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README.md

Endangered Data Week

Hello! 👋 We're thrilled that you are interested in Endangered Data Week! The material here are training, workshop, and promotional material for you to host your own events either during the official week (February 25—March 1, 2019), or anytime you wish to run workshops related to data that is at risk of being lost, repressed, or neglected.

All of the training material here is provided by the community and you should feel free to reach out to workshop creators, submit your own workshops, submit pull requests to existing workshops, or reach out to the Open Project Leads with any questions.

What is Endangered Data Week?

In the wake of the 2016 US presidential election, librarians, civic hackers, technologists, cultural heritage institutions, journalists, and citizen scientists grew increasingly concerned that government data—particularly data related to topics like climate change, gerrymandering and redlining, and other politically charged subjects—might be threatened through censorship or neglect. Initiatives have sprung up throughout the country, spearheaded by groups like DataRefuge, the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), and the End of Term Web Archive, that attempted to collect, secure, and document government data. The vulnerability of these data underscored the need for quick action on the one hand, and sustained attention to the mechanisms that support (or fail to support) preservation and access to government data, information, and records on the other.

Endangered Data Week (EDW) is an annual, collaborative effort, coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, 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. EDW, supported by the Digital Library Federation (DLF), fosters public conversations about data and encourages the development of reusable curricula for engaging technologists, scholars, librarians, archivists, faculty, students, journalists, nonprofits, and citizens on questions relating to the acquisition, manipulation, visualization, use, and politics of public data.

The project, however, exists beyond the week itself. This repository is a collection of curricular material, resources, promotional material, and stories that help promote care for threatened data by:

  • publicizing the availability of datasets
  • increasing critical engagement with them, including through visualization and analysis
  • encouraging political activism for open data policies and the fostering of data skills through workshops on curation, documentation and discovery, improved access, and preservation.

Getting Started and Contributing

We are an open source project. Want to help contribute? Are there issues, topics, or projects you feel Endangered Data Week needs to tackle? Open up an issue. Or, contribute your ideas, resources, and teaching material! To get started, take a look at CONTRIBUTING.md.

Resources for hosting and promoting events

Workshops

Workshop Creator Notes
Data Manipulation with R Jason Heppler CC-BY
Data Visualization with R Jason Heppler CC-BY
Introduction to Github Jason Heppler CC-BY
Web Scraping with R Jason Heppler CC-BY
OpenRefine for Complicated Civic Data Brandon Locke CC-BY
Collect & Prep Your Data for Visualization and Analysis Anna Kijas and Sarah Melton CC-BY

Talks

Talk Speaker Notes
Brief Introduction to Civic Data Brandon Locke CC-BY
Environmental Data Activism under the Trump Administration Lindsey Dillon CC-BY
What is Endangered Data? Jason Heppler CC-BY

Ideas for Events

Resource Description
Data advocacy and letter writing campaigns Resources on promoting open data policies.
Data Rescue Resources related to Data Rescue events.
Endangered Data Workshop Resources on locating endangered data.
VPN Crypto resources Resources for running crypto and VPN events.

Promotional Materials

Code of Conduct

Endangered Data Week is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive community of practice. Please see our Code of Conduct.

Project Leads

Jason A. Heppler
University of Nebraska at Omaha
@jaheppler

Brandon T. Locke
@brandontlocke

Rachel Mattson
University of Minnesota
@captain_maybe

Sarah Melton
Boston College
@WorldCatLady

Contributors

This project exists thanks to all the people who contribute (emoji key) [Contribute]:

Jason Heppler
Jason Heppler
💻 📖 💁 🎨 👀
Brandon Locke
Brandon Locke
📖 💁 💡 🎨 👀
Sarah Melton
Sarah Melton
📖 💁 👀
Rachel Mattson
Rachel Mattson
📖 💁 👀
Bethany Nowviskie
Bethany Nowviskie
🎨 🚇
Wayne Graham
Wayne Graham
🎨 🚇 💻
Manasvi Lalwani
Manasvi Lalwani
🎨 💡
Daniel Mietchen
Daniel Mietchen
🔧
David Bleckley
David Bleckley
🔧 💡
Madison Sullivan
Madison Sullivan
🔧
Joseph Koivisto
Joseph Koivisto
🔧
B. Shine Cho
B. Shine Cho
🔧 🌍
Jamie Wittenburg
Jamie Wittenburg
🔧
Chad Sansing
Chad Sansing
🎨 💡 🔧
Chris Goodman
Chris Goodman

This project follows the all-contributors specification. Contributions of any kind welcome!

Sponsors

Digital Library Federation CLIR Mozilla Science Lab Data Refuge NDSA

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