In Fall 2018, SLIS is offering a special topics course in Data Stewardship. The course will be online and is for both undergraduates and graduate students.
Data is being produced at an unprecedented rate, in fact data exists in many forms and within many contexts; it is being used to shape and re-shape the world. Whether it is produced by people using a social media site, customers of a bank through online transactions, a company tracking customer purchases, a library capturing the circulation records of users, or by academic faculty engaged in research, information professionals play a vital role as ethical data stewards by organizing, curating, preserving, storing, proving access to, and repurposing data for varying purposes.
In the Data Stewardship class students will:
be introduced to the many forms of data and how it is produced in our everyday activities
learn the stages of the data life cycle (capturing, organizing, ingesting, cleaning, storing, retrieving, transforming and re-using) and software and skills associated with each stage,
explore the complex issues of ethics surrounding data by engaging in conversations about the ethics of capturing, organizing, using, and re-using data.