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Symposium Agenda

Big Data and Ethics
December 5, 2014
Council Chambers (Gilmour Hall 111)
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Welcome and Overview 2:00 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
Abigail Payne, Professor, Department of Economics,  Director, Public Economics Data Analysis Laboratory (PEDAL)

2:05 pm - 2:25 p.m. 

  • Jim Dunn, Professor, Department of Health, Aging and Society; Director, the Collaboratory for Research on Urban Neighbourhoods, Community Health and Housing (CRUNCH) and the McMaster Institute for Environment and Health (MIEH)
    Jim Dunn studies the ways in which urban housing and neighbourhoods and related policies affect health. He works closely with local government data sources and is also involved in the development and production of innovative data sources related to video-based systematic social observation.
    Followed by a Q & A

 2:30 pm - 2:50 p.m


3:00 pm - 3:20 p.m.

  • Michael Boyle, Professor, Canada Research Chair in the Social Determinants of Child Health, Director, Offord Centre for Child Studies 
    Using the 1983 Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS) and its sequel, the 2014 OCHS, the presentation will focus on micro-data sharing and access in general population surveys developed by university researchers, competitively funded by public agencies (e.g., Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care) and implemented by Statistics Canada. The discussion will extend to other population health and social surveys conducted by Statistics Canada and ethical options for making data available to researchers for secondary analysis.             
  • Followed by a Q & A

3: 30 - 3:50 pm

  • Matthew Woolhouse, Assistant Professor, School of the Arts, Department of Music; and the Director of the Digital Music Lab in Association with Nokia

Followed by a Q & A

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

WRAP-UP: Final Thoughts, Suggestions, Discussion: Moderated by Abigail Payne



Organized by:  Office of the Vice-President of Research & International Affairs, McMaster University Library, and the McMaster Research Ethics Board