Become a Contributor

Hello fellow data management enthusiast!
Do you want to contribute to the LightsonData community by being a part of the forefront of our site? Become a website contributor today by simply filling out the form below:

FAQ

Q: What are the benefits of being a LightsonData contributor?

A:  Your message will be broadcast throughout the data governance and management community. Your content is not only shared on LightsonData.com, but they are also promoted through other networks and channels. Of course, contributors are recognized for each submission and can provide a biography for readers to view.

Past submissions have a viewership of thousands of data management professionals from 160 countries!


Q: What can I contribute with?

A:  We accept the following:

  • Articles (minimum 300 words)
  • White Papers
  • Videos (minimum 2 minutes)
  • Presentations and templates are welcome as well, but they need to be part of an article or video

Note: The quality of the content is more important than its length/ duration.


Q: What topics should I write about? What has the most success?

A: Anything related to data governance, any data management practices, or anything about data which you think our readers would benefit from. The best articles are those that provide practical resources, templates, guidelines, “how to”s, best practices, advice and lessons learned taken from your own experience.


Q: May I just contribute with just one article?

A: Of course! Though we always encourage recurring submissions, you are welcome to only submit one article, template, or other useful multimedia post.


Q: How many articles can I write as a LightsonData contributor?

A: As many or as few as you’d like.


Q: What are the guidelines for a White Paper?

A: Must include:
Title, author(s), company name (if any), abstract (50-200 words), date when it was written.

Proof reading
The white paper should be checked by its author(s) for spelling and grammatical errors before submission.

Format
The paper should be submitted as a PDF (Acrobat file).

Vetting
Your paper will go through a review process to ensure that the quality and usefulness of the content is high. We therefore reserve the right to reject or suggest amendments. We will always aim to give useful feedback and keep you updated.

Focus
The LightsOnData community seeks practical advice and takeaways they can learn from. To ensure a higher readability of your white paper, we ask that you adhere to this need and also focus on the topics currently explored at LightsOnData: data governance, data management, data quality, data security/privacy, data stewardship, data modeling, data architecture, business intelligence, data analytics/ science, and big data.

Being overtly commercial
While we understand that enterprises have a broad agenda to advance their branding, implant their products and/or services in their community of interest, and persuade potential customers, we think that these objectives should be implicit, rather than explicit, in a white paper. It is OK to mention your own products, services, or projects in the context of providing an example or case study or to reinforce your message, but this should be restrained and informational.

 


Q: What is the process for getting my content in front of the LightsonData’s audience?

A:  Just follow these 5 steps:

  1. Fill out the form above with your proposal/ interest
  2. Send your draft in a Word or Google Doc format
  3. We’ll send you the Writer’s Agreement for you to review and sign
  4. We might make some edits or recommend changes, and create the featured image of the article
  5. We’ll schedule your content to be published, and once published we will also socialize on other platforms as well as the monthly newsletter.

Q: What should I do if I have more questions?

A:  Please drop us a line in the contact form and we’ll get back to you.

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