On Friday, January 24th, the Metadata Research Center and Drexel CCI hosted the LEADS Forum, a full-day workshop to celebrate the research outputs from two years of LEADS data science fellows, and hear from advisory board members, mentors, early-to-mid-career professionals, and special guests from OCLC and the Library of Congress.
The early-to-mid career panel contributed some great ideas for how we can expand the scope LEADS program. The breakout sessions brainstormed some ideas on what skill sets should be emphasized for future instances of LEADS, and how they might envision a model of LEADS involving doctoral students and early-to-mid career professionals working together. We also heard from special guest, Digital Strategy Directorate at the Library of Congress, Laurie Allen. Laurie shared news about exciting projects and opportunities at LC Labs.
The Metadata Research Center also hosted a Data Carpentry on Thursday, January 23rd. Library Carpentry instructors Chris Erdmann and Juliane Schneider led an all-day workshop on OpenRefine, demystifying Git/Github, and jargon-busting.