Research Data Gets the Limelight in Latest Campus IT Plan Summit

Event recap

CITP Summit Zoom participants

CITP Summit reception

Images from the virtual presentations and in-person reception

More than 300 Stanford IT community members registered for the fifth Campus IT Plan Summit, which focused on research data. The event was held virtually November 2 and 3, with an in-person reception on November 3.

The summit is part of the Campus IT Plan, an annual view of the Stanford community's technology improvement efforts. Co-sponsored and hosted by UIT, Stanford Research Computing Center, Stanford Medicine, Vice Provost and Dean of Research, and the Graduate School of Business, the event fostered important conversations and collaboration relating back to the Campus IT Plan and research data. 

In total, 43 speakers shared at the Campus IT Plan Research Data Summit on a wide range of topics: security, technology, research, medicine, faculty, and beyond. Participants represented more than 36 Stanford departments. This multidisciplinary approach results in unique opportunities to share knowledge, find connections, and problem-solve together.


Each day kicked off with several keynote presentations, highlighting different types and uses of research data. 

Day 1 included:

  • Using Big Data to Solve New Global Health Challenges in Real-Time
  • Planning a Data Infrastructure for a New School 
  • NIH FINAL Data Sharing and Management Policy – What You Need to Know
  • GSB Social Science Research Data and Faculty Interests

Day 2 featured:

  • Through the Lens of Stanford Professor and Researcher: Research Data Perspectives
  • Building Support for Research Data on Campus
  • Stanford Data Farm Panel Discussion
  • Demystifying the Data Risk Assessment (DRA)

View the full keynote recordings on our event page

Breakout Sessions

After the keynotes, attendees participated in several breakout sessions. 

Breakout rooms focused on one of three topics:

  • Data ethics and compliance 
  • Data sharing and collaboration 
  • Stanford services 

Within the three tracks, various breakout choices were offered over the two-day event. Ten breakout sessions took place on Day 1, and eight were held on Day 2.

View the breakout session recordings on our event page

To wrap up each day of the event, participants took part in virtual table topic breakout sessions. These community-led breakouts enabled everyone to connect and collaborate on what resonated with them from the day, and how they could continue these conversations to benefit their work moving forward. 

Overall, the summit inspired increased connectivity, engagement, and progress around supporting excellence in research data at Stanford and beyond.

As one attendee noted in a shoutout about the event:

“Everyone did a fantastic job facilitating and delivering content that was accessible and engaging. I especially loved the infectious curiosity from Sarah Buszka through the great questions she had queued up for each of the keynote presenters. I learned a lot about the larger research data ecosystems around campus and I feel so energized to take what I learned back to my slice of the community. Thank you for helping to make it happen!”
- Kevin Tully, Research Storage Administrator, UIT

For all event recordings and resources, please visit the event page


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