Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information to speak on April 17

Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), will speak on “Memory Organizations and Evidence to Support Scholarship in the 21st Century,” on Tuesday, April 17, in Room 126 LIS (501 E. Daniel, Champaign). The event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Abstract

Memory organizations have two functions with regard to scholarship: they organize and preserve the scholarly record itself, and they try to select, prioritize, and preserve the much larger body of evidence that can be used to support future scholarly work. There has been a great deal of discussion about the changing scholarly record, and the changes in scholarly practice driven by information technology and data intensive scholarship. In the last few years, there has been a great deal of focus on stewardship of certain types of observational and experimental data, most commonly in the sciences, particularly as new technologies (gene sequencing, synoptic sky surveys, the Large Hadron collider, earth observatories, etc.) allow the construction of new scientific instruments that greatly expand the base of evidence. Less well considered are new evidentiary resources that can drive the human sciences; these are often encumbered by privacy and human subjects issues, secrecy, and proprietary considerations. We see new instruments have been constructed and deployed mainly outside of the academy, and the evidence being collected here presents enormous challenges—indeed, rising to the level of public policy issues—to memory organizations and to future scholarly work.

Biography

Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 of which he served as director of library automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information.

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Personal Digital Archiving conference founder Ubois to speak on April 12

Jeff Ubois, who founded and chaired the Personal Digital Archiving conferences held at the Internet Archive in 2010, 2011, and 2012, will be speaking on Thursday, April 12, at 4 pm in Room 126 LIS (501 E. Daniel, Champaign). Currently a program officer with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Jeff previously worked for Fujitsu Labs in Sunnyvale, California, the Bassetti Foundation in Milano, Italy, and the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision and other organizations engaged in mass digitization of cultural materials. Prior to these affiliations, he was a staff research associate at the University of California, Berkeley, and part of the Preserving Digital Public Television Project based at Thirteen/WNET and funded by the Library of Congress. In the 1990s, Jeff worked in the software industry, and as a journalist in Washington, Hong Kong, London, and San Francisco covering new technology.

Presentation Abstract
Ensuring long term access to personal digital archives — the sum of an individual’s digital information and creative works —  is an unsolved problem, but the need, and variety of proposed solutions, is growing daily. The early work of the Nobel prize winners of the 2030s and 2040s is likely to be born digital, and is therefore at risk in ways that previous scientific and literary creations were not. Over the last three years, discussions at the Personal Digital Archiving conferences held at the Internet Archive, have helped to develop the beginnings of a research agenda that includes questions such as:

• Do libraries, museums, and archives have a new responsibility to collect digital personal materials?

• What new social norms around preservation, access, and disclosure are emerging?

• What are the special needs in academia?

• What tools and services are needed to better enable self-archiving?

• What are viable existing economic models that can support personal archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?

This discussion will summarize some of the suggestions and ideas discussed over the last three years, and some possibilities for future work.

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Myron Gutmann from NSF on March 15

Dr. Myron Gutmann, assistant director of the National Science Foundation, will be present a talk entitled “Data Access for Research and Teaching in the 21st Century,” in Room 126 Library and Information Science Building at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 15. Dr. Gutmann is the lead of NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate, and is also professor of history and information and research professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Data Access for Research and Teaching in the Twenty-First Century

The scientific community is facing new opportunities and new requirements in the ways that data are managed and made available for future research. The biggest change that we see is the dramatic increase in the volume of data produced by observations, experiments, and simulations, which has turned what was already a steady stream of data into a flood. That rising tide of data is being shared by research networks that span the globe, calling for new infrastructure and new architectures that will allow researchers to make use of data from around the world and engage in new long-distance collaborations. These new collaborations now mostly involve researchers, but the availability of new forms of data and the creation of new mechanisms for sharing those data make it possible to expand access in a meaningful way to students and citizen scientists. At the same time, policy makers are moving forward rapidly to require that data from publicly-financed research projects be shared with other researchers, while they simultaneously concern themselves with protecting the privacy and confidentiality of human research subjects. This presentation will discuss these changes in the data preservation and sharing environment, especially as they relate to data for the social, behavioral and economic sciences, and suggest ways that all the potential stakeholders in the process — funding agencies, universities, data archives, libraries, researchers, teachers, and students can work together in the future to get the most out of our data investments.

Bio
Gutmann has broad interests in interdisciplinary historical research, especially health, population, economy, and the environment. Since 1995 he has led a multi-site research program about population, agriculture and environmental change in the U.S. Great Plains, which has produced important research results that show how demographic and agricultural change both respond to environmental conditions and shape environmental outcomes such as greenhouse gas production. As Director of ICPSR, he was a leader in the archiving and dissemination of electronic research materials related to society, population, and health, with a special interest in the protection of respondent confidentiality.

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Next Illinois Research Data Initiative on October 25th – Meg Bellinger (Yale)

Meg Bellinger,  director of the Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure (ODAI) at Yale, will be speaking as part of the Windsor Lecture series on Tuesday, October 25 from 4-6 PM in 126 LIS Building.

http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2011/10/25/windsor-lecture-meg-bellinger-shifting-organizational-boundaries-sustainable-digit

Two weeks ago was the Opening Symposium for the Illinois Research Data Initiative, coordinated by the campus level Data Stewardship Committee.  This next scheduled event for the Illinois Research Data Initiative, should be of particular interest to IT Professionals, librarians, and administrators on campus. This lecture is part of the Windsor Lecture series within GSLIS.

Abstract:

Digital technologies have brought about fundamental environmental transformation to research campuses because of the expanded capacity to generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge in digital form. This transformation has put unprecedented stress on the traditional knowledge infrastructure. There have been various responses to these changes including the one at Yale of creating a new organization with the specific mission to lead the development of a coherent digital content infrastructure to ensure that Yale’s digital assets will be discoverable and accessible for teaching and research both now and in the future. Just over two years old, Yale’s Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure is in the early stages of developing a digital ecosystem to support the transformed environment. This talk will review strategy and implementation.

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Schedule for Opening Symposium – Illinois Research Data Initiative

Below is the schedule for the Opening Symposium tomorrow, September 27th. All are welcome! Registration is encouraged at: Register at http://www.conferences.illinois.edu/data

Note that we’ve had a last minute replacement to our keynote speaker. Chris Lintott was unable to join us, but Arfon Smith, a colleague at the Adler and with Zooniverse, will be joining us and making the keynote address.

Illinois Research Data Initiative
Opening Symposium
September 27, 2011
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Refreshments at 8 AM
Alice Campbell Alumni Center – Ballroom

 8:30-8:40 AM  - Welcome

 Richard Wheeler, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost (introduced by Paula Kaufman, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian)

8:40-8:50 AM  – Illinois Research Data Initiative

 Paula Kaufman, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian; Chair, Campus Data Stewardship committee

8:50-10:00 AM – Keynote:

Arfon Smith, Technical Lead, Zooniverse and Director of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium (introduced by Sarah Shreeves, IDEALS and Scholarly Commons Coordinator, University Library)

10:00-10:30 AM – Break and Refreshments

10:30-11:15 AM – Panel on Issues and Challenges in Data Management and Curation

-   Carole Palmer, Director, Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship and Professor, Library and Information Science – Moderator
-   Brian Jewett, Research Scientist, Atmospheric Sciences
-   Allen Renear, Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
-   Jerry McDonough, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
-   Arfon Smith, Technical Lead, Zooniverse, and Director of Citizen Science, Adler Planetarium

11:15-11:45 AM – Closing Address

 Carole Palmer, Director, Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship and Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

11:45-11:50 AM – Announcement of future events

Beth Sandore, Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Policy and Planning, University Library

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Illinois Research Data Initiative – Opening Symposium on Sept 27!

Opening Symposium for the Illinois Research Data Initiative – September 27th

The campus Data Stewardship Committee is pleased to announce the opening symposium for the Illinois Research Data Initiative on September 27th from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM at the Alice Campbell Hall Ballroom.

Prompted in part by the new National Science Foundation requirement for data management plans in grant proposals, this symposium will kick off a campus conversation focused on identifying a campus-level strategy for infrastructure and services to support long-term research data access and preservation.  This symposium is the first of a series of events scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.  The series will focus on understanding research data management needs within and across the subject domains and identifying a campus-level strategy for supporting long-term research data management at Illinois.

Chris Lintott  will be our keynote speaker. Chris Lintott is a researcher at the University of Oxford, where he is also a Junior Research Fellow at New College, and Citizen Science Project Lead at Adler Planetarium in Chicago. He leads the team responsible for the Zooniverse (http://www.zooniverse.org/) collection of citizen science projects, which have involved more than 400,000 people in classifying galaxies, discovering planets and transcribing ancient papyri. He is passionately committed to promoting the public understanding of science, being best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long-running ‘Sky at Night’ series, and as coauthor of ‘Bang! : The complete history of the Universe’ which has been translated into more than a dozen languages, including American.

Interim Provost Richard Wheeler and Dean of Libraries Paula Kaufman will be opening the Symposium. A panel of local researchers will discuss current challenges and opportunities in the management, preservation, and access to research data. Carole Palmer, Director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship will give the closing address.

September 27th, 2011
8:30 am – 12:00 noon
Refreshments at 8:00 am
Alice Campbell Hall Ballroom

Register at http://www.conferences.illinois.edu/data

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First Illinois Research Data Initiative Event!

Institutional Issues in Research Data (Administrators)

The featured speaker will be James Hilton, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Virginia. Dr. Hilton will speak on “Managing and Preserving Research: “Forever” Soup to Nuts”.  After Dr. Hilton’s talk, a panel of experts across campus will discuss current efforts on campus to address the increasing need for good data management and curation practices. There will be time for discussion and conversation.  The target audience for this event includes faculty and administrators who are involved in institutional research: unit executive officers, associate deans and directors for research, unit CIO’s and technology officers.

The session on September 14 is the first in Illinois Research Data Initiative series of symposia scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.  The series will focus on understanding research data management needs within and across the subject domains and identifying a campus-level strategy for supporting long-term research data management at Illinois.

10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Refreshments at 10:00 am
Levis Center, 2nd floor

Keynote Speaker:  James Hilton, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Virginia

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Illinois Research Data Initiative

 

The Illinois Research Data Initiative seeks to:

 

  • Raise awareness among faculty, research staff, students, and administrators of issues related to research data management practices, curation of data for long term access and use, and the sharing of research data;
  • Provide forums for discussion of discipline specific issues related to research data;
  • Understand the needs across campus for infrastructure and services related to research data support and where gaps exist; and
  • Work with units across campus to build the infrastructure and services to fill gaps and provide a base level of service for the stewardship of research data produced on campus.

 

The Illinois Research Data Initiative has been launched as a direct result of the Chancellor’s Next Steps Letter in response to the Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois IT (SEI-IT) Project Team report. It is coordinated by the campus level Data Stewardship Committee (see http://blogs.cites.illinois.edu/datasteward/who-we-are/).


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