Data Citation: A Computational Challenge

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

Speaker: Susan B. Davidson, University of Pennsylvania

Most information is now published in complex, structured, evolving datasets or databases.  As such, there is increasing demand that this digital information should be treated in the same way as conventional publications and cited appropriately. While principles and standards have been developed for data citation, they are unlikely to be used unless we can couple the process of extracting information with that of providing a citation for it. We discuss the problem of automatically generating citations for data in a database given how the data was obtained (the query) as well as the content (the data), and show how the problem of generating a citation is related to a well-understood problem in databases.

Bio: Susan B. Davidson received the B.A. degree in Mathematics from CornellUniversity in 1978, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 1980 and 1982. Dr. Davidson is the Weiss Professor of Computer and Information Science (CIS) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has been since 1982, and currently serves as Chair of the board of the Computing Research Association.

Dr. Davidson's research interests include database and web-based systems, scientific data management, provenance, crowdsourcing, and data citation.

Dr. Davidson was the founding co-director of the Penn Center for Bioinformatics from 1997-2003, and the founding co-director of the Greater Philadelphia Bioinformatics Alliance. She served as Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2005-2007 and Chair of CIS from 2008-2013. She is an ACM Fellow, a Corresponding Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2015), received the Lenore Rowe Williams Award (2002), was a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of a Hitachi Chair (2004), and received the Trustees' Council of Penn Women/Provost Award (April 2015) for her work on advancing women in engineering.

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