Friday, September 28

8:30 a.m.
Check in

Light Breakfast foods

9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Opening - Introduction to Data Life Cycle

Bill Michener

Michener Bio & Data Life Cycle Abstract

bob michener image Bill Michener is Professor and Director of e-Science Initiatives at the University of New Mexico's University Libraries, and Project Director for Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) — a large DataNet project supported by NSF. He is involved in research related to creating information technologies supporting data-intensive science, development of federated data systems, and community engagement and education. He has a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of South Carolina and has published extensively in marine science, as well as the ecological and information sciences.

The research life cycle is well known and consists of an initial idea or question that, if sound, leads to submission and funding of a proposal, implementation of a study and, ideally, to one or many publications that advance the state of knowledge. What is less well understood is how the research life cycle is related to the data life cycle. In this introductory presentation, the eight phases of the data life cycle (e.g., planning, data acquisition and organization, quality assurance/quality control, data description, data preservation, data exploration and discovery, data integration, and analysis and visualization) will be introduced. Pointers will be provided to additional instructional material and resources that will enable participants to more efficiently and effectively manage their own research data and compete for research funding.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Data Management Planning Tool

Bill Michener


Are you preparing a research proposal or initiating a research project? Increasingly, funders are requiring that proposals and funded projects include a comprehensive plan that describes how the data will be effectively managed during the life of the project and beyond. Regardless, advance planning for data management is good practice and will make you more productive as a scientist. This workshop introduces participants to the critical components of effective data management plans, with consideration of the ways in which your plan can be tailored to the size, duration, and breadth of your project. Participants will work with a Data Management Planning Tool that can be easily adapted to meet individual project and research sponsor needs. The session is designed to be highly interactive and includes brief talks, demos, and audience feedback. See Bio above.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions

Database Management Systems
Kristin Vanderbilt, UNM
Rebecca Koskela, DataONE
Julie Coonrod, UNM

Vanderbilt Bio & Excel Abstract

Kristin Vanderbilt is the information manager for the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program and is a Research Associate Professor in UNM’s Department of Biology. For the last decade she has been actively involved with the information management community in the International LTER (ILTER) Network, which includes research sites in 40 countries. She has taught introductory ecoinformatics courses in several countries and served as the chair of the ILTER’s Information Management Committee for four years. Kristin is also involved with LTER and DataONE working groups that are developing online ecoinformatics training materials.

This talk will cover best practices for using an Excel spreadsheet for data management. The speaker will describe simple measures that can be taken to QA/QC data as it is being entered in to Excel, and introduce the DataONE project’s DataUp Excel plug-in that helps users check that their datasets are consistent with best practices, create metadata and upload data to a repository.

Koskela Bio & Database Management Systems Abstract

rebecca koskela image Rebecca Koskela is the Executive Director of DataONE at the University of New Mexico. Prior to this position, Rebecca was the Life Sciences Informatics Manager for Alaska INBRE and the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Core Manager for the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In addition to her bioinformatics experience, Rebecca has over 25 years experience in high performance computing including positions at Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Cray Research and Intel.

This session will describe which parts of the data life cycle can be supported by database management systems. It will include a brief overview of common database systems, the difference between spreadsheets and databases. It will also include an overview of schema development and querying a database.

12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.
Luncheon & Keynote - Create, Curate, and Connect with iTunes University

Andrew Currah, Apple Inc.

Currah Bio & Keynote Abstract

Andrew Currah recently moved from Oxford, England, to San Diego with his wife Leila and daughter Rose. He is a former Oxbridge academic and digital strategy consultant. Between 2006 and 2010, he served as a lecturer and research fellow in the Center for the Environment, Oxford University. He taught economics and human geography, leading classes about creativity, innovation, intellectual property and the future of capitalism. His award-winning research into the economics of digital media was published in a variety of international peer-reviewed journals and books.

Andrew's academic credentials include an MA, MPhil and PhD from Cambridge University, in addition to an MPhil from Southampton University. His academic expertise in digital media led to consulting opportunities with corporate clients in Oxford and London, including the BBC, Guardian Media, HSBC, Oxford Analytica, Royal Dutch Shell and Thomson Reuters. Since 2006, he has provided strategic direction, original research and executive planning in the areas of social media, mobile, brand identity and online reputation management. Most recently, Andrew managed mobile app deployment for Oxford's Bodleian Library, the largest University library system in the UK.

In this keynote, you will learn about the new iTunes U and how it is reshaping the mobile learning landscape. In combination with the broader iOS ecosystem, iTunes U is empowering the curation, creation and dissemination of world-class educational content. Presented by a former Oxbridge academic, the keynote will emphasize the value of iTunes U to teaching as well as the public communication of research.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Metadata
When a Picture Needs a Thousand Metadata Words
Using Cyberinfrastructure for Education -
Introducing iBooks Author
Inigo San Gil, UNM
Rebecca Lubas, UNM,
Ingrid Schneider, NMSU
Humanities & Social Sciences
Frank Callaham, Apple
(limited to 40 seats)

Gil Bio & How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Metadata Abstract

Inigo San Gil was born in San Sebastian, Spain and has a diverse professional background. He worked as a database developer while finishing his B.S degree in Physics in Zaragoza, Spain. He then moved to the US to pursue a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at Yale University. While working on his thesis dissertation, Inigo joined IBM Thomas Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights, NY, and later Los Alamos National Lab, where in addition to falling in love with the land of enchantment (New Mexico), he performed numerical simulations and data analysis on a number of supercomputing facilities. After completing his Ph.D, he joined the Yale Core Facility for Bioinformatics where he developed web-enabled databases and data analysis tools for genomic research. Since 2005, Inigo has worked with the Long Term Ecological Research Network and USGS on several projects with connections to the mad, mad world of biological metadata.

The word metadata refers to the art of documenting scientific data. Why would anyone care about metadata? In fact, some studies showed us that the majority of the scientific community does not make adequate efforts to document and preserve data resulting from costly scientific studies. Generating metadata masterpieces is costly and takes time, however, until recently, metadata has been an uncommon line item on the scientific proposal budgets. While coercive strategies to create metadata may yield some results, community buy-in may yield a better metadata lifecycle outcome. In this talk, we will explore the mad, mad world of scientific metadata, and show how critical structure and standardized metadata in the era of big data.

Lubas, Schneider Bios & When A Picture Needs a Thousand Metadata Words Abstract

Rebecca L. Lubas is Director, Cataloging and Discovery Services at the University of New Mexico Libraries. Rebecca was previously Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, and a founding member of the Metadata Services Unit at MIT. Rebecca holds an MA in English Literature from Ball State, an MLIS from Louisiana State University, and a BA from the University of Notre Dame. She is the Editor of Practical Strategies for Cataloging Departments.

Ingrid Schneider is the Metadata and Authority Control Librarian at New Mexico State University (NMSU), where she has been working to lay the foundation for a dedicated digital initiatives unit, and works daily on building the NMSU Library’s inaugural digital collections. Ingrid received her MLS from Indiana University, and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in English and German from Ohio University.

The Humanities and Social Sciences have different metadata needs — they often depend on non-textual objects that don't represent themselves. Metadata for cultural heritage objects especially is critical to making the content findable and usable. In the Social Sciences, context is key to usability of data. The presentation will look at standards and the organizations that have leveraged them to improve the use of the Humanities and Social Sciences data.

Callaham Bio & Introducing iBooks Author Abstract

Frank Callaham is a Development Executive with a focus on Information Technology and Mobility in Apple's Education Division. Based in Southern California, he consults with Education institutions throughout the western US. Prior to joining Apple in 2000, he worked for 12 years in all facets of the Academic Computing department at USC, including running the ~90 person / $16 million organization the last few years. He has a wide range of technical expertise - including networking, deployment, client management, and server infrastructure.

iBooks Author is an amazing new app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could. At this hands-on workshop, you'll experience first-hand how iBooks Author makes it easy to create your own rich, interactive learning content for iPad.

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Preservation - Concurrent Sessions

Integrating Long Term Data Preservation and Access into Scientific Workflows
Digital Humanities Preservation and Access at UNM
Using Cyberinfrastructure for Education -
iTunesU Course Manager
Karl Benedict, EDAC
Kevin Comerford, UNM
Frank Callaham, Apple
(limited to 40 seats)

Benedict Bio & Integrating Long Term Data Preservation and Access into Scientific Workflows Abstract

Karl Benedict has worked since 1986 in parallel tracks of geospatial information technology and archaeology. He currently serves as the Director of the Earth Data Analysis Center at the University of New Mexico and is a Research Assistant Professor in UNM’s Department of Geography and University Libraries. He has previously worked for the US Forest Service, National Park Service, and in the private sector conducting archaeological research, developing geospatial databases, performing geospatial and statistical analyses, developing web-based information delivery applications, and managing geographic information technology development projects across multiple domains (public health, resource management, hydro-climate research, atmospheric modeling, disaster planning and mitigation). His current foci include the development of open standards-based interoperable geospatial information architectures that are highly flexible and evolvable through the integration of emerging technologies in separate application tiers, and streamlining the integration of research data products into those architectures.

This session will focus on the complementary data generation, use, and preservation issues that should be considered when planning a research program. In particular it will focus on questions of physical storage and backups, data formats, documentation, permissions and sharing, working with archives, and available support for your data management needs.

Comerford Bio

Kevin J. Comerford is currently an Assistant Professor of Librarianship and Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of New Mexico. He holds a Master of Information Science degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University. From 1990-1995 he was the Visual Resources Manager for the Dallas Museum of Art, and a Technology Consultant for the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas. From 1995-2008 he served as Group Manager for Media Content Management at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. Professor Comerford has designed and implemented numerous digital content management systems and most recently completed a major upgrade of the Celebrating New Mexico Statehood website ( He serves as the chair of the University Libraries research data archives initiative and is also developing several electronic and open access journals at UNM.

iTunes U Course Manager Abstract

Create next generation online courses designed specifically for use on mobile devices with iTunes U Course Manager. This web-based tool accessible from the Safari browser on your Mac or PC lets you create a course easily, simply by gathering all the materials you need and following an easy, intuitive workflow.

Courses can include a syllabus, handouts, quizzes, and other items. Pull content and links from the Internet, iBookstore, App Store, and iTunes Store. Or gather material from among the 500,000-plus resources at iTunes U, including audio and video content from museums, universities, cultural institutions, and more.

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Analysis / Visualization
- Concurrent Sessions

Data Exploration and Visualization
High Performance Computing
Geospatial Data
Rob Olendorf, UNM
Lorie Liebrock, NMT
Caiti Steele, NMSU

Olendorf Bio & Abstract

Robert Olendorf is a Research Data Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico Libraries. He earned his doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Michigan State University, Kellogg Biological Station studying the evolution of cooperation, using field studies, molecular tools and simulations using evolutionary algorithms. He has also worked in the tropics, studying sexual and divergent selection on guppies, and the evolution of eye pigment proteins in blue-fin killifish. He has considerable experience in various statistical analysis, having written software to do several complex genetic analyses. More recently, he has earned a Masters in Library and Information Science, where he developed a system to archive and preserve Second Life content as part of a larger project to archive virtual worlds and digital games. His current research interests involve the theory and promotion of open research and open data and methods for the management, curation and preservation of complex data sets.

As the sharing of research data become more common, adequate documentation of the steps and processes used to arrive at published results is often over looked. In fact, studies have shown that even in cases where data is shared, attempts to recreate the results obtained from the data fail, mostly due to inadequate documentation. In this session, I will cover some common use cases for reusing analysis and visualizations along with the data. I will describe a number of best practices, tools and principles that will help researchers create analysis and visualization that are more transparent, more shareable and will facilitate reuse and replication. Finally, I will argue that these practices will also contribute to a more efficient research cycle, increasing output.

Steele Bio & Abstract

Caiti Steele is a College-Track Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University. Her research focuses on the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems for natural resource management. Current projects include modeling snowmelt from snow cover data and mapping ecological states in rangelands. Caiti also teaches a very popular GIS class for Range and Wildlife students.

This presentation will include the
  1. Availability of spatial data on the internet.
  2. Methods for pre-processing these data.
  3. Examples of questions that can be solved using these data (analyses).
  4. Open-source GIS viewers.