Library Celebrates Love Data Week with “Lauinger Oscars,” Workshops

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February 12-16, 2024, marks the annual international celebration of Love Data Week, and Library staff are celebrating by hosting virtual and in-person events as well as installing a movie-themed interactive display in Lauinger Library. 

Data Service Librarian Abby Scheetz and her colleagues have put together three workshops designed for campus community members at all experience levels to explore the power of data. 

In addition to these workshops, students, faculty, and staff are invited to vote for their favorite films from the past year in the “Lauinger Oscars” in the library’s main lobby. The data generated by these votes will be used in the workshop of the same name, with participants learning how to analyze the data from their fellow Hoyas. The display will also distribute literature and activities related to data that patrons can take “to-go.” 

Browse the list of workshops and sign up through the links below: 

Text Mining for Total Beginners (Zoom) - February 13, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Python for Total Beginners (Zoom) - February 15, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

The Lauinger Oscars: Data Design Workshop (Idea Lab, 1st Floor) February 16, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

Love Data Week was established in 2016 as Love Your Data Week. Originally created in the United States, it quickly grew to an international event in which a wide range of institutions, organizations, scholars, students, and other data lovers could celebrate their data. The theme of this year’s event is “My Kind of Data,” with international organizers aiming to help participants “learn about data equity and inclusion, disciplinary communities, and [create] a kinder world through data.” 

Learn more and register for other workshops on the Library’s Events page.