Research Data Symposium, Columbia University

Research Data Symposium To Be Held At Columbia University, February 27 2013

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, Columbia’sInstitute for Data Sciences and Engineering, Columbia’s Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) andElsevierare pleased to announce the Research Data Symposium,an event to lead discussion on topics related to managing and curating research data and a variety of other research outputs. The Symposium will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

The Symposium will feature speaker panels addressing the different stages of the research data life cycle, with representatives from Columbia faculty, learned societies, research institutions, funders, and publishers coming together to examine the implementation stages, available technologies and associated challenges and barriers for managing, preserving and accessing research data. Attendees will leave armed with valuable information to engage their respective organizational stakeholders to initiate and continue long-term research and data management efforts.

In addition to the panels, the Symposium will feature poster presentations addressing any or all aspects of the data life-cycle. CDRS is currently accepting poster proposals for consideration (<< link to poster proposal submission details on RDS site.)

Panels and speakers on the day include:

James G. Neal, University Librarian, Columbia University
David Marques, Elsevier
Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge

Panel 1: Plan & Collect
Joan Starr, California Digital Library
Gail Steinhart, Cornell University
George Alter, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
Victoria Stodden, Columbia University

Panel 2: Assure, Describe & Preserve
Jake Carlson, Purdue University
Linda Beebe, Former Senior Director of PsycINFO, American Psychological Association
Steven Morales, The Digital Preservation Network
Abby Smith Rumsey, Scholarly Communication Institute at University of Virginia Library
Bob Chen,Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Earth Institute, Columbia University
David Madigan, Department of Statistics, Columbia University

Panel 3: Integrate & Analyze
Heather Piwowar, ImpactStory
Susan McGregor, Columbia Journalism School
Mark Hansen, Columbia Journalism School
Kathy McKeown, Computer Science, Columbia University

Panel 4: Discover, Share, & Impact
Micah Altman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries
Gerhard Klimeck, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
Mark Hahnel, Figshare
Denis Tenen, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Kenneth Crews, Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia Libraries

Closing Remarks
Jan Brase, German National Library of Science and Technology

James Neal, University Librarian at Columbia, said: "Columbia Libraries/Information Services are honored to host this symposium on the challenges of managing the life-cycle of research data across the arenas of creation to use to preservation. The speakers reflect the mandate for a new radical collaboration among researcher, funder, publisher, information professional and technologist."

David Marques, Senior Vice President Research Data Services at Elsevier, said, “The potential opportunities presented by the nature of digital research data management are both extraordinary and challenging. Elsevier is proud to collaborate with Columbia to support an event that will lead the discussion and enhance the knowledge of stakeholders in the research community.”

For conference details and to submit a poster proposal, please visit the he Research Data Symposium website at