Research Data Sympsosium To Be Held At Columbia, February 27 2013
NEW YORK, January 31, 2013 –

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, Columbia's Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, and Elsevier are 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 research outputs. The Symposium will be free, open to everyone, and held at Columbia's Faculty House on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

The Symposium will offer speaker panels that address the different stages of the research data life cycle. Representatives from Columbia University faculty, learned societies, research institutions, funders, and publishers will come 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 and initiate and continue long-term research and data management efforts.

In addition to the panels, the Symposium will feature poster sessions addressing any or all aspects of the data life cycle. The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship is currently calling for posters (poster commitments due February 8, final posters due February 22.)

James Neal, University Librarian at Columbia, commented: "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, added: “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.”

Space for the Symposium is limited. To register, please RSVP on the Symposium website here.


Program Schedule and Speakers


9 am - Registration and continental breakfast


9:30am - Keynotes

•   James G. Neal, University Librarian, Columbia University

•   David Marques, Elsevier

•   Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge


10:15am - Panel 1: Plan & Collect

•   Joan Starr, California Digital Library

•   Gail Steinhart, Cornell University Libraries

•   George Alter, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

•   Michael F. Huerta, National Institutes of Health

•   Victoria Stodden, Department of Statistics, Columbia University (respondent)

•   Moderator TBD


11.45am-12.30pm - Buffet Lunch


12:30pm - Panel 2: Assure, Describe & Preserve

•   Jake Carlson, Distributed Data Curation Center, Purdue University

•   Linda Beebe, Former Senior Director of PsycINFO, American Psychological Association

•   Steven Morales, The Digital Preservation Network

•   Bob Chen, Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Earth Institute, Columbia University (respondent)

•   David Madigan, Department of Statistics, Columbia University (moderator)


2:00pm - Panel 3: Integrate & Analyze

•   Heather Piwowar, ImpactStory

•   Susan McGregor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

•   Mark Hansen, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (respondent)

•   Kathy McKeown, Department of Computer Science, Columbia University (moderator)


3:00pm: Coffee Break


3:15pm - 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 (respondent)

•   Kenneth Crews, Columbia University Libraries (moderator)


4:30pm - Closing Remarks

•   Jan Brase, German National Library of Science and Technology


5pm: End


The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS)

CDRS serves the digital research and scholarly communications needs of the faculty, students, and staff of Columbia University and its affiliates. Our mission is to increase the utility and impact of research produced at Columbia by creating, adapting, implementing, supporting, and sustaining innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery, analysis, data curation, and preservation. In pursuit of that mission, we also engage in extensive outreach, education, and advocacy to ensure that the scholarly work produced at Columbia University has a global reach and accelerates the pace of research across disciplines. CDRS, led by Rebecca Kennison, is one of six entities that comprise the Digital Programs and Technology Services branch of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services. The Center was created in July 2007 to address the ongoing evolution of researchers’ and scholars’ needs as new technologies, policies, and systems of knowledge support arise.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS)

CUL/IS is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:

The Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering (IDSE)

IDSE at Columbia University strives to be the single world-leading institution in research and education in the theory and practice of the emerging field of data science broadly defined. Equally important in this mission is supporting and encouraging entrepreneurial ventures emerging from the research IDSE conducts. To accomplish this goal, the Institute seeks to forge closer relationships between faculty already at the University, to hire new faculty, to attract interdisciplinary graduate students interested in problems relating to big data, and to build strong and mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners. The Institute seeks to attract external funding from both federal and industrial sources to support its research and educational mission.


Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Nursing Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively. A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

NB: You can find a version of this press release on the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship blog here.

LW 1/31/2013