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Greater Midwest Programs

Midwest Data Librarian Symposium 
September 30-October 1, 2019

Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) invites session proposals for its 5th symposium taking place at The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) from September 30 to October 1, 2019. MDLS is a low-cost, 2-day, hands-on, unconference style event for Midwesterners who support research data management and research data services (RDS) at their institutions. The greater data community is invited to present interactive sessions at this year’s event. Presenters from all disciplines and regions are encouraged to apply. Proposal and session expectations are provided below.

Past Events

4th Annual Data Day Event: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Data
April 1, 2019: Cincinnati, OH

The day will be comprised of panel discussions, an interactive session where participants will learn R programming skills, and keynote speakers to start and end the day.  The first keynote speaker, Amanda Wilson, will highlight the historic All of Us Research Program that is gathering data from one million individuals to assist in delivering precision medicine by taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology among participants. The second keynote speaker, Deborah Duran, will address how diversity and inclusion are necessary considerations as we consider our research and how doing so can have an impact on us all. Panelists will discuss health disparities and health equity research from local and statewide perspectives as well as how data is being used to empower social justice.
For more information visit: http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/blogs/dataday/.

Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) Summit
March 21-23, 2018: Chicago, IL
The RDAP Summit is relevant to the interests and needs of data managers and curators, librarians who work with research data, and researchers and data scientists. A wide range of disciplines from the life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities will be represented. The Summit will bring together practitioners and researchers from academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry. For more information, please visit: https://www.asist.org/events/rdap-summit/

Kernel of Knowledge Webinar: Big Data in the Library: How One Institution is Meeting the Data Needs of Today's Researchers
August 30th, 11:00AM - 12:00PM CT - Watch the recording online via YouTube.

This webinar will address how “big data” is changing the role of the library and how many academic research libraries are meeting the data needs of researchers through the creation of new services, spaces, and through the formation of strategic collaborations with other institutional partners. The session will focus on how the University of Cincinnati Libraries are keeping pace with other academic research institutions in this arena. The session will be presented by Tiffany Grant, PhD, Research Informationist and Interim, Assistant Director for Research and Informatics at the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library.

Midwest Big Data Hub 
A diverse and committed network of partners has created a nimble and flexible regional Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH) to address increasing challenges in collecting, managing, serving, mining, and analyzing rapidly growing and increasingly complex data and information collections to create actionable knowledge and guide decision-making. MBDH will capture special opportunities, interests, and resources unique to the Midwest.