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NFAIS To Host Annual Conference: Giving Voice to Content, Re-Envisioning the Business of Information

LIGHTNING RELEASES (01/31/2014) The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a nonprofit organization representing database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, and content management providers, will convene in Philadelphia for the NFAIS annual conference  February 23-25, 2014.  Thought leaders from across the country will explore the application of big data techniques, such as data mining, linking, analytics, and metrics, to create smart content, extract new insights, and create new business models that will change information markets and the organizations that serve them.

“The application of big data techniques is driving a new information mindset in the creation, delivery and use of information,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director, Elsevier Science & Technology Books and President, NFAIS Board of Directors.  ”Publishers, database producers, aggregators, distributors, and libraries are re-envisioning the use and delivery of information to provide researchers and end-users products that facilitate, not inhibit, the use of information.”  Elsevier, along with The New York Times, and OCLC, will present several new products and services that are shaping the business of information delivery.

Hilary Mason, Data Scientist in Residence at Accel, Scientist Emeritus at bitly, and co-founder of HackNY,  opens the three-day event with a keynote address on the value of freeing content from its current silos in order to reveal previously hidden meanings and relationships. Kerrie Holley, IBM Fellow and Chief Technology Officer, IBM SOA Center of Excellence will close the event by challenging participants to harness the possibilities and implications of combining cognitive systems with social media, mobile applications, analytics and the cloud for transforming information collection and delivery in the 21st century.

Other conference topics include discussions with content providers and librarians on the re-use and sharing of content, privacy, content ownership, and attribution, as well as trends in “datafication”, global shifts in how value is created, a demonstration of the Google Glass wearable computer, and this year’s Miles Conrad Lecturer, Marjorie M.K. Hlava.

The NFAIS 56th annual conference, Giving Voice to Content: Re-Envisioning the Business of Information, will be held at the Philadelphia Bellevue Hyatt February 23-25, 2014. For more information or to register for the event, contact Jill O’Neill, Director of Planning and Communication at jilloneill@nfais.org or (215) 893-1561 or visit the NFAIS website at http://nfais.org.


For Immediate Release: January 31, 2014
NFAIS Media Contact: Jill O’Neill
Director, Planning & Communication