#critlib for April 17, 2017

To coincide with #EndangeredData Week.

  1. Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful conversation—our time is officially up, but feel free to keep chatting #critlib
  2. @brandontlocke data at the border, data in low- or no-connectivity areas, pirate data, resistance data. #critlib  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33o32C0ogVM 
  3. @rhonabwy A5 Teaching history always requires those questions. How do you read colonial archives? [skeptically] #critlib
  4. Really keenly interested in having that convo with the #critlib & #infolit communities.
  5. A5 I feel like most have moved beyond gov info = "unbiased", but I wonder how to talk about authority in light of what gov *is* #critlib
  6. A5 Very subtly. Show historic & modern topo map & point out landfills, environmental stuff on old then ask what is there now #critlib
  7. @MohamedBerray And I should also say the consequence of that stratification being a devaluation of skills and literacies relative to questions. #critlib
  8. A5 the last soc class where we looked at data centered on why there isn't "any" data on that topic and what that says about power #critlib
  9. @MohamedBerray Sure, we had our own experiments doing this in the Humanities. This is a general comment on role stratification. #critlib
  10. I'm at a criminal justice college students learn to get to data via secondary sources and also to look for bias in criminal stats #critlib
  11. I've done Wikipedia editathons b4 but also my campus is social justice oriented so much of the instruction I do is in that context #critlib  https://twitter.com/WorldCatLady/status/854148727421804547 
  12. @thomasgpadilla Data curriculum mapping integrates DIL with course curricula. The more integrated and less standalone the instruction the better #critlib
  13. A5. I mostly teach grad students in museum studies, w social justice focus in program. #infolit using those kinds of examples. #critlib
  14. Random thought: Could fed data website design be improved? (yes) Could libraries help? #endangereddata #critlib
  15. @LNBel Someone recently asked me, for example, is there such a thing as "pure data" | I immediately thought of stripping markup from TEI #critlib
  16. A5 Specifically, I've had students go through  http://data.gov  to download & viz datasets. Just knowing it's there is power #critlib
  17. Q4 I'm wary of going down the skills and literacies route at the expense of disciplinary questions. #critlib
  18. A5 I try to frame all of the literacies and skills we work on as having some civic value. That's the point of teaching (for me) #critlib
  19. @LNBel Nor should you, necessarily. Just trying to understand how the open in open data works when you need mediation #critlib
  20. Q5. Do you teach infolit in a civic/social justice context (civic hackathons, ‘Fake News’)? #critlib
  21. @elotroalex absolutely its a special skill & knowledge, I am never ever going to learn to code, why should I? #critlib
  22. @elotroalex @LNBel but I guess that's more like "capitalism literacy" than data literacy at this point #critlib
  23. @elotroalex @LNBel yeah, this needs to be more granular: user-friendly interfaces can be the most awful when it comes to _getting your data out_ #critlib
  24. Not really in response to a question but at ppow a colleague ran this grant program and it was awesome!  http://libguides.usc.edu/teachingwithdata/CET  #critlib
  25. A4 - also, support for grad students/faculty formulating useful/publishable data - its a task separate from 'normal' publishing #critlib
  26. A4 3/3 Maybe not totally required, but ability to work w, analyze, visualize public data though open data & civic hacking events #critlib
  27. A4 2/3 Ability to evaluate the use of analytical tools & algorithms. e.g. ‘lying with stats’ or  http://weaponsofmathdestructionbook.com/  #critlib
  28. Most success has been in working with sociology folks. #critlib
  29. A4. Some understanding of how algorithms and big data play into what is fed to public by media. #critlib
  30. @LNBel Would you say that coding is "special skills & knowledge", or one that goes hand in hand with the manipulation of data? #critlib
  31. A4 1/3 Ability to find the context necessary to evaluate the process of data collection and the constraints imposed by data design #critlib
  32. A4 For me, I want to teach an orientation toward advocacy as a fundamental part of sustained engagement with the content. #critlib
  33. A4: if special skills & knowledge are needed to engage with data, its not open. doi's, trusted urls= concepts students already know #critlib
  34. @elotroalex And, data literacy to be part of every general library instruction session #critlib
  35. A4. In order to avoid wasting time on passing and unreliable tech, I dare say, coding. #dontkillme #critlib
  36. @ccaffgardner Oh that's fantastic -- do you have a particular source you feature? I'm interested in finding more specific ways to teach this. #critlib
  37. @WorldCatLady Koltay, T. (2015). Data Literacy for Researchers and Data Librarians. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 49(1), 3-14 #critlib
  38. Q4 What skills & literacies are required for engagement w/ open data & data-driven news and policies? #critlib
  39. @thomasgpadilla do you mean digital affordances or the power dynamics of data capture and structure? or both at once? #critlib
  40. A3. In designing studies, a good understanding of strengths, weaknesses, constraints of different kinds of Q's and methods. #critlib
  41. A3. Fwiw, I'm increasingly convinced that "data literacy" cannot be divorced from teaching the fundamentals of computing #critlib
  42. A2 For me: trying to fit into existing workflows, then asking who cares about the gaps that emerge & what might be doable. #critlib
  43. A3. The basic skills I've had to teach most to students = to read, choose appropriate formats for, construct charts and graphs. #critlib
  44. A3- we need money, power, agency and time to do data preservation/access. In addition to lacking those, I also lack knowledge #critlib
  45. A3 - Broadly, I think of data literacy as the means to engage with subjective forces that constitute digital environments. #critlib
  46. Still working on mastering DIL integration. Building off Library-Led DH Pedagogy symp by @thomasgpadilla @bobbylsmiley @praise711 #critlib
  47. @brandontlocke I wish I had a really awesome playbook to hand over, I really do, but my gut says "share it with select journalist/researchers" #critlib
  48. A3 In addition to the great answers so far, understanding how data collection informs data interpretation #critlib
  49. @brandontlocke in all seriousness, we (Canada) were going through funding-cut crises when the census was cut, and we didn't do much data rescue #critlib
  50. A3 data literacy needs to include data/graphics *reading* = graphicacy. Must be a good reader before analysis & data vis #critlib
  51. @brandontlocke A3 understanding too that data can be made expressive at any level of the stack; that it's shape is cultural and performative #critlib
  52. A2. Also rogue accounts tweeting facts from national parks and other agencies, and #DayOfFacts on February 17. #critlib
  53. A3 Foundationally, being able to critically read & analyze a dataset, to speak for how things are being recorded & how it matters. #critlib
  54. @WorldCatLady A3 understanding bytes: their structure, repetition, manipulation, storage and transfer. & not confusing them with letters or paper #critlib
  55. A2 - we can also support & promote subject based data repositories like @OpenContext #critlib & offer our inst. Repositories if approriate
  56. Hi #critlib, I work as a Humanities Data Curator at UCSB. I think about data a lot. Tacos too.
  57. A1 So many great answers already! Tools built on top of public data sources make what's already accessible, more actionable. #critlib
  58. @brandontlocke your lawyer, your priest, your boss (but only in your annual review, which no one reads anyways) #critlib
  59. Oh, and hi! I'm Alex. One of them in any case. Jack of most trades, even master of a few #critlib
  60. A2 - working to understand who wants to use data and how they want to use it is integral to preservation #critlib
  61. Hi #critlib - my background: docs/maps/GIS & work w/federal docs 20+ years. Data rescue event here last month.
  62. Oh yeah hey #critlib I'm a special collections librarian & a researcher struggling to publish data of tiny old things
  63. A2 Grab it, stash it, ship it, copy it, hide it, reform it... and then write stories that appeal to people about their importance. #critlib
  64. A2. Saw articles, tweets after election re coordinated efforts to DL endangered data. @internetarchive created backup in Canada. #critlib
  65. A1 Lots of interest in FEMA website / flood maps (in Houston). They make good intro to federal maps for high schoolers #critlib
  66. Hey #critlib, joining up belatedly! Gov info & data services librarian, eager to learn & connect up with #endangereddata work.
  67. Popping in late to #critlib A2 just today suggested to donor to find person & money to make her husband's data in his papers publishable
  68. A2 Depends on job & institution. I think teaching info & data literacy that acknowledges role of data in society goes a long way #critlib
  69. A1. Enjoyed lots of data from National Parks with my child. Much #library #museum data exists thanks to IMLS & similar agencies. #critlib
  70. Q2 What can we as information professionals do to preserve access to #endangereddata? #critlib
  71. A1 I also use fed open data to help explain what is data, what it can tell us, who makes it, how to read it, etc to undergrads #critlib
  72. A1. In earlier work as a museum evaluator, designed and collected data for many evaluation projects funded by NSF. #critlib
  73. A1. (Not to mention the way NEH funded initiatives have taught me about data curation) #critlib
  74. A1. Have recommended data from government agencies to students. Industry reports from agencies that regulate business sectors. #critlib
  75. oooooh this is my first #critlib with the new Twitter format. No more extended convos turning into a bunch of @ and 40 spare characters
  76. A1. I’ve used Census/ACS data in countless projects. #critlib
  77. A1. No longer sure what constitutes federal data, in an age of surveillance. #critlib
  78. A1 I’ve also seen good work on the demographics of police stops.local mapping of crime & bike accidents provide valuable info #critlib
  79. A1 SO many! As an academic librn NCES data definitely plays into how my workplace is run/funded #critlib  https://twitter.com/WorldCatLady/status/854138663848091648 
  80. A1 As a scholar & teacher: I’ve used the census, military draft & war mobilization data, shipping and agricultural production data #critlib
  81. A1. Worked for US Census in 2010, which pulled me and many others out of un- and under-employment at the time. #critlib
  82. A1 As a citizen:Census data determines legislative districts, fed/state funding. Many policies are often driven/manipulated by data #critlib
  83. Just to clarify, we'll be using #critlib to organize the chat, but check out #EndangeredData for the earlier @CLIRDLF chat & ongoing convos
  84. Hey there, #critlib! Youth services consultant from Austin, TX here :)
  85. Q1. What are some ways in which you are impacted by the collection & use of federal data? #critlib
  86. hi #critlib, I'm in Canada and once upon a time we had a prime minister that scrapped our national census.
  87. Hi #critlib academic librarian in California. Expect to listen and learn a lot this evening.
  88. And I’m Sarah, the Head of Digital Scholarship at @bclibraries. I <3 open access/data/educational resources #critlib
  89. Let's start with intros. I'm Brandon. I'm Director of @LEADR_MSU. I teach dig research skills & work on humanities data curation #critlib
  90. Our hour’s up! Don’t forget to join @brandontlocke & @WorldCatLady for another #EndangeredData chat at 9pm ET, sponsored by #critlib.