Beyond the Numbers: Hindsight is 20/20

November 18, 19 & 20, 2020

Call for Proposals


Submission deadline: June 30, 2020

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis seeks submissions for its fourth biennial conference on economic information: “Beyond the Numbers: Hindsight is 20/20.”

Looking back, what lessons have you learned when working with economic data and information? What future trends will impact your work in 2020? This conference brings together librarians, instructors, information professionals, data researchers, and data managers to improve understanding of economic resources and how to find, use, and share them. We encourage users, educators, creators, curators, and managers of economic, business, and financial information to share their expertise and provide insights into the challenges they face. If you have attended before, consider presenting and sharing your expertise!


Possible topics include:

· Lessons learned, best practices, or common missteps in using economic data

· New, misunderstood, or underused economic information tools and sources

· Deep dives into the construction of economic and financial data

· Interdisciplinary or novel use of economic and financial data by researchers

· Curating data for access, preservation, sharing, and re-use

· Research data management for economics and related disciplines

· Open data and reproducibility

· Supporting faculty with Open Educational Resources in economics

· New and existing methods of visualizing economic data and information

· Overviews of sources of economic information – national, international, historical


Presentation types include:

· Lightning talks: 5-7 minutes

· Short sessions: 20 minutes

· Sessions or Panels:  45-minute full sessions

· Hands-on workshops: 90 minutes


Abstracts for each proposal should be no more than 250 words. For presentations and panel discussions, clearly state the aim of the presentation, the topic, and the specific knowledge attendees will gain. For tutorials and workshops, explain what resource you will demonstrate and how the tutorial will benefit attendees. Workshops based on software resources should also include a brief description of necessary skills and tools required for participants. All proposals will be reviewed by the conference organizing committee.


Please submit your proposals by Tuesday, June 30, 2020, via email to [log in to unmask].


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