Open Data and Open Libraries: Supporting the Open Data Project in Library Services (New Date)

Date(s) - 07/24/2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm



Data Visualization WorkshopCitizen data science and journalism, Independent studies of social media sentiment, Predictive analysis based on civic data trends… The turn toward a data-driven society has tremendous potential. The open data movement has started to gain traction because people are starting to recognize the value of being able to remix and analyze data. In some educational circles, data literacy and data science are seen as essential skills for today’s students. How did we get here? Structured and shareable data is the resource, but the process of making data useful requires some foundational work:

  • Recording the right types of data fields for multiple uses
  • Encoding data in the right formats for wide use amongst data science tools
  • Knowing how to analyze and visualize data to tell different stories

In this session, we will trace the history of open data, take a look at some simple ways to make your data shareable and remixable, and try to understand why the move to help the project of open data is an essential one for cultural institutions like libraries.

Can’t attend the live event?  Register over here for access to the recording, made available within 7 days of the live webinar.

Instructor Bio ~ Jason Clark
Jason A. Clark is Head of Digital Access and Web Services at Montana State University Libraries where he builds digital library applications and sets digital content strategies. He writes and presents on a broad range of topics including mobile design & development, web services & mashups, metadata & digitization, Javascript, interface design, and application development. Before coming to MSU in 2005, Jason became interested in the intersection between libraries and technology while working as a web developer for the Division of Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin. After two years, he moved on to the web services department at Williams College Libraries.When he doesn’t have metadata on the brain, Jason likes to hike the mountains of Montana with his wife, Jennifer, his daughter, Piper, and their dog, Oakley. You can find Jason online by following him on twitter at twitter.com/jaclark, catching up with him on Facebook at facebook.com/jasclark, or checking out his occasional thoughts and code samples on his site at www.jasonclark.info.


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