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Data Caucus Reception
Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Data Caucus Reception is a time for members to get together and network in a festive atmosphere.

You must register and/or RSVP to attend ticketed events. Details on how to register for ticketed events can be found here.


Tuesday, June 11, 2018

“Data Rescue: What Is Happening to Environmental Datasets?”

The European Union and the United States now have mandates to share research data; in other words, any data resulting from research supported by the government must be archived to permit their use by other researchers and the public. What about all the research data collected before these mandates-In print and electronic? In ecology and environmental sciences, “longitudinal” or “old” data are especially important. Researchers in these areas need to know what happened in the past to determine what changes are happening now and project what may happen in the future. Come learn about data rescue of government and non-government environmental data and how librarians and citizen scientists are coming to the rescue.

“Data Management, Data Analysis, and Visualization using Excel”

Almost everyone uses Excel, and almost everyone can use some help with data management. This session will focus on best practices for making your own spreadsheets more usable by others, and techniques for cleaning up imported data. We will cover some of the data analysis capabilities of Excel and some visualization options, along with pitfalls to avoid. Attendees will learn how these techniques can be applied to the analysis of journal usage and citation statistics. This session is for those who already know how to use formulas and can apply basic math functions in Excel.

“Data Management Planning: Case Studies”
3:30-5:00 PM
This hands-on session will cover aspects of data management planning including types of data, responsibilities for/ownership of data, backup, storage, and preservation. Cases will be used to highlight various aspects of data. Participants will reverse engineer a data management plan (DMP) for the projects that might have generated the data. No prior knowledge of data management planning is required. The participants should be able take the knowledge they gain from this session to help patrons develop their DMPs.

CE Courses

Sunday, June 10, 2018

“Library Carpentry: Building Skills for Data Savvy Librarians”
Full Day (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM)

CE Class: Library Carpentry is a volunteer community of instructors and lesson developers who teach workshops using crowdsourced, open access lesson materials and according to the Software Carpentry pedagogy. Library Carpentry is made by librarians (informed by Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry) for librarians to: 1. better understand the use of software in research; 2. create, maintain and/or analyze sustainable and reusable data; 3. automate repetitive, error-prone tasks; 4. work effectively with IT and systems colleagues. Power searchers know how to use operators, wildcards and truncation; however, those techniques have been database-specific or software-specific. Library Carpentry teaches you how to harness the power of similar functions and apply them to textual data, any body of text, regardless of size. Workshop attendees will learn to: 1. Understand benefits, how to work with, and how to clean data using command line, Bash/Shell, and OpenRefine; 2. Recognize how regular expressions can be applied to investigate bodies of text and applied to research in competitive intelligence, business, legal, as well as academic contexts; 3. Access a platform for further self-directed learning and an active community of fellow learners.

Pricing: $225 for SLA members / $415 for non-members

“Introduction to Data Analysis and Visualization with R”
Half Day (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Information Technology Division

CE Class: Librarians increasingly need data literacy skills to be successful in today’s data-intensive information environment. Many users within the scientific community are turning to R for their data analysis, organization, and visualization needs. R is a free and open source scripting language that provides users ways to work with data in highly customized ways to accomplish tasks that would be difficult or impossible with point-and-click software like Excel. R is easy to learn, even if you’ve never written a line of code before, and is a great way for librarians to get started with working with their own data, or assisting their patrons with their data needs. Many scientific researchers have embraced R as a simple and effective solution for their data needs, and librarians who provide support for such groups will find it useful to be conversant in using R. Librarians who can master R and provide training for their patrons will undoubtedly find that their skills are much sought-after; the instructor for this CE course offers monthly R workshops and has trained hundreds of researchers at her institution. Even after a year of providing these monthly workshops, classes continue to have waitlists of dozens of researchers who want to learn. Librarians may find also R helpful in working with their own data, including bibliometric data, library stats, or budget data.

Pricing: $125 for SLA members / $200 for non-members

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SLA 2017 Data Caucus Events at the Annual Conference in Phoenix

DATA CAUCUS events at SLA 2017

SLA 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix, Sun-Tue Jun 18-20, 2017


Sunday, June 18, 2:15-3:30 (CC-224 B)

Beyond the Impact Factor with Bibliometrics and Altmetrics: Building a Case with New Research Metrics Tools


Presenters: Elaine Lasda Bergman, SUNY Albany; Richard Hulser


Identifying the ways to measure scholarly influence and research impact remains a vital skill for those who work with researchers. Attendees will hear about the latest developments in the rapidly changing area of scholarly metrics, and learn how these tools can be best applied. This session will provide an overview of advances in bibliometrics and altmetrics, and present case study examples to show how these tools help provide data analysis and value of research to senior executives at institutions, potential funders and the general public. Those with a need in proving the value of scholarly research who also have a basic understanding of traditional bibliometric indicators will benefit from this session as will others with interest in the topic.

Led by the Data Caucus in partnership with the Physics, Astronomy, and Math Division

Stream: Metrics, Analytics and Assessment; Intermediate



Monday, June 19, 3:30-5pm (CC-225 A-B)

Search: The Next Generation: AI, Aggregators, and Language Generation


Presenters: Laura Gordon-Murnane; JP Ratajczak, Director, Intelligence Systems, Aurora WDC; Ethan Redrup, Analyst, The Martec Group


The role of the information professional will change as info services and automated processes become increasingly sophisticated and able to take on more work. What if AI could fine tune an aggregator service? Could natural language generation bots hit a sweet spot and create relevant content summaries that would turn up on your aggregator? Are these systems ready to handle the workload without human intervention? Learn what the future holds for information professionals from a panel of experts.

Led by the Competitive Intelligence Division in partnership with the Data Caucus

Level: Master Class


Monday, June 19, 7-8:30 pm (Sheraton Laveen A)



Tuesday, June 20, 9-10 am (CC-226 B-C)

Creating a Window into Data Resources


Presenters: James King, Information Architect, Branch Chief, NIH Library; Delia Sawhney, Director, Economic Research Information Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


In today’s world, with the availability of data continuing to increase at phenomenal speeds, it is not enough to point to the resources your clients have available to them. Instead, it is critical to help customers understand what datasets can be used to answer the questions they are facing. As part of the data management cycle, we use data visualization tools, like Tableau, to create a window into data resources, so that our clients can interact with the data immediately, instead of having to pore over documentation in order to glean insight into the content. If you are managing data, come see how we are using data visualization to help customers better understand the information they have at their fingertips.

Led by the Information Technology Division in partnership with the Data Caucus

Stream:  Data Management; Level: Intermediate


Tuesday, June 20, 1:30-2:30 pm (CC-224 A)

Information Security for Libraries


Presenter: Tracy Maleeff, Sherpa Intelligence LLC


Get basic instruction on the threats, cyber and physical, that could harm your library. Understand the terminology that is in the headlines these days: 2FA, ransomware, and more. Then, receive a broader understanding of policies and action plans that can be implemented to protect valuable resources like patron data and library servers. Attend this session to get a foundation for how to educate your library staff and patrons about being safety-savvy and to create a culture of security within your organization.

Led by the Data Caucus in partnership with the Legal Division

Stream: Data Management; Level: Fundamental


Tuesday, June 20, 1:30-2:30 pm (CC-229 B)


Open Science Framework


Presenters: Daureen Nesdill, Marriott Library, Univ of Utah; Matt Spitzer

Session attendees will learn about Open Science Framework (OSF)—a free, open access service of the Center for Open Science (COS), a non-profit technology company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Rather than providing support at the end of a research project, OSF provides data management during the project. Discover how to keep all your files, data, and protocols in one centralized location. Explore useful functionality including the ability to connect your favorite third party services directly to the Open Science Framework, and the ability to control which parts of your project are public or private—making it easy to collaborate with the worldwide community or just your team.

Led by the PAM Division in partnership with the Data Caucus

Stream: Data Management; Level: Fundamental



ALSO look for DATA CAUCUS on Main Street SLA in the exhibit hall!


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SLA 2016 Session Review: Taxonomy as a Collaboration Device

SLA 2016 Session Review:

Taxonomy as a Collaboration Device


By: Kejo Buchanan


Main ideas gathered from this session is introducing the function of taxonomy as a device for managing data in regards to structure, dissemination, customization, reporting and inventory.  Recommendations of exploring, endorsing and implementing a taxonomy includes to not use the word “taxonomy”.

It is important to explain this classification system as a valuable tool that creates structure for a collection, improves the flow of information, and allows for customizable searches and reporting.  All the while creating a clearer picture of the type of information available within the dataset.

Implementing a taxonomy requires not only selecting a compatible system that is industry focused but, researching for the right taxonomy and applicable terms requires collaboration and examining the possibility of employing a partner.

This session was beyond a promotion for Aurora WDC competitive intelligence services but a great advisory and introductory presentation, with reasonable allotted time for Q&A. To better understand a useful schema which can be applied with minute testing to intentionally evolve into a significant device.

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Suggestions for Data-Related Sessions at SLA 2016!

Suggestions for Data-Related Sessions at SLA 2016!


SLA 2016 Annual Conference is just around the corner – June 12 – 14 in Philadelphia, PA. You won’t want to miss these great data related sessions endorsed by the Data Caucus! Be sure to add them to your conference planner!


Data Searching

Do-It-Yourself CI: Sources, Strategies and Techniques

Sat. June 11| 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Convention Center, Room 103-C

Whether they know it or not, your clients (internal or external) are already incorporating CI into their decision-making – whether for marketing, strategy, HR management, new business development, or sales. You need to be ready to support them in all of these activities by incorporating CI into what you do for them. Learn about CI as a tool for your own toolbox. Get great tips on marketing your CI skills, as well as a critical look at important data sources and managing outsourcing, plus proven tips for analyzing data. In addition, learn how to figure out what you and they really need to know and when you and they need to know it. And be prepared to participate in exercises to help hone your new skills. This is CI the do-it-yourself (DIY) way.

Presented by: Competitive Intelligence Division

Cost: $199 Member | $299 Non-Member | $99 Student


John McGonagle

Managing Partner, The Helicon Group

Data Mining and Text Mining

EMERGING IDEAS: Datamining Non-Patent STEM Literature–Roadblocks and Successes

Sun. June 12| 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM | Convention Center, Room 202-A

Datamining of non-patent literature has often been restricted by copyright or licensing making the analysis of”external” data a challenge for organizations. This road block is a hot topic in Europe where laws are being reformed. Join this panel to discuss legislation trends, copyright aspects, licensing and contracts, and successful examples of content mining.

Presented by: Leadership & Management Division Content Buying Section, Engineering Division, Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division


Geraldine Clement-Stoneham

Medical Research Council UK

Lesley Ellen Harris

David Tang

Adjunct Professor, McGill University

Hot Topic: Automated Wisdom: Achieving Value from Big Content

Mon. June 13| 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Convention Center, Room 204-B

We all know that content is king in the world of information. But with 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created everyday, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the content landscape is changing. Everything from licensing implications to how we interact with content today. Explore the key challenges in achieving strategic value from big content, and understand how to get closer to automated wisdom with our panel of experts including, Jan Sykes, President of Information Management Services; Amy Affelt, Director of Database Research, Worldwide, Compass Lexecon; and Thani Sokka, Head of Architecture, Dow Jones; hosted and moderated by William Ashworth, General Manager, Professional Information Business, Dow Jones

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Text Mining Stories from Librarians

Tue. June 14| 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Convention Center, Room 105-B

Three information professionals employed within the life science industry, two librarians and a biologist will each present a case report of a recent text mining project to show how they create value while also providing a view into the processes that they followed to assume such a specialized role within their companies. The presentations will provide insight into skill development, mining and visualization tools, the content side of the equation, as well as technical and other challenges and ultimately how text mining and analytics services may be systematically supported within an organization. Here is an overview of each of the presentations:

–Tom Horan, Scientific Information Specialist from Novo Nordisk will present a collaborative project that uses Linguamatics I2E to mine a very large set of internally generated data to identify the main topics of conversation between Medical Liaisons (MLs) and health care providers, and to also identify the materials MLs used to support those conversations. Customized visualizations and GeoMaps were created using Tableau to present the i2e findings in a way that tells a concise story but is also dynamic for the user. The added value for the Medical Affairs team is that the trending topics and supporting materials can now be discovered through an automated query, providing deeper insights in a faster time frame.

— Dr. Lauren Harrison, Senior Data Scientist, Roche Innovation Center NY will give an overview of recent research to improve the identification of genes in with Linguamatics I2e using an open source gene tagger gnormPlus. As part of the presentation, Lauren will describe how her role has evolved as an Data Scientist as well as her experience with I2E Linguamatics and other text mining technologies (e.g. Elsevier text mining tool and Quosa concept clustering and text mining of other bibliographic data sources).

–Dr. Richard Cai, Competitive Intelligence Manager will give an overview of how the Novartis Knowledge Center depending on needs and availability of technologies, utilizes existing tools or develops new tools to analyze and deliver information to end users, such as literature and news alerts, text mining literature, expert identification, and social network analyses with tagging. One or two examples will be presented to highlight how Novartis has devised solutions to text mine MEDLINE and other sources for specific business cases.

Program Takeaways

Participants will gain an understanding of different routes that might be followed to develop text mining skills

Participants will explore the challenges that can be encountered in using text mining methodologies to answer mission critical questions

Participants will learn how innovation and pragmatism can be combined to deliver quick and user oriented solutions for information delivery

Moderating: Magan Stephens, Gilead Sciences

Presented by: Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division, Taxonomy Division




Richard Cai

Competitive Intelligence Manager, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Lauren Harrison

Senior Data Scientist, Roche Innovation Center New York

Data Curation/Data Management

Just the Facts: Data Curation and Management (A Science and Engineering 101 Session)

Sun. June 12| 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Convention Center, Room 204-A

Join James Manasco and Mary Frances Lembo (and maybe a special guest or two) as they present fun and informative facts on data curation and management. Discover basics that will guide you into a career related to this topic or join us for a refresher or just plain catch up on what’s going on in this field. Speakers will discuss and raise questions about data curation/management and future developments/practices/policies.


Presented by: Science-Technology Division, Petroleum & Energy Resources Division


World Scientific Publishing


Mary Frances Lembo

Research Librarian, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

James Manasco

Librarian, Wayland Alexander Elementary School

MASTER CLASS: Best Practices in Data Management and User Engagement

Sun. June 12| 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Convention Center, Room 114

Researchers on our campuses and organizations have a diverse set of data-intensive research obligations – from data management plans to data discovery platforms and services. Librarians are uniquely qualified to assist by providing services including data curation, visualization, interpretation, discovery, storage and analysis. Helping out with these responsibilities has enabled libraries to move beyond their traditional roles to add value in the services they provide to their users and to take on a more active role in user engagement.

Rita Vine, Head of Faculty and Student Engagement at the University of Toronto Libraries and co-author of the December 2015 report from the Association of Research Libraries on the Columbia University/Cornell University/University of Toronto Pilot Library Liaison Institute will share insights on how the roles of the library and librarians are shifting to meet researcher’s data-intensive obligations and interests. She will highlight how libraries are adapting from purchasing materials for local use to provide advice in new areas like research grant compliance and global collaborations, and how these affect researcher choices surrounding data management, storage, and sharing. Rita will also consider the successes and challenges of assisting and engaging researchers with library-led data initiatives. .

The second speaker, Scott Brown, a Cybrarian at Oracle, and owner of Social Information Group, will highlight how to successfully use social media to drive visibility for information services. Scott will describe how to engage constituents with research data tasks, tools, resources and services via social media channels. Scott will help participants understand and effectively use social tools to achieve organizational goals.


The third speaker, Jan Johansson, Information Manager at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System will discuss the latest trends and best practices in maintaining a vibrant and effective data curation and management program. Participants will learn about the latest tools to assist with data collection, representation and management, digital preservation and archiving, data standards and policy.

Presented by: Chemistry Division, Academic Division, Science-Technology Division, Information Technology Division, Government Information Division, Food Agriculture & Nutrition Division, Competitive Intelligence Division




Scott Brown

Rita Vine

Head, Faculty and Student Engagement, University of Toronto Libraries

Jan Johansson

Information Manager, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Data Literacy

GIS Data: What It Is, and the Library’s Role in Relation to It

Mon. June 13| 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Convention Center, Room 204-A

GIS, Geographic Information System, is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. This technology allows maps to be layered with other types of data. Dozens of map layers can be arrayed to display information about transportation networks, hydrology, population characteristics, economic activity, political jurisdictions, criminal activity, and more. This layering creates a visual way to analyze information and trends, which can be highly useful for policy makers. GIS is integral for many agencies, and it’s important for information professionals to be familiar with it in order to help customers with this technology. Join us for this session to learn more about GIS data, and return to your organization with a better understanding of what it is, what can be done with it, and what your library’s role can be in relation it.

Presented by: Transportation Division, Government Information Division


Grant Ervin

Deputy Geographic Information Officer, City of Philadelphia, Office of Innovation and Technology

Hannah Fischer

Senior Research Librarian, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress

Paulette Hasier

Head Librarian, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Jennifer Johnson

Lead GIS Analyst, City of Philadelphia, Office of Innovation and Technology

Teaching Data Literacy

Mon. June 13| 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Convention Center, Room 108-A

Data literacy can be defined the ability to interpret, evaluate, and communicate statistical information. How can librarians support the data needs of students, clients and colleagues? How can librarians promote data literacy competencies in academic programs, classroom, and work environment? Join a panel of presenters as they discuss incorporating data literacy skills into the classroom and work environment. The speakers will present case studies from a variety of settings including undergraduate, graduate, and workplace.

Presented by: Education Division, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division



Michael Fosmire

Purdue University Libraries

Elaine Lasda

Subject Librarian for Social Welfare, University at Albany

Stefanie Maclin-Hurd

Research Impact Metrics

QUICK TAKE: Using Metrics to Help Faculty and Researchers Showcase Their Value

Sun. June 12| 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM | Convention Center, INFO-EXPO

Participants will gain a familiarity with metrics in order to assist faculty and researchers in showcasing their value. Practical examples will be demonstrated on evolving journals and database article-level metrics, as well as, using the Web of Science database to demonstrate how to create a portfolio of scholarly and other metrics for a faculty, department, college or an organization.

Presented by: Chemistry Division, Chemistry Division – Material Research & Manufacturing Section


Lutishoor Salisbury

Distinguished Professor/Librarian, University of Arkansas Libraries

QUICK TAKE: Googling for Facts, Grey Literature, and Metrics in STEM

Mon. June 13| 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM | Convention Center, INFO-EXPO

Google products complement traditional article and full-text databases in the sciences and engineering by including grey literature sources, providing metrics for articles, authors, and journals, and allowing quick access to factual information. This quick take presentation will discuss: techniques for using Google tools and features to find facts and grey literature sources; citation searching in Google Scholar, and creating a My Citations profile page to calculate an author’s h-index and track citations to his/her publications; building a Google Custom Search engine to search image resources on a specific subject; and cases where Google instruction was incorporated in information literacy sessions offered to different groups.

Presented by: Engineering Division


Giovanna Badia

McGill University Libraries

MASTER CLASS: The Librarian’s Role in Research Assessment and Highlighting Value

Tue. June 14| 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Convention Center, Room 114

With an increased emphasis on all types of institutional and academic assessment, libraries are collaborating with campus partners to help deliver these metrics. Using commercial analytical tools such as Scival and InCites, librarians can assist organizations in identifying research strengths and areas of opportunity, and help visualize institutional and faculty productivity. Using citation databases, librarians help faculty and institutions evaluate research output using citation metrics and analysis and help interpret and utilize altmetric tools. This session will cover real-life examples how libraries have partnered with their institutional assessment offices, academic departments and individuals to assist them in evaluating their research output.



(1) Dr. Danny Kingsley, Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge.

Topic: The challenges of the disciplinary/institutional divide

Drawing from the experience at her university, she will elaborate on ways their Research office and the University Library are collaborating on ways to integrate different systems within the University to help compliance requirements with the aim of achieving the goal of ‘submit once, use many times’. She will discuss how the Library is forging new relationships – and successful engagement with the academic community that requires demonstrating value of their services.

(2) Elizabeth Ten Have, the Director of Library Academic Partnerships at Drexel University Libraries.

Topic: Expanding our reach: Libraries support of research activities at Drexel University

Her presentation will describe how Drexel University Libraries has broadened its programmatic activities to support its current strategic initiative of ““Research Innovation” and how the efforts have contributed to raising the Libraries profile on campus. She will highlight their use and impact of both free (e.g. ORCID, SciENcv) and proprietary tools (e.g. LibGuides, InCites) through a collaboration of the liaison librarians.

(3) Christopher Belter, Informationist, National Institute of Health Library

Topic: Partnering with stakeholders to assess research impact at the National Institutes of Health

Through a series of case studies, his presentation will highlight and assess the methods and tools used by the NIH Library in partnership with evaluators to assess the research directions, collaboration structures, and citation impacts of NIH Institutes, research initiatives, and grant portfolios.

Presented by: Chemistry Division, Academic Division, Science-Technology Division, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division, Engineering Division, Biomedical & Life Sciences Division


ACS Publications


Christopher Belter

National Institutes of Health

Elizabeth Ten Have

Director, Library Academic Partnerships, Drexel University Libraries

Danny Kingsley








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Data Related Sessions at SLA Vancouver

Data Related Sessions at SLA Vancouver

There are a number of data related conference programs at the SLA Conference this year. Here are some of the highlights – you may well find these of interest. First  and foremost, do not forget to attend our Data Caucus Annual Meeting. This is your chance to meet others interested in data librarianship and shape the future of our brand new caucus. Whether you want to get actively involved or just know where we are headed, we hope you will attend!

Data Caucus Annual Meeting

Tuesday June 10, 2014 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Convention Centre West, Room 118

Other programs that look really interesting for data librarians include the following:

Data Visualization

Sunday, June 8 • 11:45am – 1:15pm

Convention Centre West, Room 121

You’ve done all the research, synthesized the facts, and want to present the data in a format that makes it easy to understand at a glance. This session will help you to effectively combine information with graphic design — a critical skill as we become more involved with Big Data.


Marcy Phelps

President, Phelps Research


Quick Take: What The Heck Is Big Data? And Why Is It Important?

Sunday, June 8, 12:30pm – 12:45pm

Convention Centre West, Outside of Ballroom A

The term Big Data is tossed around in different ways by the media, various industries and technology and information practitioners (not to mention CEOs). Join us for a down and dirty, lightning fast explanation to help take you through your conference experience.

Speaking: Sean Campbell , CEO Cascade Insights


Open Data Initiatives

Sunday, June 8,  1:30pm – 3:00pm

Convention Centre West, Room 205 & 206

This session will provide an overview of the World Bank’s open data projects featuring Tariq Khokar, Data Scientist from the World Bank.
Program Take-Aways

  • Participants will learn about the concept of open data and about the World Bank’s specific open data initiative.
  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how the World Bank’s open data has benefited a number of projects across the globe.

Speaking: Tariq Khokhar Data Scientist, World Bank


SPOTLIGHT:  Data for dinner:  Data mining from farm to table

Monday, June 9, 10:00-11:30 am

Convention Centre West, Ballroom A

Many aspects of our lives are now impacted by ‘big data’, and the food we eat is no exception.  Join us for a fascinating look at a variety of data mining applications in the food and agriculture industries.  From detecting insurance fraud to insect pests to emerging trends in the food market, data mining is making an impact.

Speakers include:

Melanie Browne, Manager, Digital Research, Maple Leaf Foods Corporate

  • Title:  Big data in the food industry

Michael Gilbert, Founder & CEO, Semios

  • Title: Sustainable food production through precision farming technologies and Big Ag Data.

Dr. Bertis Little, Associate Vice President of Research and Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, Tarleton State University

·         Title:  The Crop Insurance Program Compliance and Integrity Data Warehouse:  Using data mining of insurance claims and high-resolution

Big Data & Job Opportunities Panel

Monday, June 9 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Convention Centre West, Room 208 & 209

This panel discussion will focus on opportunities and roles for librarians in big data. Learn how we as a profession can market and apply our inherent data and analysis skills to ensure we are in on the ground floor of this evolving field.
Program Take-Aways

  • Participants will discover job opportunities presented by the advent of big data.
  • Participants will explore roles for librarians in big data.
  • Participants will discover how to market and apply their inherent data and analysis skills.


Amy Affelt Director of Database Research, Compass

Jane Dysart Senior Partner, Dysart & Jones

Daniel Lee, Senior Manager, KM Operations, PwC Canada

Kimberly Silk Data Librarian, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto.

SLA Career Connection Seminar: The Accidental Data Scientist – A New Role for Librarians and Info Pros

Tuesday, June 10 • 9:45am – 10:45am

Convention Centre West, Room 110 

In October, 2012, Tom Davenport wrote in Harvard Business Review that the “data scientist” is the “sexiest job of the 21st Century,” and ever since, the term has become ubiquitous. In 2013 alone, there were 3113 articles on Factiva mentioning the term. Unfortunately, however, only 2 of the 3113 also mentioned the terms “librarian” or “information professional.” It is imperative that we parlay our skills into different roles and job functions, and we’ve always been well-versed in working with data. How do we avoid being late or uninvited to the Big Data party? We can’t afford to miss out on the opportunities that working with Big Data affords. Join Amy Affelt for this session where you will learn about ways to get involved with Big Data initiatives in your organization by leveraging your unique abilities to find, analyze, and judge the quality of data in order to create knowledge deliverables.


Amy Affelt

Director of Database Research, Compass Lexecon

 Analysis of Patent and Other Large Bibliographic Data Sets

Tuesday, June 10 • 9:45am – 10:45am

Convention Centre West, Room 211

 Visualization techniques find ample source material in bibliographic, patent, or information-rich web content.  Librarians and Information Professionals are being called on to provide content and an understanding of context to create large data sets for evaluation.  For example, a well defined search on a technology may result in many thousands of patents and technical papers.  Data visualization can assist technical experts detect trends or opportunities in this technology space.  This session brings the three perspectives:  1) corporate information professional, 2) solution provider, and 3) library student’s examination of available analysis tools.

Program Take-Aways:

Participants will gain an understanding of the role of a technical librarian in creating analysis datasets include patent portfolios, competitive landscapes, and white space (discovery) projects. Participants will see the interactive features, dashboard access, and visualizations from an Intellixir analysis project. Participants will hear about the major players and products for analysis and visualization and take away a handout comparing product features.


Caitlin Kortuem, MLIS Candidate, St. Catherine University

Jean-Baptise Porier, US Account Manager, Intellixir LLC

 Claire Stokes, Sr. Technical Supervisor, 3M

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