The sixth annual Social Sciences Librarians Boot Camp will be held at Tisch Library, Tufts University on Friday June 3, 2016.  Check out Twitter to get a jump on the conversation @SSLBC/#sslbc2016.

A preliminary schedule for the day follows:

8-9 Registration and breakfast

9-9:10 Welcome

9:10-10:10 Expert panel on urban data with Professor Catherine D’Ignazio (abstract; slides)  and Dr. Laurie Zapalac (abstract; slides)

10:10-10:25 Break

10:25-11:10 Informal networking/discussion groups [Add a potential topic or vote for your favorite in advance of SSLBC at Tricider.]

11:10-12:30 Expert panel on the refugee crisis with Professor Madeline Otis Campbell, Professor Dana Janbek, and Cate Klepacki

12:30-1:45 Lunch

1:45-4:30 Afternoon workshops
Choose from one of two tracks. Track A workshops will run the entire afternoon. Track B workshops will repeat so you can select one during B1 and one during B2.

4:30-6 Reception and wrap-up with light hors d’oeuvres and drinks


Session Abstracts

Data Visualization Tools and Principles
This introductory session will provide an overview of concepts and tools for visualizing data. Attendees will be introduced to web-based, open-source tools that provide beginner and intermediate users with richer functionality than traditional desktop spreadsheet and graphics software. Topics will include use cases, tool selection, and principles for creating effective visualizations. (Helen Bailey)

Introduction to Online Mapping Tools
You don’t need to master desktop GIS software to create beautiful maps. Learn how to use online tools to create and share interactive maps using your own data. In this workshop we’ll learn how to find spatial data, choose an appropriate online mapping tool, and create a basic map using two popular tools. The content may vary depending on participants’ interests. (Jennie Murack)

More Data Means More Data Scrutiny: Encouraging Critical Analysis of Urban Data and Urban Data Frameworks Early in the Research Process
Availability of urban data and new analytical tools makes comparative analysis across cities an exciting prospect. Yet cities often share datasets making no guarantees about the accuracy of the data provided and data standards vary widely. These and other conditions place new emphasis on the need to scrutinize the integrity of urban data and to understand critically the context in which data has been produced and is managed. In this presentation, I’ll discuss the process of getting to know urban data in Boston, Amsterdam and Venice, of having to adjust my dissertation research methodology as I came to understand data limitations, and insights gained from this experience. (Laurie Zapalac)

Repositories for Social Science Research Data
Many libraries are embarking on projects to create or expand research data services at their institutions, such as curating datasets from faculty research output and facilitating the re-use of these data by other researchers at their institutions and beyond. But where should you keep all of the data? We’ll look at several examples of social science data repositories and review factors to consider when deciding upon the right one for your institution’s data. (Alex Caracuzzo)

Urban Data: Public? Participatory? Poetic? Political?
Urban data is increasingly regarded as a source of potential insight for municipal government, a source of potential revenue for businesses and a source of potential empowerment for citizens. Yet before we are able to realize these aspirational potentials there are gaps in literacy, particularly for citizens. This talk presents four questions about urban data and community engagement through creative projects that address urban space, participatory design, and data literacy. (Catherine D’Ignazio)

Utility Patents, Design Patents, and Plant Patents, Oh my! : How to find a needle in a haystack and what trends can be gleaned from the search results
The first U.S. patent was issued in 1790 and the number of U.S. granted patents is now over eight million.  A brief review of the history of patents, the types of patents, and how the classification system has evolved to put things in context and help librarians be better patent searchers.  Learn where to look and how to search depending on the level of authority required.  Explore patent data to glean trends and see what and where inventors are inventing. (Paulina Borrego)