Hot Topics in Big Data: What You Need to Know Now!

A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS
Hosted by FEDLINK at the Library of Congress

The Mumford Room, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE,  Washington, DC 20540
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 
*  9:00 am - 4:30 pm  *


Final Agenda
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9:00am - 9:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks
-Bonnie Lawlor, Executive Director, NFAIS
-Donald Hagen, CENDI Chair, NTIS, Department of Commerce
9:15am - 10:00am Big Data:  An Overview of Key Concepts and Issues
-George Strawn, Executive Director, NITRD [presentation]

Donald Hagen, CENDI Chair, NTIS, Department of Commerce - Moderator
  This session will provide a compelling overview of the current status or landscape of “Big Data.” Issues.  It will cover the growth of scholarly and scientific data – why is this an issue today and where is it going; structured versus unstructured data; the volume and diversity of data depending on subject discipline; storage and use capacity, etc.; the need for policy and planning; staff skill sets (data management and curation); new work/analytic tools required to maximize data value; and linking, repositories, etc.
10:00am - 10:15am Break and Networking Opportunity
10:15am - 11:45am Institutional Players and Their Roles and the Challenges:  Scientific Data Centers and Infrastructures
-Stefan Falke, Northrup Grumman and Earth Science Information Partnership Executive Committee [presentation]
-George Alter, Director, Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social
Research (ICPSR) and
   Research Professor of Population Studies Center, University of Michigan
-Michael Furlough, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Michael Huerta, Associate Director, NLM - Moderator


The speakers on this session are from organizations that represent a large group of libraries and information centers to provide a broad perspective of the current trends. Each of the organizations will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What has changed in your information landscape in the last 2-3 years?
  • Has your organization been impacted by the growth of data?
  • If  “yes,” in what way and how are you adapting (issues such as staff skills, workflow issues, data management, systems, risk management, policies, etc.
  • What are your biggest challenges?
  • What changes do you see in the next five years?


11:45am - 12:30pm Lunch (will be provided)
12:30pm - 2:00pm Data Citation, Data Linking and Supplemental Materials
-Giri Palanisamy, Theme Leader for Data Integration, Oak Ridge National Laboratory [presentation]
-David Martinsen, Senior Scientist, American Chemical Society [presentation]
-Jason Wilde, Director, Business Development, Nature Publishing [presentation]

Joanna Martin, DOE OSTI - Moderator


This session will look at the issues related to data citation, data linking, and supplemental materials covering issues related to publishers, librarians, users, etc.  

2:00pm - 2:15pm Break and Networking Opportunity
2:15pm - 3:45pm Big Data and Emerging Skill Set Requirements
-Michael Chui, Principal/Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute [presentation]
-David E. Schindel, Executive Secretary, Consortium for the Barcode of Life, Smithsonian Institution [presentation]

Dr. Valerie Florance, Director of the Division of Extramural Programs, NLM - Moderator


This session will focus session on manpower issues at the macro level and relationship to skill sets at the macro level.  It will touch on the McKinsey report as presented at the Bid Data Podcast in March 2012, which addressed overall numbers of professionals needed and related findings.  Also included in this session is a look at specific skills at the micro level from the education and training perspective. 

3:45pm - 4:30pm Data Analytics and Data Mining:  The Approaching Tidal Wave
-Dennis Gannon, Director, Cloud Research Strategy, Microsoft Research Connections [presentation]

Brian Hitson, ICSTI and DOE - Moderator

  The closing keynote talk will be an overview of the field of data analytics --definitions, description, what all the fuss is about, the successful applications and the opportunities and challenges.  It will include what Microsoft is currently doing but will contain some examples about new initiatives and why they are developing them
4:30pm - 4:40pm Closing and Wrap-up
-Bonnie C. Carroll, Executive Director, CENDI Secretariat