Monthly Data Resources: February 2021

Every month, the ResearchDataQ editorial board will collect and share info on data-related events, publications, and other resources that may be of interest to the DSS community. 

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Volunteer for the ResearchDataQ Editorial Board:

Do you have data expertise you would like to share with the ACRL DSS community and beyond? If so, consider volunteering to serve on the ResearchDataQ Editorial Board. We are currently seeking new members to join the Editorial Board for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2021. Recent Editorial Board activities included recruiting and reviewing editorials as well as creating other types of content for the ResearchDataQ website. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the ResearchDataQ Editorial Board, please fill out the ACRL committee volunteer form by February 12, 2021, and select “ACRL/DSS ResearchDataQ Editorial Board” from the list of DSS committees.

Spotlight on Black History Month:

In honor of Black History Month, we would like to highlight a few of the great projects and organizations that are led by Black scholars and data scientists and that focus on issues of data and racial equity and justice. 

The Algorithmic Justice League, founded by Poet of Code Joy Buolamwini (@jovialjoy), aims to “to raise public awareness about the impacts of AI, equip advocates with empirical research to bolster campaigns, build the voice and choice of most impacted communities, and galvanize researchers, policymakers, and industry practitioners to mitigate AI bias and harms.”  Twitter: @AJLUnited 

Black Girls Code, founded by Kimberly Bryant (@6Gems), aims “to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.” Twitter: @BlackGirlsCode 

Black in Data, founded by Dr. Ruth Agbakoba (@RuthAgbakoba) and Simone Webb (@SimSci9), “represents a community of academics, professionals, and students working in various areas of data. We gather to support, learn from, and share opportunities with one another, and ultimately increase representation of Black people in data fields.” Twitter: @BlkInData

COVID Black, founded by Dr. Kim Gallon (@BlackDigitalHum), is “a Black Health data organization that uses data to tell stories about the Black lived experience to advocate for health equity. ” Twitter: @COVIDBLK 

The COVID Racial Data Tracker, initiated by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram), “advocates for, collects, publishes, and analyzes racial data on the pandemic across the United States. It’s a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.” Twitter: @COVID19Tracking and @AntiracismCtr 

Data For Black Lives, founded by Yeshimabeit Milner (@YESHICAN), is “a movement of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people.” Twitter: @Data4BlackLives

Love Data Week 

It is once again time for the annual international Love Data Week celebration (Feb. 8 – 12). The ICPSR is now the official home for Love Data Week! In addition to hosting their Adopt a Dataset event and a series of webinars, ICPSR is also maintaining a list of events from around the world.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is celebrating Love Data Week with a Spotlight on “Open” event – a series of 30 minute chats with experts on a number of questions related to openness and data. The week will be rounded out with a panel discussion featuring the week’s speakers. 

Follow Love Data Week on Twitter #LoveData21. 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

The Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship and Department of Information at University of Colorado Boulder is hosting a talk by Dr. Lauren Klein (Emory University), co-author with Catherine D’Ignazio (MIT) of the book, Data Feminism on Wednesday, February 10 at 2pm MST (GMT-7). Advance Registration Required.

Registration is now open for the 2021 virtual summit of the Research Data Access & Preservation Association (RDAP). This year’s theme is Radical Change and Data. The summit will be held March 10-12, 2021 on Zoom. Registration for the summit is $30 and additional workshops are $10. Scholarships are available with preference given to students, early career professionals, and individuals from marginalized and underrepresented groups. Scholarship applications are due February 19. For more on the summit and summit scholarships visit the RDAP website.

The LIS Education and Data Science Integrated Network Group (LEADING) is now accepting applications for its 2021 virtual fellowship program – open to early-to-mid career library professionals and doctoral students in iSchool or ALA-accredited LIS programs. Fellows will study a preparatory curriculum and take part in a six-month data science project sponsored by a Member Node site. Application deadline: March 15th, 2021, 11:59pm EST

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) has released a call for submissions for a special issue entitled “Data Curation in Practice”, which will be guest edited by members of the Data Curation Network. Submissions are encouraged which address “how information professionals are implementing data curation practices, workflows for institutions and repositories, ideas and sparks for improving data curation practices, and more.”  The deadline for submissions is March 25, 2021. 

IASSIST Quarterly has issued a call for proposals for a Special Issue on Systemic Racism in Data Practices. They invite proposals “that discusses anti-Blackness, antiindigeneity, white supremacy, and racism against minoritized and marginalized communities in data,research, tools, and practices.” The issue will be co-edited by Jonathan Cain, Columbia University, and Trevor Watkins, George Mason University. The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2021. 

Recent Publications

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) has published their yearly Special Issue highlighting works related to the Research Data and Preservation (RDAP) Summit 2020. the guest editors of this issue are Sara Mannheimer (Montana State University), Heather Coates (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis), Sawyer Newman (Yale University), and Amanda Rinehart (The Ohio State University). Read the full issue here.