Open Data Literacy (ODL) is focused on improving accessibility and use of open data, specifically for communities that can benefit most from public sector information. Practically, ODL advances data literacy by developing new curriculum for iSchool students and public librarians; coordinating internships, fieldwork, and action research projects between the University of Washington (UW) and public institutions with open data initiatives; and, producing community workshops and open education resources that are freely available to the general public. Because ODL believes libraries are well-positioned to promote open data literacy, much of ODL’s research centers around the role of libraries in the open data movement.
ODL is based in the Information School at UW, and supported by a three-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant. Our ongoing work includes diverse partners such as Washington State Library, Seattle Public Library, Washington State Department of Transportation, City of Seattle, and State of Washington’s Office of Innovation. We are also looking for additional partners throughout the country.
Carole Palmer is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Washington iSchool.
Nic Weber is an assistant professor at the University of Washington iSchool.
Bree Norlander recently completed her M.L.I.S. at the University of Washington.
Kaitlin Throgmorton is in the second and final year of her M.L.I.S. at the University of Washington.
An Yan is currently a Ph.D. student in Information Science at the University of Washington.
Chris Coward is the Co-Founder, Principal Research Scientist, and Director of the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School.
Mike Crandall is a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s Information School.
Bill Howe is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School.
Chris is a Research Analyst with the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School.
Jevin West is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Datalab at the University of Washington Information School.