WORKSHOPS & EVENTS.

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Join us for an upcoming event! Our speakers series, Data Innovations, supports our vision of helping Maine nonprofits think differently about data. Twice a year, Data Innovations will feature inspirational speakers from Boston and beyond to highlight innovative ideas and practices that can be implemented right here in Maine. Use the links below to learn more and register for our Fall 2018 series!

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Data Feminism

A FREE talk with Catherine D’Ignazio

 

PORTLAND | University Events Room | November 1, 2018 | light refreshments at 6:00pm, talk at 6:30pm

Data visualizations can dazzle, inform, and persuade. It is precisely this power that makes it worth asking: “Visualization by whom? For whom? In whose interest? Informed by whose values?” These are some of the questions that emerge from what we call data feminism, a way of thinking about data and its visualization that is informed by the past several decades of intersectional feminist activism and thinking.

Using visualization as a starting point, this talk works backwards through the data-processing pipeline in order to show how a feminist approach to thinking about data not only exposes how power and privilege presently operate in data science, but also suggests how different design principles can help to mitigate bias, expose inequality and work towards equity. In the process, we learn about the talented journalists, artists, data scientists and communities that are at the forefront of data-driven justice.

Light refreshments will be served. This lecture is offered FREE and open to students, faculty, staff, students and community members through a collaboration between the Data Innovation Project, USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, The Center for Collaboration & Development, and the Women & Gender Studies Department.

 

FREE. Please RSVP here

 

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How To Kickstart A Data Culture In Your Organization

A workshop with Catherine D’Ignazio

 

PORTLAND | University Events Room | November 2, 2018 |9:30am-12:00pm

Data is everywhere right now. But organizations are struggling to figure out how to build their capacity to work with data. Often they believe they need to collect more data, buy more tech or hire more data scientists. But Catherine D’Ignazio and Rahul Bhargava (creators of Databasic.io) think that you don’t need a data scientist; you need a data culture. In this workshop, Catherine will talk about what that means as well as introduce a lightweight free learning program called The Data Culture Project to help organizations kickstart their data culture. $40 per person.

Sponsored by the Data Innovation Project, USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, The Center for Collaboration & Development, and the Women & Gender Studies Department

 

Learn More + Register

 

CATHERINE D'IGNAZIO

Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization at Emerson College

Catherine D’Ignazio is an educator, artist/designer and software developer who focuses on data literacy, feminist technology and civic engagement. She has created data literacy platforms (Databasic.io), run women’s health hackathons, and created talking and tweeting water quality sculptures. D’Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization at Emerson College, a Senior Fellow at the Engagement Lab and a research affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media & MIT Media Lab.

PAST WORKSHOPS: Our 2017 workshop series on assessing your organization’s readiness, data storytelling, and data dashboards encourage you to dive deeper into what it really means to be data-informed. These skills-based workshops focus on technical solutions to build a strong data foundation. While we are no longer hosting this series publicly, please email Becky (rebecca.wurwarg@maine.edu) for more information on a private or custom session for your organization.

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Set The Foundation to be a Data-Informed Organization

If you are serious about being a data-informed organization, you need to have a clearly articulated theory of change.  We will go over the “why’s” and “what-for’s” and help you get started creating or refining your own. Call for pricing.

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Tell Compelling Stories With Your Data

Everyone has data, but it can be challenging to figure out how to use it in creative ways to show and tell stories of your success. This workshop will explore the basics of data storytelling and give you practice tips for data visualization. Call for pricing.

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Make Data Work for You: Data Dashboards

Data dashboards can be a powerful tool to keep your organization data-informed and you don’t need fancy software to make one! In this workshop we will walk through the process of designing simple dashboards that can help organizations visualize program data, indicators, and other metrics. Call for pricing.

Past Data Innovations Events and speakers.

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Design Thinking in the Social Sector

A very participatory workshop with Kate Howe + Adam Burk

Design Thinking is a set of tools, methods and mindsets that is revolutionizing how organizations find better solutions for their users. Widely embraced for product design and service design in the business world, Design Thinking also has much to add to the social sector. Join this workshop for an introduction to the process of Design Thinking, and practice through a live example that may very well change the way you work in just one morning.