Love Data Week 2022

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Love Data Week events at UNCW, February 14-18


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Data is for Everyone #LoveData22

UNCW Randall Library and Research & Innovation are co-presenting Love Data Week (February 14-18, 2022), an international celebration of data. A series of online workshops, panels, and spotlights about research data will be hosted throughout the week to build campus community and highlight various aspects of data.

This year’s theme is “Data is for everyone.” Data does not have to be overwhelming and scary. We ask you to spend some time considering the people behind the data. What does a researcher do in order to collect data, deidentify data, or write a data management plan? How can data be taught to students? What data tools are available to utilize? These sessions are targeted at helping to introduce you to new ideas and shake off some mysteries in your research data and teaching workflow.

Notably, this year’s theme regarding the people behind the data can also mean those participating in your study. How might data collection become biased or require specific security? The Data Management Plan session includes panelists from different disciplines, who will point out how their different data needs require different data management. The Deidentifying Data session will go over how you can shield disclosure of your study participants, which can be particularly relevant for future research, as populations may increasingly feel uncomfortable participating or providing true responses. These sessions will help think about protecting private information about people.


Join the Global Conversation

Various institutions besides UNCW are celebrating Love Data Week. You can find out more about Love Data Week, and see—and attend!—other institutions’ events, at

Throughout the week, feel free to tweet or post about interesting things you’ve learned about data! Use the hashtag #LoveData22


If you require a reasonable accommodation to enjoy and participate in these events, or if you have questions or feedback, please direct your inquiries to Lynnee Argabright, Research Data Librarian at UNCW ( 

2022 Events



AnchorData Spotlights at the UNCW Digital Makerspace

A new spotlight post released every day this week on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. They can also be found on the monitor screen in front of the Makerspace within the library. 

Find the spotlights here (all .png files):

Makerspaces are open lab spaces centered around hands-on learning and experimentation with technology, including virtual reality, 3D printing, and digital media. In celebration of Love Data Week (February 14-18, 2022), UNCW Randall Library will spotlight the voices of students who work in the Digital Makerspace to show how the makerspace provides opportunities to build data skills. Learn more about the Digital Makerspace.

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AnchorRandall Library and DEel Virtual Coffee Hour – Introduction to Data Literacy

Data Literacy coffee hour Feb 14 from 11-12pmDate: Monday, February 14 at 11:00am
Speakers: Chris Robinson (moderator), Karen Thompson (moderator), Lynnee Argabright, Jennifer Silas, Sam Zelick, Dr. Sasha Canan
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Join us for this interactive coffee hour where we focus on an introduction to data literacy. Data literacy is “the component of information literacy that enables individuals to access, interpret, critically assess, manage, handle and ethically use data” (Prado and Marzal 2013). Gaining data literacy helps navigate steps involved in incorporating data into research, work, as well as everyday situations. It can help inform how to make data-driven decisions. During this Virtual Coffee Hour session, panelists will discuss how to develop data competencies, how data literacy can be incorporated into instruction, and how a data literate society impacts the future of research and the public good. Attendees are welcome to ask questions!

About the Speakers

  • Chris Robinson is the Outreach & Engagement Librarian at Randall Library.
  • Karen Thompson is an Instructional Technologist at the Office of Distance Education and eLearning.
  • Lynnee Argabright is the Research Data Librarian at Randall Library.
  • Jennifer Sias is an Instructional Technologist at the Office of Distance Education and eLearning.
  • Sam Zelick is the Sciences Librarian at Randall Library.
  • Dr. Sasha Canan is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Health & Applied Human Sciences.


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AnchorCitizen Science: Engaging Community Participation in Data Collection

Citizen Science graphic with speakers and time and date listed. Date: Monday, February 14 at 4:00pm
Speakers: Dr. Troy Frensley (moderator), Dr. Martin Posey, Dr. Joe Long, Riley Lewis, Dr. Phil Bresnahan
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Citizen Science is a method of data collection that enables the public to engage with ongoing research. It can be used to track the spread of COVID, monitor species, record tidal differences, identify satellite observations, understand historic documents, and more. With values centered on Open Science, access, and community, citizen science can address complex environmental or social issues while also fostering trust in science. This workshop will highlight examples of UNCW research engaged in this form of data collection. Researchers at UNCW will describe their own experiences working on citizen science projects—breaking down why citizen science could fit well for certain research needs, how to set up a project, how to communicate with the public, and what to do with the obtained data.

About the Speakers

  • Dr. Troy Frensley is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Science. He is a member in the Citizen Science Association's Research and Evaluation Working Group.
  • Dr. Martin Posey is a Professor in Biology and Marine Biology. He works on a citizen science project called Living Shoreline.
  • Dr. Joe Long is an Associate Professor in Physics and Physical Oceanography, and the Director of the Coastal Engineering Program. He works on a citizen science project called CoastSnap.
  • Dr. Phil Bresnahan is an Assistant Professor in Earth and Ocean Sciences. He works on a citizen science project called Smartfin.
  • Riley Lewis is the Citizen Science Coordinator for MarineQuest's Storm Surge Protectors and Oyster Spat Monitoring


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AnchorResearch Computing Updates at UNCW

Research Computing graphic with speakers and time and date listed. Date: Tuesday, February 15 at 3:00pm
Speaker: Parker Moran
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Depending on the research project, UNCW researchers, staff, and students have specific compute, data storage, and data management requirements that they must fulfill.  UNCW ITS manages many of the options available through UNCW’s physical, virtual, or cloud services. In this Q&A session, Parker Moran of ITS will provide an overview of and updates about the research computing options available today and tomorrow at UNCW, and open the floor for questions.

About the Speaker

Parker Moran is the Assistant Director for Infrastructure, UNCW Campus IT.

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AnchorDeidentifying Data: A Primer on Disclosure Risk

Deidentifying data graphic with speakers and time and date listed. Date: Wednesday, February 16 at 1:00pm
Speaker: John Marcotte
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In research data, disclosure occurs when an individual study participant is directly or indirectly identified. Data providers and researchers have the legal and ethical responsibility to protect the identity of their study participants. Legal regulations such as HIPAA, FERPA and CIPSEA govern the restriction of some types of information. Federal agencies, grant funders and universities set data governance compliance standards to minimize disclosure risk. This workshop will explain how to assess and remediate disclosure risk. The workshop will also describe types of private information and how to provide access to data in an appropriate manner.

About the Speaker

John E Marcotte, PhD is a demographer, statistician and data security expert with more than 25 years of experience performing quantitative analysis, assessing disclosure risk and implementing secure access to research-data. During his career, Marcotte has served as a quantitative researcher, biostatistician, data archivist, data security officer and computing director. He has collaborated with social and natural scientists as well as medical researchers. These experiences enable him to communicate effectively with researchers from different disciplines. Marcotte is both a data-user and a data-provider. This dual role enables him to understand the needs of researchers who collect and analyze primary data as well as researchers who analyze secondary data. He regularly presents at professional conferences and contributes to invited panels on data security and disclosure. In addition to his primary appointment at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), Marcotte is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and is affiliated with the Michigan Institute for Data Science the Health Analytics Collaboratory, the Michigan Population Studies Center and the Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics Program. These appointments demonstrate how he bridges demography, data science, social science, and health science.

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AnchorWho “Knows” Me?: Data Privacy and Online Behavior

Data privacy graphic with speakers and time and date listed. Date: Thursday, February 17 at 4:00pm
Speakers: Lee Prete (moderator), Dr. Jeff Cummings, Dr. Minoo Modaresnezhad, Dr. Nadine Gibson, Dr. Kati Sudnick 
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In this digital era in which people spend a great portion of their personal and professional lives online, data privacy is an important consideration. To varying extents, organizations are able to collect and analyze data about users of their websites, and may choose to sell this data to other organizations as consumer insights. This increasing business analytics practice can feel dangerous, invasive, manipulative, or annoying to users, but it can also be beneficial to them as data-driven business strategy helps to meet consumer demand. How much are people willing to engage in particular online platforms? What legal actions are occurring to help protect user privacy? This workshop will build awareness of what kind of identifiable data is out there about people, and what individuals can do about it. Researchers at UNCW will provide their perspectives on the impacts private information has on society—breaking down what information is collected and what it is used for, how this is affecting online behavior, and what people can do to protect themselves.

About the Speakers

  • Lee Prete is the Director of UNCW’s Research Integrity Office.
  • Dr. Jeff Cummings is an Associate Professor in the Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Information Systems. His research interests include cybersecurity, online identities, and the impact of social media.
  • Dr. Minoo Modaresnezhad is an Assistant Professor in the Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Information Systems. Her research interests include how information systems impact how humans live and do business, and human behaviors around these systems.
  • Dr. Nadine Gibson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs. Her research interests include political electoral behavior.
  • Dr. Kati Sudnick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications Studies. Her research interests include communications ethics and Facebook.


Resources Shared



  • Use DuckDuckGo
  • Use VPNs
  • Use private/incognito browser options
  • Don’t trust links. Be careful where you click! Consider what you are sharing.
  • At least read the summary of a contract’s terms & conditions before signing
  • Answer “old-fashioned” survey questionnaires
  • Consider the advantages of data
  • Understand your own personal thresholds
  • Research products
  • Encrypt your data
  • Change default passwords



AnchorTips for Writing an Effective Data Management Plan

Graphic about Tips for Writing an Effective Data Management Plan, Feb 18 at 1pmDate: Friday, February 18 at 1:00pm
Speakers: Lynnee Argabright (moderator), Dr. Karl Ricanek, Dr. James Stocker, Dr. Menaka Raguparan
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Sponsors of research are increasingly recognizing the value of research data. As a result, many funders now require that sufficiently detailed data management plans (DMP) be submitted as part of a research proposal. A DMP is a written document that describes all aspects of the project’s data life cycle – including data discovery and collection, description and organization, storage and access, use and re-use, and preservation and sharing. The DMP would be part of the grant application review and used to evaluate a project’s merit. Beyond just meeting funding mandates, DMPs are an important tool to assist in organizing and managing data effectively. Come learn tips from experienced UNCW researchers!

About the Speakers

  • Lynnee Argabright the Research Data Librarian at Randall Library.
  • Dr. Karl Ricanek is a Professor in Computer Science, Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Identity Sciences.
  • Dr. Jim Stocker is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education.
  • Dr. Menaka Raguparan is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Criminology.


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