session-attendeesA guitar duo singing about UW-IT’s Knowledge Navigator (KN) data tool was one of many highlights of the “future-proofing IT”–themed TechConnect Conference on March 24. The musical act—Keith Van Eaton and Rob McDade from Enterprise Data & Analytics—ended their breakout session, Metadata—A Love Note to the Future, with a Beatles-inspired melody to encourage “getting a little help from KN.” Van Eaton and McDade explained how relevant metadata provides context and makes many types of information in many locations more discoverable. The session was one of 15, several with standing room only.

dr-sean-mooneyTechConnect opened with keynote speaker Sean Mooney, PhD, Chief Research Information Officer, UW Medicine and Professor, UW Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, who talked about ongoing needs and efforts toward an IT infrastructure for managing the deluge of data expected to continue to positively influence health outcomes.

“Sean Mooney’s talk galvanized my team by connecting their work in IT to the incredible research at the UW. We also got to continue the conversation with Dr. Mooney one on one throughout the day. Thanks for such a great opportunity!” said Joe Shelley, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer, UW Bothell Information Technologies.

session-panelThe third annual conference, with 450 in attendance, again proved popular for members of the University’s IT support community at all three UW campuses to meet face-to-face, and to share information about IT services and tools. This year, the content included an emphasis on IT career skills and leadership, introduced a theme with breakout session tracks, and featured roundtable discussions as a format.

Session materials

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