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Northeast Big Data Hub workshop, “Enabling Seamless Data Sharing in Industry and Academia”

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Logistics and Registration information: see below

A 2-day invitational workshop, September 29-30, 2016, sponsored by the NSF Northeast Big Data Hub; the Computing Community Consortium; the Metadata Research Center, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, with generous support from the Gerri C. LeBow College of Business, Drexel University.

Sharing data can provide tremendous mutual benefits for industry, researchers and non-profit organizations. Companies can profit from researchers mining their data and making new discoveries, and from new algorithms for their specific data sets.  At the same time, researchers are always on the search for real-world data sets to advance data-driven methods and applications.

Unfortunately, many data sharing attempts fail for reasons ranging from legal restrictions on how data can be used and privacy policies, to different cultural norms and technological barriers.  In fact, many data sharing partnerships that are vital to addressing pressing societal challenges in cities, health, energy, and the environment are not being pursued due to these obstacles.

The Northeast Big Data Hub workshop, “Enabling Seamless Data Sharing in Industry and Academia” workshop will target these challenges, in a two-day invitational workshop with leaders from technology, policy, industry, and academia.  Participants will work together to lay groundwork for collectively overcoming data sharing obstacles.

The goals of this workshop are to:

  1. Articulate the data sharing problem:  What data is not being shared that should be, and why?
  1. Share case studies of real life data sharing failures, including assessments of what went wrong, why, and what would have been a solution.
  1. Share examples of successful data sharing partnerships, and to identify best practices that could be copied or replicated.
  1. Discuss the scope of possible solutions to the challenges, which may include developing standardized data sharing agreements that can be used across organizations (inspired by models for licensing source code); developing metadata standards that classify and categorize the nature of data being shared; and investigating technological solutions that automate access control, revocation, anonymization, auditing, and hosting of data as well as the enforcement of standardized sharing contract terms.

One of the most important goals of the Northeast Big Data Hub’s Data Sharing Group is to create a safe and secure data sharing platform that facilitates sharing data that may or may not be open or free between different organizations (industry, academia, government). An overall aim is to establish an ecosystem as the leading data sharing platform in the US.  This workshop represents the first step along this path and an opportunity for companies and other stakeholder to help shape the discussion and eventual design of this platform.

Workshop Organizing Committee

Jane Greenberg, Alice B. Kroeger Professor, Director of the Metadata Research Center, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University (workshop lead)

René Bastón, Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Hub, Columbia University

Tim Kraska, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Brown University

Sam Madden, Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Co-direct the Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Big Data

Florence Hudson, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Internet2


Katie Naum, Program Coordinator, Northeast Big Data Hub, Columbia University

David Raiken, Program Coordinator, The College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University

Brenna Martin, Assistant Director, Faculty Support Services, College of Computing & Informatics Drexel University

Logistics and Registration


Location:  Gerri C. LeBow – Meeting Room 220/Rose Terrace 221

Gerri C. LeBow Hall, 3220 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Directions to Drexel University:

Direction & Parking:


September 29, 2016, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

September 30, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Reception t.b.c.

Hotel Information:

To get the Drexel Rate, you must make your reservation from this page:

The Sheraton, University City is an 8-minute walk to LeBow

Homewood Suite, University City, is about a 20-minute walk to LeBow


Hotel and travel support request:  Katie Naum:

Local arrangements:  David Raiken:

Drexel workshop lead:  Jane Greenberg: