Experts on Data and Data Management to Deliver Keynote Addresses at 58th NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference


IBM’s Steven Miller, Simon Inger, consultant, and Weave.ai’s Stephane Bura will present on how data is changing, accelerating the global advancement of information services

November 18, 2015, Annapolis, MD – Three leading, global thinkers in the fields of data, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) will deliver the slate of keynote addresses at the National Federation of Advanced Information Service’s (NFAIS™) 58th Annual Conference, February 21-23, 2016 at Philadelphia's Hyatt at the Bellevue.

The NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference theme, “Data Sparks Discovery of Tomorrow's Global Knowledge,” centers on managing data and establishing appropriate policies; maintaining privacy and intellectual property rights; text and data mining; predictive modeling; new software, systems and analytic tools; the globalization and internationalization of content; AI and more. The 2016 conference aims to help attendees understand what to expect and how to prepare solid foundations for tomorrow’s data-driven, global knowledge standard.

NFAIS’s kick-off Keynote speaker is Steven Miller, Data Maestro, Global Leader Academic Programs & Outreach for IBM Analytics Group. Miller, who will address conference participants on Sunday, February 21, leads academic programs for IBM Analytics Group with a primary focus on collaborating with universities to build the pipeline of talent needed by data-driven organizations. His work spans data and analytics literacy for every student to emerging specialist roles such as the data scientist and data engineer.

The annual NFAIS Members-only Luncheon features Simon Inger, owner of Simon Inger Consulting, as luncheon keynote speaker. Inger, who will speak on Monday, February 22, has worked in the journals industry since 1987 when he joined B.H. Blackwell, the Oxford-based subscription agent. In 1994, he founded CatchWord, the world's first journal platform service provider where he led the company through to its acquisition by Ingenta in 2001 (now Publishing Technology). Since 2002, Simon has led a consulting company, specializing in services to publishers, libraries, service providers and intermediaries in the scholarly publishing arena.

The NFAIS Conference Closing Keynote speaker is Stephane Bura, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of London-based Weave.ai. Bura, who will speak on Tuesday, February 23, has worked in AI and interaction design for more than 25 years. He was the creative director of a video game studio and consulted on game design for companies around the world. He co-founded two AI startups, both with the goal of transforming the relationship users have with their devices: Storybricks, which built tools for game developers to generate emotional connections in players, and Weave.ai, which proposes a new model for connecting data, contexts and interactions.

“We couldn’t be more pleased and excited to have Steve Miller, Simon Inger and Stephane Bura deliver the NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference keynote addresses,” said Marcie Granahan, NFAIS Executive Director. “Each of these thought leaders is expert in how data is creating whole new paradigms for information services and what it means for the advancement of credible, quality information. They also understand this evolving dynamic in the context of the rapid globalization of scholarly research and discovery. Our annual conference theme of data as tomorrow’s global knowledge is of paramount interest and concern today among NFAIS’s diverse, cross-industry membership - and we're delighted to have these three leaders in the information community join us as our keynote speakers in Philadelphia.”

Registration for the NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference is open with Early Bird rates set to close on January 8, 2016. In addition, the Conference Hotel’s limited block of rooms are available for special discounted rates through February 1, 2016.

About NFAIS (www.nfais.org):
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services ( NFAIS™) is a global, nonprofit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community - that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. Member organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers and other related groups. They embody a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit and government organizations that embraces a common mission – to build the world's knowledge-base through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication. NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy.

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