Happy Love Data Week! This international event held February 11-15, 2019 gives researchers an opportunity to learn more about data management, sharing, preservation, re-use, and library-based research data services. If you’re a researcher or just curious about data management and best practices, you can learn more by visiting: https://lovedataweek.org/
This year’s event theme is “Data in Everyday Life.” This theme reminds us that data creation is not just limited to researchers, but it is something that we all experience daily — from social media posts to transactions we make in a store. This year’s event focuses on two particular areas of data that impacts our daily life: Open Data and Data Justice.
Open Data can mean many different things to researcher and individuals. The Open Data Handbook describes it as, “…data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike.” Information obtained from websites that allow users to search apartments, find out game statistics, or look up famous names are all examples of a type of Open Data.
Data Justice is about the type of personal information made available or not available and how individuals might be treated based on that data. In essence, Data Justice is about how information about ourselves becomes accessible and may potentially be used positively or negatively– typically without our permission. Data breaches from credit card companies or an online retailer are good examples of issues related to Data Justice.
If you are interested in learning more about the ways that UCF Libraries can assist you with Data Management, visit the UCF Libraries’ guide on Data Management for more information about data and services offered to researchers.