#Hackathons, Genetics & The Future

This is long overdue – sorry!

Since I last put together a round up in this series I’ve started the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Washington’s Information School. It’s going to be three long, yet incredibly enriching years – so bare with me!

Onto The Aggregate. For this post I’m dishing out a few recent stories I found published across the web related to data librarianship.

Library Data Services Expanding at University of Iowa Libraries

The University of Iowa Libraries is launching a Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio. The initiative will bring together staff with diverse expertise including in data visualization. In the story linked here, UI states the studio will also work to “ensure research data circulation,” among other things. From Iowa Now: New UI Libraries unit opens access to digital scholarship

On American Public Library Usage

A report from Pew Research Center shows American interest in libraries to be high, while American usage of libraries to be on the decline. The report cites a number of current technology and economic currents as possibly reasons why usage trends are shifting downward. From the Internet, Science & Tech area of Pew Research Center: Libraries at the Crossroads

The Recent Congressional Hackathon Finds Data At Its Heart (In #HackWeTrust)

Less than half a dozen years old, the Congressional Hackathon has already brought up tangible change like an improved congress.gov (thank you Library of Congress), better online video and critical recognition of the value of such an event. This year work groups discussed a number of initiatives including how to better make available legislative data, including a web app that would turn PDF uploads from Congressional staffers in open data in plain text format. The title of the article aside, there is some good info within. From HuffPost Tech: Biggest Innovation At Congressional Hackathon Was Lawmakers Actually Working Together

Plant Genetics Data Library In The Works

On the other side of the Atlantic, earlier in October, a 136 member state body known as the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has decided to move forward with creating “an international information gateway for the genetic data of food crop seeds.” Story from EIN News: First Global Food And Agriculture Plant Genetics Data Library Gets Go-Ahead

Data Analytics Mentioned As Essential To The Continued Value of Libraries

Earlier in October, at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) fall membership meeting, data analytics and a whole host of fascinating services and ideas were discussed during a session titled “I’ve Got A Hunch.” From Inside Higher Ed: “I’ve Got A Hunch.”

That’s all for this issue of The Aggregate. As always, if you have questions, suggestions or comments, find me on Twitter @ad_astra11

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