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

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:

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:

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.

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!