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 ( 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

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