Colloquium: Carole L. Palmer (University of Washington): Curating Evidence: LIS Expertise for the Data Age


Title: Curating Evidence: LIS Expertise for the Data Age

Speaker: Carole L. Palmer (University of Washington)

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday 11/15, 1:15-2:30p, UTA 5.522


Drawing on more than a decade of initiatives in data curation research and education, this talk examines the role of library and information science and information professionals in the era of data science and open data. I will discuss the limited utility of prevailing concepts?such as the fourth paradigm, data publication, and reproducibility?for framing the actual work of managing data for reuse and preparing for the looming data collections crisis. Arguing for an ?evidential cultures? approach to advancing open data resources, I highlight progress in our empirical studies of the ?analytic potential? of data across scientific disciplines and introduce a set of emerging data curation principles aimed at guiding professional practice. Turning back to implications for the field, we will consider the weaknesses in current LIS expertise and priorities for educating a workforce to achieve the envisioned future of high functioning data resources and services. Fundamentally, we need to concentrate on the cultural and technical dimensions of the conduct of science with data while investing in a new emphasis on the science of data as evidence.

Speaker Bio

Carole Palmer is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Information School at the University of Washington. She holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research investigates problems in scientific and scholarly information work, with a focus on data curation and digital research collections for interdisciplinary science and scholarship. As an educator, she has been a leader in data curation workforce development for nearly a decade, recognized in 2013 with the Information Science Teacher of the Year Award from the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). She currently serves on the technical advisory board of the Research Data Alliance, the steering committee for the National Data Service, the external advisory board for the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), and as technical director of the Qualitative Data Repository. She has served on two National Academy of Sciences study committees: Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation and Building Cyberinfrastructure for Combustion Research. Before joining the Information School at the University of Washington in 2014, she was Director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science & Scholarship in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.

Homepage: https://ischool.uw.edu/people/faculty/clpalmer

Talk Calendar: https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/research/upcoming_events


1:15pm to 2:30pm


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