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Wednesday, March 6 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Past, Present, Future of Trailblazing with Data for Social Change

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Living in our current society where data is all around us, how can it be used as a tool for social change? Jerica Copeny explores a cross disciplinary approach on working to build civic data science projects in environments where this work is being newly developed. Her talk will explore how data has been used as a tool for social change from the past examination information trailblazers as Ida B. Wells, Jane Addams and W.E.B.  Du Bois, and discuss presently how various types of organizations have begun to define how they are working to have an impact with data.  In a TEDx style reflective discussion, Copeny will go over lessons learned, poignant discoveries in being one of the first data scientist in the United States to work in a public library.  Her work seeks to answers, what is the public library’s role in utilizing data science for social change?  Through the sharing of her experiences she will explore techniques on how each of us can work to answer how we can influence social change for the future with data.

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Jerica Copeny

Civic Data Scientist, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
Jerica Copeny is one of the first data scientists in the nation to work in a public library. She is the Civic Data Scientist at Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library in Evansville Indiana. She was recent fellow for the 2018 Summer Fellowship of Data Science for Social Good through... Read More →

Wednesday March 6, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am CST
Zlotnik 4
  8. Data Science in Libraries