Early bird registration for the 2013 International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ-2013) is now available. ICIQ-2013 will be held November 7-9, 2013 on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Participants registering on or before August 31, 2013 can save as much as $100 off of the full registration fee. Discounts are also available for members of collaborating professional organizations including IAIDQ, ECCMA, DAMA, ASQ, DGPO, MPO, and IDMA. Attendees planning to attend both the ICIQ-2013 the IAIDQ Information and Data Quality Conference to be held on the UALR campus November 4-7, 2013 can realize additional savings by taking advantage of joint registration discounts.
The International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ) was started in 1995 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Information Quality Program to promote the exchange of information and the development of knowledge, skills, and best practices in information and data quality. The conference was held on the MIT campus until 2009 when it was held on the campus of the Hasso-Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany. Subsequent venues include UALR (2010), University of South Australia in Adelaide (2011), Conservatorie national des arts et métiers in Paris, France (2012), and returning to UALR this year. The ICIQ is one of the oldest and most respected information and data quality conferences. Conference chairs for 2013 are Wei Huang, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China; Jacky Akoka, Conservatorie national des arts et métiers, Paris; and John Talburt, UALR.
As the only university in the U.S. to offer graduate degrees in information quality, UALR has had the honor of hosting ICIQ twice. In 2006 in collaboration with MIT, UALR launched the MS in Information Quality. In 2007, the MSIQ was made available online via Internet webcasting. In 2008, an Information Quality Graduate Certificate and a PhD Track in IQ were added to the program. As of December, 2012, the program has produced 70 MS graduates and 8 PhD graduates.
The ICIQ attracts a broad group of attendees from both academia and industry. It also has a strong international following including IQ professionals from Canada, Australia, China, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, India, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, as well as, from across the U.S.
The conference will start at 5:30 pm on Thursday, Nov 7th with an opening reception and registration hosted by Acxiom Corporation at their Headquarters building in the downtown River Market District. Both Friday Nov 8th and Saturday Nov 9th will be full-day sessions starting with a keynote at 9:00am and parallel breakout sessions from 10:45am to 4:30pm. Morning and afternoon refreshments breaks and lunch will be provided for attendees on both days. The Friday session will also be followed by a reception from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
The conference planning committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Scott Schumacher of IBM has agreed to be the opening keynote speaker on Friday, Nov 8, 2013. Scott is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Scientist for IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management. He was formerly the Chief Scientist for Initiate System before it was acquired by IBM. Scott will talk about Entity Resolution and Data Quality Frameworks for Big Data.
All of the Friday and Saturday events will be held in the Donaghey Engineering and Information Technology Building on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Open parking is available on campus. Arrangements for conference discounts have been made with several hotels in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock that features a variety of restaurants, trolley transportation, and points of interest (http://www.rivermarket.info/). Bus transportation between the downtown and the UALR campus will be provide on a regular schedule during the conference. In addition to the points of interest in Little Rock, the resort city of Hot Springs, Arkansas (http://www.hotsprings.org/), is less than an hour drive from Little Rock.
For more details on registration options and fees, hotel accommodations, and local attractions, visit http://iciq2013.org