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FGI on the road

Today we start a new feature, FGI on the road. From time to time we’ll post upcoming events that FGI volunteers will be attending. We’ll be doing this hoping that you’ll stop by and say hello so we can meet and talk about government information issues!

Here are places we’ll be over the next few months:

  • San Francisco Bay Area. Ongoing
    Shinjoung Yeo and James R. Jacobs put together monthly public talks and workshops for the Stanford Open Source Lab. Check the Open Source Lab blog for talk announcements. Talks are open to the public.
  • Urbana-Champaign, IL. April, 2008
    Shinjoung and James R will be participating in a brown-bag discussion with graduate students at University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
  • Stanford University. May 27-30, 2008
    IASSIST 2008 Conference
    The theme of the 2008 meeting of the International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST), Technology of Data: Collection, Communication, Access and Preservation, examines the role of technology and tools in various aspects of the data life cycle. Shinjoung and James R (local arrangements) and James A. Jacobs will be there.
  • Anaheim, CA. June 27, 2008.
    ALA pre-conference Docs2.0: emerging web technologies for the government documents community. Friday, June 27, 2008, 9:00am – 12:30 (Event Code: GO2)
    James A. and James R. will be presenting and will be joining Amy West, Interim Head, Government Publications Library, University of Minnesota (Amy was also an FGI blogger of the month), David Oldenkamp, International Studies Librarian, Indiana University, and John Wonderlich, Program Director, of the Sunlight Foundation. Registration is open, but seating is limited.
  • Anaheim, CA. June 26–July 2, 2008.
    ALA 2008 2008 Annual Conference
    Shinjoung and James R and Daniel Cornwall will be there. James R. will be doing a presentation and leading a discussion on digital collection development at GODORT’s International documents task force. Daniel is planning a lunch or some other informal get together on the State Agencies Wiki.
  • Ann Arbor MI. August 11-15
    Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation
    This workshop covers the basics of providing services for social science data. James A. will be joining Diane Geraci, who starts as Associate Director for Information Resources at MIT Libraries in April, and Chuck Humphrey, the Data Library Coordinator at the University of Alberta. This workshop is part of the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.   Registration is limited to 20.

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