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Arizona Scholarly Data Summit | April 26

Date: April 26, 2011

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Jeremy Frumkin


Arizona Scholarly Data Summit
Tuesday, April 26
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Special Collections, Main Library

Funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation have recently begun to require that all research proposals include a data management plan. This is in part the result of the recognition that often the data generated by current scholarship is not always properly managed; much too frequently, there is a lack of proper data management planning, as well as a lack of appropriate institutional infrastructure to support data management activities.

The NSF, as well as other funding agencies, is now seeking to ensure that research data is properly managed and where appropriate, made available for re-use. Institutions whose researchers develop strong data management plans for their grant proposals will be at a competitive advantage against proposals that do not have well developed data management plans.

The Arizona Scholarly Data Summit will provide an opportunity for researchers and faculty to learn about national efforts to address data management support, as well as local efforts to provide that support here at the University of Arizona. Represented on our national panel are leaders of two National Science Foundation DataNet Initiatives (Sayeed Choudhury from The Data Conservancy, and Bill Michener from DataOne), as well as the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, Clifford Lynch.

Our local panel of speakers will include Leslie Tolbert, VP for Research at the University of Arizona, as well as Bryan Heidorn, Director of the School of Information Resources and Library Science, and Nirav Merchant, the Director of Biotechnology Computing for Bio5 and the iPlant project.

Arizona Scholarly Data Summit | Agenda

Morning panel, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

    * Clifford Lynch - Director, Coalition for Networked Information and Adjunct Professor at the UC Berkeley’s School of Information

    * William  (Bill) Michener - Professor and Director of e-Science Initiatives for University of New Mexico Libraries and Associate Director, Long Term Ecological Research Network Office at the University of New Mexico

    * Sayeed Choudhury - Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Johns Hopkins University Libraries; Head of the Data Conservancy, funded by NSF's DataNet program

Afternoon panel, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    * Leslie Tolbert - Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, and Economic Development of the University of Arizona; Regents Professor & Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology & Anatomy; Acting Director, Arizona Research Labs, Division of Neurobiology

    * Bryan Heidorn - Associate Professor and Director, School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS), University of Arizona; President of the JRS Biodiversity Foundation

    * Nirav Merchant - Director, Biotechnology Computing and Director of Information Technology at the Arizona Research Laboratories, University of Arizona

Hosted by SIRLS, University Libraries and the UA Office of the Vice President for Research