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Welcome to the Summer Meeting for the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)! The 2017 theme is Strengthening Ties Between Observations and User Communities. The theme is based on one of the goals in the 2015 - 2020 ESIP Strategic Plan, which provides a framework for ESIP’s activities over the next three years.
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Thursday, July 27 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Users, meet your observations. Observations, meet your users. Mediation: a role for cognitive computing?

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Cognitive computing and artificial intelligence have seen significant advances in recent years — from Watson to Alexa. At the same time, data stewardship remains constrained by the human effort needed to interpret and describe the context and implicit knowledge necessary to enable effective data reuse, especially across disciplines. At its heart, data curation is an act of mediation — the act of representing and presenting complexity and perspective across difference. Over time, mediation has become increasingly complex in information science. And while this mediation is increasingly reliant on technologies such as the semantic web and automated processes, it is still overly reliant on human interpretation to explain everything from a missing value indicator (-999, -, “”, n/a, …) to complex choices around the statistical methods  applied. If curation and mediation are going to scale to “Internet of Things” levels of complexity and volume they will need to be much more automated. This will require both improved technologies and a better understanding of how researchers think and make choices.

In this session we seek to have a community discussion on whether there is a role for cognitive computing in reducing the curatorial bottleneck of data reuse and what ESIP might do to facilitate that work. Fox and Parsons will introduce the topic, but we then expect a ranging and engaged discussion. Come with ideas, insights, and provocations.


Speakers | Moderators
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Peter Fox

Constellation Chair, Tetherless World Constellation, RPI



Thursday July 27, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
1 - Dogwood 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405

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