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Call For Posters at RDAP12 Issued

A Call for Posters at the 3rd Annual Research Data Access & Preservation Summit (RDAP12, New Orleans, LA, March 22-23) has recently been issued.  Here is a description of RDAP12, taken from its website:

The RDAP summit will explore the following topics: data management plans and policies; training data management practitioners; discovery of research data; data curation service models; sustainability of data management; and data citation.

RDAP will be highly participatory, providing ample opportunities for every attendee to get involved, e.g. “topic tables” at lunch, a “dine-around” dinner, a round of lightning talks, poster sessions, and demonstration sessions.”

RDAP12 will be held in cooperation with the ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

2nd ACM SIGHIT International Health Informatics Symposium (IHI 2012)

The 2nd Annual ACM IHI Symposium is where the application of computer science principles, information science principles, information technology, and communication technology to healthcare will be discussed.  The 2012 conference, opening next week, will feature tracks devoted to 9 broad subject areas:

  1. Information technologies for healthcare delivery and management
  2. Health data acquisition, management, and visualization 
  3. Healthcare knowledge management and decision support
  4. Healthcare modeling and simulation
  5. Data analytics, data mining, and machine learning
  6. Health information system engineering
  7. Health information systems
  8. Healthcare communication networks and environments
  9. Interactions with health information technologies
The keynote speaker is Professor Sophia Ananiadou, Director of the UK National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM), who will speak on “Biomedical Text Mining for Semantic Search and Knowledge Discovery”.

Healthcare informatics has blossomed into a large and very relevant subject in recent years; this conference will provide a good look at it.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

8th Annual Data Harmony Users Group

The 8th Annual Data Harmony Users Group Meeting (Albuquerque, NM, February 7-9) will help users get the most from the Data Harmony knowledge management platform.  The first day will be a training session on the 3 components of Data Harmony; the second and third days will present new features and case studies from users.

Users group meetings are specialized events and are good places to network with others interested in a subject and who have made a significant investment in a product, get training, interact with the developers, and keep updated with product advances.  This one is no exception.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Digital Book World Opens Next Week

The Digital Book World 2012 conference opens next week in New York.  It will feature a lineup of executives and other experts in digital publishing discussing all aspects of e-books.  Even the children’s market will be looked at; a co-located all-day conference, Children’s Publishing Goes Digital will be sponsored by the Publisher’s Launch Conference. on Monday, January 23.  A panel of CEOs discussing lessons learned in digital publishing will feature the following speakers:

  • David Nussbaum, Chairman and CEO, F+W Media
  • John Ingram, Chairman, Ingram Content Group
  • John Donatich, Director, Yale University Press
  • Dominique Raccah, CEO and Publisher, Sourcebooks
  • Ellen Archer, President, Hyperion
This is a great learning and networking opportunity for those interested in electronic publishing of books.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

 

Handheld Librarian VI

Back in July, I wrote about the Handheld Librarian V Conference.  Now, the 6th conference in the series has been organized.  Registration for Handheld Librarian VI is open.  (Note:  The main conference takes place on February 1.  Post-conference sessions will occur on February 2–see below.)

The morning keynote speaker will be Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, and the afternoon keynoter will be Stephen Abram, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Markets at Gale Cengage Learning.  The general theme of the conference is “Mobile Solutions for Libraries that Work”.

This year, two new post-conference featuring hands-on training are being offered (for an extra fee) on February 2.  The subjects are “Broad Mobile Development, including jQuery” and “Empowering your E-readers; teaching your readers to access content”.  They are each 2 hours long and will take place one after the other, so that it will be possible to attend both of them.

Anyone interested in mobile technologies in libraries is well advised to consider signing up for this conference.  The two keynote speakers are very highly regarded in the information industry.  The registration fee is nominal, so there is nothing not to like!

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Happy Holidays!

The conference scene is well into its annual holiday shutdown, and The Conference Circuit is following suit.  This posting (the 180th of the year) will be the last until 2012.

It is my pleasure to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a healthy and successful New Year!

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Slides from International UDC Conference Now Available

Slides and audio files from all 21 presentations at the International UDC Seminar 2011 “Classification and Ontology: Formal Approaches and Access to Knowledge” are now available on the conference website. In addition, complete proceedings can be purchased.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

II-SDV Conference Program Now Available

The program for the annual International Information Conference on Search, Data Mining and Visualization (II-SDV) is now available on the conference website, which give a rationale for attending this meeting:

Search engines, data and text mining, visualization and text analysis are subjects for many academic research meetings. Often they are also included in other information conferences. But the II-SDV meeting is the only event that focuses on these tools for those in the professional information community. Similarly, there are many meetings that examine the collection of intelligence. But the II-SDV meeting is the only event that focuses on tools for intelligence.

A fascinating interactive visualization of the program (see screenshot below) is also available.  One can click on a subject and see all the speakers addressing it, or click on a speaker’s name and see the abstract of their presentation.  It’s definitely worth a look!

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

 

 

 

BOBCATSSS Sells Out!

The upcoming BOBCATSSS conference (Amsterdam, January 23-25) has reached its capacity of 400 attendees and is now sold out.  That a conference of this nature would sell out 6 weeks before it occurs is surely a good sign in these economically difficult times.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

 

BOBCATSSS Program Announced

The program for the 2012 BOBCATSSS conference is now available here.  This conference is noteworthy because it is organized by students from several European universities (the acronym is derived from the names of the universities).  The 2012 theme is “Information in E-motion”, and the dates are January 23-25.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor