Call For Papers for 2nd “Workshop on Linking and Contextualizing Publications and Datasets”

The second “Workshop on Linking and Contextualizing Publications and Datasets” is now inviting submissions by June 30, 2014. The workshop will be held on September 12 as part of the Digital Libraries 2014 conference in London.

Details can be found at:

Call for Proposals for Digital Preservation 2014

The deadline for Digital Preservation 2014 proposal submissions is quickly approaching. Digital Preservation 2014 will be held July 22-24 in the Washington, DC area. The annual summer meeting brings together the broad, diverse digital preservation and stewardship community to share achievements in the areas of technical infrastructure, innovation, content collection, standardization, and outreach and education efforts.

They are looking for your ideas, accomplishments, and project updates that highlight, contribute to, and advance the community dialog. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Scientific data and other content at risk of obsolescence, and what methods, techniques, and tools are being deployed to mitigate risk
  • Innovative methods of digital preservation, especially regarding sustainable practices, community approaches, and software solutions
  • Collaboration successes and lessons learned highlighting a wide-range of digital preservation activities, such as best practices, open source solutions, project management techniques, and emerging tools
  • Practical examples of research and scholarly use of stewarded data or content
  • Educational trends for emerging and practicing professionals

IDCC14 Preview

IDCC14 Preview: Paul Lewis, Washington DC correspondent

The 9th International Digital Curation Conference is quickly approaching. The theme of this year’s conference is how data-driven developments are changing the world around us. Paul Lewis answers the question of “What scientific breakthroughs, technical advances or potential new opportunities excite you the most?”

Technology has transformed the way journalism is produced and consumed. I’ve been fortunate to start working in the profession in the midst of this transformation, and I’ve found it all exciting. I suppose what really excites me is the possibility of collective action: journalists as a fulcrum, working in a symbiotic relationship with an audience that now has access to source materials, and tools, to help tell stories.

Continue reading Paul’s interview…

Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2014

Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2014 (RDAP14): The Program Now Available

The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2014, March 26-28, San Diego, will feature three days of programming with an emphasis on practical approaches to research data management, access, and preservation, including success stories (and lessons learned), innovative research, and resources and tools developed by and for the community. The program will include invited panels and presentations, an interactive poster session, lightning talks, and a hands-on workshop. This year there is an open call for two panel presentation sessions in addition to curated panels, interactive poster sessions and a round of lightning talks. There are also two half-day workshops on Friday, March 28th.

  • Building Capabilities for Sustainable Research Data Management Practices
  • Learning to Teach, Teach for Learning: Instructional Practices for Data Services

Keynote speakers are:

  • MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian, University of California, Davis
  • Maryann Martone, Neuroscience Information Framework

You can find the program at:

Research Data Alliance (RDA) Third Plenary Meeting

RDA Meeting: The Data Sharing Community, Dublin, Ireland, 26 to 28 March 2014

We’ve posted several announcements about the various activities about RDA at Data Forwards. Below is the latest information about a forthcoming RDA meeting in Dublin, Ireland in March.

Data is the very foundation of research, and each year the quantity and velocity of data produced increases. Sharing of research data has the potential to revolutionise the way research is conducted, accelerating discovery and improving society; but sharing research data globally is challenging.

The RDA (Research Data Alliance) is now one year old. It is a global, grass-roots organisation dedicated to developing the tools, infrastructure, services, standards and practices that the research community needs to share and exchange its data treasures.

The third RDA plenary meeting is focused on taking the global partnerships built in the data sharing community through the RDA’s activities to date, combining these with existing infrastructure and best practices across the data sharing community, and enabling the community to drive forward the changes needed for global data exchange. This plenary meeting is about exploiting RDA’s work to date to its full potential.

More information about this meeting is available at:

Calls for Papers: Text as Data Conference

New Directions in Analyzing Text as Data Conference at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Northwestern University invites you to attend the fifth annual research conference on “New Directions in Analyzing Text as Data” that will be held at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management on October 10-11, 2014. This two-day invitation-only conference draws together scholars from many different universities and disciplines to discuss developments in text as data research.

The main purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from political science, computer science and linguistics to investigate new approaches to utilizing text in political science research. Text has always been a valuable resource for political science research. However, recent developments in digital archiving as well as breakthroughs in automatic language-processing methodologies from the fields of information retrieval, natural language processing, and machine learning are creating unprecedented opportunities for searching, categorizing, and extracting political information from text.

You can learn more about this conference at:

Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships

The Obama Administration on Big Data and NSF on national efforts enabling data-driven discovery

On Tuesday, November 12, the Obama Administration hosted an event under the auspices of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Networking and Information Technology R&D program coordinating office titled “Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships” which provides a progress report on the big data initiative first announced in March 2012.

The agenda, and more importantly several very useful background documents, can be found here:

In conjunction with this event, NSF also issued a press release that summarized their progress in supporting the initiative, with many links to descriptions of specific projects and programs. The overview release can be found at: