Love Data Week is an annual time for libraries to showcase, discuss, and celebrate working with data.

2023 is the Year of Emotional Well-Being at Pitt, and this year we want to emphasize healthy learning and professional development: it’s not about being the perfect coder or making the perfect plot, but about starting where you are, and doing what you can with what you have.

In that spirit, we’re offering accessible workshops, artistic expressions with data, informative talks, and social mixers about data work.

When is Love Data Week at Pitt? Well, International Love Data Week is always the week of Valentine’s Day, but our events at Pitt can’t all fit into one week! Our dates locally are February 9–17 & 23, 2023.

How to register? There is no registration for the entire series; each event has its own registration link, so pick and choose as you like! All events are free and open to the Pitt and UPMC communities.

Week at a glance

Thursday, February 9:
2pm   Clinical Data for Research: Health Record Research Request (R3) (online)
Friday, February 10:
12pm   Quantum Nanowires: A case study on reproducibility in natural sciences (at CL and online)
Monday, February 13:
10am   Keynote Address: The Value of Compassion in Learning Data Science: Ted Laderas (online)
11am   The NIH Policy for Data Management & Sharing: Catalog vs. Repository for Restricted Datasets (online)
1pm   Building Bridges: Leveraging the Resources of Universities for Social Justice (online)
2pm   Data Visualization with R and ggplot2 (online)
Tuesday, February 14:
11am   Starting Where You Are – Tips for Your First Data Science Project (online)
1pm   Introduction to All of Us Researcher Workbench (online)
5pm   R and RStudio Drop-In Hour (at Hillman Library)
Wednesday, February 15:
11am   Zotero Spring Cleaning (online)
2pm   Art + Data (at Hillman Library)
Thursday, February 16:
10am   Producing Maps using ArcGIS Online and ESRI’s Living Atlas (online)
12pm   Introduction to R (online)
1pm   Data TLC: Organizing Data with Spreadsheets (online)
4pm   Graduate Student Mixer (at Hillman Library)
Friday, February 17:
11am   Open Educational Resources - Iteration in data science for health sciences (online)
12:30pm   How to Name and Organize Your Project Files (online)
3pm   Gestural Music-Making and Wireless Data Manipulation in Electronic Music (at Hillman Library)
Thursday, February 23:
4pm   Faculty Mixer (at the University Club)

Keynote Address: The Value of Compassion in Learning Data Science

Presenter: Ted Laderas, PhD, DNANexus

Learning data science skills effectively requires a culture of compassion and psychological safety. However, this culture is not guaranteed within academia. In this talk, I will share effective strategies for building a culture of compassion, starting with yourself, and building up a safe learning environment for others. I will highlight this with examples on my own learning and teaching journey. I will show you strategies for learning, teaching, and building an inclusive learning environment for you and your peers.

Online
📅 Monday, Feb. 13    🕙 10–11am
✏️ Register here

Social Mixers

Working with data can be a love-hate relationship, full of ups and downs, excitement and frustration. Our social mixer will offer an inclusive space to commiserate with other data collectors, analysts, and wranglers, grow your professional network, and swap practical ideas and tips. We welcome those from all stages of learning, from beginners to experts. Unlike many academic mixers, this event will not focus on a department or discipline—rather, a broad set of activities—so this is a great opportunity to leave one’s silo and meet colleagues and potential collaborators. And enjoy some refreshments!

Graduate Students Mixer (Hillman Library, room TBA)
📅 Thursday, Feb. 16    🕓 4–6pm
✏️ More info

The Faculty Mixer will take place in the University Club. Wine and beer will be served.

Faculty Mixer (University Club, room TBA)
📅 Thursday, Feb. 23    🕓 4–6pm
✏️ More info

Workshops and Presentations

Clinical Data for Research: Health Record Research Request (R3) (online)
📅 Thursday, Feb. 9    🕑 2–2:30pm
✏️ More info & register

The NIH Policy for Data Management & Sharing: Catalog vs. Repository for Restricted Datasets (online)
📅 Monday, Feb. 13    🕚 11am–12pm
✏️ More info & register

Data Visualization in R and ggplot2 (online)
📅 Monday, Feb. 13    🕑 2–4pm
✏️ More info & register

R and RStudio Drop-In Hour (Hillman Library Rm 255)
📅 Tuesday, Feb. 14    🕔 5–6pm
✏️ More info

Zotero Spring Cleaning: Tips for managing your Zotero library (online)
📅 Wednesday, Feb. 15    🕚 11am–12pm
✏️ More info & register

Introduction to R (online)
📅 Thursday, Feb. 16    🕛 12–1pm
✏️ More info & register

Data TLC: Organizing Data with Spreadsheets (online)
📅 Thursday, Feb. 16    🕐 1–3pm
✏️ More info & register

How to Name and Organize Your Project Files (online)
📅 Friday, Feb. 17    🕧 12:30–1pm
✏️ More info & register

Introduction to 3D Scanning

About Love Data Week at Pitt

Love Data Week at Pitt 2023 is a joint project by the University Library System (ULS) and Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) with support from the Year of Emotional Well-Being Funding Opportunity.

Questions about Love Data Week at Pitt? Contact dbordelon@pitt.edu (Dominic Bordelon, ULS) and mar@pitt.edu (Melissa Ratajeski, HSLS).

Last year’s lineup: Love Data Week 2022 at Pitt