The Fall 2016 Data Extravaganza is gone, but the data are still here!

October 26, 2016
Regina Lee Roberts
Gear Up event with Ron Nakao

On Friday, Oct. 21st, Green Library welcomed data provider representatives from nine different sources at the Gear Up for Social Science Data Extravaganza. The event featured “Data Talks”, time for individual consultations, a Drop-in R lab and a data visualization demonstration using R.

Gear_Up Event sign

Highlights included:
  • A talk by Stanford Professor Matthew Snipp detailing the complex history of recording race and ethnic identities in the U.S. Census.
  • Adam Bailey of the Stanford Institutional Review Board (IRB) gave an overview of what researchers need to know about doing non-medical human subject research grounded in the ethical guidelines of the IRB.
  • For people working with R, Claudia Engel of the Stanford Anthropology Department and the Library Academic Technology Specialists group, gave an engaging presentation on using R for data visualizations.
  • Our guest speaker from across the Bay at UC Berkeley, Jon Stiles, gave a talk on the “Research Data Centers”, which are data centers for restricted and sensitive data analysis.
  • The final talk of the day centered on voting and voter registries from the past. In this talk, Bradley Spahn, a Stanford Graduate Student in Political Science, presented on the use of historical data from the the California Great Registers, which are detailed voter rolls spanning the first half of the twentieth century in California.

Data resources highlighted at the Data Expo:

Gear Up event data provider Muk Rau

Gear Up event data provider Richard Landry

The presentations and the data expo of data providers only exposed a few of the data resources that are available to Stanford students, faculty and staff via the Stanford University Libraries. If you missed the event, don’t worry you can still find out about available data by contacting a subject specialist librarian in your discipline in the Stanford University Libraries or the Graduate School of Business Library. Additional support for social science data and software is provided by consultants in Green Library by the Social Science Data and Software (SSDS) group.

The organizers (Kris Kasianovitz, Judy Marsh and Regina Roberts) for the 2016 Gear Up for Social Science Data extravaganza would like to thank all the speakers, attendees and sponsors for their participation and engagement.

 Gear_Up Event sign



Regina Lee Roberts

Regina Lee Roberts

Head of Social Sciences Resource Group
Bibliographer for Anthropology & Archaeology
Communication & Journalism
Feminist Studies
and Lusophone Africa Collections
Covering for Sociology Librarian (Interim)
Interim coverage with James R. Jacobs of State, Local and International Government Documents