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Tuesday, May 17
Event Description

Join us for a late afternoon virtual gathering to catch up with other Asia/Australia-based FISD members. While we won’t be able to share handshakes, New Year greetings or hugs, this informal meeting will allow registrants to connect via video and/or audio. This is the second-best way to reconnect with friends, colleagues and libations!


10:00 am – 10:05 am

FISD Welcome

Tracey Shumpert, VP, Membership & Programs, FISD

10:05 am – 10:15 am

Alternative Data Council Overview

Norman Niemer, Chief Data Scientist, UBS Asset Management

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Panel: How Standardized Data Documentation Helps Data to Flow

The experts within FISD’s Alternative Data Council recently created and published the Data Descriptions Guidelines, a standardized approach to data documentation.  These guidelines help data vendors apply standard approaches to describe their data, provide technical details to help engineers efficiently access the data, and to save researchers time by providing starter code and data validation tests.  It is intended as a single place to define a vendor’s business.  This panel will discuss how industry coalescence around standardized data documentation can provide benefits to different sectors of the alt data ecosystem:

  • Vendors: Better communication to your customers and potential customers
  • Market places/data brokers:  Easier to find and evaluate data sources
  • Data engineering teams: Faster to ingest data to make it consumable
  • Investment Analysts / Data Scientists: Quickly extract insights from the data


Jon Neitzell, Founder and Managing Partner, Anduril Partners


Michael Beal, CEO, Data Capital Management

Sarah McKenna, CEO, Sequentum

David Murdock, CFA, Vice President, Product Management - API and Data Products, Visible Alpha

Norman Niemer, Chief Data Scientist, UBS Asset Management

11:00 am - 11:30 am


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