Social and information scientist Micah Altman, director of research and head/scientist for the program on information science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries, will give a public lecture on the Danforth Campus at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, titled "State-of-the-Art Informatics for Research Reproducibility, Reliability, and Reuse: Or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Data Management" (more information is available at: http://gis.wustl.edu/dss).
Drawing on his research in the various intersections of data, Altman's talk will provide an overview of key initiatives to promote the reproducibility, reliability, and reuse of data. He will also examine current informatics methods for managing data in support of these aims and the ways in which publishers, universities, libraries, and archives can contribute within practical constraints.
"Scholarly publishers, research funders, universities, and the media are increasingly scrutinizing research outputs," Altman says. "Of major concern is the integrity, reliability, and extensibility of the evidence on which published findings are based. If 'data is the new oil,' we need data management to prevent 'fires,' ensure 'high-octane,' and enable 'recycling.'"
Before joining MIT, Altman spent 15 years in various roles at Harvard University, where he was the associate director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, archival director of the Henry A. Murray Archive, and senior research scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.
A question-and-answer period and a reception will follow Altman's talk, which is the first in an ongoing series organized by WU Libraries' Data & GIS Services unit seeking to highlight data-related issues for the university community.
"Our goal is to elevate the research data conversations on the WUSTL campus," says Aaron Addision, director of Data & GIS Services. "The series will bring in engaging leaders and innovators across various disciplines who exhibit a strong interest in research data reproducibility and open access."
The event will take place in the Formal Lounge of the Women's Building (see this link for a campus map) and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Digital Data Outreach Librarian Cynthia Hudson.