‘Big data’, the subject of analysis on Library Day 2017 | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián
18-10-2017 11:15

‘Big data’, the subject of analysis on Library Day 2017

Tabakalera, Donostia Kultura and Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea have organised a conference in Ubik on 24 October, on occasion of World Library Day.

It will consist of two parts: in the morning several Spanish and international experts will offer conferences and a round table, and in the afternoon a workshop has been organised on the visualisation of big data using open source software.


Tabakalera, Donostia Kultura and Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea have collaborated to organise a conference in the Z Room in Tabakalera and in Ubik on 24 October, to join the celebration of World Library Day.

Under the title 'Big data. Culture and libraries', the conference will consist of two parts: on the one hand, a morning session with conferences and a round table; and on the other, a workshop in the afternoon, with the title Visualisation of data and research reproducible with open source software.

The use of the term 'big data' is increasingly frequent. According to Wikipedia it refers to large collections of data: “(It) is a term for data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing application software is inadequate to deal with them.” Collecting, consulting, managing and analysing this data is a huge challenge for the libraries of the 21st century. If done properly, however, it can be the ideal system to detect and solve all types of problems, as well as to optimise ways of working.

In line with this, during this conference aimed at both professionals from the sector and at the general public, questions such as the following will be asked: How does big data change access to culture? What does it bring to cultural creation? What is the role of libraries and/or librarians in the context of big data? 

With the aim of broadening our knowledge and to promote debate, we will have top experts to talk about and reflect the topic, first of all, and to later play with the data through a workshop.




Morning session (Z Room in Tabakalera)

Presentation of the conference
How big data and the Internet of things change our access to culture
Mario Tascón
Disjointed data to measure the change in the brand image of cities through culture. The case of Medellin (Colombia)
Álvaro Fierro
What does big data contribute to creative cultural industries?
Dr Maria Teresa Linaza
Coffee break
The role of libraries and librarians in the context of big data: the future that awaits us
Ana Belén Ríos Hilario
Round table (with all the participants)
Moderated by: Javier Celaya


Afternoon session (Ubik)

Workshop: Visualisation of data and research reproducible with open source software
Talaios Kooperatiba
This workshop aims to show how an institution can take advantage of all the data it has stored in its archives; how to show them in an attractive, intuitive and useful way. 

Both the morning session and the afternoon workshop each have their own registration process that can be carried out on the tabakalera.eu website. This website will make it possible to follow the morning session via streaming. On the other hand, there will be a simultaneous interpreting service for attendees of the conferences and the round table in the morning.




A wide range of activities have been scheduled on occasion of Library Day. From 21 to 28 October, during a week, more than a dozen activities such as concerts, storytelling, meetings, workshops, etc. have been organised for children.


Download the whole programme here (only in Basque ans Spanish).