Adapting to the age of Big Data: Speaker Event 22/08/2012


With the next meeting of the Oxford Open Science group only 2 days away now, it’s time to ink 7:30pm into your diary for this Wednesday (22nd August). The venue (OeRC, 7 Keble Road) is booked, our speakers are confirmed and I’m looking forward to a thought-provoking evening of talks and discussion. And you can even see a PDF of the promo flyer by clicking on the link below – feel free to pass the flyer on to anyone who might be interested:

Click here to see the promotional flyer for this Wednesday’s event

For those of you who live in London, remember that the Oxford-London bus services of the X90 and the Oxford Tube run regularly until around 3am, so it’s reasonably easy to scoot up country to join us for the evening.

I originally posted the speaker list in my Panton blog post for July, but in case you missed it, here it is again:

  • Juliet Ralph and Oliver Bridle from Oxford’s Bodleian Library, discussing information seeking amongst students and the current provision of digital/data management tools (including a discussion of the recent JISC/British Library report on the working practices of Generation Y research students);
  • Anna Collins from DSpace Cambridge, talking about the “long tail in the shadow of big data”, whose responsibility data management is in these contexts and how this might develop in the future;
  • Laura Newman from the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), talking about progress and plans for the newly-launched School of Data;
  • Jez Cope from the Doctoral Training Centre in Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath, talking about his experiences in data management and social media training with DTC students.

Our speakers will be taking questions during from the audience during the evening and we’re hoping to close the session with a group discussion (complete with tea and coffee) before heading off to the pub for those who are interested.

Panic ye not if you can’t join us though: Jenny Molloy and I are hoping to film the event (by which I mean the bit pre-pub 😉 ) so that those who can’t attend can still benefit from the presentations and associated discussion. I’m happy to ask questions to the speakers on your behalf too, so get in touch with me (either here on the blog or by tweeting me at @stilettofiend) if you have a question to pose to a particular speaker, or a more general comment to throw into the discussion at the end. All being well, I’ll try to release the video on YouTube as soon as possible, and hopefully by the end of the week.

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday!

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