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Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week in February

Posted by on February 8th, 2018 Posted in: Data Science

Love Data Week is February 12th – 16th and Endangered Data Week is February 26th – March 2nd. Data Weeks provide opportunities for researchers, scholars, data professionals, and the community to share stories about the data that shape our lives. Data Weeks encourage us to stop and think about the data that we use, manage, and create both professionally and in our everyday lives.

What is Love Data Week?

Love Data Week is February 12 – 16, 2018. Similar to Open Access Week, the purpose of Love Data Week is to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services. We are encouraged to share practical tips, resources, and stories to help researchers at any stage in their career use good data practices.

Topics covered are considered entry points to broad conversations about how data is being used to shape the world around us. This year the topics selected are:

  • Stories about data – Lessons learned about our own failures and successes in dealing with data.
  • Telling stories with data – How data is being used in creative and compelling ways to tell a clear story, whether to raise awareness, change behavior, or organize and action?
  • Connected conversations – There are lots of conversations about the challenges, potential, and strategies of working with data in various silos. How can we begin to facilitate conversations between communities that have similar challenges, but not interact in daily work?
  • We are data – Explore the personal, ethical, and practical implications of living in a culture that utilizes our every digital move.

What is Endangered Data Week?

Endangered Data Week (February 26 – March 2, 2018) is a new, collaborative effort, coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, libraries, citizen science initiatives, and cultural heritage institutions, to shed light on public datasets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost. The week’s events can promote care for endangered collections by: publicizing the availability of datasets; increasing critical engagement with them, including through visualization and analysis; and by encouraging political activism for open data policies and the fostering of data skills through workshops on curation, documentation and discovery, improved access, and preservation.

A number of suggested activities are available in support of Endangered Data Week. Possible ideas include:

  • Subject-specific workshops or presentations using endangered datasets
  • Lectures or roundtables on issues of transparency, policy, or critical data literacy
  • Workshop/hackathon on organizing, reformatting, or visualizing endangered data
  • DataRescue events
  • Letter writing/advocacy campaigns
  • Data curation workshops or training
  • Data Expeditions
  • Workshops on ways to use archived websites for research
  • Web scraping/web archiving workshops
  • Data storytelling events, using tools like these, from DataRefuge

Are you celebrating Love Data Week or Endangered Data Week at your institution? What activities are you doing in support of these initiatives? Because we love data, we want to hear about your activities and lessons learned. If you’d like to share what your institution did during those weeks, please e-mail Tony Nguyen.

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