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Symposium on Digital Curation in the Era of Big Data:
 Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements
Board on Research Data and Information
National Research Council
Keck 100, 500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Session 1 -- Why is Digital Curation Important for Workforce and Economic Development?
Session Chair: Margaret Hedstrom, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Information, University of Michigan
8:30     Chair's opening remarks—Margaret Hedstrom
8:35     Views of the sponsors
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services — Susan Hildreth, Director
  • National Science Foundation – Alan Blatecky, Director, Office of Cyber Infrastructure
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Joshua Greenberg, Program Director
9:05     Keynote: Digital Curation and Big Data — David Weinberger, Senior Researcher, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
9:35     A Government Policy Perspective – Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
9:50     National Science Foundation Policies About Information Access – Myron P. Guttmann, Assistant Director, Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
10:05   Coffee break
Session 2—Workforce Demand and Career Opportunities
Session Chair: Michael Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara
10:30   Universities and Research Libraries—Anne Kenney, Director, Cornell University Library
10:45   Scientific Data Centers -- Margarita Gregg, National Oceanographic Data Center, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
11:00   A Data Scientist Perspective -- Vicki Ferrini, Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
11:15   Entertainment Industry -- Andy Maltz, Director, Science and Technology, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
11:30  Panel Discussion
12:00  Lunch
Session 3 – Education and Training – Needs and Opportunities
Session Chair: Carole Palmer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1:15   Digital Curation as a Core Competency -- Elizabeth Liddy, Dean, School of Information, Syracuse University
1:30    Continuing Education -- Nancy McGovern, Head, Curation and Preservation Services, MIT Library
1:45    Retooling the Existing Workforce -- Steven Miller, Program Director, Skills & Community Information Management, IBM
2:00    Lessons Learned: the Case of Bioinformatics -- Lawrence Hunter, Director, Center for Computational Pharmacology and Director, Computational Bioscience Program, University of Colorado, Denver
2:15    Education for Data Scientists -- Michael Rappa, Founding Director, Institute of Advanced Analytics, North Carolina State University 
2:30   Panel discussion
3:00   Coffee Break


Session 4 – Paths Forward
Session Chair: Lee Dirks, Director of Education and Scholarly Communication, Microsoft Research 
3:30   Summary of Workforce and Education Issues (Chairs of Sessions 1, 2, and 3)
4:00   Plenary Discussion
4:45   Symposium Chair’s closing remarks - Margaret Hedstrom
5:00   End of meeting