ATG Conferences, Meeting, and Webinars 9/30/13

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Professional Growth and Development Opportunities from:

  • SPARC and the World Bank
  • Indiana State University, the Library of Congress and CNI
  • NIST

ARL logo ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses in Albuquerque: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

Tuesday, October 1, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, October 21–25. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists…

  • Oct. 21: Preserving Digital Archives
  • Oct. 22: Digital Curation: Creating an Environment for Success (note revised date)
  • Oct. 23: Digital Archives and Libraries (note revised date)
  • Oct. 24–25: Digital Forensics (newly expanded to two days)


Register online at the SAA website. Registration is per course—participants are not required to sign up for the whole week but are offered a package discount if they do.

Early-bird registration prices—valid through October 1—are based on the registrant’s status as one of the following:

  • SAA member: $189/day, or $144/day if all four courses are taken
  • Employee of an SAA institutional member: $219/day, or $174/day if all four courses are taken
  • Employee of an ARL member institution: $224/day, or $179/day if all four courses are taken, via a “co-sponsor promotion” (a $25/day or $45/four courses discount from the non-member price)—contact Judy Ruttenberg for the co-sponsor promotion registration code.

SPARC and the World Bank have announced the speakers for the Open Access Week 2013 kick-off event to be held Monday, October 21, starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC:

  • Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science
  • Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

The kick-off event will take place at the World Bank. A live blog and webcast of the panel discussion and ceremony will be available for those who cannot attend in person. The event will be recorded and be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access Week events. Participants are encouraged to post their questions for the panel in advance and during the event, and to stream the webcast to kick off their own Open Access Week events.

The event will begin with a 60-minute panel discussion, entitled, “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” hosted by Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC. Among the topics to be discussed are article-level metrics (ALMs) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured.

Following the panel discussion, winning nominations of the new Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) will be announced…

nationa archive - Call for Papers – Personal Digital Archiving 2014 “Building Stronger Personal Digital Archiving Communities”

10-11 April 2014
Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana

 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 2, 2013

“Personal Digital Archiving 2014 explores the intersections between individuals, public institutions, and private companies engaged in the creation, preservation and ongoing use of the digital records of our daily lives. The conference reflects upon the current status of personal archiving, its achievements, challenges, issues, and needs as evidenced through research, education, case studies, practitioner experiences, best practices, the development of tools and services, storage options, curation, and economic sustainability. There is also interest in the role of libraries, archives and other cultural heritage organizations in supporting personal digital archiving through outreach or in conjunction with developing community history collections.

The PDA 2014 Program Committee invites proposals on a full range of topics relevant to personal digital archiving from everyone who seeks to ensure long-term access and preservation for personal collections and archives. Case studies that illustrate effective ways to help users and institutions manage personal digital archives are especially encouraged. Presentations might also address materials and format challenges including family archives of photographs and home movies, personal health and financial data, scrapbooking, social network posts, genealogy, blogs, email and other correspondence. Presentations might explore how personal digital archives are being used in the research conducted within various scholarly disciplines and how such use impacts research methodologies. Themes that unite digital archives, including interface design for archives; institutional practices; community outreach; tools; and funding models are welcomed. Additionally the program committee encourages proposals exploring the following questions:

To attend the event in Washington, DC, in person, register by October 15. Please note that each person in attendance will need a photo ID. Please also allow for time to go through security. No registration is necessary for the webcast.

For more information, visit the Open Access Week website.


Given the explosion of data production, storage capabilities, communications technologies, computational power, and supporting infrastructure, data science is now recognized as a highly-critical growth area with impact across many sectors including science, government, finance, health care, manufacturing, advertising, retail, and others. Since data science technologies are being leveraged to drive crucial decision making, it is of paramount importance to be able to measure the performance of these technologies and to correctly interpret their output. The NIST Information Technology Laboratory is forming a cross-cutting data science program focused on driving advancements in data science through system benchmarking and rigorous measurement science


The inaugural NIST Data Science Symposium will convene a diverse multi-disciplinary community of stakeholders to promote the design, development, and adoption of novel measurement science in order to foster advances in Big Data processing, analytics, visualization, interaction, and lifecycle management. It is set apart from related symposia by our emphasis on advancing data science technologies through:

  • Benchmarking  of complex data-intensive analytic systems and subcomponents
  • Developing general, extensible performance metrics and measurement methods
  • Creating reference datasets & challenge problems grounded in rigorous measurement science
  • Coordination of open, community-driven evaluations that focus on domains of general interest.


The first symposium will be held November 18-19, 2013 on the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, MD…


Registration to attend the NIST Data Science Symposium is now open. Registration is free, but it is necessary to register in order to attend. The deadline for registration will be on or before Monday, November 11. Registration may close once the capacity of the venue is reached. Please note that only registered participants will be permitted to enter the NIST campus to attend the symposium.




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