International Digital Curation Conference, San Francisco 24-27 February 2014

IDCC14, SF 24-27 Feb: “Commodity, catalyst or change-agent? Data-driven transformations in research, education, business & society,” Draft Program and Registration Open

See more about IDCC 2014 at:

The draft program is now available. A workshop program will be published in November. The Call for Papers will close on Monday 28 October.

You can register now for IDCC14.


Call for Papers for 40th Anniversary IASSIST Conference

Aligning Data and Research Infrastructure: IASSIST 2014 Annual Conference Call for Paper and Session Proposals

The international research community is in the midst of building a global data ecosystem that consists of a mixture of domain data repositories, data archives, data libraries, and data services and that seeks ways to facilitate data discovery, integration, access, and preservation. Evidence of this transformation is found in the recently established ICSU World Data System and in the Research Data Alliance. Like IASSIST, these organizations are contributing to the development of a global data ecosystem. Alignment, or unification of strategies, must take place at many levels to achieve this. How do we proceed? What advancements are needed in research data management, research infrastructure, and the development of new expertise?

IASSIST welcomes submissions on the topics described above and encourage conference participants to propose papers and sessions that will be an interest to a diverse audience. To facilitate the formation and scheduling of sessions, three tracks are being offered:

  • Managing research data
  • Providing data services, and
  • Developing data infrastructure tools.

Deadline for submission: 9 December 2013.

More information about the conference and proposal is available here:

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).