About us

The Open Data Revolution: Challenges and Innovations (lecture)

Date: October 23, 2012

Times: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location:   Student Union Memorial Center, Tubac Room

Contact: Dan Lee | Chris Kollen


During Open Access Week, taking place this year from Oct. 22 – 28, 2012, academic institutions around the globe explore the ideal of free, full‐text, immediate, online access to peer‐reviewed scholarship so new ideas and information can be obtained rapidly and freely by everyone.

The University Libraries will host two campus programs during Open Access Week with the goal of raising awareness at The University of Arizona about the challenges, opportunities, and scholarly and academic resources available through Open Access initiatives. The Libraries will build on the momentum created by this dialogue and continue these campus conversations throughout the year.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

LECTURE I: The Open Data Revolution: Challenges and Innovations
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 pm
Student Union Memorial Center, Tubac Room

Many funding agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, and journal publishers, such as Nature, are now requiring researchers to share data produced during the course of their research. When researchers share their data, other researchers can reuse it to answer new questions, opening up new interpretations and discoveries. Sharing data may also lead to sharing research processes, workflows and tools and may make research articles and papers more useful and citable by others. In addition, many academic researchers are proponents of openly providing access to data. Both Science Commons and the Panton Principles recommend that data be contributed to the public domain.  

In conjunction with Open Access Week, the University Libraries are sponsoring a talk, The Open Data Revolution: Challenges and Innovations, where three campus researchers will speak on how they have shared data in their research and the implications of open data on the way research will be done in the future.

-Jennifer Barton, UA Associate Vice President for Research & Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Topic: “Open Data Challenges in Interdisciplinary Research”

-Bonnie Hurwitz, Program Director, Health Informatics, UA Arizona Health Sciences Center
Topic: “Innovation in Health Care Delivery through Open Source Research”

-Sudha Ram, McClelland Professor, Management Information Systems, UA Eller College of Management
Topic: “The Emerging Role of Social Media in Data Sharing and Management”

[LECTURE II, Wednesday, October 24: Scholarly Publishing Conversations: What Happens After You Boycott Elsevier?]