Silences of (Big) Data, February Tableau User's Groups Meeting, Spring 2020 Workshops, Writing Cafes, Seeking Lightning Talks for Census Day
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The Silences of (Big) Data

We're excited to co-sponsor a talk with the Scholars' Lab this Thursday, February 6, at 3pm. Kendra Albert, from the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, will be talking about The Silences of (Big) Data.

As bigger and bigger datasets become the substrate for human and algorithmic decision-making, data speaks louder and louder. But what can we infer when data is silent? Or should we infer anything at all? Building on the concept of "archival silence" to explain how silences translate from curated collections to datasets and using examples drawn from their own experience, Albert will show how silence is a technique used by folks from historically marginalized groups to maintain some measure of control against the systems that govern their lives. Furthermore, creating space for silences requires a respect for tacit domain knowledge of the very type that is most often dismissed by technology evangelists.

Join us this Thursday, at 3pm, in Clemons Library 407!

February Tableau User Group Meeting

Calling all Tableau Aficionados! We are hosting the February Charlottesville/UVa Tableau User's Group on Tuesday, February 11th from 4:30-6pm in 133 Brown Science & Engineering Library in Clark Hall. We are now an OFFICIAL TUG (Tableau User Group) with access to more Tableau support. C
Please check here for more information!

Seeking lightning talks for Census Day 2020

Do you use the US Census for your research?  Share your research at a lightning talk on April 1, 2020, Census Day!  We at UVA Library are putting together some Census Day Events and would love to showcase your work. If you're interested in sharing your Census-related work in a 10-15 minute talk, this is for you, It's a great opportunity for students, faculty, and researchers of all kinds.  Contact Jenn Huck,, if you're interested, along with a brief description of your talk.

Our Spring Workshops Are in Full Swing!

Come join us to learn about data and computational tools and methods, and more! Coming up we have

  • Funding Discovery Tools – find grant opportunities for your research!
  • Data management plans – learn how to create data management plans for your grants, or just to support reproducibility and sharing!
  • Software containers for HPC – software containers are all the rage in reproducibility, allowing easier software installation and management by bundling applications, required libraries, and data!
  • Moving R to HPC – learn how to use Rivanna for your analysis – it's bigger, faster, and more productive!
  • Introductions to and advanced uses of Zotero – managing references when you're writing up your research can be a pain; using a reference management system like Zotero makes a world of difference!

Plus workshops in our ongoing series with Tablea, Matlab, R, Python, and ImageJ! Workshops are free and all are welcome – find the full schedule and register here.

Grad Student Research and Writing Cafe

Graduate Research & Writing Cafés are back this spring! Need a quiet place to work on your thesis, dissertation, or other scholarly project? We’ll provide FREE coffee, snacks, and a quiet environment to research and write among other graduate students who are committed to their academic and professional writing.

Staff from the UVA Libraries will be on-site for research consultations and several of the sessions will also include Writing Center tutors for writing consultations. This event, co-sponsored by the UVA Libraries and UVA Writing Center, is designed for graduate and professional students, but postdocs, faculty, and staff are also welcome to attend. Coming up:

  • Friday, February 7, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Ruffner 302
  • Tuesday, February 25, 9:00am-noon, Brown 133

Registration is not required, but it helps to get a headcount. Register here!

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