Data Infrastructure: The Importance of
Quality and Integrity

Thursday, November 20, 2014
9:00 am - 4:30 pm EST
Hosted by NTIS at the US Patent and Trademark Office
Madison Auditorium, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


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The Open Data movement has dramatically altered the flow of research findings for those involved in creating, managing or using scientific data. Whether you work within a government agency, library, scholarly society, academic institution or the commercial sector, the expectations, roles and responsibilities for data integrity are rapidly changing.  Join CENDI and NFAIS on Thursday, November 20, 2014 as we explore the technical, financial, political, and social/cultural forces that must be considered for ensuring the quality and integrity of scientific data.


A fantastic cadre of speakers has been put together including:

· Dr. Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine and former Director of the USGS.  

· Daniel Morgan, Chief Data Officer of the Department of Transporation.

· Dr. Laura Biven, Senior Science and Technology Advisor at the Department of Energy, and Dr. Isaac Kohane from Harvard Medical School, and Dr.

​Melissa Cragin, Staff Associate

at the National Science Foundation.

· Dr. Jane Greenberg, Professor and Director of Metadata Research Center at Drexel University, Dr. Bruce Wilson, representing Oak Ridge National Laboratory and DataOne, and Megan Force from Thomson Reuters.


Registration fees are $125 for CENDI and NFAIS members and $150 for non-members. Government agencies may contact Elinda Deans ([log in to unmask]) regarding use of your FT account for this conference.


**Preliminary Agenda**


9:05 - 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Marcie Granahan, Executive Director, NFAIS

Pamela Tripp-Melby


​Deputy ​


​Department of Education

9:15 - 10:00 am

Providing the Landscape
Dr. Marsha McNutt, Editor-in-Chief, Science Magazine, American Association for the Advancement of Science


Dr. McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine and former director of USGS, provides an overview of the current landscape and the issues surrounding data quality and integrity, as well as reproducibility and shifts in policy, major stakeholders, and identified needs.

10:00 - 11:00 am

Policy Implications
Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology, Office of Science and Technology Policy [invited]; Daniel Morgan, Chief Data Officer, Department of Transportation
Moderator: Bonnie C. Carroll, CENDI Executive Director


This session focuses on the federal Data Quality Act and Executive Memos issued by the Office of Scientific and Technical Policy on scientific data quality and integrity, as well as the directive for agencies to have a plan for public access to scientific data and collections, and how agencies are addressing the issue of data quality in plans being created and submitted for approval.

11:00 - 11:15am 

Break and Networking Opportunity

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Perspectives of Initiators, Funders, and Managers
Dr. Laura Biven, Senior Science and Technology Advisor, Office of Science, Department of Engery; Dr. Isaac Kohane, Co-Director of Center for Biomedical Informatics, Havard Medical School; Dr. Jane Silverthorne, Deputy Assistant Director, BIO Directorate, National Science Foundation


Initiators, funders, and managers discuss requirements and expectations, roles and responsibilities, challenges and lessons learned, as well as provenance, privacy and necessary protections for data quality and integrity.

12:45 - 1:30 pm 

Lunch (to be provided)

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Disseminators and Service Providers
Dr. Jane Greenberg, Professor and Director of Metadata Research Center, Drexel University; Dr. Bruce E. Wilson, Enterprise Architect, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, DataONE; Megan Force, Digital Research Analyst for Physical Science, Thomson Reuters
Moderator: Jill O'Neill, Director, Professional Development, NFAIS

Content disseminators and service providers discuss user needs and quality benchmarks in regard to provenance, integrity of data, and perservation of curation, as well as privacy, necessary protections, and the impact of specific disciplinary requirements.

3:15 - 4:30 pm 

Final Discussion and Moderated Wrap-up
Moderators: Dr. Michael Huerta, Associate Director of Program Development, andJerry Sheehan, Assistant Director of Policy Development, National Library of Medicine

This closing session summarizes the challenges and identifies gaps, as panelists and participants discuss necessary next steps to ensuring a robust data life cycle.

4:30 pm

Bonnie C. Carroll, Executive Director, CENDI

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