Don't think you work with data?
OverviewTeaching: 15 min
Exercises: 30 minQuestions
What sort of data do you work with?
What do you do with it?
What tools do you use to help you?Objectives
Recognise that they work with data
Compare what tasks they peform on data and the tools they use
Don’t think you work with data? Think again
This group task is an opportunity for you to think about the sort of data you have, what you do with it and what tools you use to do that.
- Start by getting into pairs.
- Brainstorm all the different sorts of data you work with (examples might include metadata, catalogue data, legacy data, data ouptut from DROID etc.)
- Your intstructor will gather in these ideas and lead a discussion to establish that we are all talking about roughly the same thing when we talk about data
- Get into groups of 4-6.
- Discuss your own data, trying to answer questions including; How much data do you have? Where is it stored? Who has access to it? How is it formatted or stored? Can you move it about easily - in and out of systems? In particular think about the tools you use to help you manage your data as well as any problems you have with it.
- Each group then reports back on two problems they have with their data.
- The instructor will collate these on a whiteboard and facilitate a discussion about; a) how starting to think in terms of data is a good first step for what we will be learning, b) what it is we will be learning, and c) how what we will be learning will help us to solve some of the problems we are facing.
We all have data and it is not just enough to put it into a system and forget about it