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Cellphones Challenge Poll Sampling

A new report from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reports preliminary results that have implications for surveys that rely on telephone interviews. (Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January – June 2007, by Stephen J. Blumberg, Ph.D., and Julian V. Luke, Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics.) more...

IASSIST 2008 - Call for Papers!

Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation The 34th International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) annual conference will be held at the Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA, May 27-30, 2008. This year's conference, Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation, examines the role of technology and tools in various aspects of the data life cycle.

The theme of this conference addresses how technology can affect aspects of data stewardship throughout the data lifecycle. The methods and media by which data are collected, shared, analyzed and saved are ever-changing, from punch cards and legal pads to online-surveys and tag clouds. There has been an explosion of data sources and topics; vast changes in compilation and dissemination methods; increasing awareness about access and associated licensing and privacy issues; and growing concern about the safeguarding and protection of valuable data resources for future use. The 2008 conference is an opportunity to discuss the role of technology – past, present, and future – in all of these arenas. We seek submissions of papers, poster/demonstration sessions, and panel sessions on the following topics:

  • Issues and techniques for preserving "old" data as well as information "born digital"
  • Methods, technology and questions surrounding data dissemination, including best practices and innovations
  • Archival and preservation challenges presented by new processes
  • Metadata
  • Innovation in the use of data for teaching and research
  • The legal issues surrounding new technologies
  • Changes in resource discovery methods
  • Data services in virtual spaces
  • Providing services to users with different degrees of technical "savvy"
  • Tools and spaces for research collaboration

Papers on other topics related to the conference theme will also be considered. The deadline for paper, session, and poster/demonstration proposals is December 17, 2007. The Conference Program Committee will send notification of the acceptance of proposals by February 8, 2008.

Individual presentation proposals and session proposals are welcome. Proposals for complete sessions, typically a panel of three to four presentations within a 90-minute session, should provide information on the focus of the session, the organizer or moderator, and possible participants. The session organizer will be responsible for securing session participants. Organizers as well as panel participants are also welcome to submit additional paper proposals but please note that Conference Program Committee may need to limit the number of presentations per person.

Proposals for papers, sessions, and poster/demonstrations should include the proposed title and an abstract no longer than 200 words. Longer abstracts will be returned to be shortened before being considered. Please note that all presenters are required to register and pay the registration fee for the conference. Registration for individual days will be available.

Proposals can be submitted via email to: iassist08@gmail.com

A conference website with on-line submission form will be available shortly. A separate call for workshops is also forthcoming.

-- IASSIST 2008 Palo Alto, CA 27-30 May 2008

It is official!

Swivel Official logoFor those not familiar with the Web 2.0 numeric data utility Swivel - their mission "is to liberate the world's data and make it useful so new insights can be discovered and shared". However, it looks like Swivel are going official! more...

New IQ issue - intro from the editor

The IASSIST Quarterly (IQ Vol. 30 issue 2 - 2006) is now available on the web:

http://iassistdata.org/publications/iq/iqvol30.html

Winter came late in Denmark, but suddenly the situation was normal: snow came and traffic stopped. And now 14 days after spring was here in March. I sat outside in the sun reading articles. Still it's more difficult to write articles outside, we are waiting for the improvements of the computer screens.

Ontario University Libraries Launch New Data Service

The following press release was posted to the IASSIST listserv by Bo Wandschneider on 11 June: Ottawa: June 11, 2007 The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure Initiative (ODESI), which will provide university researchers with unprecedented access to a significant number of datasets in a web-based data extraction system that will be delivered through the highly successful Scholars' Portal model.

This infrastructure will be built on an international metadata standard

A *really* secure data center

The May 21 issue of Boing Boing describes the InfoBunker, a "Cold War era government command bunker converted into a data center". I realize that they're not referring to the same kind of data center we mean, but it was kind of fun to read about a data center that has "a self-sufficient power systems (six days' worth of diesel fuel; 17,000 gallons of water (for drinking and fire suppression); military-grade NBC air filtration). It's built to withstand a 20-megaton nuclear blast at 2.5 miles, according to the website, and I can believe it. Your data will be intact even if the rest of the Internet has been vaporized."

Submitted by Walter Giesbrecht

Google has acquired Gapminder's Trendalyzer software

A world in motion, The official Google Blog, March 16, 2007, by Marissa Mayer
In this regard, we are excited to announce that we have acquired Gapminder's Trendalyzer software, and we welcome the Trendalyzer team to Google. Trendalyzer generates moving graphics and other novel effects in the display of facts, figures, and statistics in presentations.

European Data Portal (CESSDA)

The Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) redesigned web site is now online at http://www.cessda.org. In addition to the new layout, the site has several new features including the CESSDA Data Portal which allows easy access to the catalogues of member organisations. Other pages provide a central news forum about CESSDA activities, links to official documents, contact details and other relevant information. more...

Another data-sharing, advanced visualization site

IBM has announced Many Eyes, a site for sharing and commenting on visualizations.
As with swivel, users can upload any data set, but the tools for visualizing and graphing the data are much richer. The visualization options include US and World maps, line graphs, stack graphs, bar charts, block histograms, bubble diagrams, scatter plots, network diagrams, pie charts, and treemaps.
  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect

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  • Resources

    Resources

    A space for IASSIST members to share professional resources useful to them in their daily work. Also the IASSIST Jobs Repository for an archive of data-related position descriptions. more...

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