Call for Proposals: 5th Biennial Zar Symposium (“Open Data: Science, Health, Community”) on April 28

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

February 26, 2017

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Call for Proposals

Open Data: Science, Health, Community
5th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium
April 28, 2017
The John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago

For more information about the symposium:
Web Page: https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/conferences/zar-symposium/
Email: zarsymposium@lib.uchicago.edu
#zarsymposium
@CrerarLibrary

The organizers of the 5th biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, Open Data: Science, Health, Community, to be held Friday, April 28, invite proposals for presentations that provide insight into open data projects and initiatives, whether established or newly created, which have an impact on science, health, or community.  The focus may be, but is not limited to, opportunities for libraries and information professionals to contribute to or play an active role in projects or initiatives.

The organizers are interested in presentations that provide examples of collaborative efforts between institutions, groups, or individuals, with a focus on practical, real use cases of using open data.  Proposals selected for full oral presentations will be eligible for travel stipend.

Proposals should be submitted via this online form: http://bit.do/zar2017.  Proposals must include a title, author(s), and abstract (maximum 600 words).  Presentations will be 30-45 minutes. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 8th.

Please consider the following questions when preparing proposals:

* How has your institution or community engaged with open data?
* If you led an open data project or initiative, how and why was it initiated, and what were the results?
* What are the opportunities and challenges of using or collecting open data?
* How are responsibilities determined and distributed?
* What kinds of tools and techniques may be used?

The symposium organizers will also consider interactive alternatives to a traditional oral presentations.

The intended audience of the symposium includes all who are involved or interested in open data, with a focus on, but not limited to, academic institutions.

About the Symposium

About the Symposium:  Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed.   Some examples of open data resources include the Human Genome Project, the United Nations UNdata, and the City of Chicago data portal.  Open data can spur business innovation, help patients and families make better decisions about their health, or accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.  This symposium will provide participants with an understanding of what open data is, how it gets created and shared, and examples of how open data might contribute to progress in our communities.

About the Kathleen A. Zar Symposium Series

The Kathleen A. Zar Symposium is a biennial event held at the John Crerar Library of the University of Chicago.

Session organizers’ contact information:

Deb Werner (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/debra-a-werner/), Librarian for Science Instruction & Outreach, dwerner@uchicago.edu

Thomas Drueke (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/thomas-drueke/), Scholarship & Data Librarian, D’Angelo Law Library, tndrueke@uchicago.edu

Taylor Hixson (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/taylor-hixson/), GIS Resident Librarian, taylorhixson@uchicago.edu

Barbara Kern (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/barbara-kern/), Director of the Science Libraries, bkern@uchicago.edu

Emily Treptow (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/emily-treptow/), Business & Economics Librarian for Instruction & Outreach, etreptow@uchicago.edu

Andrea Twiss-Brooks (https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/directory/staff/andrea-twiss-brooks/), Director of Research and Teaching Support, atbrooks@uchicago.edu

Email: zarsymposium@lib.uchicago.edu

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