Digital Scholar Bytes: My Kind of Data!

Love Data Week 2024, scheduled for February 12-16, presents a unique opportunity for scholars, students, librarians, and data enthusiasts to delve into the multifaceted world of data. This year’s theme, “My Kind of Data,” underscores the personal connection we all have with data and its diverse applications. Understanding and managing data becomes not just useful but crucial for academic and professional growth. The international, yearly event is sponsored by the ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research).

The Importance of Data Literacy

With data misinterpretation and misinformation rampant, Love Data Week promotes data literacy and sound research data management strategies. The week-long program offers webinars and workshops aimed at enhancing understanding and skills in handling data. These events are not only urgent but essential in building a community that values and accurately interprets data. See the list of events that ICPSR is hosting.

Unique Celebrations: Adopt a Dataset

One aspect of Love Data Week is the “Adopt a Dataset” program. Much like adopting a pet, participants can choose a dataset from a diverse list, ranging from health studies to social surveys, and learn about the data it contains. This novel approach not only fosters a deeper understanding of specific datasets but also encourages participants to share their findings, thus contributing to a broader discourse on data utilization. To adopt a dataset:

Join the Global Conversation

Love Data Week is more than a series of events; it’s a global conversation about the role of data in our lives. By participating, you’re not only gaining valuable knowledge and skills but also joining a community of like-minded individuals who understand the power of data. Whether you’re attending a webinar, adopting a dataset, or simply engaging in the social media conversation using #LoveData24, you’re contributing to a movement that values and celebrates data in all its forms.

In conclusion, Love Data Week 2024 offers a platform for learning, sharing, and celebrating the diverse world of data. It’s an opportunity to enhance your data literacy, engage in creative activities, and contribute to a global discussion on the importance of data in shaping our future.

Catholic University Libraries

If you are interested in learning more, see our Digital Scholarship guide.

Additional Resources

U.S. Government (

Google Dataset Search

The Open Data Handbook

Love Data Week- National Library of Medicine

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