On September 23-25 I attended the Data Information Literacy Symposium at Purdue University with the IU Science Data Management Librarian (and my boss!), Stacy Konkiel. Not only was it nice to see Purdue University for the first time and visit my friend Ilana, the symposium was absolutely fantastic. I’m quite indebted to Stacy for forwarding me the email about the DIL Symposium as soon as she got it, which allowed me to register as well. I know there was a sizable waiting list–I believe the number of attendees was capped at 100. It was great to meet so many people who are also interested in developing more effective ways to teach data management skills.

The symposium was facilitated by the original DIL project team, consisting of Purdue University, the University of Oregon, University of Minnesota, and Cornell University. The majority of the symposium content was structured around their research findings and case studies.

Stacy and I shared a poster  focusing on an upcoming data visualization and management workshop we will be leading along with David Polley at the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center (aka Ted – my co-conspirator for ACRL and LOEX in the spring).

DIL poster

Our idea behind the workshop is to lure in attendees with promises of pretty visualizations while incorporating vital data management skills into the mix. We’re hoping that going through a workflow that accounts for management and visualization of data will cement in attendees’ mind the relationship between the two… namely that if you don’t manage your data well, you might not be able to create a visualization at all, much less a good one that will augment your scholarship!

We will be going through four mini workflows that will result in topical, temporal, spatial, and network analyses. We wanted to use only open data sources so that attendees (or other institutions) could replicate the workshop workflows; we selected ISI/Web of Knowledge, Open Congress, ICPSR, and a corpus of TEI-encoded texts from the humanities.

Now that the DIL Symposium is over, we’ve made our poster, workshop outline, map of DIL competencies to learning outcomes, and visualization rubric available for download on IUScholarWorks.

Our workshop is quickly approaching: October 25 at 9am! I stopped teaching information literacy workshops this spring so I’m eager to get back into the classroom.


Here’s the abstract and way to sign up, if you’re interested!

Data Visualization and Management: The Basics

Oct 25, 2013 – 9:00am to 12:00pm in Wells Library Information Commons Instruction Cluster 1

Interested in using data visualization to enhance your research but don’t know where to begin? Learn how to use basic data visualization techniques and tools including Voyant, OpenRefine, Gephi, and Sci2 at our workshop, where we’ll give users the chance to test their skills using data from a variety of open data sources. Experts will also cover the best ways to manage your data throughout its lifecycle. No data visualization experience needed, but attendees should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Register here: http://libprod.lib.indiana.edu/tools/workshops/workshop-listings/series-view/182/series

This workshop is part of Open Access Week 2013.


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