IASSIST and the ACMLA would like to invite you to join them for the 49th Annual IASSIST conference and 57th annual Carto conference being jointly held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from May 28-31, 2024 to talk about the future of data in libraries, archives, and data services.
Face to face

Uncharted: Navigating the Future of Data

The motto of Halifax is “e mari merces”, or “wealth from the sea”; this wealth was originally measured in fish, but today we could equally think of the wealth to be found in an ocean of data. Artificial intelligence, climate change, and a host of other influences are moving us into uncharted territory. This conference challenges you to chart new pathways and to think about using data to navigate our way to a better future together.

The conference will be held in-person, centering networking opportunities and interaction. Papers, presentations, posters, demos, workshops, and lightning talks will all embrace the conference theme, Uncharted: Navigating the future of data, by looking towards emerging trends and topics of particular relevance to data and geospatial professionals working within libraries, research and data services, and archives. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Geospatial and data services of the future
  • Maps and data for social justice
  • Environmental impact and sustainability
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Reproducibility
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Data and geospatial literacy
  • Data management and archiving
  • Data discovery, access, and metadata
  • Data governance and ethics


Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, May 28-31, 2024

In person at the Halifax Convention Centre.

Host institution: IASSIST with representation from Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, and Cape Breton University. Held with CARTO, Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives.

Land acknowledgment

Halifax, also called Kjipuktuk (ji-buk-tuk), is in the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. It is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, first signed in 1726, which established rules for an ongoing relationship between nations. The people of the Mi’kmaw Nation have lived on this territory for millennia, and we acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.


The International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) is an international organization of professionals working with information technology and data services to support research and teaching.


The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) is the representative professional group for Canadian map librarians, cartographic archivists and others interested in geographic information in all formats.

Call for Submissions and Workshops

Submissions are now closed.

Program Committee Chairs

  • Sophia Lafferty-Hess (Duke University)
  • Zach MacDonald (Western University)
  • Kristi Thompson (Western University)

Local Arrangements Committee

  • Sandra Sawchuk (Mount Saint Vincent University)
  • Louise Gillis (Dalhousie University)
  • Chantal Ripp (University of Ottawa)
  • Dylanne Dearborn (University of Toronto)
  • Jane Fry (Carleton University)
  • Amber Leahey (University of Toronto)
  • Martin Chandler (Cape Breton University)
  • Julie Marcoux (Dalhousie University)
  • Sherri Sunstrum (Carleton University)

Please send all questions to: programme( at )lists.iassistdata.org

For more information, visit the IASSIST AND CARTO 2024 webpage here.

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