Advocating for Community: Data Collection and Visualization


Course Description:
Data has the capacity to illustrate the lived experiences in and of communities, transforming anecdotal evidence into actionable knowledge. This introduction to advocating with community data will introduce to you the fundamentals of community data collection, organization, and visualizing. Participants will compile and generate a dataset, and build a website that models how one might access, analyze, map and use data to inform decision-making. In addition, participants will discuss advocacy, community engagement, and crowdsourcing towards developing techniques for equitable partnerships with community partners. This workshop will involve hands-on experience with spreadsheets, Jekyll, and Leaflet.

Jennifer Garcon, Ph.D. is the Librarian for Modern and Contemporary Special Collections at Princeton University Library. She leads post-custodial archival projects that leverage library resources toward the preservation and conservation of community-held cultural heritage assets. She’s on the organizing board of Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia, and has provided digital scholarship support for the MOVE Activist Archive Project, Re/Member Black Philadelphia, and School Protest in Africa Project.

Cassandra Hradil is the Digital Humanities Specialist at Penn Libraries, and serves as a liaison between the Center for Research Data & Digital Scholarship and the Price Lab for Digital Humanities. She manages and supports digital projects across a wide range of media, with a focus on web development and mapping technologies. She is also a designer and developer at the Immersive Realities Lab for the Humanities.

Emily Esten is the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica Curator of Digital Humanities at Penn Libraries. She is responsible for developing and maintaining projects for the Judaica DH program, promoting Penn’s Judaica collections as an open, accessible resource for communities to activate in research, teaching, learning, and creative endeavors.