Open Access 2017: Making Use of Public Data

Open Access Symposium 2017


UNT's Open Acccess Symposium 2017 will be held the May 18–19 at the University of North Texas New College at Frisco.

The 2017 theme is Making Use of Public Data. It's easier than ever to gather datasets, documents, analytics, and other types of data and use these for academic research, competitive intelligence, and advocacy. While the government provides data of great value to citizens, companies, and organizations, currently much of the web and social media is also publicly available, providing additional sources of data that have been used, sometimes contrary to the intentions of content creators. This year's symposium will examine issues arising from the creation, harvesting, and analysis of public data—and decision-making based on the data—taking a broad view of what kinds of data are “public.”

News and Announcements

Plans are coming together for Making Use of Public Data, this year's UNT Open Access Symposium, to be held May 18–19, 2017, at the UNT New College at Frisco.

We are pleased to announce Bernard F. Reilly, president of the Center for Research Libraries, as the keynote speaker and Safiya U. Noble, a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, as this year's featured speaker. The symposium will also include a number of panel discussions with representatives of government agencies that provide data, libraries that preserve and provide access to it, and users of state and local data.

Early-bird registration of $80 per person and will include participation in workshops on Thursday, May 18, and the main day of symposium presentations on Friday, May 19.

Participants are also invited to join DataRescue Denton on Saturday, May 20.

A full program and information about registration are coming soon!


Thursday, May 18, 2017 to Friday, May 19, 2017