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#EndangeredDataWeek event this Friday at 12:30: "The State of Data"

The State of Data

As part of Endangered Data Week, we're hosting an afternoon of "data awareness" on Friday, April 21, 2017, focusing on the state of data and how we can be more involved in efforts to make data more accessible and secure.

  • When: Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Where: Main Library, Library Classroom (Room 160)

Agenda

1​2​:30-​1:00
Lunch and Conversation
Come enjoy a light lunch and chat with others in the Vassar community about your data concerns. Learn about data preservation and accessibility initiatives around the country and how you can be part of them.

1:00-2:00
"Endangered Accountability: A DLF-Sponsored Webinar on FOIA, Government Data, and Transparency"
Join members of the Digital Library Federation’s new working group on Government Records Transparency and Accountability for a live conversation about government data and records transparency. In this webinar, we’ll dig below the headlines to talk about the current state of FOIA, the difference between “records” and “data,” and what, actually, is at risk in this current moment. Featuring presentations by Alex Howard of the Sunlight Foundation, Denice Ross from New America, and representatives from the National Archives FOIA Ombudsman’s Office.

2:00-3:00
"Raising Awareness and Engaging Your Community Through Data Rescue"
DataRescue events to archive Government data and web content have exploded across the Nation. In this webinar, Alicia Kubas, Government Publications and Regional Depository Librarian, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, will talk about the context for this initiative, the process of hosting a DataRescue event, and how it can mobilize your community and bring awareness to the issue of vulnerable online Government information.

​For more information on Endangered Data Week and events happening globally, please visit endangereddataweek.org.  

"Endangered Data Week is a new, 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. The week's events can promote care for endangered collections by: publicizing the availability of datasets; increasing critical engagement with them, including through visualization and analysis; and by encouraging political activism for open data policies and the fostering of data skills through workshops on curation, documentation and discovery, improved access, and preservation."