Big Data Summit

This is the fifth annual Big Data Summit that is co-sponsored by the Great Plains Network and the Greater Western Library Alliance. Cliff Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information will be the keynote speaker. John Towns of XSEDE will be the closing speaker. There will be a Data Personas workshop in between the keynote and closing speaker.

Registration is free, but required. Register here!


May 31
Time Room
1:00- 2:00 p.m. Salon 1B Keynote – Data Curation: Current Situation and Key Challenges by Cliff Lynch
Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
2:00- 4:15 p.m. Salon 1B Data Personas Workshop by Megan O’Donnell, Iowa State University Library
4:15- 5:00 p.m. Salon 1B John Towns
National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois

Keynote Speaker

Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI’s wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development.

You can read more about Cliff here.

Guest Speaker

John Towns is NCSA’s executive director for Science and Technology. He oversees the Research and Education directorate that will integrate Illinois faculty-led thematic areas with NCSA, @scale and cybersecurity activities, and Collaborative eScience. He is also PI and Project Director for XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment), U.S. PI on the Cy-Tera Project for establishing a supercomputing center in Cyprus, and the Operations Manager for the Illinois Campus Cluster Program. Towns also serves on the Board of Directors of Compute Canada, on multiple research IT-related committees at the University of Illinois, and on several advisory boards for national and international eScience infrastructure projects including the HathiTrust Research Center Advisory Board, the EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance Advisory Committee, the FutureGrid User Advisory Board, and the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing Scientific Advisory Committee. Towns plays significant roles in the deployment and operation of high-end resources and services and distributed computing projects. His background is in computational astrophysics utilizing a variety of computational architectures with a focus on application performance analysis.