Friday, June 06, 2014

CFP: Beyond the Numbers: Economics and data for information professionals (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, September 2014)

CFP: Beyond the Numbers:  Economics and data for information professionals (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, September 2014)
September 29-30, 2014
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is hosting a free conference to address the challenges of economic information. We are bringing together experts to share their experiences at the frontier of economic data and information, discuss problems and potential solutions, and identify ways to improve access to and understanding of economic information.

Our aim is to provide librarians and other information professionals with the knowledge, competence, and enthusiasm to disseminate economic information expertise to their respective audiences.

We seek brief proposals for presentations, panels, and workshops for this conference.   Deadline for submissions is July 9, 2014

Possible topics include
* Overview of sources of economic information-national, international, historical
* Deep dives into the constructions of macroeconomic and microeconomic data
* Best practices in using data, as well as biases and misuse
* New and existing methods of visualizing economic data and information
* Open data, mashups, and data reuse
* Case studies of related tools and resources
* Background on how social science data informs economic data and vice versa

Proposal types include
* Individual presentations - 50 minutes
* Panels or roundtable discussions - 90 minutes
* Tutorials or hands-on workshops - 90 minutes

Our confirmed featured speakers are Hal Varian (chief economist at Google and founding dean of the UC-Berkeley School of Information) and Neil Fantom (head of the Open Data Initiative at the World Bank).

Registration opens July 1st.  Accepted presenters will have their registration reserved.

Katrina Stierholz
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis<>