Call for Proposals: CIG (MDG) Conference 2020!

Call for Proposals: CIG (MDG) Conference 2020


In 2020 the Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) changes its name to Metadata & Discovery Group (MDG).  Join us, at our biennial conference, as we explore the transformation of our profession and its increasing importance to the information economy.


Metadata and Discovery

9-11 September 2020

Birmingham, UK

Venue: IET Birmingham, Austin Court


Cataloguing and indexing are well-established recognised skill sets which continue to be at the forefront of our group’s offer.  Our name change further reflects the fact that, as well as creating metadata, information professionals also need to manage, migrate and edit metadata in order to enable discovery of resources, and that they do so increasingly in non-traditional sectors.


Our conference theme


We invite proposals around the theme of metadata and discovery with an emphasis on ‘bigness’: big ideas, big projects, big ambitions and big impact.


Whether you are an experienced presenter or hoping to share your thoughts for the first time in front of a welcoming audience we hope you will consider submitting a proposal.  We encourage submissions from information professionals in every sector and are especially keen to hear from hitherto under-represented groups.  The conference language is English and the event is open to both members and non-members.


Conference schedule


The main conference will take place over the first two full days.  We are pleased to announce that, on the third day of the conference, we will again be focusing on RDA, with a programme organised by the UK Committee on RDA (UKCoR). The full delegate fee will include accommodation from Tuesday 8 September as the conference starts at 9am and we are hoping to arrange pre-conference visits to local libraries.

Conference topics


We welcome proposals that cover, but are not limited to, the following areas:


  • Advocacy
  • Authority control
  • Collaboration and co-operation
  • Controlled vocabularies/taxonomies
  • Digitisation & digital collections
  • Diversity
  • Education and new professionals
  • Ethics
  • Library management and other systems
  • Metadata creation, dissemination, enrichment, management
  • Metadata outside the library
  • Resource discovery
  • Semantic web
  • Standards


Submission formats


We welcome proposals, in English, in the following formats:


  • Conference papers (20-30 mins). An opportunity to present how your work, project or research relate to the conference themes.
  • Interactive sessions (40 mins). Practical sessions involving training or a significant level of interactivity, particularly those suited to a tiered-seating auditorium.
  • Panel discussions (30 mins). A panel of 2-3 representatives commenting on an agreed topic or challenge.
  • Posters (30 mins). A less formal presentation of your research, in the visual form of a paper poster (max size A2), with time included to engage directly with delegates in smaller groups.
  • Lightning talks (7 mins). An opportunity to swiftly share an idea, information or spark debate.


Submission guidelines


All submissions should be sent to and must include the following:


  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Presenter(s) name, position and affiliation (if any), email address
  • Biographical note (50 words max)
  • Presentation topic – from the list above or one related to our overall theme
  • A short summary (150 words max) for publication in the programme
  • Presentation abstract (500 words max)


Proposals will be reviewed by the conference planning committee and selection will be made based on their content, relevance and overall fit with the conference aims.  All successful authors will be eligible for discounted conference attendance with travel costs refunded up to the value of £100.


Key dates

  • Submissions deadline: 1 March 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 23 March 2020
  • Full presentation submission deadline: 23 June 2020
  • Conference registration opens: April 2020

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