• May 1, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us for our next research seminar with NYU CUSP and NYU Wagner Professor Julia Lane! Professor Lane will discuss “Building an Amazon.com for Data.” 

Wednesday, May 1
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Seminar Room at NYU CUSP
370 Jay Street
12th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

The event is open to the public. Please RSVP below.

Building an Amazon.com for Data

Abstract: Researchers and analysts who want to use data for evidence and policy cannot easily find out who else worked with the data, on what topics and with what results. As a result, good research is underused, great data go undiscovered and are undervalued, and time and resources are wasted redoing empirical work. A new generation of automated search tools could help researchers discover data in empirical publication. And automation can be used to reward researchers who validate the results and contribute additional information about use, fields, methods, code, and findings.   In sum, our vision is to build an Amazon.com for data. This presentation will describe the results of a competition that challenged the computer science community to build such search algorithms.  It describes the planned approach to use the results to link data to research both retrospectively – past publications without documented relationships to datasets – and prospectively – suggesting to researchers uploading their papers that they link to documented datasets that seem to be mentioned in their manuscript.

Julia Lane Headshot

Julia Lane is a Professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress, and a NYU Provostial Fellow for Innovation Analytics. She cofounded the Coleridge Initiative, whose goal is to use data to transform the way governments access and use data for the social good through training programs, research projects and a secure data facility.  The approach is attracting national attention, including the Commission on Evidence Based Policy and the Federal Data Strategy.

Previous to this, Julia was a Senior Managing Economist and Institute Fellow at American Institutes for Research. In this role Julia  co-founded the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) at the University of Michigan. Julia has held positions at the National Science Foundation, The Urban Institute, The World Bank, American University and NORC at the University at Chicago. 

In these positions, Julia has led many initiatives, including co-founding the Institute for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) at the University of Michigan and STAR METRICS programs at the National Science Foundation. She also initiated and led the creation and permanent establishment of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program at the U.S. Census Bureau. This program began as a small two year ASA Census Bureau fellowship and evolved into the first large-scale linked employer-employee dataset in the United States. It is now a permanent Census Bureau program with appropriated funds of $11 million per year.

Julia has published over 80 articles in leading economics journals, and authored or edited ten books. She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Statistical Institute and a fellow of the American Statistical Association.  She has been the recipient of over $70 million in grants; from foundations such as the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Overdeck Family Foundation, the Schmidt Futures Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; from government agencies such as the Departments of Commerce, Labor, and Health and Human Services in the U.S., the ESRC in the U.K., and the Department of Labour and Statistics New Zealand in New Zealand, as well as from international organizations such as the World Bank. Julia is the recipient of the 2014 Julius Shiskin award and the 2014 Roger Herriot award. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Warren E. Miller Award.

Julia received her PhD in Economics and Master’s in Statistics from the University of Missouri.