International Love Data Week 2024

Save the date for Internation Love Data Week, from February 12 to 16Celebrate International Love Data Week with William & Mary Libraries and our partners in the Studio for Teaching & Learning, the Center for Geospatial Analysis, W&M Information Technology, and the Office of the Provost. We have a full week of workshops, speaker panels, and engaging activities to showcase the many ways data shapes and impacts our world. During the week, you can show your love for data by helping us visualize the campus community's favorite places in Swem as well as creating a dating profile for a favorite dataset. Check out the full schedule below.

Schedule of Events

Week-long Events to Checkout at Swem

  • Swipe Right on Data
    It’s time to put those data skills to the test! We’ve identified five data sets that we’d love for you to explore. We've created a dating profile for them which we'll be sharing on our socials all week long. Take a look, learn a bit more about them and we hope you'll swipe right on one and check it out! 

  • Contribute to our Data Visualization Question
    Help us visualize which library space is the ultimate favorite spot at W&M by visiting our table at the entrance of Swem. We’re starting off Love Data week with the following question: What is your favorite library space?

  • Faculty Data Project Spotlight
    Check out the library website and our socials to see which faculty data project we are spotlighting each day during Love Data Week! 

Monday, February 12th


Ford Classroom, 10AM - 4pm

Join W&M Libraries for our Love Data Week 2024: Transcribe-a-thon on Monday, February 12th from 10 am to 4 pm in the Ford Classroom. Help us transcribe historical documents from our Special Collections Research Center and Library Faculty Scholar Research. Throughout the day we will have some brief presentations and activities as well as food. Bring your own laptop or tablet. We will have a limited number of extras available. Please join us for this fun community event which requires no previous transcribing experience.


10 am - Breakfast and Opening Remarks

11 am - Focused Transcribing Time

12 pm - Lunch and Jennifer Putzi, Lunchtime Lecture

1 pm - Focused Transcribing Time

2 pm - Snack Break and Rachel Hogan, Text as Data

3 pm - Data Visualization and Closing Remarks

Tuesday, February 13th

Data Zine Making

Swem Makerspace, 1:30 - 2:30pm

Come by the Makerspace in Swem Library for Data Zine Making to celebrate International Love Data Week, Galentines and Palentines Day! Some zines will be available for take-and-make at 10am and a hands-on making session will run from 1:30-2:30pm. 

Love in the Archives Open House

Special Collections Research Center, 5 - 6:30pm

Come celebrate Valentine's, Galentine's, Palentine's, or just another Tuesday with a love-themed Open House from Special Collections. Love letters, zines, photographs and more will highlight some of our best collections to celebrate Valentine's Day. Light refreshments will be available. Free and open to all!

Hosted by Special Collections Research Center

Wednesday, February 14th

Data Privacy: The AI challenge for educating in the digital age

Ford Classroom, 1 - 2pm

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What is data privacy in the modern university? What data-related ideas should educators consider when deciding on the use of AI in the classroom? Who is responsible for student data privacy and security?

Join the Working Together initiative sponsored by the Provost's Office, W&M Libraries, the Studio for Teaching Learning Innovation and Information Technology for a panel presentation and discussion on data privacy and the AI challenge. Hear from a panel of W&M experts and ask your own questions about student data and technology. Refreshments provided.

Sponsored by STLI, Office of the Provost, Information Technology, & WM Libraries

Blind Data With a Book Display

Swem lobby

Take a chance on a new genre or topic by checking out our display of wrapped books in the lobby of Swem. We've added keywords on the covers of each book to spark your interest, plus some data points to help you choose. The books go fast, so stop by Swem early!

Thursday, February 15th

Data Button Making

Swem Makerspace, 12 - 3pm

Join us outside the Makerspace in Swem Library to create data influenced buttons – we’ll provide some fun templates you can use, or you can design your own!  

Friday, February 16th

CGA GeoData Expo

Ford Classroom, 12-4pm

Join the Center for Geospatial Analysis as we bring together a myriad of speakers, alumni panelists, and researchers to discuss all things geodata. We will be offering a series of events throughout the day in the Ford Classroom on the ground floor of Swem. There will be free food and coffee. We look forward to seeing you there!

Guest speaker Pete Berquist will present at noon on his education and career journey, the role of GIS in that journey, and how he uses GIS currently, primarily with drones and spatial data.

Hosted by the Center for Geospatial Analysis