On September 14, 2017, IgniteU NY hosted its 3rd event of the week. On Wednesday, we learned about aerial photography during an early morning 1 Million Cups presentation. Wednesday afternoon took us into the cyber field with a presentation from AIS on new innovative technologies. And on Thursday, we learned more about the world of data management. IgniteU collaborated with DAMA-NYCR to host Kathy Rondon, founder and COO of The Reports and Requirements Company, who presented “Enabling Data Discovery and Analytics through Curation in a Federated Environment.”

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Kathy, who flew in from Washington D.C. for the presentation, began working for the Federal government in 1989. She focused primarily on information management, before big data was really a “thing” in business. As her line of work entered the Digital Age, she applied the skills she learned through traditional information management to digital data—the result of which helped transform how organizations centralized their metadata.

For her 90-minute presentation, Kathy spoke to data professionals about how both small and large organizations can thrive on the curation of centralized data–which requires bridging a gap between technical and business users, a skillset most companies do not have.

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Kathy explained how federated architecture (based on the Open Archival Information System – OAIS) can benefit large communities of interest as well as geographically and organizationally dispersed data users. She also discussed how such a federated environment can succeed with the definition and ongoing documentation of contextual metadata by professionals trained and dedicated to the task. And she reviewed the preferred skill set of a data curator and how to cultivate curation excellence in your organization.

The turnout of this event was excellent. Attendees were very engaged—the Q&A session went for nearly 45 minutes!

DAMA-NYCR, the go-to place for data professionals in the Capital District, regularly hosts data-focused events all around the region. Their mission is to promote the practice of data resource management, provide educational opportunities for practitioners, and develop and promote research into related arenas. To learn more about DAMA, visit https://www.dama-nycr.org/

To learn more about Kathy Rondon and The Reports and Requirements Company, visit: http://www.ther2c.com/

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