Upcoming Conferences from NISO


It’s hard to carve out six or eight hours from your workweek in order to attend a day-long conference. Even when the topic is relevant and of immediate interest to you, that conference had better be on-point, practical, and engaging! NISO is focused on providing you with just that and we’re offering two virtual conferences in the coming weeks that meet those criteria.  Register now for one or both!


(1) Wednesday, August 31, 2016
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., EDT
Data Curation: Cultivating Past Research Data for Future Consumption


This virtual conference will explore the many aspects of data curation. The morning segment will provide attendees with an explanation of what services libraries are expected to offer, a discussion of the data lifecycle, ideas for fostering partnerships and collaboration, and information on the ever-present legal and ethical concerns of handling data. The afternoon program presents five case studies drawn from the humanities, the social sciences, and the hard sciences. Speakers will describe their first-hand experience of the unique challenges involved in curating data. Closing up the conference will be a wrap-up discussion surfacing those facets of data curation not covered previously.


Confirmed speakers are: Suzie Allard, University of Tennessee–Knoxville; Jennifer Lee, University of Texas–Austin; Lisa Johnston, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities; Melissa Levine, University of Michigan; Rebekah Cummings, University of Utah; Ashley Clark, Northeastern University; Ian Lamb and Nicole Contaxis, New York University Health Sciences Library; Libbie Stephenson, UCLA; and Karen S. Baker, University of Illinois.


For more details on this event, including registration information, please visit the NISO event page. Your registration for this NISO virtual conference entitles you  to participate (at no additional cost) in the follow-up Training Thursday webinar, scheduled for September 8, 2016.  The featured instructors for that 90-minute session are Kristin Briney, author of Data Management for Researchers (Pelagic Publishing, 2015) and Jenny Muilenburg, Data Management Librarian, University of Washington Libraries.


(2) Wednesday, September 11, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., MT

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Denver, CO
Privacy Implications of Research Data


In conjunction with the International Data Week event being held in Denver, CO, this event will be offered both as an on-site event (RSVP here) as well as a virtual (streaming) event. There is no cost to the attendee, regardless of the selected option!


NISO and The Research Data Alliance (RDA) have formed a joint working group with the intent of addressing a major challenge regarding the advancement of scientific data sharing: privacy and security. In particular, the sharing of human-subject data is hampered by lack of any framework that adequately factors in and addresses those concerns. The RDA-NISO Joint Working Group is taking on the challenge of creating a global consensus framework that can address the various privacy and security concerns.


With that objective in mind, attendees will hear from experts on the following:

·      The feasibility of balancing research requirements with the need for privacy protections

·      The limits of anonymization in the context of personally identifiable information

·      The demands of security, privacy, and trust

·      Privacy, policy, and data governance in university research practice

·      Privacy and legal frameworks in the European Union

And more…


Confirmed speakers include John Wilbanks, Sage Bionetworks; Micah Altman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Christine Borgman, University of California–Los Angeles; Christoph Bruch, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres; Paul Burton, Professor of Infrastructural Epidemiology, University of Bristol, England, with other names to be released soon!


For specifics, visit the NISO event page. Attendees are urged to use the RSVP form linked in that page to notify us of their planned participation.

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