Register Now for April 28 “Open Data: Science, Health, Community” Symposium

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

March 12, 2017

(via Debra Werner, University of Chicago)

Registration is now open for the fifth biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “Open Data: Science, Health, Community”. This year’s event will take palace on Friday, April 28, at the University of Chicago’s John Crerar Library. To register, click here. A description of the event is below.

Open data are 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 are, the ways in which they are created and shared, and examples of how open data might contribute to progress in our communities.

To view the agenda for the day, click here. Speakers will include Stephanie Wright (Program Lead, Mozilla Science Lab), whose speech topic has yet to be determined; Elizabeth Kittrie (Strategic Advisor for Data and Open Science, National Library of Medicine), whose talk is titled “”Advancing Health Through Open Data”; and Tom Schenk (Chief Data Officer, City of Chicago), who will speak on “Open Science and the City of Big Data”. There will also be two-and-a-half hours set aside in the afternoon for contributed papers. For more information, including instructions for submitting a proposal, go here. The deadline is Friday, March 17.

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