Endangered Data Week at Paul V. Galvin Library—April 17–21

Visit Paul V. Galvin Library for Endangered Data Week Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21. Endangered Data Week is a new, collaborative effort, coordinated across campuses, non-profits, 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.

Endangered Data Week events include:

April 17:  Orientation to DataLumos–ICPSR’s archive to preserve valuable government data.
Come to the Library Learning Center anytime from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. to see a 35-minute recorded webinar outlining the efforts of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) to archive and make accessible government data sets in the social sciences, in particular their DataLumos platform.

Tuesday, April 18: Saving government data–A conversation with the future
Come to the Library Learning Center anytime from 2–5 p.m. to see a 60-minute recorded webinar outlining the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities’ effort, Data Refuge, aimed at preserving endangered environmental data. The Data Refuge is populated primarily with data sets harvested at DataRescue events (see below).

Wednesday, April 19: Data Refuge–From a Veteran
Come to the Library Learning Center at 2 p.m. to see a short presentation from a Galvin staff member and Data Rescue veteran. Find out firsthand what the Data Refuge is and what Data Rescue events are all about, so that you’ll be psyched to join the next one (see below).

Thursday, April 20: End of Term Publication Metadata Project
Come to the Library Learning Center anytime between 1–3 p.m. to hear about how a crowdsourced effort downloaded materials from the outgoing Obama administration prior to and during the presidential transition, and about the ongoing effort to describe those downloaded materials.

April 21: Endangered Accountability–A DLF-Sponsored Webinar on FOIA, Government Data, and Transparency
Come to the Library Learning Center at noon to attend a live webinar offered by the Digital Library Federation’s new working group on Government Records Transparency and Accountability for a conversation about government data and records transparency. Speakers include Alex Howard of the Sunlight Foundation, Denice Ross from New America, and representatives from the National Archives FOIA Ombudsman’s Office.

Raising Awareness and Engaging your Community through DataRescue
Come to the Library Learning Center at 1 p.m. to attend a live webinar offered by the Federal Depository Library Program, about how depositories around the country are highlighting DataRescue events to their patrons and the community at large.

Saturday, April 22: Earth Day Chicago’s Third Data Rescue event at Northwestern University

This Data Rescue event will take place from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Knight Lab in Fisk Hall, 1845 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois. Learn more and register here. For more information about Endangered Data Week events, email ahrens@iit.edu.

For all events in the Library Learning Center, Galvin staff will be available to answer questions.