"The Internet of Things: Impacting Scientific Data and Information Flows"

Friday, December 9, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST


Co-sponsored by CENDI, National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US), and the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information


                            

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become more than just a buzzword in technology circles. It’s even fair to say the IoT has evolved into a mature concept impacting a broad range of business sectors, especially including government data collection, information services, and scholarly research.

Dubbed the "the infrastructure of the information society” by the Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things, the IoT essentially is the practice of connecting any device or physical structure – including vehicles or buildings – to the Internet wherein data can be collected and exchanged. The IoT represents significant potential to advance scholarly research and communication, yet what are the implications for government agencies and information services when it comes to the IoT? How will researchers leverage the IoT to enable groundbreaking advances in their fields of study? What role are federal agency libraries playing, in concert with their private sector partners, to take advantage of the IoT in fulfilling their missions?

Attendees will learn about:

  • Policies and standards
  • Case Studies in different disciplines
  • The impact on different communities, such as libraries, publishers, and data centers

To explore this topic in-depth, join CENDI, NFAIS, Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US) and the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information for a one-day workshop, Friday, December 9, 2016, for data professionals on the evolving concept of the “Internet of Things” and its impact on scientific data and information management.

    


Registration fees are $125 for CENDI, NFAIS, ICSTI, RDA/USA or NAS members and $150 for non-members.
Government agencies may contact Elinda Deans (ehar@loc.gov) regarding use of your FT account for this conference.

 


Preliminary Agenda

 

9:05 - 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Marcie Granahan, Executive Director, NFAIS
Amanda J. Wilson, Chair, CENDI, Director, National Transportation Library, DOT


9:15 - 10:00 am

Introduction: Amanda J. Wilson, Chair, CENDI, Director, National Transportation Library, DOT

Opening Plenary:  Landscape: Cyber Physical Systems, Where Are We Now?
Christopher Greer, Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber Physical Systems Program Office and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, NIST

 

An overview of current developments in Cyber Physical Systems - including the Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Intelligent Transportation, Smart Grid, and more - and discuss implications for scientific and technical information flows


10:00 - 11:00 am

Policy Implications: Policy, Standards, and Ethical Issues Associated with the IOT 
Francine Berman, Chair, Research Data Alliance / USLarry John, Principal Analyst, ANSER, NIST Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems Data Interop Subcommittee

With the development of the IOT comes the potential for major questions and challenges to our legal and policy regimes.  Ethics, privacy, security and intellectual property as well as other issues need to be examined in terms of how science and scientific communication is impacted.  This session will examine these issues and lay out the questions.


11:00 - 11:15am 

Break and Networking Opportunity


11:15 am -   11:45 pm

Special Topical Talk: IOT and Accounting for Everything
Andrew Maffei, Senior Information Systems Specialist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Andrew Maffei will address the possibility of applying the underlying principles found in double entry bookkeeping to the collection, organization, indexing and analysis of scientific data and metadata, especially with regard to the vast amounts and integration of the wide variety of data and metadata associated with IoT applications.


11:45 - 12:40 pm

Case Studies: Part I

Building Technology Research
Teja Kuruganti, PhD, Senior R&D Staff, Modeling and Simulation Group, Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Smart Grids
Peter L. FuhrDistinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Director for the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Research Laboratory

Part I of this two part series looks at case studies of the impact of the IoT on different research communities. The first speaker in Part I will focus on IoT applied to building technology research and integration and will look at the impact of advanced sensors and controls in improving energy efficiency and grid-responsiveness of buildings.  The second speaker will explore the implications of the IoT on the nation’s grid modernization and will specifically target appropriate sensors, systems, needs and the all-encompassing data analytics.  Activities underway at the municipal electrical utility in Chattanooga Tennessee – EPB (180,000+ customers) - will serve as the foundation for a Case Study in IoT sensing, the data needs and wants, and implications for future smart cities…with of course Unmanned Aerial Systems (aka, drones) thrown into the mix. 


12:40 - 1:40 pm 

Lunch (to be provided)


1:40 - 2:50 pm

Case Studies: Part II

Environmental & Geo Sciences
Grace AgnewAssociate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems, Rutgers University Libraries (RUL)

Precision Medicine
Eric ClarkData Scientist, University of Vermont, Department of Surgery

Transportation: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Dr. Edward R. GrifforAssociate Director, SmartGrid and Cyber Physical Systems Program Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology

This session is Part II of the series of case studies. Our first speaker in the earth sciences will discussion strategies to support the discovery, preservation and reuse of very large science data of data streamed continuously from 800+ instruments on seven platform arrays by the Ocean Observatories Initiative, a multi-institution, National Science Foundation-funded initiative to monitor the status and health of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Our second speaker will talk to how the Internet of Things is being brought to bear on questions of health and illness includes sensors, both wearable and environmental. Data from sensors, properly integrated and analyzed, can be used to tease out subtle but significant changes in health indicators, including gait, to aid in the diagnosis and treatment response of patients. Our final speaker will address the IOT used in transportation research. He will discuss how relevant new and evolving technological and process solutions can solve cross-discipline challenges and fill gaps to support a highly innovative and efficient surface transportation research environment.


2:50 - 3:50 pm 

Impact on Information Services: Libraries and Publishing
Moderator: Christopher Burghardt, VP Content Management, Clarivate Analytics (formerly the IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters)

The Internet of Things : Making sense of  Data Profusion in Science and the Information Society
David Worlock, CEO, Electronic Publising Services Ltd. (EPS)

We are moving from an age of data scarcity and proprietory content curated and owned to an age of data profusion where much data is open and some data has greater quality than others . As roles change amongst the players in the information marketplace , researchers become ( self) publishers , librarians create OA university presses and traditional publishers build research and scholarly communications tools and solutions . And yet data quality control, data mining rights and the battle for comprehensive coverage from sensor- based sourcing continue to cause difficulties for researchers and research users . 

Promise and Peril: A Librarian's Perspective on the Internet of Things
Andreas "Dre" Orphanides, Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning, NCSU Libraries

The Internet of Things is undergoing a transition from an academic curiosity to a nearly universal presence in our day-to-day lives. In this presentation, Dr. Orphanides examines the effects, both positive and negative, that the IoT age is likely to have on the practice of librarianship as IoT emerges into the mainstream. This presentation covers how ubiquitous connectivity will affect libraries in terms of their day-to-day operations, in particular with respect to the management of library spaces, services, and collections; the influence that the Internet of Things will have on matters underpinning the very philosophy of librarianship, including the principles of universal access, knowledge discovery, and intellectual freedom; and how librarians, researchers, and policymakers can help society get the most, and make the most, out of the Internet of Things.


3:50 - 4:00 pm 

Break and Networking Opportunity


4:00 - 4:45 pm 

 

Introduction: Larry Lannom, Director of Information Services and Vice President at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) 

 

Where Are We Going In The Future?
George Strawn, Board Director, Board on Research Data and Information, NAS

Examining the gradual evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) through discussion of the future of the Internet of Computers (IoC), the developing characteristics of the IoT, the cyber-physical systems that will layer on top of it, and the related opportunities and challenges, such as the interoperability of heterogeneous data and cyber-physical security.


4:45 - 5:00 pm

Wrap-up and Adjournment
Bonnie C. Carroll, Executive Director, CENDI

   


Registration fees are $125 for CENDI, NFAIS, ICSTI, RDA/USA or NAS members and $150 for non-members.
Government agencies may contact Elinda Deans (ehar@loc.gov) regarding use of your FT account for this conference.

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Heather Parrish
CENDI
(865) 298-1245
hparrish@iiaweb.com 

Nancy Blair-DeLeon
NFAIS
(443) 221-2980
nblairdeleon@nfais.org 

Lynn Rees Yarmey
RDA/US
(858) 722-0127
yarmel@rpi.edu 

Ester Sztein
NAS
(202) 334-3049 Phone
esztein@nas.edu 

Introduction: Amanda J. Wilson, Chair, CENDI, Director, National Transportation Library, DOT

Opening Plenary:  Landscape: Cyber Physical Systems, Where Are We Now?

Christopher Greer, Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber Physical Systems Program Office and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, NIST

 

An overview of current developments in Cyber Physical Systems - including the Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Intelligent Transportation, Smart Grid, and more - and discuss implications for scientific and technical information flows.