Little Rock — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host two major international conferences in November that school officials said will focus on data science and the information it can provide business, education and health care leaders.

The conferences will be hosted by UALR’s Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology.

The 2013 Information and Data Quality Conference, one of the leading annual gatherings of the worldwide information quality and data governance community, will be held Nov. 4-7 in the UALR Student Services Center.

The 2013 International Conference on Information Quality will be held Nov. 7-9 in the Engineering and Information Technology Building.

First held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the ICIQ conference is the longest-running annual international conference focused on information quality, officials said.

UALR is coordinating more than 80 separate conference sessions during the overlapping conferences through its Information Quality graduate program.

Although both conferences will deal largely with "big data," most experts agree that the focus has shifted to analytics, said John Talburt, coordinator for the UALR IQ graduate program.

"The fact is that large amounts of data are being gleaned daily, whether by governmental agencies or private corporations. The question is how we are sifting through and using it," Talburt said in a news release. "What these conferences will highlight is what we are able to do with the data, the insights enormous data sets can provide, as well as the ethical issues behind their use."