CLOSED: Call for Papers: Special Issue on Data Economy and Data Marketplaces

IEEE Internet Computing seeks submissions for this upcoming special issue.
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Submissions Due: 15 January 2024

Important Dates

  • Submission Due: 15 January 2024

Publication issue: July/August 2024

The digital revolution and the proliferation of Internet-based systems have catalyzed an era where data transcends its traditional role as mere information and emerges as a foundational pillar of contemporary economic structures. As we transition into a paradigm where data is synonymous with currency, the emergence and prominence of data-driven economies and data marketplaces have reshaped our understanding of value, trade, and commerce. This evolution marks a significant shift from traditional business models, introducing a multifaceted ecosystem that hinges on the availability, accessibility, and value of data.

The data economy represents a system where data becomes a pivotal economic agent, driving innovation, fostering growth, and catalyzing commercial ventures. Within this economy, the data marketplaces stand out as the nexus where data providers and consumers come together, enabling a dynamic exchange of datasets that power everything from advanced machine learning algorithms to business intelligence insights.

The intricacies of the data economy are vast and manifold. It encapsulates the very heart of Internet computing, merging foundational technologies with emergent applications. This sphere is neither confined by mere technical constructs nor solely driven by commercial pursuits; it’s a symbiotic ecosystem where technology and application continually inform and refine each other. It’s where the granular details of computational processes meet the broad vistas of global digital trade.

This special issue of the IEEE Internet Computing Magazine aims to shed light on the rapidly evolving landscape of the data economy and data marketplaces. We solicit contributions that delve deep into the mechanics of these markets, explore their implications, and envision their future trajectory. We invite thought leaders, researchers, industry pioneers, and innovators to contribute, casting light on the nuances of this domain. By synthesizing insights from both the technical and application realms of Internet computing, this issue aims to present a holistic view of the current landscape, challenges, and the road ahead for the data economy and its bustling marketplaces.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures and infrastructures for data marketplaces
  • Network architectures supporting data marketplaces
  • Advanced computing techniques for data marketplace optimization
  • Data valuation and pricing mechanisms
  • Security, privacy, and trust mechanisms in data transactions
  • Distributed systems and blockchain technologies in data marketplaces
  • Data storage, retrieval, and transfer protocols in data-driven platforms
  • Scalability and performance issues in data-driven ecosystems
  • Data compression, transmission, and real-time processing for data marketplaces
  • Edge and fog computing in the context of data economies
  • Data quality, curation, and provenance in marketplaces
  • Real-world applications and case studies highlighting technical challenges and solutions

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on data economy and data marketplaces enabled by Internet technologies. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IEEE Internet Computing’s international readership–primarily practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces innovative technology and broadens familiarity with current topics. We do not accept white papers, and papers that are primarily theoretical or mathematical must clearly relate the mathematical content to a real-life or engineering application. Manuscripts must be submitted to ScholarOne by the deadline to be considered for publication. Articles should be understood by a broad audience of computer science and engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts. Accepted papers will be lightly edited for grammar and formatting. To submit a manuscript, create or access an account on ScholarOne.


Contact the guest editors at

  • Xiaohui Yu, York University, Canada
  • Jinfei Liu, Zhejiang University, China