University of Michigan LSA IT Hosts Connections Conference

University of Michigan LSA IT hosts Connections Conference, October 14, 2013

In an effort to improve knowledge about what technology resources are available in support of research within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan, the Connections Conference was created. Building on previous years’ conferences, this year’s conference will include sessions on a variety of topics related to IT research computing resources for faculty and students. There is no cost for participation.

Some sessions focus on data, including:

  • Data Distribution Service Providers
  • Data, Digitization, and Preservation
  • Computation: Visualization

The sessions will take place in the Michigan Union and will also be streamed live for those that can’t attend in-person. Click through for more information, the complete agenda, or to register.

Open Science: Driving Forces and Practical Realities

A One-Day Workshop “Open Science” Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS, Hosted by FEDLINK at the Library of Congress

This one-day workshop is a must for anyone involved in managing the flow of scientific and scholarly communication. The Open Science movement has the potential to dramatically change that flow as well as the roles of all involved if the key emerging issues can be resolved. Open government, open data, and open access are all necessary but insufficient movements to make open science a reality. This workshop will explore the technical, financial, political, and social/cultural forces that are driving the movement; the key issues that may impact your organization – issues such as creator/author rights, attribution, information sharing and re-use, machine access and interoperability, preservation of the record of science, etc.; and the policies and tools that are being created to make open science a reality. Mark your calendar now to reserve the date. Registration will open September 6, 2013, to accommodate those who need to pay before the new fiscal year begins. Seating is limited so register early!

Live Stream for the Data Information Literacy Symposium | Purdue

Live Stream for the Data Information Literacy Symposium (DLS) , September 23rd and 24th

For those who are not able to attend the Data Information Literacy (DIL) symposium, here is good news.

Much of the Data Information Literacy (DIL) symposium hosted by the Purdue University Libraries on Sept 23rd and 24th will be streamed live on the internet.

The DIL symposium will explore roles for practicing librarians in teaching competencies in data management and curation to graduate students.  With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, librarians from Purdue University, Cornell University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon have investigated this topic through developing and implementing “data information literacy” (DIL) instruction programs for graduate students in a range of science and engineering disciplines.

More information about the DIL Symposium can be found at:

The schedule for the symposium is available at:

The International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) Calls for Papers

IDCC14 Calls for Papers: 24-27 February 2014 Omni San Francisco Hotel, California Street, San Francisco, USA

The International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), “Commodity, catalyst or change-agent? Data-driven transformations in research, education, business & society”, brings together data and information creators, managers, users, researchers, and teachers. The IDCC14 Programme Committee invites submissions to the 9th International Digital Curation Conference that reflect our conference theme.

This year the IDCC will focus on how data-driven developments are changing the world around us, recognising that the growing volume and complexity of data provides institutions, researchers, businesses and communities with a range of exciting opportunities and challenges. The Conference will explore the expanding portfolio of tools and data
services, as well as the diverse skills that are essential to explore, manage, use and benefit from valuable data assets. The programme will reflect cultural, technical and economic perspectives and will illustrate the progress made in this arena in recent months.

The Call for Papers including a list of topics can be found at:

IDCC14 will be organized by the Digital Curation Centre UK in partnership with the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).

BRDI Big Data Symposium in DC (w/simultaneous webcast!)

The Board on Research Data and Information (in Washington D.C.) is holding a 2 1/2 hour symposium on Monday, September 23rd. Registration is free and open to the public. See below for more information:

“Big data” describes the phenomenon of an explosion in quantities of scientific data available for research. The term is also used to describe the vast increase in personal data available in a digital world. The enormous quantities of data are requiring new terms such as exabytes, zettabytes, and yottabytes, new methods of processing and storage, such as cloud computing, and additional broadband. Big data also implies new ways of thinking about data that emphasize their reuse and repurposing, and the recombination and aggregation of data from multiple sources; these are practices that are often in tension with traditional ideas about privacy and anonymity. Such developments offer unprecedented opportunities to realize scientific advances and economic growth – if we can sort out the right balances with privacy, and if legal and regulatory constraints do not become intractable barriers.

Data flow across boundaries for both scientific and commercial uses. There are several international and national efforts to enhance data privacy in a big data world, including revisions in the United States to the OECD 1980 Privacy Guidelines, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, and proposed revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects. These activities impact access and use of data for a wide variety of research purposes. How can we provide adequate privacy protection for individuals without impeding research and innovation? How do these different regulatory approaches to privacy impact national and transnational research? Has society’s perspective on privacy evolved in a digital world, and how may it have to change further in the future?

This Symposium will explore current developments in these areas. The co-chair of the Board on Research Data and Information, Clifford Lynch of the Coalition on Networked Information, will lead the symposium discussion, beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 23. The event will continue for 2 ½ hours in a mix of short presentations and discussion. The entire proceedings will be recorded and an audio-tape will be archived on the Board’s website. The meeting will be followed by a reception outside the Lecture Room.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration by no later than noon on September 20 is required (contact: Cheryl Levey, or call 202-334-1531).

Second Annual Data Seal of Approval Conference | ICPSR

Second Annual Data Seal of Approval Conference

Mary Vardigan, Associate Director of ICPSR and Chair of Data Seal of Approval, has made an announcement about the 2nd Annual Data Seal of Approval Conference in Ann Arbor, MI, October 8, 2013.

  • Theme: Data Seal of Approval Conference 2013
  • Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI, on the campus of the University of Michigan

The Data Seal of Approval is an initiative to provide basic certification to data repositories. Receiving the DSA signifies that data are being safeguarded in compliance with community standards and will remain accessible into the future. The DSA and its quality guidelines are relevant to researchers, organizations that archive data, and users of the data.

This conference is in cooperation with the ICPSR Biennial Meeting of Official Representatives conference “Beyond Access: Curating Data for Discovery, Re-Use, and Impact,” October 9-11, 2013. 

The full DSA conference program can be found here:

New U-M Dean of Libraries to Deliver Keynote at CI Days | ARC News

James Hilton, new U-M dean of libraries, to deliver keynote at CI Days, November 2013

According to the ARC News, Advanced Research Computing, the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research, James Hilton, who will start as the new dean of libraries and university librarian on Sept. 1, will give a keynote address at Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Days (UM-Ann Arbor campus in the Rackham Graduate building) November 13-14, 2013.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “The Research Data Lifecycle,” Hilton, who also serves as vice provost for digital educational initiatives, will outline his vision for the evolving role of libraries in supporting the full lifecycle of research data.

To learn more about this news and the forthcoming CI Days in November: