Social networking at IASSIST in Ithaca

Article dated: 7 October 2010

In June 2010, eight members of the Archive made their way to upstate New York and Ithaca, home of Cornell University and host of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) annual conference 2010.

Built around the theme of social networking, this year's conference explored how advances in digital media affect data management and facilitate multi-site and cross-national research.

In total there were around 180 delegates from all parts of the world, representing different facets of the data usage community: academia, data repositories, libraries, government, and public opinion research.

IASSIST Archive staff shine

The Archive made a significant contribution to the conference. Melanie Wright continues as IASSIST president. Archive staff chaired several sessions: longitudinal data archiving (Jack Kneeshaw); qualitative data access (Libby Bishop); and providing access to sensitive data (Melanie Wright). In addition, staff gave presentations on the development of the Survey Question Bank (Jack Kneeshaw); the Secure Data Service (Reza Afkhami); and the Research Data Management Support Service (Veerle Van den Eynden). Laurence Horton also presented a poster session on the Archive as a whole.

The programme was intense but stimulating. And although difficult to reach, the venue was wonderful. Located on the edge of a lake, built around gorges and waterfalls, the town was a pretty, compact, peaceful community overlooked by the university.

In the spirit of social networking, one Archive member of staff sent a final IASSIST tweet while travelling the bumpy road to New York City: "Leaving Ithaca better informed, better aware, and able to spell Ithaca correctly. A good deal."