Paul Uhlir has asked me to share this invitation to a very interesting symposium that’s being held in conjunction with the US National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information’s meeting on June 3 and 4 in Washington DC. Some of you may recall that Paul gave a CNI briefing recently on the work of the Board, which is involved in many policy areas related to research data management that are central to the CNI agenda; you can find extensive background on the Board’s work at http://www.nationalacademies.org/brdi
Below is an invitation to a public symposium organized by the NRC Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI). Please distribute this invitation to others you think may be interested. Additional information about the meeting logistics may be found at: clevey.
THE CHANGING ROLE OF LIBRARIES
IN SUPPORT OF RESEARCH DATA ACTIVITIES
A PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM
Sponsored by the
Board on Research Data and Information
National Research Council
Thursday, June 3, 2010, 4:00-6:15 p.m.
USDA Waugh Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
1800 M Street NW, South Lobby
In recent years, a great deal of attention has been devoted to the role of different libraries in the federal government, university, and research institute context with regard to the potential long-term preservation, management, and provision of scientific data, and related support of services and applications for publicly-funded research. This has come at a time of rapid technological change, an enormous and accelerating increase in the amount of scientific data that is being generated, and intense financial pressures on libraries.
The institutional roles of libraries in the management and support of scientific data activities for research and for the broader society are one important area of focus for the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information. Three of the Board’s sponsors are major federal library organizations-the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services-and they each provide a different role and perspective concerning these issues.
The Board’s public symposium on the afternoon of 3 June 2010 will feature presentations on this set of topics by senior managers from these three federal library organizations, as well as from the Association of Research Libraries, which has examined the role of libraries for research data in some depth and whose members are institutions with a great deal at stake in this debate. The symposium will conclude with comments by two Board members, a university professor and researcher working in the data-intensive field of geographic information and a university professor of information science. The symposium will be moderated by Prof. Michael Lesk, Chair of the Board on Research Data and Information.
Moderator: Michael Lesk, Rutgers University
Deanna Marcum, Library of Congress
Betsy Humphreys, National Library of Medicine
Joyce Ray, Institute for Museum and Library Services
Karla Strieb, Association of Research Libraries
Michael Goodchild, UC, Santa Barbara
Christine Borgman, UC, Los Angeles
Panel Discussion of Invited Speakers and Board Members
General discussion with the audience
USDA Waugh Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, South Lobby, 1800 M Street NW, Washington, DC
Thursday, June 3, 2010, 4:00 PM – 6:15 PM
The symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required because of space limitations.
RSVP to Cheryl Levey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, visit
or contact Paul Uhlir, the Board Director, at email@example.com or 202-334-1531.