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Sayeed Choudhury

Sayeed Choudhury

Associate Dean for Research Data Management
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
United States


G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. He is a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, the ICPSR Council, DuraSpace Board, and a Senior Presidential Fellow with the Council on Library and Information Resources. Previously, he was a member of the Digital Library Federation advisory committee, Library of Congress' National Digital Stewardship Alliance Coordinating Committee and Federation of Earth Scientists Information Partnership (ESIP) Executive Committee. He has been a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins and a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of the 2012 OCLC/LITA Kilgour Award. He has testified for the Research Subcommittee of the Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Choudhury has served as principal investigator for projects funded through the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress' NDIIPP, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Microsoft Research and a Maryland based venture capital group. He is the Principal Investigator for the Data Conservancy, one of the original awards through NSF's DataNet program. He has oversight for data curation research and development at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. Choudhury has published articles in journals such as the International Journal of Digital Curation, D-Lib, the Journal of Digital Information, First Monday, and Library Trends. He has served on committees for the Digital Curation Conference, Open Repositories, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, and Web-Wise. He has presented at various conferences including Educause, CNI, DLF, ALA, ACRL, and international venues including IFLA, the Kanazawa Information Technology Roundtable, eResearch Australasia and the North America-China Conference.

Speech Abstract: Data is the New Currency

Data has been called the "new oil" during a past conference in Qatar and the fourth factor of production by McKinsey, which recently reported that open data could generate an additional $3 trillion of economic value across seven sectors within the US alone. While the opportunities of open data are significant, the challenges required to meet the full potential are equally noteworthy. New forms of infrastructure including technology and human systems will be required to extract the most value from open data across a range of sectors. Within the academic sector, open data has already shown great promise in terms of new forms of scholarship, research and teaching.

This keynote speaker will outline data infrastructure efforts within the US focusing on the Data Conservancy, one of the five awards established through the US National Science Foundation's DataNet program. Data Conservancy represents a growing community of partners that are building data infrastructure for cross-disciplinary research and preservation. The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University lead the Data Conservancy and have established a blueprint or model for academic libraries that will to build data infrastructure and support data-intensive research. In addition to US-based initiatives, the keynote speaker will discuss the Research Data Alliance (RDA), a global effort that aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange.

In addition to the technological dimensions, the keynote speaker will also address the social or cultural dimensions of data infrastructure development. In fundamental ways, data intensive scholarship requires new cultural norms and practices with data as the common language for a diverse array of scholarly disciplines and communities.

Educause Involvement


Initiatives from the NSF's DataNet Program: DataONE and the Data Conservancy - sponsored by Juniper Networks & Qwest Communications
EDUCAUSE 2009 Face-to-Face Conference, November 2009

The Technology Revolution in Higher Education: IT as a Catalyst of Change - Sponsored by Wimba, An EDUCAUSE Bronze Partner
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2009, January 2009

A Role for Librarians in Curating Scientific Data
EDUCAUSE 2007, October 2007

UNICON, Inc. - Implementing Sakai: Factors to Consider and Roadmaps to Success
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2006, January 2006

Interoperability: Learning and Collaboration Environments Meet the Libraries
Seminars on Academic Computing 2005, August 2005

Integration of Digital Library Services Through Repositories
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2004, January 2004

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