Love Data Week 2020

Roses are red, violets are blue, we love data, and hope you do too! To celebrate Love Data Week the library is hosting a series of hands-on workshops to help you feel the data love! Join us the week of February 10th through 14th. Workshops are offered as part of the Data Dialogues series and are open to the entire University of Rochester community.


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Big Data: Scary, Scrupulous, Secretive? All Three?

A tour of the ethical quandaries to the big data applications in our everyday lives

Big data -along with machine learning, predictive analytics, and AI—is creating novel and thorny ethical dilemmas in our day-to-day lives. This workshop will explore how perceived future threats of emerging digital technologies were depicted in the popular and prescient 2002 film Minority Report. We’ll discuss which worrisome technology trends did come to pass, which did not, and what are a few of the unanticipated data concerns not predicted but are now in fact changing our culture.
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  • Monday, February 10, 1:00-2:00pm in Rush Rhees Library, Suite B
  • Workshop facilitator: Adrienne Canino, Science & Data Librarian and Bob Berkman, Business Outreach Librarian


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Cleaning Messy Data with OpenRefine

Real world data can be messy, but clean, consistent data is critical for analysis and visualization. Data transformation can be complex and time-consuming, but, luckily, tools exist to make this process quicker and more reproducible. In this hands-on session, you will learn the basics of batch cleaning messy data with OpenRefine, an open-source tool designed to efficiently clean and transform data with no programming required! Please download and install OpenRefine before the workshop. Please bring your laptop to the workshop. 

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  • Tuesday, February 11, 1:00-2:00pm in Rush Rhees Library, Suite B
  • Workshop facilitator: Sarah Pugachev, Research Initiatives Librarian


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Metadata: A Love Letter to the Future
Even if you’re not aware of it, many of your day-to-day activities rely on metadata, or “data about data”. From your phone to the library to Google and beyond, metadata, or structured information, is working hard behind the scenes. Metadata helps you discover new objects, information and ideas, allows you to draw connections between them, and also preserve and manage that information long into the future. Join us to learn more about the basics of metadata, what good metadata looks like, and how good metadata practice can help you in your personal and professional lives.

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  • Wednesday, February 12, 1:00-2:00pm in Carlson Library, VISTA Collaboratory
  • Workshop facilitator: Maggie Dull, Head of Metadata Strategies


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Getting Started with Tableau
Are you interested in learning more about data visualization? Curious about the best ways to tell stories with data? Looking for simple and fast ways to create data dashboards? In this beginner-level workshop you’ll get a hands-on introduction to creating interactive visualizations with Tableau Public, a free data analysis and visualization tool.Please download the data files and install Tableau Public before the workshop. Please bring your laptop to the workshop. 

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  • Wednesday, February 13, 1:00-2:00pm in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)
  • Workshop facilitators: Daniel Castillo, Liaison Librarian and Lauren Di Monte, Director of Research Initiatives


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Data Management Made Easy
Having trouble finding data for your projects? Struggling to store or share research data? Don’t let data become a four-letter word! In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn simple tools and techniques for effectively managing both personal and research data

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  • Wednesday, February 14, 1:00-2:00pm in Carlson Library, VISTA Collaboratory
  • Workshop facilitator: Adrienne Canino, Science & Data Librarian


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