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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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