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This is a guide to resources relating to Big Data in the Moritz Law Library and OSU Libraries, in support of the 2014 "Big Data Future" conference, March 19-21, 2014.
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About Big Data Future

What do Facebook, the Centers for Disease Control, the New York City Board of Education, and the National Security Agency have in common? For one thing, they all use computers to harness vast quantities of information aimed at improving the services they provide.

They illustrate that what Daniel Bell called our “information society” is evolving to yet a new stage, the Era of Big Data. Large swaths of economic, social, political, and cultural activity are being driven by a flood of data unprecedented in its volume, complexity, and potential for human benefit.

Big Data Future” will be a multidisciplinary conference on the possibilities for new enterprises grounded on “big data” to improve economic, social, and political life. It aims to both publicize the potential of “big data,” and to raise awareness of key legal and policy challenges. Panels will explore:

  • The Gathering and Analysis of Big Data
  • Data-Driven Understandings of Society
  • The Policy Infrastructure for Big Data: Privacy, Security, Investment
  • Governance of Big Data
  • The Economic Impacts of Big Data
  • Big Data and the Future of Cities
  • Big Data and the Social Good: Health, Education and Welfare
  • Big Data and Government Accountability

Papers presented at “Big Data Future” will be published by I/S in celebration of the journal’s tenth anniversary. Additional sponsors for the conference include the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies at the Moritz College of Law.

Its organizers hope Big Data Future will help to forge at Ohio State a strong interdisciplinary network of researchers working on data-driven projects or projects related to understanding the challenges of big data. Through both its formal programs and informal sessions, the conference should enable Ohio State researchers to become more aware of one another’s work and of the potential for collaboration.

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Big Data Future 2014 agenda

Big Data Future

March 19-21, 2014

A Symposium Hosted By I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Moritz College of Law, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Ohio State College of Engineering, and Battelle Center for Science & Technology Policy With the Support of Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs, IBM and Elsevier


5:30-6:45Dinner for Speakers and Organizers


Keynote Talk: Joel Gurin, Founder,


8:15-8:30Welcome (Peter Shane, Caroline Walker, Dean Michaels)
8:30-9:45Panel 1: The Gathering and Analysis of Big Data

Betsy Barry, Advising Member, Illocution, Inc.

Harvey J. Miller, Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science, The Ohio State University

Angela Shen-Hsieh, Chief of Product Design, IBM Business Analytics

10:00-11:15Panel 2: Data-Driven Understandings of Society

Eytan Adar, Assistant Professor, School of Information, Computer Science, and Engineering, University of Michigan

Pankaj Gupta, Team Lead, Personalization and Recommender Systems, Twitter

Tara Paider, AVP, IT Architecture, Nationwide Insurance



Featured Talk: Beyond Positivism: The Secret Histories (and Futures) of Big Data
 Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England



Lunch and PechaKucha Session on Big Data Projects at OSU Sponsored by Elsevier



Panel 3: The Policy Infrastructure for Big Data: Privacy, Security, Investment

Farnam Jahanian, Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor of EECS, University of Michigan, and head, Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorates at the National Science Foundation

Michael R. Nelson, Analyst, Technology and Internet Policy, Bloomberg Government, and Adjunct Professor, Communication, Culture, and Technology, Georgetown University

Rahul Telang, Professor of Information Systems and PhD Program Chair, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

3:30-4:45Panel 4:  The Governance of Big Data

Brian Cameron, Executive Director, Center for Enterprise Architecture, Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology

Barbara Cohn, Chief Data Officer, State of New York

Ashit Talukder, Chief, Information Access Division, National Institute for Standards and Technology

5:00-6:30Reception for Conferees Sponsored By IBM

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

9:00-10:15Panel 5: The Economic Impacts of Big Data

Johan Bollen, Associate Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University

Angela Byers, Director of Product Planning and Strategy, Apps, Media, Publishing Group, Microsoft

Ray Harishankar, IBM Fellow and Vice President of Technology & Innovation

Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute and Lecturer, Stanford University

10:30-11:45Panel 6: Big Data and Government Accountability

Gary Bass, Executive Director, Bauman Foundation

Scott Klein, Editor, News Applications, ProPublica

Laurenellen McCann, National Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

12:00-1:30Lunch and Small Group Conversation



Panel 7: Big Data and the Social Good: Health, Education and Welfare

Scott C. Burris, Professor of Law and Public Health, Temple University, and Director, National Program Office, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Law Research Program

Michael Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston

Nicholas Mader, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

3:00-4:00Panel 8: Big Data and the Future of Cities

Nader Afzalan, Lecturer, University of Colorado and Vice-Chair, American Planning Association Technology Division

Sarah Williams, Assistant Professor and Director, Civic Data Design Lab, MIT



Featured Talk: Urban Analytics and Big Data: Is Big Data Big Enough for Effective City Simulation?
 Michael Batty, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London

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