Rarely a day goes by when data isn’t in the headlines, but for librarians and senior leaders at universities, there’s a lot to get to grips with if we’re going to be able to deliver on the promise that open data will revolutionise research.
Jisc and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are bringing together leading UK and US experts in digital scholarship, for the 12th biannual conference, which will grapple with some of these challenges for libraries and share best practice with delegates.
Roly Keating said,
"The CNI and Jisc conference is a great opportunity to advance the conversation about the radical changes to research, education and information that are being driven by fast-evolving technology. The event will help spark new connections and innovative thinking, to ensure that libraries continue to meet the needs of researchers, for example by being more data-driven and open. I look forward to speaking about the ways the sector will need to adapt to meet future challenges, as well as sharing how we at the British Library are responding."
From the other side of the Atlantic, Susan Gibbons, university librarian and deputy provost from Yale University and Dan Cohen, vice provost for information collaboration and dean of the libraries from Northeastern University bring their experience of research and digital scholarship to the programme.
CNI’s Clifford Lynch said,
"We aim to bring individuals who represent cutting edge programs in the US to the Jisc and CNI leaders conference. We have an outstanding group of US colleagues who will be making presentations at this event. The cross-fertilization of ideas can lead to lasting international collaborations. This conference has been an important mechanism to forge links between US and UK programs over the years. And, of course, it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from each other."
Open scholarship is one of the key themes for the conference, which examines the evolving roles of the library within the research university. Sharing research data for the greater good could not just revolutionise research but reach far beyond academia, making science truly ‘open’.
Sir Nigel Shadbolt’s talk at the CNI and Jisc 2016 conference focused on the importance of open data and developments in artificial intelligence – another topic very much in the headlines. But with these opportunities come issues such as the cost of managing data; and as research becomes more complex, the simplified solutions for libraries become more pressing.
Wondering if the event is for you?
The Jisc and CNI conference is a bi-annual opportunity to engage with thought leaders and experts in the field and is particularly relevant for:
- Library directors and senior library managers
- Pro vice-chancellors for research and senior research managers
- Heads of scholarly communication and open access
- Heads of university presses
- Pro vice-chancellors for teaching and learning
- Research service providers
- Academic publishers
For more information and to book your place at this year’s conference, visit the event page