Before promoting the event we used a Google form to ask potential attendees questions, such as their data experience, which Library Carpentry modules they'd be interested in, and what they'd like to talk about at a data event.
We asked this so we could get an idea of how people viewed their experience with data. That could influence the training sessions we ran, but was mainly to get an idea of the mix of attendees. Any training would ensure every level of expertise was welcome.
Maybe you don't work with data much, but would like to learn more
You use data, but would like to share experiences and see where you could improve
You do a lot with data and feel confident using it, but there's always more to learn
We wanted to make this a chance to learn data skills. Library Carpentry materials are lessons in different areas around data, automation and programming. We asked people to vote on which modules they would like to learn (they could choose as many as they liked).
Number of votes
Introduction to Data
Tidy data and spreadsheets
Introduction to Programming with Python
Cleaning and enhancing data in OpenRefine
Introduction to Git
Unix shell command line interface
Structured Query Language (SQL)
We were interested in what people would want to talk about. Everyone will be free to pitch on the day, but these are a selection of suggestions we've already received.
Open data advocacy
How to talk to leaders and managers about open data
How to allay fears and influence senior managers
How to work with Local authority IT teams or departments
How to extract data from specific LMSs
Using/identifying tools for working with data, from data creation, data cleansing/normalization to manipulating data
Open data and libraries
What primary data libraries own and what they use it for.
Using R Studio (R)