Harvard Purdue Data Management Symposium

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This symposium was generously sponsored by Arcadia and Purdue University.

June 16-17, 2015

This symposium on data management incorporated visionary ideas, new concepts, and inspirational speakers. The purpose was to promote data awareness and integration of library services into the research cycle, and to demonstrate that data management is not simply about compliance but also about building relationships and engaging stakeholders at all levels. Well-managed data allows researchers to develop new lines of inquiry that would not have been possible previously and to communicate their work in innovative ways; librarians can contribute to this effort. The symposium explored broader data management needs across libraries and archives that can lead to developing recommendations and policies as well as creating central architecture to support data management. 

On Thursday, June 18, there was a special data management workshop for members of the Harvard Univeristy communitt.

This was a green symposium. All materials were posted on this webpage in PDF format. No program book or printed handouts will be distributed at the symposium.


Harvard University
Tsai Auditorium
Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) South
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Campus map


Download a PDF of the Symposium Schedule

Tuesday, June 16 (1:00 - 6:00 p.m.)

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Registration

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Joint Introduction

  • Sarah E. Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University 
  • James L. Mullins, Dean of Libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor, Purdue University

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Harvard Policy for Data

  • Richard McCullough, Vice Provost for Research, Harvard University

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Research Data Management: Our Collaborative Future

  • Jeffrey T. Bolin, Ph.D, Associate Vice President for Research Centers, Cores, and Research Development Services and Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. The Research Data Revolution

  • Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management, Johns Hopkins University

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Reception

Wednesday, June 17 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. The Researcher’s Perspective 

  • Sylvie Brouder, Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University 

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Morning Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Internal Drivers: Researchers and Data.

  • Sylvie Brouder, Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University—moderator
  • Alberto Accomazzi, Project Manager, NASA Astrophysics Data System at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Victoria Stodden, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Miriam Posner, Coordinator and Core Faculty, Digital Humanities Program, University of California, Los Angeles

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.   External Drivers: Funders and Publishers.

  • Susan Gomes, Director of Research Development and Strategy, Harvard University— moderator
  • Laura Biven, Senior Science and Technology Advisor, Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, US Department of Energy
  • Anita de Waard, VP Research Data Services at Elsevier
  • Scott Edwards, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University and National Science Foundation 

2:30–2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break 

2:45 – 4:30 p.m. Repository Services.

  • Paul Bracke, Associate Dean for Research and Assessment, Purdue University—moderator
  • Michael Witt, Associate Professor of Library Science and Head, Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), Purdue University
  • Mercè Crosas, Director of Data Science at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Effective Data Management Use & Reuse: Closing Summary

  • Rick Luce, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Libraries, University of Oklahoma 

5:00 p.m. Symposium Closing


Registration for the 2015 Harvard Purdue Data Management Symposium is closed.

Directions and Accommodations

The Harvard Purdue Data Management Symposium took place in Tsai Auditorium in the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) South on the main Harvard campus. The street address is 1730 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. View CGIS on a campus map.

AIR. If you are flying in from out of town, the main airport is Boston Logan International Airport. Campus is about 25 minutes / $35 by taxi.

TAXI. If arriving by taxi, tell the driver “Harvard University, at the corner of Cambridge and Prescott Streets.”

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. The nearest T stop is Harvard on the red line.

PARKING. Parking is extremely limited around Harvard Square. There are metered parking spaces available around the square, though they are usually quite full. One and two hour meters require payment (quarters only) Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Parking is free all night on Sundays and holidays. Recommended parking garages include:

  • Harvard Square Parking Garage, 20 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA, 617.354.4168
  • The Holyoke Center Parking Garage, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 617.876.0396
  • Charles Square Garage, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA, 617.491.0298
  • Propark, Church Street Lot, 41 Church Street, Cambridge, MA, 617.876.0396

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