranjan, Ph.D

Professor - Information System & Technology

Associate Dean - International Relations

Institute of Management Technology

Raj Nagar, Hapur Road,

Ghaziabad - 201001

Uttar Pradesh, India

Ph. No. : +91 120 3002 219 (Direct)

Fax no.: +91 120 2827 895

Mobile: +91 98114 43110

E-mail: jranjan@imt.edu

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

EPW Article "Academic Performance Indicators: Straitjacketing Higher Education" by Dipendra Nath Das and Saumen Chattopadhyay (of SSS, JNU)

Academic Performance Indicators: Straitjacketing Higher Education
by Dipendra Nath Das and Saumen Chattopadhyay, EPW, December 13, 2014

: The Academic Performance Indicator, the University Grants Commission's method of assessing teacher performance, curtails academic freedom, reduces all academic engagement to time spent, and has created an academic environment that is driven by competition for points.

Download Full-text
: http://www.epw.in/system/files/pdf/2014_49/50/Academic_Performance_Indicators.pdf

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Call for Papers: 'A Manifesto for Cyborgs Thirty-Years on: Gender, Technology and Feminist-Technoscience in the Twenty-First Century'

[Apologies for cross postings]

Call for Papers:'A Manifesto for Cyborgs thirty-years on: Gender, Technology and Feminist-Technoscience in the twenty-first century'

Abstracts due: 27th of February, 2015

Editor: Thao Phan

In her iconic essay A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the 1980s, Donna Haraway introduced the metaphor of the cyborg as an "ironic political myth" to critique the so far troubling narratives of the West. Published in the Socialist Review in 1985, it brings together a broad spectrum of literacies—from socialist-feminism, to cybernetics and biopolitics—to proffer a cutting criticism of Enlightenment humanism, gender essentialism, and military technoscience. Her provocations created a useful framework to destabilise rigid boundaries and make fluid the borderlines between human and animal, organism and machine, natural and artificial, semiotic and material. Today the Manifesto sits comfortably as part of the canon of feminist-technoscience and postmodern theory. Although as an oppositional figure the cyborg is bounded by a historical specificity, it has certainly found new significance and politics in the contemporary age of ubiquitous media.

To mark the 30th anniversary since its publication, Platform invites authors whose work resonates or responds to themes expounded in this seminal essay. With the benefit of thirty years' hindsight, what new observations or critical assessments can be made in regards to the cyborg as a feminist, tropic figure? Did the cyborg fulfill its promise of an "historical transformation"? Is the figure of the cyborg still as useful today, given contemporary technological developments? Or, conversely, do we need myths like Haraway's now more than ever? We encourage the submission of theoretical or empirical work engaging with applications of, or criticisms of, frameworks used by Haraway, and are particularly interested in critical papers that provide novel insights into the relation between gender and technoscience.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cyborg subjectivities in the 21st century
  • Gendered tropes in technology
  • Novel readings of gender and technoscience
  • Trans/queer studies of technology
  • Feminist science and/or feminist science and technology studies
  • Posthuman subjectivities
  • Postgender politics and subjectivities of 'affinity'
  • Multiple or fractured readings of the cyborg
  • Technologies of sex and gender
  • Technologies of race and identity
  • Critical studies of the body/embodiment
  • Feminist histories/historiographies of media, technology or computation
  • The informatics of domination
  • Biotechnologies and Artificial Intelligence
  • Feminism and accelerationist politics
  • Feminism and new materialisms

In addition to this special section, we also welcome submissions that more broadly deal with issues relating to the areas of media, technology, and communication in theoretical or critical terms.

Please send all enquiries and submissions to platformjmc@gmail.com. Abstracts must be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae and biographical note, and should not exceed 350 words.

We recommend that prospective authors submit abstracts well before the abstract deadline of 27th of February, 2015, in order to allow for feedback and suggestions from the editors. All submissions should be from early career researchers (defined as being within a few years of completing their PhD) or current graduate students undertaking their Masters, PhD, or international equivalent.

All eligible submissions will be sent for double-blind peer-review. Early submission is highly encouraged as the review process will commence on submission.

Note: Please read the submission guidelines before submitting work. Submissions received not in house style will not be accepted and authors will be asked resubmit their work with the correct formatting before it is sent for review.

- See more at: http://journals.culture-communication.unimelb.edu.au/platform/call_papers.html

With Best Regards

Editor, Journal of Scientometric Research,
Instructions to the Authors: http://www.jscires.org/contributors.asp

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Submission of Comment on National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF)

The University Grants Commission
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Please refer to your call for Comments from Academia and public at large on National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF). Enclosed find below my submission on the issue:

While the top western universities located in developed countries have been reinventing their library, information and communications professionals for engaging them in enhancing academic productivity and also for improving global visibility of their affiliated researchers' works, the Indian higher education system has not encouraged any specialization in handling changing paradigms of research communications. UGC also needs to re-look at research communication strategies in Indian universities in order to have better global visibility and possibility of having high impact global collaborations, engaging creative forces of qualified and innovative documentation and research professionals existing in the system. UGC and MHRD should stop demotivating and demoralizing academic professionals working with research departments in central universities including the Documentation Officers, Research Officers and Information Scientists. Rather, UGC should re-designate them as 'Assistant Professor (Information and Media Literacy)' under the UGC's National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF). Similar designation is already emerged in western universities in recent time. Their innovative potentials should be recognized and must be utilized for building equitable and participatory knowledge societies in the country.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely


Dr. Anup Kumar Das
Centre for Studies in Science Policy
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi - 110067, India
Web: www.anupkumardas.blogspot.com


UGC Invites Comments from Academia and public at large on National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF).

UGC Seeks Comments from Academia and public at large on National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF).
A uniform description of higher education systems at the national level in the various higher educational institutions is of great importance for transparency, comparability and mutual understanding at home and abroad for students, institutions and employers. A National Qualifications Framework is the unequivocal description at the national level of the education system, which is internationally understood, which describes all qualifications and other demonstrable learning achievements (based on certificates) in higher education and relates these to each other in a coherent way, and which defines the relationship between higher education qualifications.
NHEQF would expect the higher educational system to mark a departure from certifying the educational qualification on the basis of duration, entry qualification and other extant markers to a system of quantifying and certifying the pre-defined competencies and learning outcomes germane to the level and discipline concerned which may be term ed as "generic descriptors" of qualification. Qualification framework, in other words, is document that specifies a set of attributes to be expected from a student before granting him certification / degree. NHEQF has become indispensable in the context of globalization. While many countries of the world have their own qualification frameworks in place, which includes even small and developing nations, India has yet to evolve it. It has, therefore, become imperative for India to frame NHEQW and align it with international benchmarks.
To accomplish this task, on the recommendations of CABE, the UGC has constituted a Committee to formulate the National Higher Education Qualifications Framework under the chairmanship of Prof Goverdhan Mehta. The mandate of the Committee is to evolve the descriptors, competencies and testing protocols for various qualifications for easy transition and mobility of students within India and abroad. While doing this, the issues related to the mechanism through which the competencies can be translated into credits and/or hours, the seamless amalgamation of the formal and non-formal modes of earning credits and fixing the minimum credits for certification will be discussed and incorporated in the committee's report.
In this regard, UGC invites feedback and contributions from various stakeholders and civil society at large for the formulation of NHEQF of India to ensure that higher education becomes modular, flexible, competency based and allows seamless transfer for students. Feedback, which should not exceed 150 words, may be sent via snail mail or email at cppiisection@gmail.com by 31-12-2014.
Source: http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/0030099_nheqf.pdf

Just Published "India: Science and Technology 2014" by CSIR–NISTADS, volume 3,

Just Published
"India: Science and Technology" by CSIR–NISTADS, volume 3, PB, ISBN: 9789384463045, Rs.4000, US$145, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi,

Book Review: http://www.amazon.in/review/R1DO039WSU25V5/
In book titled "India - Science and Technology" (volume 3) edited by National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (CSIR-NISTADS), various scholars and policy analysts discuss different dimensions of the Indian science, technology and innovation (STI). This book is systematically organized into four themes: (a) S&T Human Resources, (b) S&T and Industry, (c) S&T Outputs and (d) Rural India: S&T for Skills and Employment. Some of the remarkable chapters included in this volume are namely: Open Educational Resources: Policy Perspectives and National Initiatives; National Scientific Data Frameworks and Knowledge Portals; Open Access to Scientific Knowledge: Policy Perspectives and National Initiatives, written by Dr. Anup Kumar Das. This is the biennial report, while its earlier versions were published in 2008 (volume 1) and 2012 (volume 2) co-published by CSIR-NISTADS. This book is helpful for scholars in science and public policies, S&T policymakers, policy analysts, educationists, and institution builders.

Further Details: http://www.cambridgeindia.org/showbookdetails1.asp?ISBN=9789384463045
[Apologies for Cross Postings]

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CfPs: Census Data Dissemination Workshop, 23 January, at CSRD, JNU

Census Data Dissemination Workshop
23 January 2015
Venue: Centre for the Study of Regional Development School of Social Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Call for Papers
The Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India (ORGI), are jointly organizing a "Census Data Dissemination Workshop" on January 23, 2015 at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The purpose of the workshop is to encourage young research scholars and students to present papers using data released from the 2011 and 2001 censuses of India on the following themes:
1. Population Dynamics
2. Adolescents and Youth
3. Literacy Status
4. Work Status

The themes noted above are broad in nature and the papers can cover analysis of census data from the 2001 and 2011 censuses. The analysis may also cover data for rural-urban, SC/ST, other sub-groups and gender aspects. Each research paper should consist of at least 2500 words, excluding tables, graphs and maps. The research papers received will be evaluated by a panel of experts and the first authors of five shortlisted papers in each theme will be invited for presentation in the workshop. There will be three prizes for the best papers of the workshop.
First Prize : Rs. 50, 000
Second Prize : Rs. 40, 000
Third Prize : Rs. 30, 000

Terms and Conditions
1. The research papers should relate to the subject covered in any of the themes mentioned above.
2. Research scholars and students scoring the top five positions in each theme will be required to present their findings at the respective Technical Session.
3. The decision of the panel of experts will be final.
4. The prizes will be distributed at the end of all the Technical Sessions of the Census Data Dissemination Workshop.
5. The research papers submitted for award of prize and for presentation at the Census Data Dissemination Workshop will be the property of the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, which will have the right to publish all the research papers in the form of a monograph for sale and also load these on the Census of India website without any financial consideration for the authors.

All the selected paper presenters will be given a memento by the ORGI. Travel Allowance and local hospitality will be provided for out-station presenters (the first author in case of joint papers).

The papers should be sent by e-mail to the address given below on or before December 31, 2014. A certificate from the educational/research institution on the status of the author should be attached. The decision on the selected papers will be communicated by January 10, 2015. The census data are downloadable from the website of Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner (http://www.censusindia.gov.in/).

Contact: Dr. Dipendra Nath Das/Dr. Nandita Saikia, Census Workshop Coordinators, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences-III, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067. Phones: 011-26704463, 26704486, 26704576; e-mail: jnucensus.seminar@gmail.com.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Call for Participation: OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite Event at CSSP, JNU, India, on 25 Nov.

[Apologies for cross-posting]

OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite Event

Date: November 25, 2014, at 14:00 - 17:00

: Room No. 227, CSSP, SSS-1 Building, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi - 110067, India

Registration Fee: Nil

Theme: Open Science, Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data

OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data held during November 2014 at Washington, DC. It was organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

The meeting had convened students and early career researchers from around the world who serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon's three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite event is being held in partnership with the main conference (more on OpenCon 2014 here). As it is important to allow more of those interested to participate, this satellite event is being organized locally to reflect the fact that the conversation around these issues can be very different depending on where they're had.

OpenCon 2014 Delhi will feature leading speakers from across the Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data movements, including a combination of live speakers and videos from the OpenCon 2014 Washington event.

The talks will be interspersed with interactive group discussions themed around the session topic.

Format of the event

OpenCon 2014 Delhi is a half-day event hosted at Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) by Open Access India in collaboration and support with CSSP, JNU Central Library and Rock Your Paper.

14:00 - 14:15 : Arrival and registration

14:15 - 14:20 : Welcome and Introduction

14:20 - 15:00 : Session 1: Open Access - talks and video session (#227, CSSP)

15:00 - 15:15 : Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:45 : Session 1 group discussions (#227, CSSP)

15:45 - 16:00 : Session 2: Open Education & Open Data - talks and video session (#227, CSSP)

16:00 - 16:15 : Coffee Break

16:15 - 16:45 : Session 2 group discussions (#227, CSSP)

16:45 - 17:00 : Summary and end of day

To secure your place please register for a free ticket - and we look forward to seeing you on the 25th Nov. 2014!

About OpenCon 2014 (Washington main event)

OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data being held on November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

The meeting will convene students and early career researchers from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon's three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

See the OpenCon2014 website for more details.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/638403039602358/638403046269024

Thanks & Regards


On Behalf of the OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite Event

Sridhar Gutam, PhD, ARS
Senior Scientist (Plant Physiology)
ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region Research Centre Ranchi
Tata Road, Rajaulatu Post, Plandu, Ranchi 834010, Jharkhand, India
Phone: +91-651-2260207; Fax: +91-651-2260141
Publications: http://works.bepress.com/sridhar_gutam/

Convenor, Open Access India

New CSSP Working Paper "ICT for Economic and Social Transformation: An Empirio -Theoretical Review of Indian Initiatives" by Pradosh Nath http://bit.ly/1xYpXRZ

CSSPEWPS 4 :: ICT for Economic and Social Transformation: An Empirio -Theoretical Review of Indian Initiatives
by Pradosh Nath (Formerly with CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi, India), November 2014
. http://www.jnu.ac.in/SSS/CSSP/EWPS.htm


The central issue dealt in the paper is that connectivity matters for social and economic development of marginal and less developed economies. Connected wrong ways connectivity might widen the gap between developed and less developed economies. This is the flip side that occurs when connectivity itself is seen as solution of the complex developmental issues.
ICT is the digital device that makes information accessible in real time across the globe. It is the latest of network technologies. It is argued that as in the cases of earlier network technologies, the ICT adopter economies would prosper, while other languishing as laggards. Theoretical clarity notwithstanding, the faith on ICT as a tool to access to information and development led many experts to suggest that marginal economies may actually skip industrialisation and straight away enter ICT era for development The paper weaves an argument distinguishing the implications of access to information for developed economies and marginal economies. It is suggested that Distinction between advanced and marginal economy is – in case of former there is demand for information, which in case of latter, is need (as opposed to demand) of information for triggering development. The causality, therefore, could be reverse in the two cases. It is, therefore, argued that for marginal economies access to information has to be coupled with the development programme, otherwise the possibility of connectivity being counter productive, the flip side can be ruled out.
The paper examines the Indian initiatives in this regards, and observes that most of the Indian initiatives are stand-alone ICT access and, therefore, susceptible to become counter productive.

Download: http://www.jnu.ac.in/SSS/CSSP/CSSP-EWPS-4.pdf

With Best Regards


Assistant Editor, Journal of Scientometric Research

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Two Publications of CSSP Scholars

Roy, Deya (2014). "Understanding the Delhi Urban Waterscape through the Actor Network Theory". International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management, 2014, online first. DOI: 10.1177/1087724X14553851 Download.
Abstract: A major function of the municipal authorities in a city is ensuring a clean water supply for its inhabitants, which is achieved through a technological network, that is, the network of pipelines conveying water to various parts of the city. To understand urban technological networks such as the city water supply, the intermixing of wider social and economic realities with the transformation of such networks needs to be explored. A socio-technical approach gaining popularity with urban geographers for an understanding of social and technological development in concert is the Actor Network Theory (ANT), which focuses on the relationships between the human and the non-human. By taking the example of Delhi, the capital of India, this article explores how ANT provides a way to include material entities such as standpipes, water treatment plants, tube wells, and so on, into analyses of societal water governance networks and institutions.

Saxena, Anurita (2014). "Run-of-the-River Schemes and the quest for Renewable Energy in Himachal Pradesh". NMML Occasional Paper Series: Perspectives in Indian Development # 40. Download

Abstract: Anxieties about climate change have given a fresh impetus to renewable energy enthusiasts. In India, most official and popular imagination describe these renewable technologies as being environmental friendly, decentralized, equitable, sustainable and accessible. But does such rhetoric actually translate into realities on the ground? The pursuit of hydroelectric projects in the state of Himachal Pradesh (North Western India), I will argue, provides an apt context to reconsider the strengths and pitfalls of renewable energy projects. The government of Himachal Pradesh has been vigorously seeking, in recent years, to harness the states' hydro-power potential (23,000 MW). In fact, more than 8,347 MW have already been commissioned. But has this developmental strategy been appropriate and sustainable? Electricity generation has mostly been through run-of-the-river (ROR) technologies: considered to be more viable and environment friendly. These RORs, some argue, require minimum of submergence and relocation of communities. However, these structures also require diversion of waters through weirs and dams into tunnels. Constructing the latter entails massive muck dumping, diversion of rivers and streams, drying up of water sources and most importantly indirectly affecting people and even entire village settlements. My paper will seek to explore the various tensions and points of discord that have erupted between the "indirectly affected communities" and the state government's enthusiastic pursuit of renewable energy. It will hope to pose the problem of renewable energy as a conceptual challenge to terms such as "appropriate", "sustainable" and "environmentally equity".

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Call for Participation: International Workshop on Data and Text Analytics, 8-13 December at UPTU Noida

International Workshop on Data and Text Analytics
8-13 December 2014, at Noida
Venue: Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Noida

The primary aim of the workshop is to train professionals, academicians and students in the theoretical and practical aspects of Data and Text Analytics. The workshop will include keynotes, tutorials and laboratory sessions on relevant topics in the area. The main focus is on processing structured data and unstructured texts, as approached from different routes (Linguistics, Machine Learning and Data Mining). Dedicated tutorials each on Weka (from its original creators) and R (with tm package) constitute a key component of the workshop.

The workshop will be ideal for those who are working (or planning to start) in the areas of Text Analytics, Natural Language Processing, Data Mining, Web Mining, Social Media Analytics etc. The workshop includes distinguished speakers with substantial research/ industry experience in Data and Text Analytics. Some of the topics to be covered in the workshop include: Text Classification and Categorization, Information Extraction, Named Entity Recognition, Document Summarization, Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis, Semantic Relatedness, Wikification, Short text processing and Knowledge graph based NLP. The workshop will run largely in tutorial mode and will aim to have interactive sessions and demonstrations.

The workshop participants also have an opportunity to submit papers in the special session on Data and Text Analytics in the International Conference on Congnitive Computing and Information Processing, 3-4 March, 2015. Accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore as per the conference policy.

Fee waiver: Fee waiver up to 20% may be considered on request in deserving cases.

Further Details: www.textanalytics.in

Saturday, November 8, 2014

World Social Science Forum 2015 'Transforming Global Relations for a Just World', at Durban, 13-16 September

World Social Science Forum 2015 'Transforming Global Relations for a Just World'
Durban, 13-16 September 2015

Call for abstracts
The International Social Science Council (ISSC) proudly announces the third World Social Science Forum (WSSF) scheduled to be held at the International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa, from 13 to 16 September 2015. The Forum is the most significant gathering of scholars and policy-oriented intellectuals drawn from all the regions of the world and across different disciplinary interests in the social sciences and humanities. It serves as a platform for presenting new knowledge and insights, re-thinking received wisdom, charting new directions, promoting innovation in the research-policy-action nexus, and nurturing new international partnerships.
The 2015 WSSF is being convened under the theme of: 'Transforming Global Relations for a Just World'
The theme builds on critical issues that permeated debates during both the 2009 and 2013 editions of the Forum which focused respectively on the themes "One Planet - Worlds Apart" (2009) and "Social Transformations and the Digital Age" (2013) and addressed issues of power asymmetries, injustices, disparities, disjunctions and the divide that pervaded contemporary global realities. The 2015 WSSF will now focus on the issues of inequality and justice as core concerns around which discussions about global relations must be structured. The 2015 Forum will contextualise the debates within the framework of a global order that is in the throes of multiple transitions (such as global economic crises, economic growth in the South, and changes in global governance) which in turn offer possibilities for multiple transformations. These transitions straddle the national and the global in complex ways that deserve to be unpacked both in their specificities and generalities. Although the unfolding transitions are producing different degrees and dimensions of change, the central challenge to policy and politics is to ensure that they combine to produce transformative outcomes that will make for a more just world in the post 2015 global development agenda.
Participants in the WSSF 2015 will be invited to address this challenge, doing so through the deployment of interpretative and analytical tools that examine the roots and dimensions of global change with an eye on attaining greater sustainability through equity and justice in global relations. It is anticipated that selected papers from the WSSF 2015 will feed into the production of the 2016 edition of the triennial World Social Science Report whose theme will also centre on inequality.

The theme of the WSSF 2015 allows for rich and concentrated dialogues to take place among scholars coming from different disciplinary backgrounds, theoretical orientations, and geographical regions. It also facilitates an exchange between scholars and policy-makers, practitioners, and activists. Authors of abstracts and papers are encouraged to develop their own specific entry points into addressing the theme of the Forum. As a broad, but non-exhaustive guide, some of the sub-themes that will be covered by the Forum include:
    History, Trends and Patterns of Global Inequality
    Theorising and Measuring Inequality
    Drivers, Catalysts, and Determinants of Inequality in the Global system
    Nature, Dimensions, Types, and Sites of Inequality
    Inequality, Poverty and Citizenship
    Ethics, Social Policy and Inequality
    Policies, Experiences, and Experiments in Combating Inequality; and
    Challenges and Opportunities for Overcoming Global Inequality

Scholars and policy-oriented intellectuals interested in participating in the WSSF 2015 are invited to submit abstracts of the papers they wish to contribute on any of the sub-themes listed in this announcement, or around topics which they deem to be central to the overall theme of the Forum but which may not have been covered under any of the sub-themes highlighted. Abstracts should not be more than 350 words and should be submitted in an electronic format in English. The working language of the WSSF2015, as with the previous editions, will be English. Authors of abstracts are invited to address conceptual, theoretical, empirical, and policy dimensions of the Forum theme and should use language that can be can be understood by people with a strong interest in questions relating to inequality and justice but coming from various backgrounds.
Contributions that deploy comparative, transnational and interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged. Female scientists and younger scholars are particularly invited to submit abstracts for consideration, including those which cover on-going research. Perspectives from the arts and humanities, as well as natural sciences, engineering and medical sciences are also welcome to complement those that will be received from the social science disciplines.

Writing the Abstract
When writing an abstract, try to include as much information as possible. Be concise and avoid statements such as "work in progress" or "results will be discussed" wherever possible. If the results are unknown at this stage, give some indication of what they are expected to be and what the implications are.
Crucially, try to ensure that the abstract is easy to read and understand for the reviewer. He or she is your key audience for this process and may not be familiar with your exact field of work and/or may not have English as a first language. Try to make your abstract as easy as possible to comprehend – both in terms of the layout and the language that you use (avoiding acronyms and slang where possible).
Format Guide
Abstracts should not be more than 350 words and should be submitted in an electronic format in English.  The on-line abstract submission system is user friendly. You will be guided through the submission procedure. Please follow the instructions as shown on the webpage. Although there is no set format for an abstract, you may wish to follow one of the following layouts in order to help structure and communicate your ideas effectively:
    Background:  Indicates the purpose and objective of the research, the hypothesis that was tested or a description of the problem being analysed or evaluated.
    Methods:  Describe the setting/location for the study, study design, study population, data collection and methods of analysis used.
    Results:  Present as clearly as possible the findings/outcome of the study, with specific results in summarized form
    Conclusions:  Briefly discuss the data and main outcome of the study. Emphasize the significance, care and/or support, and future implications of the results.

Seek Feedback
Once you have written your abstract, show it to some of your colleagues, and also to some family or friends outside of the field to see if they can understand it easily.  Correcting mistakes at this stage gives your abstract a better chance of being accepted.

Choosing a Title
If your abstract is selected (see below), the title will eventually appear in the conference programme, the conference booklet and the conference website. It is crucial, therefore, that it is as descriptive – but short – as possible! A good title provides a one-line summary of exactly what your abstract is about – enough to inform reviewers and delegates about what they can expect.

Submit Your Abstract
Once you have written and checked your abstract, you can submit it online through the WSSF 2015 Abstract Management System. Go log-in to the online submission system and follow the links to registration. You will need to create a 'New Account' if you have not already done so. Once logged in, select the 'New Submission' option and you will be asked to select a presentation type – research, practice or advocacy and policy. This is to assist the SPC in sending your abstract to the most relevant reviewers, so please select the category that best fits your work. You will then be asked to enter details of the abstract and the abstract itself.
As part of this process, you will be asked to select one abstract sub-theme. This list is not exhaustive, but please try and select the one topic that best fits your work. Think about which session you would like to present your work in – where would it best fit? This is an important stage in the abstract submission as it helps the SPC to create the conference programme.

What Happens Next?
Once you have submitted your abstract it can be viewed in the 'View Abstracts' window.  You will receive an email closer to the closing date for abstract submissions to confirm the information submitted. An international panel of experts will review the abstracts. Each abstract will be reviewed by at least two (2) different reviewers.  Each abstract is given a score based on content, significance, originality, relevance and overall presentation.  Abstracts may be selected for:
    Oral presentation
    Poster presentation, or
    May be rejected.

The SPC will meet to finalise the programme – creating sessions based on the abstract reviews.  Please note that, in order to make the conference as inclusive as possible, only one oral presentation per person will be accepted.
The deadline for the receipt of all abstracts is 1 March 2015. Authors of abstracts whose entries are selected will be notified by the WSSF 2015 Scientific Committee by 17 April 2015and will be requested to confirm their conference registration by 6 May 2015. Authors will be notified of the final WSSF programme by 31st May 2015.

Key Dates to Remember:
    Abstract submissions open: 15 October 2014
    Abstract submissions close:  1 March 2015
    Abstract acceptance notifications issued to authors:  17 April 2015
    Registration deadline for abstract authors to have their abstracts admitted to the programme:  6 May 2015
    Final notification to presenting author of abstract allocation in the programme:  31 May 2015
    Final programme released to public on Forum website:  1 June 2015

To submit your abstract, please click on the button below to log-in/create an online profile.  Once you are logged in, detailed guidelines will assist you to submit your abstract.  
Please click here to log-on to your profile and submit an abstract: https://register.confsa.co.za/cm.esp?id=65&pageid=_46B0LB53K

Further Details: http://wssf2015.org/call-for-abstracts.html

Call for Applications to become World Social Science Fellows and participate in expert group meeting on Big Data and the Quality of Life

Call for Applications – Big Data and the Quality of Life

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) calls for applications from outstanding early career social scientists around the world to become World Social Science Fellows and participate in an expert group meeting on

Big Data and the Quality of Life

18-20 March 2015

The Medialab at Sciences Po University, Paris, France

Our quality of life is profoundly influenced by information coming from big data. More and more data are being processed with ever-increasing speed and sophistication, and the size and complexity of infrastructures for big data are growing at an equal pace. At the same time, it is becoming clear that we have only limited understanding of the interplay between the technical, social, organizational and cultural aspects of the collection, storage and analysis of big data.

The workshop will prepare recommendations for different stakeholders in the big and open data world (including researchers, research funding agencies, archives, and publishers) to facilitate expanded integration across scientific disciplines to identify key issues in addressing the connectivity between big data and quality of life. At the workshop, plans will also be made to take this work forward with one or more panels at the World Social Science Forum in Durban, SA 13-16 September 2015 and a one-week workshop at the Center for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India in 2016.

The expert group meeting will bring together around fifteen leading social and natural science scholars and practitioners in 'eScience' and 'cyber infrastructure' from around the world, as well as five talented, early career social scientists. We are looking for early career social scientists who show great scientific promise and are not afraid to look beyond the boundaries of their own discipline. If you fit this description and are interested in the relationship between big data and quality of life, please apply to become a World Social Science Fellow and be part of the expert group meeting.

Download the call for applications.


Friday, November 7, 2014

CfPs & Invitation for ICCIG 2015, Third International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at Grassroots, at IIMA, 19-22 Jan

From: Anil K Gupta <iccig@iimahd.ernet.in>

Dear Colleague, 

Invitation for third International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at Grassroots [ICCIG], IIMA, Jan 19-22, 2015.
The dates for the conference have been changed as the President of India is likely to inaugurate it.

 Increasing concern for sustainability has focused attention of academics, practitioners, corporate, social and public policy leaders towards extremely affordable frugal products and services.  A quarter century of exploration by Honey Bee Network has generated several models of engagement with creative and innovative communities and individuals in different domains.  The first ICCIG was held in January 1997 leading to establishment of Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network [GIAN] and later National Innovation Foundation [NIF].  The second ICCIG was held in China and India in December 2012 to connect creative pursuits around the world.  The third ICCIG aims at pooling insights from research, policy and practices in education, technology, institutions, culture, conservation and governance.

The conference welcomes the presentation in different formats including performances, exhibitions, posters and research papers.  Community representatives are specially invited to connect with each other and help the formal sector to understand and appreciate their knowledge systems.

 The policy makers and corporate leaders will find conference as a unique platform for engaging with open innovation community promoting dialogue and partnership between formal and informal sector of science, technology, services and society.

Please submit your abstracts and proposals for special workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions and performances to iccig@iimahd.ernet.in.

 Various institutions involved with Honey Bee Network such as NIF, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions [SRISTI] and GIAN are supporting the conference to share their learning and also to absorb the wisdom around the world in leveraging grassroots innovations. Please submit your abstracts by November 30th, 2014 with full papers due by 15th December, 2014. Those desirous of booking their accommodation during the conference may send a mail to iccig2015@gmail.com.  All logistical enquiries may be sent at the same address.  

If you are willing to partner in the organization of the conference as a sponsor, co-sponsor or supporter, please write to me at anilg@iimahd.ernet.in.

 Please share the enclosed announcement widely among your networks.

I also take this opportunity to invite you to the National Festival of Innovation ( FOIN) March 7-13, 2015, at The President of India House, New Delhi

Looking forward to your active participation,

Best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Anil K Gupta

 First Announcement:

Third International Conference on Creativity and Innovations at Grassroots [ICCIG], January 19-22, 2015, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

 Giving voice, visibility and velocity to creativity and innovative potential of common people at grassroots has been the key goal of inclusive development.  Honey Bee Network has emerged as a committed new social movement in support of knowledge rich, economically poor people.   In order to enrich the ecosystem for inclusive and empathetic innovations, the Third ICCIG will pool the insights from the ground and global playfields of ideas, institutions and initiatives.

 Twenty five years ago, Honey Bee Network started to raise the voice for collaboration between formal and informal sectors, respect for local/indigenous knowledge for conservation of biodiversity and associated knowledge system, sharing of benefits through ethical supply chains and recognizing, respecting, rewarding local communities and individual innovators and traditional knowledge holders.  Today, the concern for inclusive innovation has become much more widespread but the voice of the knowledge rich, economically poor people and the youth is still not heard adequately.

 We invite the young (in body and/or mind) scholars, academics, corporate leaders, policy makers, activists, administrator, local community representatives, organizational leaders, various social and cultural networks engaged in empowerment of local creativity, public and private initiatives for making society more fair and just in dealing with various segments.

 Key themes:

1.      Institutional transformation:

1.1.         Common property resource institutions play a critical role in sustainable natural resource management at all levels in society.  We need to learn from indigenous/local institutions, which have succeeded in managing resources well for so long.  The concern for conservation has been declining while designing infrastructure projects and various urban and rural interventions.  How to give voice to perfect strangers and other natural beings is becoming a big challenge for conservationists.

1.2.         Public/private, civil society institutions create norms for exchange of knowledge, information, resources and ideas across formal and informal sectors. How do we create mutuality in the norm setting processes in both the sectors?

1.3.         The crafted institutions often fail to build upon existing institutional infrastructure.  The political economy of existing institutions needs careful analysis to expand the space and scope for disadvantaged people. The grafted institutions build upon existing norms and values and therefore may have higher sustainability.  The issue needs to be debated and elaborated.

1.4.         Public delivery systems impact the life of almost every citizen world over.  The mantra of public-private partnership has broken new ground but has also sometimes led to unfair exploitation of social and natural resources.  The need for transparency and social accountability has triggered a lot of experiments and innovations in public systems.  These need to be consolidated so that the change agents involved in these transformations can ally themselves with other creative people.

 2.      Educational innovations

2.1.         How do teachers at primary or secondary school level transform educational context in government schools in which the poorer children often study, can their creativity become the hub of educational policy?

2.2.         How do we democratize the access of disadvantaged children to the high quality content and mentors?

2.3.         Can teachers learn from children, and build upon their curiosity, compassion and empathetic value system?

2.4.         The academia-industry-informal sector linkage in higher education is weak, what are the strategies which have worked?  Can techpedia.in model illuminate such linkages worldwide?

2.5.         Can innovations by technological youth become a pivot of frugal engineering, products and services for the inclusive development?  How can students of higher education search, spread, celebrate innovations and sense the unmet needs of various societies?

2.6.         Innovation in governance of education need to be tracked and transferred across institutional and cultural boundaries for more democratic and transparent systems.

 3.      Cultural creativity

3.1.         How does one prevent deskilling of society through large scale employment programs building upon manual rather than mental  labour ignoring in the process unique cultural and other skills?

3.2.         Can entrepreneurial open collaborative platforms be generated for nurturing folk and grassroots culture and its incorporation in developmental programmes and philosophies?

3.3.         The culture of creativity spawns numerous innovations at grassroots without which the engine of economic and social progress would not run.  What are the facilitators and inhibitors of cultural creativity in different societies?  The culture of resistance provides the fodder for pluralism and diversity.  What are the emerging trends in strengthening such resistance in the wake of globalization and massive consumerism?

3.4.         While culture occupies such an important space in our consciousness, the governance including the ministry dealing with culture is considered a very low importance position.  Nations are built or destroyed depending upon how cultural core of the society evolves through various struggles.

3.5.         Can conscious creativity be shaped by different modes of entertainment that the society patronizes? Is individual choice of entertainment now limited to the modern entertainment industry? How can we revive and encourage local modes of entertainment to conserve the diversity in forms and functions of creativity.

4.      Technological innovations

4.1.         The concept of deviant research, grassroots innovations, frugal or empathetic innovations, inclusive innovations, farmers' or workers' innovations were much less recognized 25 years ago when Honey Bee Network was born.  How do we assess the contemporary terminological and conceptual clarity or confusion in these concepts?

4.2.         To what extent have various countries recognized the need for redefining the concept of National Innovation System to include the bridge between formal and informal systems of innovations?

4.3.         Can companies and other organizations in public and private sectors join hands with innovations by youth and informal sector for creating genuine and authentic reciprocity and responsibility in the knowledge exchange?

4.4.         What can we learn from the models of benefit sharing emerging through validation and value addition in people's knowledge and creativity?  Why have these models remained so underdeveloped in most parts of the world? What are the implications of such asymmetry and lack of accountability between formal and informal system for the sustenance of grassroots frugal/empathetic  innovation systems?

4.5.         What lessons can be learnt from Indian model of inclusive innovations as evident from the experience of National Innovation Foundation [NIF] for other regions and vice versa?

4.6.         What are the gaps in the inclusive innovation ecosystem including the investment and entrepreneurial spaces in society?

4.7.         What drives people to devise extremely affordable solutions? What is the tolerance limit of trade-off between accuracy and affordability and how does it affect its accessibility and acceptability?

4.8.         What kind of new heuristics are learned from thousands of grassroots green innovations and traditional knowledge examples for innovations in totally unrelated sectors as well as for other communities? How do we learn from these innovations at four  levels: [a] artefactual, [b] analogic, [c] heuristic and [d] gestalt or configurational.

4.9.         What kind of motivations influences common people to innovate? We need to look at, both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations to derive a matrix of incentives wherein people do not have to wait only for the formal sectors to solve their problems. The idea is to create an ecosystem conducive for experimentation; alone or in partnership with communities, other innovators or scientists and technologists in formal or informal sector.

  5.      Public policy for empathetic innovation

5.1.         Many countries and companies have started open innovation platforms in the recent past but adequate reciprocity towards the knowledge providers remains to be institutionalized. What role can public policy play so that knowledge exchange between the formal and informal sectors can become smoother?

5.2.         The role of public, private and civil society organisations in development and diffusion of extremely affordable innovations remains fuzzy.  Recent studies on the subject have to be critically evaluated to identify future directions.

5.3.         The innovations in public governance and delivery systems play an important role in fueling democratic aspirations.  How have different countries looked at increasing expectations and declining performance of the formal systems? What are the lessons one can learn from China, South East Asia, Africa, Latin America and European societies which need blending for inclusive development.

 6.      Biodiversity conservation, benefit sharing and development of ethical supply chain

6.1.         Despite deliberations at inter-governmental panel at WIPO, Convention on Biological Diversity, Desert Conventions, etc., not much seems to have changed.  What are the policy directions that can help us move towards a new consensus?  Case studies of knowledge based interface between communities and outside organizations are welcome.

7.      Mind to market

7.1.         Innovative strategies for using social media, e-commerce and other platforms to link grassroots to Global [g2G] markets.

7.2.         Role of risk capital in linking innovations with enterprise.

7.3.         Protection of intellectual property rights of knowledge holders, evolution of the concept of 'Technology Commons' and open source technologies.

7.4.         The central concern would be to explore the ways in which large corporations can join hands with small innovators to reach the consumers at the base of economic pyramid.

7.5.         How does recognition and reward for innovators influence their motivation to collaborate and deal with markets collectively?

7.6.         Which of the new IP models can do justice to the need for protection and incentives for collaboration?

  8.      Innovations in urban spaces for more accessible social infrastructure

8.1.         In view of the rural to urban migration, lot of knowledge has moved to urban spaces.  The urban markets are often unable to discriminate or valorize such place-based knowledge.

8.2.         Before the erosion of knowledge becomes irreversible, what kind of strategies be developed for knowledge based enterprises in urban areas that put special emphasis on the traditional/tacit knowledge of urban workers.

 9.      Integrating women's knowledge creativity and innovations in the innovation ecosystem

9.1.         The knowledge of women and other workers has been given far lesser importance so far.  How do we expand opportunities for women and worker innovators?

9.2.         Which kind of institutional innovations facilitate the uncovering of the creative potential of women and other workers?

 10.   Coping creatively with climate change: community perceptions and innovative response for a sustainable future

10.1.      Given the erratic nature of whether induced changes in many parts of the world, the traditional coping strategies are becoming weaker.  Which kind of institutional and technological interventions are required to increase the capacity of communities in coping with climate risks?  Are there innovative models available, which have achieved enhanced resilience?

10.2.      The agro-biodiversity has played an important role in improving resilience in the wake of risks.  However, consumer preference for traditional varieties has not kept pace with time.   What are the strategies that have reversed the erosion of agro-biodiversity and associated knowledge system?

 11.   Designing organisations/social networks/open innovation platforms for linking formal and informal sector in reciprocal, respectful and mutually rewarding manner

 12.   Empathetic innovations:  Beyond reverse, emergent, open and frugal innovations

 13.   Circular economy and green supply chain to support grassroots innovators

 13.1. Why should the society turn to grassroots innovators for frugal designs? As grassroots innovators use second hand components to a large extent, their innovations are often not recognized in the formal sector, more so in the legal fraternity as standards for them do not exist. So, what are the steps necessary to "legitimize" these innovations and the impetus they would give to popularize circular economy?

The enquiries for organizing workshops, panel discussions, innovation exhibition and other activities during the conference may be sent to the secretary, iccig@iimahd.ernet.in.  Those who wish to organize parallel sessions of their own networks alongside the conference may also write so that synergy can be exploited for creating empathetic network of networks.
Suggestions for sponsorship, co-sponsorship or funding travel and stay of the international or national participants are most welcome.

Registration fees for students Rs 500 including stay arrangements. However, in deserving cases, the fees may be waived

The last date for submission of abstracts and final proposals is November 30th, 2014; Full paper/posters/plan for a performance expected by Dec 15, 2014. pl share this announcement with others in your professional and social network.