Endangered Data Week (Feb 26-Mar 2, 2018)

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The UVa Library is hosting a number of events as part of Endangered Data Week 2018 (February 26-March 2), a collaborative effort, coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, libraries, citizen science initiatives, and cultural heritage institutions, (1) to shed light on public datasets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost; (2) to promote public and open data, working toward greater accessibility; and (3) to build a culture of data consciousness, increasing appreciation for and the ability to use data within the larger community.

Research Data Services is available year-round with a variety of data-related services, including discovery and acquisition of datasets, statistical support and data analytics consulting, research software support, and consulting on data-related issues, including research data management. We also offer a rich variety of workshops throughout the academic year. We are happy to answer any questions you might have; just send us an email at researchdataservices@virginia.edu.

Below is the current list of events we are hosting at UVa for Endangered Data Week. No reservations are required, so please join us if you can!

Within the UVa Library, these events are being hosted by Research Data Services and the Scholars’ Lab with support from the Data Science Institute at UVa. You can also view the events we hosted in 2017, for the first Endangered Data Week.

For more information about other Endangered Data Week events around the country and around the world, please visit the Endangered Data Week website.


Workshop Topic (Instructor) Day Time Location
Introduction to R (Clay Ford) Monday, February 26th 10:00am-noon Alderman 421
Designed for the absolute beginner, this workshop provides a gentle introduction to R and RStudio. R is a free, open-source software environment and programming language designed specifically for statistical analysis. Since its introduction in 2000, R has rapidly increased in popularity thanks to its power, price (free!), and supportive community. RStudio is a free integrated development environment (IDE) that makes using and learning R much easier. In this workshop we’ll get you started using R with RStudio, show you how to import data, do some basic data manipulation, create a few graphics, perform some basic statistical analyses, and point you in the direction to learn more and go further with R!

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Data Sharing and Public Health Emergencies (Daniel Mietchen) Monday, February 26th 3pm-4:00pm Alderman 421
Public health emergencies require profound and swift action at scale with limited resources, often on the basis of incomplete information and frequently under rapidly evolving circumstances. While emergency-triggered sharing goes back millennia, data sharing is a relatively new facet of public health emergency responses. As our societies become ever more digital and globally connected, the profile of data is growing in many ways, and with it the potential impact of preserving and sharing data, or failing at that.

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ArcGIS Online: Story Maps (Drew Macqueen) Tuesday, February 27th 10:00am-11:00am Alderman 421
Story Maps are templates that allow authors to give context to their ArcGIS Online maps. Whether telling a story, giving a tour or comparing historic maps, ESRI Story Maps are easy-to-use applications that create polished presentations. ArcGIS Online sessions assume participants have no previous experience using GIS. Sessions will be hands-on with step-by-step tutorials and expert assistance.

Basics of Version Control with Git (Ammon Shepherd) Tuesday, February 27th 1:00pm-2:00pm Alderman 421
Do you have file names like: Paper.doc, Paper-revision1.doc, Paper-v2.doc, Paper-Final.doc, Paper-Final2.doc? Have you heard of version control, but not sure how to get it working for you? This workshop will give you an overview of how to use Git and GitHub to version your documents (word processing, coding document, or any type of files). This is a workshop for absolute beginners, so no experience is required. We will mostly be talking about version control from a theoretical standpoint, and won’t be installing or using git on your own computers.

CANCELLED: Literate Data Science in Stata (Alex Jakubow) Tuesday, February 27th 2:00pm-3:30pm Brown 133
Literate statistical programming can improve the efficiency and reproducibility of our research. This workshop explores tools for weaving code, results, and interpretation into integrated documents in Stata. We will consider default solutions bundled with Stata 15, as well as community-created alternatives. We will also illustrate multiple output formats (e.g., .html, .tex, .pdf). Prior knowledge of markdown is helpful but not required.

Introduction to Libra Data (Dataverse at UVa) (Sherry Lake) Wednesday, February 28th 1:00pm-2:00pm Brown 133
Libra Data, UVa’s instance of Dataverse is available for UVA researchers to publish and share data. Libra Data is for final, publishable products of research and can fulfill data sharing requirements from journals and/or funders. Benefits of using Libra Data include: Increased visibility and impact of your research data, Safe management of your data, Fulfillment of journal and grant mandates, and Valuable research time saved. Libra Data went live in 2017; you can read more about the benefits and the full Library announcement. Join us for the brief overview and demonstration session on Libra Data.

Introduction to the City of Charlottesville’s Open Data Portal (Steve Hawkes, Mark Simpson and Nathan Day) Wednesday, February 28th 2:30pm-3:30pm Alderman 421
The objective of Open Data is to eliminate burdens to access data created or managed by government agencies, while respecting privacy and sensitivity concerns. It enables entrepreneurs, academics, community groups, other learning communities, developers, and interested citizens to use data in creative data applications. The City of Charlottesville’s Open Data Portal houses machine-readable data, that can be downloaded and manipulated. The data includes crime statistics, traffic, demographics, real estate and environmental data. Members of the Open Data Advisory Group, a citizen stakeholder group, will introduce the Open Data hub and portal, and then Nathan Day will lead us in a dive into some of the data available from the portal.

Please bring a laptop so you can dive into the data as well.

Introduction to DocNow (Jeremy Boggs) Thursday, March 1st 2:00pm-3:00pm Alderman 421
In honor of Endangered Data Week, join us for an introduction to DocNow, a tool and community developed around supporting the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media content. Scholars’ Lab staff will be on hand to provide a brief introduction to the tool, a discussion of data collection, and a consideration of the complex, often fraught, stories that can be told through social media data. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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