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Love Data Week

Guide for Love Data Week events at Temple University Libraries

Love Data Week 2024

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Love Data Week is the international celebration of data from Feburary 12-16, 2024. To learn more about Love Data Week check out the official ICPSR website here:

This year Temple University Libraries is offering a wide selection of workshops that will teach skills ranging from analyzing clinical statistics, using data tools, choosing a repository for your data, ethically sharing qualitative data, and creating and 3-d printing topographical maps. Our speakers will present on empathy and love in research and using data journalism to empower readers. Check out the links below to register and learn more about our events.

Love Data Week 2024 Schedule


Keynote Presentation: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Qualitative Research and Social Justice

Wednesday, February 14, 2:00 pm ET
Join us for the keynote presentation of Love Data Week, with Temple University Department of Criminal Justice Associate Professor and qualitative researcher Jamie Fader.

Most researchers learn from our earliest training about the importance of objectivity in our work. As scholars attempting to analyze the social justice movements of our time, however, we may also ask whether love may inform our research in meaningful ways. In this talk, I discuss the role of love (e.g., empathy, humanity, and connectedness) in qualitative social research and make the case that both validity and equity can be served by drawing on love as a research tool. From developing rapport with research participants through empathy and care, to drawing on personal experiences to analyze narratives, or employing epistemological or theoretical perspectives that privilege liberatory aims, I argue that love should be a component of our research toolkits. Moreover, as academic spaces become increasingly diverse, we may need to consider that our insistence on objectivity might have unintended exclusionary outcomes. To make the case for love, I draw on my own research on justice system-impacted Philadelphians.

Learn more about Temple Libraries’ support for qualitative researchers on our website.

In-person event registration is encouraged but not required. This event will also be streamed via Zoom. Please register to receive a link to attend remotely.


Empowering Readers Through Data Journalism

Tuesday, February 13, 10:00 am ET

Colin Evans, the data editor at Temple University's Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting, will speak about how data journalists collect, analyze and visualize data, and how their findings provide tools for readers to advocate for their communities. Evans will also discuss his work with students at the Logan Center and how data plays a role in the center's investigative reporting.

Presenter: Colin Evans (KLN '21) is the data editor of the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at the Klein College of Media and Communication. A recent graduate of Temple's journalism program, Evans came back to Klein in 2023 to mentor students working for the Logan Center and assist in its investigatory journalism. His work has ranged from reporting on schools to gun violence to homelessness, with bylines in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Billy Penn and WHYY. He previously worked as the data reporter at LancasterOnline.

In-person event registration is encouraged but not required. This event will also be streamed via Zoom. Please register to receive a link to attend remotely.



Data Tools

Monday, February 12, 12:00 pm ET
Do you collect data in your research or classwork? This workshop will teach you about some of the data tools available to you at Temple. There are tools to help you with writing a data management plan, organizing your research project, collecting your data, analyzing your data, sharing and preserving your data, and more.  


Choosing a Repository for Your Data

Tuesday, February 13, 12:00 pm ET
Researchers can make their research accessible and reproducible, and fulfill funder requirements, by depositing their research data in a repository. This workshop will explain the differences between different repository types and what repositories Temple is a member of and researchers can deposit with for no cost. Instructors will provide you with a framework you can use to decide what repository to use to preserve and share your research data and take the headache out of finding a home for your research data.


Statistical Analysis

Wednesday, February 14, 12:00 pm ET
Are you new to clinical research and want to know what kind of analysis you should perform in your research project? Need a refresher before you start analyzing your data? Join Dr. Daohai Yu of the Department of Clinical Sciences for a workshop covering the basic statistical skills you need for clinical research. No statistical experience necessary, and open to all skill levels.


Ethically Sharing Qualitative Data

Thursday, February 15, 12:30 pm ET
In 2022, the US government announced stringent requirements for data sharing for all recipients of federal grants. The requirements have been in place for NIH grants since early 2023 and have just been announced by NSF for 2025. These new requirements pose challenges to qualitative research, where data has, in the past, rarely been shared. In this workshop, Sebastian Karcher, Associate Director of the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR), will discuss some of the ways to address ethical and logistical challenges of sharing qualitative research data. The workshop focuses on practical, hands-on strategies to facilitate both ethical research and data sharing spanning the entire course of research: research design, informed consent, documentation, and data publication.


Terrain 3D Printing with QGIS

Friday, February 16, 10:00 am ET
Discover the exciting world of 3D printing for landscapes and terrains using QGIS and Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) in this immersive workshop. Whether you're a GIS enthusiast, environmental scientist, or a 3D printing enthusiast, this hands-on session is for you. Learn the basics of QGIS, manipulate DEMs, create stunning 3D models, prepare them for 3D printing, and witness your digital landscapes come to life. Gain practical insights, explore real-world applications, and troubleshoot common issues in a single session. Join us and unlock the potential of merging technology with geography to bring your ideas to life through 3D-printed landscapes and terrains.

Get help

The Research Data Services Team is happy to help, please visit our site or contact us at We will consult with you or connect you to the right person, resource or service on campus. 

Research Data Services team:

Will Dean
Research and Data Services Librarian
Ginsburg Health Sciences Library

Olivia Given Castello
Head of Business, Social Sciences and Education
Charles Library

H. Alex Wermer-Colan, Ph.D.
Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow
Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio
Charles Library

Fred Rowland
Arts, Humanities and Media Librarian
Charles Library

Jenny Pierce
Head of Research, Education and Outreach Services
Health Sciences Libraries

Van Bich Tran
Public Health and Social Sciences Librarian
Charles Library