We are excited that the IRIS Data Summit is just around the corner in only a few weeks time. The 2018 IRIS Data Summit will be held in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research from Monday, October 15-Tuesday, October 16. This annual event is a highlight of the year for IRIS, providing the chance for IRIS administration and staff to meet and converse in person with representatives from IRIS member institutions, prospective IRIS members, researchers using IRIS data, and other stakeholders interested in helping to inform and promote the direction of the institute. The Data Summit is “an invaluable opportunity for all those interested in the future and directions of IRIS to provide input and guidance as we continue to build the data infrastructure to a national scale,” says Managing Director Nancy Calvin-Naylor, adding that, “building personal relationships is very important to us at IRIS, so we are thrilled to bring everyone together in Ann Arbor each year.”

This year marks the fourth annual IRIS Data Summit. Attendance has increased every year since IRIS held the first event in 2015, with 57 attendees joining the conversation last year at the first event held in Ann Arbor. Representatives from IRIS, the U.S. Census Bureau, 21 IRIS member universities, 4 prospective member universities, and the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) were in attendance at the 2017 Summit.

Responding to participants last year who wanted more time to talk, the Data Summit will be a two-day event this year. Sessions during the first day will include a pre-Summit meeting for members of the IRIS Technical Advisory Group (TAG), Executive Director Jason Owen-Smith’s annual “State of IRIS” address, and a report from IRIS Co-PI Bruce Weinberg (Professor at The Ohio State University) on recent findings from IRIS research. Most of the day will focus on sessions highlighting what each team at IRIS has been working on this past year, including a sneak peak at new reports under development for member universities. The second day begins early with breakfast provided and time to network and converse. IRIS Co-PI Julia Lane (Professor at New York University’s Center for Urban Science + Progress) will discuss emerging federal government data strategies, focusing on the implications for IRIS and the role IRIS might play. Additional sessions will focus upon ways to enhance data quality, policy and outreach efforts, technical improvements, and IRIS member reports.

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For more information on travel to Ann Arbor or to register for the event, click here: https://iris.isr.umich.edu/datasummit2018/. Registration is free but required. We look forward to seeing you in Ann Arbor on October 15-16! If you are not able to join, we encourage you to follow along with the 2018 IRIS Data Summit conversations on Twitter, with the hashtag #IRISDataSummit.