We Came. We Saw. We Dove. (with video)

We went to the A2 Data Dive – David, Tanner, and Bart – and it was a great experience! The event was organized by students in the School of Information at the University of Michigan and went beautifully. The three of us ended up working on a project for the Ann Arbor District Library, who presented us with data on hold requests over the last three years – over four million rows of data (!) and the largest dataset yet at this event. David and Tanner provided valuable service as data dive ethnographers by taking copious notes on the event and how it could eventually be adapted for the Utah Data Dive. Bart (that’s me) spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out how to work with a dataset that large, as R took several minutes to load it (even with my fancy computer). Fortunately, there were many hard-core programmer types in our group and one of them boiled down the dataset from one-row-per-request (over 4 million rows) to one-row-per-user (about 54,000 rows). Much better. I eventually decided to work with SPSS and got some good work done before the event was over.

The people were wonderful, the food was wonderful, the data was wonderful. I’m going to invite David and Tanner to submit guest posts to say more about this event. In the meantime, here are a couple of photos to demonstrate that we actually made it there and participated. There’s David on the left and Tanner on the right in the top photo, and I have a screen grab from the video the organizers made in the bottom photo

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Bart at the A2 Data Dive copy

And here are the three of us listening to one of the nonprofit presenters:

A2 Data Dive copy

By the way, here are a few additional links to info and photos from the event:

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