5th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium

About the Symposium

5th biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, Open Data: Science, Health, Community

Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed.   Some examples of open data resources include the Human Genome Project, the United Nations UNdata, and the City of Chicago data portal.  Open data can spur business innovation, help patients and families make better decisions about their health, or accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.  This symposium will provide participants with an understanding of what open data is, how it gets created and shared, and examples of how open data might contribute to progress in our communities.

April 28, 2017

The John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago
5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago


Recorded Presentations Online

Watch the recorded presentations on YouTube.

Call for Proposals (closed)

The organizers of the Zar Symposium invite proposals for presentations that provide insight into open data projects and initiatives, whether established or newly created, which have an impact on science, health, or community.  The focus may be, but is not limited to, opportunities for libraries and information professionals to contribute to or play an active role in projects or initiatives.

The organizers are interested in presentations that provide examples of collaborative efforts between institutions, groups, or individuals, with a focus on practical, real use cases of using open data.  Proposals selected for full oral presentations will be eligible for travel stipend.

  • Proposals must include a title, author(s), and abstract (maximum 600 words).
  • Presentations will be 30-45 minutes.
  • The deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, March 17th.

Submit Proposals (closed)

This project has been funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LMO12312346-01 with the University of Iowa.