Big Data and Big Challenges for Law and Legal Information - Georgetown Law Library - A Symposium in Celebration of 125 Years - January 30, 2013

A Meeting of Minds on Data and Decision Making


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In celebration of 125 years, the Georgetown Law Library convened a symposium of the academic, advocacy, government, and library communities on January 30, 2013 at Georgetown Law.

“Big data” is a term perhaps too narrow for the topic: The size of data sets is not the key to big data issues. Rather, it’s the changes in society that are growing along with our ability to discover meaning by connecting points of information electronically, across numerous, vast, and often unrelated stores of data.

The conference examined the public good and collective harms associated with the large-scale aggregation of information from public and private sources. During the course of the day, panelists also discussed how scholars, researchers, and information professionals use very large or complex data sets to distill meaning and develop public policy.

Please explore these pages for materials related to the conference and the topics it addressed, including video from the event, presenters’ biographies and slides, and an extensive bibliography compiled by the Georgetown Law Library.

Panelists and Speakers:

  • Margaret O. Adams, Supervisory Archivist, Archival Electronic Records Operations, National Archives & Records Administration
  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown State and Federal Climate Resource Center and Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Josh Blackman, Assistant Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law
  • Spiros Dimolitsas, Senior Vice President for Research and Chief Technology Officer, Georgetown University
  • Francine E. Friedman, Senior Policy Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Carole Roan Gresenz, Professor, Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies
  • Mark E. Herlihy, Deputy Director, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Leslie Johnston, Acting Director, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress
  • Bill LeFurgy, Digital Initiatives Manager, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress
  • Paul Ohm, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado; Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Trade Commission
  • Joshua C. Teitelbaum, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • William M. Treanor, Dean of the Law Center and Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Michelle M. Wu, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Kathy Zeiler, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

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