May 18: Day of Data

May 10, 2012
Credit: Design-Agency

Artists, biologists, humanists, engineers, social scientists . . . faculty across disciplines from Brown University, the Marine Biology Laboratory, Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island will gather on May 18th at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) for a “Day of Data.”

The challenges facing our world are greater in scope and scale than ever before. Data plays an increasing role in making decisions, enabling discovery and guiding innovation. The role of the academic is critical to understanding the data and applying it in meaningful ways to address the big challenges of society, such as climate change, energy and security or curing cancer.

 The Day of Data is a daylong program for faculty to explore the challenges of a data-driven society and learn how to embrace the limitless opportunities that data provides to enhance, focus and accelerate innovation in research, technology and education.

 The program begins with a cross-sector panel of experts from the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The panel will share their stories of the growing number of public and private big data initiatives. They will also provide insights to how data can be used as a bridge, dissolving traditional barriers and opening up new channels for collaboration, research and commercial opportunities.

 The panel is followed by 26 faculty storytellers who will share a personal experience of how data has transformed or is transforming their work. Whether it is a tale of genomics, climate change, energy, global connections, history or virtual worlds, these stories will unleash potential ideas for future discovery, innovation, technology, transformative research and education models.

 The last part of the day is devoted to working sessions to connect, share and build a collaborative data-enabled ecosystem. Big data is redefining collaborative practices and the culture of higher education. These working sessions will bring together all the Day of Data stories and their participants,and allow faculty collaboratively to imagine new directions, partnerships, methods and resources to define their future.

 The Day of Data is sponsored by The Digital Society Initiative at Brown University. This Initiative is an integrated education and research platform that seeks to transform Brown’s cross-disciplinary abilities to generate, manipulate, synthesize and visualize data into research discovery, educational practice, business outcomes, technology innovation and life experiences. For more information, please explore The Digital Society website.