Civic Data Education Series
Welcome to the Civic Data Education Series. This work is the product of an Institute for Museum and Library Services funded project called Building Civic Open Data Capacity Through Instructional Design, a project that builds on the Civic Switchboard.
We believe that strong partnerships between libraries and other local civic data intermediaries better serve data users, further democratize data, and support equitable access to information. Through the Civic Switchboard project, we’ve learned about common barriers to entry that libraries are navigating with civic data work. We regularly heard library workers say that they feel unqualified to participate in their civic data ecosystems. With this barrier in mind, the Civic Switchboard Data Literacy project is focused on building and piloting instructional material that MLIS instructors can integrate in coursework and that can be used in professional development training in library settings.
Our driving questions for this project are:
  • How can our communities use civic data to tell their own stories?
  • How can we prepare students for roles as civic data officers or in civic data programs?
  • How can we prepare students to be advocates for open civic data within their organizations?

What you'll find in this series

This collection is modular in nature, with instructional materials (videos, slides, scripts, and activities) focused on building capacity for library participation in their civic data ecosystems.
The content is scaffolded in three separate segments through which users are meant to progress as they learn key concepts and practices associated with civic data. Each segment is composed of a set of modules that can be experienced successively or independently and according to the learner’s own pace, depending on their interests, needs, and level of knowledge.
We have provided links directly to instructional documents to encourage reuse of these materials with attribution.
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