DataCamp had a number of really great ideas, hacks, questions and projects to tackle. These eight gave an intense four hours of work by campers shape. Urgent thanks to the ideas people who convened all the talks and the lovely and radiant scribes who took our notes. We’re pulling notes into a wiki space for library camps to come; we all agreed much work to be done. Work we are ready, set to move on.
1. Throwing Good Data After Bad: How to turn something that hardly passes for “data” into real usable stuff!
More info: Mixture of coding tools (a few lines of R and Python necessary to utilize Google’s Geocode API and others) and web-based data subsetting tools
2. How would public libraries use open data? Any practical examples?
From Kathleen and Jay
3. Engaging our stakeholders: the language & promotion of hacker culture
How do we engage the less technical among us, including stakeholders and funders? Is the language we’re using holding us back? The word “hack” brings to mind Matthew Broderick circa 1983. How do we make the movement more inviting and less intimidating, and ensure we’re engaging thinkers of varying technical ability?
Also framed as…. Professional development/digital literacy. All this talk about data, data viz, hacking is not something I’m familiar with as a librarian working for a public library, in terms of relevancy and skills. But I do sense it’s important. How do I get in on it? From May
4. What are the “skills to pay the bills” for libraries with respect to open data?
More info: Office is so 1997, web development is so 2006, learn to parse with python? find a needle in a haystack with regex? usable data is not merely viewable (I’m looking at you pdfs!) From Kevin
Also framed with… Basic programming for data handling. Basic perl?
5. What literacies do library staff need realistically – and for /all/ staff digital literacies?
From Sarah F
Linked by MAY further to what sarah put here. maybe we need to review this Belshaw MOOC on the topic — or this: Mozilla Web Literacies Rubric
6. Hackathon hosting toolkit for youth
We’ve developed a hackathon-toolkit aimed at early adopters in the library and educator communities; we’d appreciate the opportunity to talk about the toolkit and get feedback from librarians at the datacamp on how we can make it better. Thanks to Kyle and Liam for coming to #yvr for this.
Also in the frame as: Organizing hackthons for library folk. One way to build digital literacies for library staff. What is a hackathon? Isn’t hacking illegal?
3. Data visualization tools
More info: Some sample datasets were run and visualization work done. But we need to do more. How can we advance the work done and map cards or interlibrary loans. With which data fields, who how, when and where will the datasets emerge and can data be crosswalked between library systems for sharing. From Kyle
Also in the frame as: sharing library data. Our internal library data can be used to demonstrate our impact on community development. We should be making that data available to our boards, cities, and patrons and use it to tell our story. From Kevin
4. Library metrics for service shift
Data catalogue of library activity, ebook downloads, circ, wireless stats, program, article click throughs, catalogue clicks what do we measure? Do we need a glossary of what is data, stats, a metric etc? From Maryann for public ref desk librarian who felt this topic did not reach realistic questions. (notes for this to come)
Ideas that started us looked like this in wordle….
And this the look of our after-wordle….
results of the live notes from eight sessions at datacamp