UNL Libraries hosting Endangered Data Week events

News for Researchers

March 31, 2017

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries will host a series of events during Endangered Data Week, an April 17-21 grassroots effort intended to raise awareness of threats to public datasets, promote accessibility and security of endangered data, and explore the power dynamics of data creation, sharing and retention.

The nationwide effort is jointly sponsored by the Digital Library Federation, DataRefuge and the Council on Library and Information Resources. The university’s events are held in Love Library, 13th and R streets.

Monday, April 17, to Friday, April 21

  • The “Personal Data Archiving” display on the second floor of the Love Library Link will provide helpful tips on rescuing data under various time constraints – minutes, hours, days or weeks.

Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19

  • “Demos and Donuts: Box” is 7 p.m. April 18 in the Adele Hall Learning Commons on the first floor of Love Library North. Information Technology Services will demonstrate Box, the cloud storage and collaboration platform that is free for Nebraska faculty, staff and students. ITS staff are offering a second session at 3 p.m. April 19.

Thursday, April 20

  • “Demos and Donuts: Holland Computing Center” will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Adele Hall Learning Commons. HCC staff will talk about the center’s resources, which include the fastest supercomputing systems in Nebraska, and how the center can help with researchers’ data needs.
  • “Endangered Data: What Is It and How Can I Help?” is 2-4 p.m. in Love Library South, Peterson Room (room 221). Attendees will learn about endangered data, collaborative opportunities to rescue, preserve and maintain the availability of public datasets, and ways to document their significance. Relevant skills include information gathering, developing and following technical processes, fostering engagement and telling compelling stories, among others.

Friday, April 21

“Endangered Accountability,” an online event, is noon to 1 p.m. Participants may register here or watch the webinar in Love Library South, Witt Room (room 224). Members of the Digital Library Federation’s new working group, Government Records Transparency and Accountability, will facilitate a live conversation covering the Freedom of Information Act, the difference between records and data, and current risks to accountability. Learn more about this virtual event.


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