Event Calendar

Apr
8
Wed
2015
NADDI 2015 @ University of Wisconsin-Madison
Apr 8 – Apr 10 all-day
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The North American Data Documentation Initiative Conference (NADDI) is an opportunity for those using metadata standards and those interested in learning more to come together and learn from each other. Modeled on the successful European DDI User Conference, NADDI 2015 will be a three day conference (April 8-10) with invited and contributed presentations, and should be of interest to both researchers and data professionals in the social sciences and other disciplines.
Cornell’s Bill Block is on the Program Committee.

Apr
10
Fri
2015
Presentation @ NADDI 2015: Crowdsourcing DDI Development: New Features from the CED2AR Project @ Pyle Center
Apr 10 @ 11:15 – 11:45
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Ben Perry (Cornell/NCRN) presents joint work with Venkata Kambhampaty, Kyle Brumsted, Lars Vilhuber, & William C. Block. 
Abstract: Recent years have shown the power of user-sourced information evidenced by the success of Wikipedia and its many emulators. This sort of unstructured discussion is currently not feasible as a part of the otherwise successful metadata repositories. Creating and augmenting metadata is a labor-intensive endeavor. Harnessing collective knowledge from actual data users can supplement officially generated metadata. As part of our Comprehensive Extensible Data Documentation and Access Repository (CED2AR) infrastructure, we demonstrate a prototype of crowdsourced DDI, using DDI-C and supplemental XML. The system allows for any number of network connected instances (web or desktop deployments) of the CED2AR DDI editor to concurrently create and modify metadata. The backend transparently handles changes, and frontend has the ability to separate official edits (by designated curators of the data and the metadata) from crowd-sourced content. We briefly discuss offline edit contributions as well. CED2AR uses DDI-C and supplemental XML together with Git for a very portable and lightweight implementation. This distributed network implementation allows for large scale metadata curation without the need for a hardware intensive computing environment, and can leverage existing cloud services, such as Github or Bitbucket.

Jun
2
Tue
2015
IASSIST 2015
Jun 2 – Jun 5 all-day
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Bridging The Data Divide: Data In The International Context
The theme of our 2015 conference is Bridging the Data Divide: Data in the International Context. Going hand in hand with the well-known digital divide is a growing inequity in access to data. Increasing budget concerns have placed strains on governments, universities, and other institutions in the provision of data services. From the cancellation of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, to the controversy over the Canadian Census long form, to political barriers in the data collection process in some countries, access to data and the data divide presents organizational, economic and educational challenges to the community of data professionals worldwide.
 

Oct
23
Fri
2015
Vilhuber @ CAED 2015: “Usage and outcomes of the Synthetic Data Server” @ Comparative Analysis of Enterprise Data (CAED) 2015 Conference
Oct 23 @ 08:30 – Oct 25 @ 14:15
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“Usage and outcomes of the Synthetic Data Server,” Lars Vilhuber (NCRN, Cornell University) and John Abowd (NCRN, Cornell University) 

The Synthetic Data Server (SDS) at Cornell University was set up to provide early access to new synthetic data products by the U.S. Census Bureau. These datasets are made available to interested researchers in a controlled environment, prior to a more generalized release. Over the past 5 years, 4 synthetic datasets were made available on the server, and over 100 users have accessed the server over that time period. This paper reports on interim outcomes of the activity: results of validation requests from a user perspective, functioning of the feedback loop due to validation and user input, and the role of the SDS as a access gateway to and educational tool for other mechanisms of accessing detailed person, household, establishment, and firm statistics.

Tickets: http://caed2015.sabanciuniv.edu/registration-form.

Apr
29
Fri
2016
Vilhuber gives Presentation at Annual Workshop of the Canadian Data Liberation Initiative @ McLennan Library, McGill University
Apr 29 @ 11:00 – 12:00
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Lars Vilhuber will present on “Crowdsourcing et métadonnées : défis et perspectives” (in French). Presentation is available at http://hdl.handle.net/1813/43875

May
10
Tue
2016
Vilhuber presents on Crowdsourcing Codebook Development and Enhancements in CED²AR @ U.S. Census Bureau
May 10 @ 11:30 – 12:00
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Benjamin Perry, Venkata Kambhampaty, Kyle Brumsted, Lars Vilhuber, & William C. Block: “Crowdsourcing Codebook Development and Enhancements in CED²AR”
Abstract: Recent years have shown the power of user­sourced information evidenced by the success of Wikipedia and its many emulators. This sort of unstructured discussion is currently not feasible as a part of the otherwise successful metadata repositories. Creating and augmenting metadata is a labor­intensive endeavor. Harnessing collective knowledge from actual data users can supplement officially generated metadata. As part of our Comprehensive Extensible Data Documentation and Access Repository (CED²AR) infrastructure, we demonstrate a prototype of crowdsourced DDI on actual codebooks. While the system itself is more general, the demonstrated implementation relies on a set of linked deployments of the basic software on web servers. The backend transparently handles changes, and frontend has the ability to separate official edits (by designated curators of the data and the metadata) from crowd­sourced content. The implementation allows a data curator, such as a statistical agency, to collect and incorporate improvements suggested by knowledgeable users in a structured way.
Available: https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/43887
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ncrn-meeting-spring-2016-public-events-tickets-22247855936?ref=ecount.

Nov
30
Wed
2016
Lars Vilhuber: “Disclosure Limitation and Confidentiality Protection in Linked Data” @ Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations
Nov 30 @ 08:30 – 14:00
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Lars Vilhuber speaks about “Disclosure Limitation and Confidentiality Protection in Linked Data” at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations‘s conference on “Facilitate the access to Quebec data: How and to what ends?” The conference is jointly organized with the Quebec inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS). The presentation relies on joint work with John M. Abowd and Ian M. Schmutte.
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Apr
6
Thu
2017
Presentation at NADDI 2017 @ ILR Conference Center
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day
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The Cornell NCRN node presents results from the past 5 years on CED²AR, their metadata editor and presentation tool.
 
Conference website: http://naddiconf.org/2017/