Graduate Pathways to Success Sessions

Graduate Pathways to Success Sessions: Foundations of Project Management II + Strategies for Improving your Academic Writing

Registration is now open for the following Graduate Pathways to Success sessions:
Foundations of Project Management II (a Mitacs Step workshop)
Tuesday, December 2nd and Wednesday, December 3rd 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM . Please note that attendance at both sessions is mandatory.
For a complete session description, see
Registration is reserved to those who have completed Foundations of Project Management I.
Graduate students may register at
Postdoctoral fellows may register at

Strategies for Improving your Academic Writing (via Webinar)
Thursday, December 4th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
For a complete session description, see
To register, visit

If you have any questions, please contact Jacqui Brinkman, Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program at

WSU NDSA Student Chapter’s 3rd Annual Colloquium: Call for Speakers and Poster Submissions

The Wayne State University National Digital Stewardship Alliance Student Chapter will be holding its 3rd colloquium, “Putting the Pieces Together: Digital Curation, Preservation, and Metadata”, on Friday, April 24, 2015 in Detroit, MI. We are looking for students, alumni, and professionals to speak or present a poster about any topic related to the skills, tools and processes involved in digital curation, digital preservation, and metadata generation, use, and management. We accept digital poster submissions for those that want to submit but cannot attend in person.

Please see the attached document for submission and colloquium details. The deadline for submissions is February 8th.

To see posters, go to:



Bachelor of Computer Science (ICS) second degree – a post-baccalaureate program

BCS is a unique, 20-month, second degree program. It is designed for university graduates possessing a bachelor’s degree in another field who are interested in making a career transition into information technology, or combining their own field with computer science. This program is the only Bachelor of Computer Science program offered in Western Canada.

• allows students to combine computer science with other fields of interest, e.g. biology, psychology, commerce, education, music, etc.
• optional co-op work terms
• regular tuition fees

Appealing to:
• mature learners
• graduating university students

Application details:
The application deadline is March 15th, 2015. For information about our admission and application process, please visit our website at: or contact our Coordinator Giuliana Villegas at or 604-822-2213.

The Computer Science Department at UBC is a top-ranked Computer Science department in Canada, as well as in North America. Our professors are leading researchers and outstanding instructors. Our department offers multiple and flexible program options to undergraduate students. For more information on our department and programs, please visit our website at: or contact us at: 604-822-9176 or

NDSR Washington, D.C. Resident Application Information

We are pleased to announce that application requirements to become a resident for the upcoming Washington, D.C. class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program are now available on our website, located at The site contains information about how to apply to the program as well as specific requirements. The D.C. residency will start in June 2015 and end in June 2016.

Over the next few weeks we will select the 5 hosting organizations for the NDSR program in the Washington, D.C. area. Those host organizations and their corresponding projects will be published to the site on December 15, 2014. The application period to become a resident will open on December 17, 2014 and will close on January 30, 2015. Resident candidates are asked to identify their top 3 project choices in their application materials.

The NDSR is a year-long field experience for recent graduates focused on developing the next generation of stewards to collect, manage, preserve and make digital assets accessible. The program was developed through a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Residencies are currently being hosted in the Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. areas.

For more information, please visit our site or email

SBP 2015 Grand Data Challenge

The Grand Data Challenge of the 2015 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling & Prediction

This year’s SBP Grand Challenge problem asks participants to consider the following question, “how can we use publicly available data on the web and elsewhere to find social inequality and to aid the disadvantaged?”
From the Arab Spring to the recent Gamergate scandal, the use of social media in understanding and mitigating social inequalities and prejudice has increased at a rapid pace. At the same time, data used for decades to study the ways in which social inequalities permeate every facet of social structure have become increasingly accessible. While many have taken advantage of these resources to produce new and interesting approaches to understanding social inequalities and ways to prevent them, there is much interesting and useful work still to be done. For example, the following questions may be of interest:
• How are stereotypes of disadvantaged individuals perpetuated in social media?
• How do differing levels of Internet access affect the presence and attitude of individuals online?
• How has the distribution of poverty changed over time as American cities have grown, and how has this affected the impoverished population in a negative or positive way?
These are by no means the only questions of interest, and are only intended to give a rough idea of what might be an interesting topic to explore for this challenge problem.

All submissions must be in the form of a 4-6 page single column paper with a minimum font size of 10. Note that only the abstract will be included in the proceedings, and thus should not conflict with any concurrent or future submissions of this work to other venues. Submissions will be judged by a based on their novelty, adherence to relevant social science literature, and technical rigor.
All submissions must be made to our submission site,
Important Dates
• Paper Submission January 20th, 2015
• Winner Notification February 28th, 2015
• SBP 2015 Conference March 31st – April 3rd, 2015
To Be Determined
Last year, the winner received a cash prize as well as a travel reimbursement to present their work at the conference. This year will likely be much the same. We will update this portion when the prizes have been finalized.
Example Datasets
We have provided some sample datasets to get contestants started on their submissions. These datasets are merely intended to provide a starting point, and are not required for the submission. Contestants are encouraged to provide their own datasets for the community. All of the datasets that follow are available on the SBP Grand Challenge website (
• Ferguson Protests – Tweets pertaining to 2014 protest activity in Ferguson, Missouri. Contains 1.1M Tweets 7-14 days after the first protests. We’ll have Tweet IDs up for this dataset within two weeks.
• Census Data – The US Census department provides an API ( to quickly access large volumes of census data.
• Gamergate – Tweets pertaining to the Gamergate scandal collected by Andy Baio for his article about the incident (
• Social Computing Repository – Contains data from a collection of social media sites including Digg, Foursquare, and Twitter. Data can be obtained from (
Please direct all questions to the SBP Grand Challenge Committee at

$30,000 in Student Awards Available from CIBC and Student Life Network

Each year our organization, in collaboration with CIBC, offers awards worth over $30,000 to help a Canadian student pay for school or reduce their student debt.

The award is not merit based and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in all programs. In addition to $20,000 from CIBC to use for school or student debt, it contains a whole host of other awards that make a student’s life easier such as a $7,500 scholarship from Scholarships Canada and an award for four years of textbooks.

Students can register for the 2014 contest here: Registration is open until the end of the year and the winner is announced shortly thereafter.

This award can be life changing and we’re fortunate to have two great previous winners in Taylor Esselment from Western University and Leah Meanwell from the University of British Columbia. To watch a re-cap of the award announcements with our team and CIBC check out the videos for Leah and Taylor

Grunt Gallery Presents DIG

Grunt Gallery, an artist run centre in Mount Pleasant, presents DIG: an afternoon exploring archives and archival practice in the arts. DIG will feature speakers, an archives tour, and a video screening from the archives, plus coffee, beer, and general good times. More information is available here:

ImagineBC Deadline Approaching

A reminder that the ImagineBC submission deadline is December 19. Watch the video at for inspiration, to learn more about the initiative, and how to submit your idea.
You may recall that ImagineBC was launched in September, a partnership of the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia Libraries, Simon Fraser University Libraries, and the BC Libraries Cooperative.

ImagineBC is a chance for any citizen, group, or organization in British Columbia to describe an innovative idea that improves their community and receive incubation funding to make it happen. We are looking for ideas that address a community need or interest such as: volunteerism, small business development, digital literacy, community engagement, language & cultural needs, or local history.

ACA – Call for Student Proposals and Posters

MAS and Dual students are encouraged to start thinking about submitting a proposal for the annual student session at next year’s ACA Conference in Regina (June 11-13, 2015). Students might also want to consider putting in a proposal for the revamped poster session, which will include the opportunity to present a 3-5 minute “lightning” talk on their subject.

There are two calls for submissions – Students interested are encourage to send in a proposal.

Call for Student Proposals


Dean of Arts Research Seminar – Robert Gibbs: “Ideas Of The Future University”

Dr. Robert B. Gibbs, Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, will give a talk: “Ideas of the future university” on Monday December 1, 2014 from 4:00 to 5:00pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

To see poster, go to:



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