Registration Open for 5th Biennial Zar Symposium (Open Data: Science, Health, Community)

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

April 15, 2017

(via Sarah Wenzel, University of Chicago)

Registration is now open for the 5th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, titled Open Data: Science, Health, Community. The event will take place on Friday April 28, at the University of Chicago’s John Crerar Library. To register, click here. More information, including a schedule of the day’s events, is below.


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.

Schedule (also available here)

8:30-9:00 AM

registration and continental breakfast (bagels, croissants, coffee, tea and juices)

9:00-9:15 AM

welcome and introductions

9:15-10:00 AM

“Open Data: It’s About More Than Just the Data”

  • Stephanie Wright–Program Lead, Mozilla Science Lab

10:00-10:45 AM

“Advancing Health through Open Data”

  • Elizabeth Kittrie–Strategic Advisor for Data and Open Science, National Library of Medicine

10:45-11:00 AM

networking break (light refreshments)

11:00-11:45 AM

“Open Science & the City of Big Data”

  • Tom Schenk--Chief Data Officer, City of Chicago

12:00-1:30 PM

lunch (assorted options)

  • Regenstein Library

1:45-3:45 PM

contributed papers

3:45-4:00 PM

closing remarks

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