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Friday, December 9, 2016

9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine

Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., NW, Room 100

Washington DC

Co-sponsored by CENDI, National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US), and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Board on Research Data and Information, this one-day workshop for data professionals focused on the evolving concept of the “Internet of Things” and its impact on scientific data and information management.



9:05 - 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks   [Video]

Marcie Granahan, Executive Director, NFAIS

Amanda Wilson, Chair, CENDI, Director, National Transportation Library, DOT

9:15 - 10:00 am

Introduction: Amanda Wilson, Chair, CENDI, Director, National Transportation Library, DOT

Opening Plenary:  Landscape: Cyber Physical Systems, Where Are We Now?

Christopher Greer, Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber Physical Systems Program Office and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, NIST   [Video]


An overview of current developments in Cyber Physical Systems - including the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Cities, Intelligent Transportation, Smart Grid, and more - and discuss implications for scientific and technical information flows.

 10:00 - 11:00 am

Policy Implications: Policy, Standards, and Ethical Issues Associated with the IOT.

Francine Berman, Chair, Research Data Alliance / US  [Video]


Larry John, Principal Analyst, ANSER, NIST Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems Data Interoperability Subcommittee  [Video]

Moderator: Michael F. Huerta, Associate Director for Program Development, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

With the development of the IoT comes the potential for major questions and challenges to our legal, policy, and standards regimes.  Ethics, privacy, security and intellectual property as well as other issues need to be examined in terms of how science and scientific communication is impacted.  This session examined these issues and lay out the questions.

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Break and Networking Opportunity


11:15 am – 11:45 pm




Introduction/Moderator: Larry Lannom, Director of Information Services and Vice President at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)


Special Topical Talk – IoT and Accounting for Everything

Andrew Maffei, Senior Information Systems Specialist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  [Video]

Andrew Maffei addressed the possibility of applying the underlying principles found in double entry bookkeeping to the collection, organization, indexing, and analysis of scientific data and metadata, especially with regard to the vast amounts and integration of the wide variety of data and metadata associated with IoT applications.

11:45 – 12:40 pm


Case Studies Part I


·         Building Technology Research

Teja Kuruganti, Ph.D, Senior R&D Staff, Modeling and Simulation Group, Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)  


·         Smart Grid

George Hernandez, Staff Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) 


Moderator: Joanna Martin, Information Program Specialist, Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)


This was Part I of a two part series looking at case studies of the impact of the IoT on different research communities. The first speaker in Part I focused on IoT applied to building technology research and integration and looked at the impact of advanced sensors and controls in improving energy efficiency and grid-responsiveness of buildings.  Our second speaker explored  the implications of the IoT on the nation’s grid modernization and specifically targeted appropriate sensors, systems, needs and the all-encompassing data analytics. Specifically his talk discussed an open source software platform for IoT/grid modernization.


12:40 pm – 1:40 pm


1:40 pm – 2:50 pm


























2:50 pm – 3:50 pm

Case Studies Part II


·         Environmental & Geo Sciences

Grace Agnew, Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems, Rutgers University Libraries (RUL)   [Video]


·         Transportation: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Edward R. Griffor, Associate Director, SmartGrid and Cyber Physical Systems Program Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology    [Video]



Moderator: Elliott Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer, e-Maxwell & Associates

This session was Part II of the series of case studies. Our first speaker in the earth sciences discussed strategies to support the discovery, preservation and reuse of very large science data of data streamed continuously from 800+ instruments on seven platform arrays by the Ocean Observatories Initiative, a multi-institution, National Science Foundation-funded initiative to monitor the status and health of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Our second speaker addressed the IoT used in transportation research. He discussed how relevant new and evolving technological and process solutions can solve cross-discipline challenges and fill gaps to support a highly innovative and efficient surface transportation research environment.


Impact on the Supply Chain:  Libraries and Publishing


David Worlock, Co-Chair, Outsell Executive Programs, Outsell, Inc [Video]

We are moving from an age of data scarcity and proprietary content curated and owned to an age of data profusion where much data is open and some data has greater quality than others. As roles change amongst the players in the information marketplace, researchers become (self) publishers and librarians create OA (Open Access) university presses and traditional publishers build research and scholarly communications tools and solutions. And yet data quality control, data mining rights, and the battle for comprehensive coverage from sensor- based sourcing continue to cause difficulties for researchers and research users.



Andreas Orphanides, Associate Head, User Experience, North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries   [Video]

The IoT is undergoing a transition from an academic curiosity to a nearly universal presence in our day-to-day lives. In this presentation, he examined the effects, both positive and negative, that the IoT age is likely to have on the practice of librarianship as IoT emerges into the mainstream. In the first part of the presentation he discussed how ubiquitous connectivity will affect libraries in terms of their day-to-day operations, in particular with respect to the management of library spaces, services, and collections. Secondly, he explored the influence that the IoT will have on matters underpinning the very philosophy of librarianship, including the principles of universal access, knowledge discovery, and intellectual freedom. He concluded with a few words on how librarians, researchers, and policymakers can help society get the most, and make the most, out of the Internet of Things.


Moderator: Christopher Burghardt, Vice President, Content Management, Clairvate Analytics

3:50 – 4:00 pm

Break and Networking Opportunity

4:00 - 4:45  pm

Introduction: Larry Lannom, Director of Information Services and Vice President at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)


Where Are We Going In The Future?


George Strawn, Board Director, Board on Research Data and Information, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine   [Video]


The speaker examined the gradual evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) through discussion of the future of the Internet of Computers (IoC), the developing characteristics of the IoT, the cyber-physical systems that will layer on top of it, and the related opportunities and challenges, such as the interoperability of heterogeneous data and cyber-physical security.

4:45- 5:00 pm

Wrap Up and Adjournment
Bonnie C. Carroll, Executive Director, CENDI 

Contact Information:

Heather M. Parrish
Phone: 865-298-1245

Nancy Blair-DeLeon                   NFAIS
Phone: 443-221-2980, ext. 102

Lynn Rees Yarmey                     RDA/US
Phone: 858-722-0127

Ester Sztein
Phone: 202-334-3049

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