Data – it’s everywhere! From ‘March Madness’ to politics to infrastructure to Broadway musicals, data is shaping our understanding of the world. You don’t have to look very far to find data, data sets, coding and visualizations. Try 30 Places to Find Open Data on the Web.
From the news this week see:
- NCAA Tournament history database
- Reading level of 2016 debate rhetoric
- Corrosive water in Flint, Michigan
Even Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog site riffs on the words per minute in ‘Hamilton’ Is the Model of a Modern Fast Paced Musical. Full disclosure, this author admits to reading baseball data too often!
How does this ubiquitous data impact the university, academia and research? Universities are using data visualizations to connect students and alumni to their institutions. See this Interactive Alumni Map from CUA.
Faculty and students are learning new coding tools and data visualization techniques to tell the story of their research. Libraries are awash in usage data from electronic resources for decision-making. Librarians are collaborating with researchers on all aspects of the data life cycle; from data management planning, to data collection, to archiving research data.
Future posts in March will focus on data and digital scholarship. We will discuss library support for data-driven digital endeavors. Topics of interest will be data science, data management, e-Science, digital humanities, API’s, text and data mining.
Tell us about your data CUA! Contact Kim Hoffman firstname.lastname@example.org
— Kimberly Hoffman