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Wednesday, July 15 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Community Data Do-a-thon: Tracking Down Water Quality Data for Flint, MI

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The Community Data Cluster is interested in “white hat” hacktivism, in which we bring ESIP’s expertise in earth science data to the communities that need our resources and support.  This year, we’re focusing on identifying data that could support communities that need access to clean water -- or access to data about access to clean water. In this working session, we will hold a “do-a-thon” in which we work together to identify sources of water quality data for underserved areas of southeast Michigan (e.g. Flint, Detroit).  The Flint Water Crisis in 2014 revealed deep inequities in access to clean drinking water, some of which persist to this day. Lack of access to clean drinking water has also been connected with high rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality.  Though various government agencies publish their own data about water quality -- and some even have their own data portals and maps meant to make this data more accessible to community members and non-scientists -- there’s still much that needs to be done to make this data actionable.  Here, we’d like to focus our efforts on identifying relevant datasets and next steps for curation.  This is part of an on-going initiative led by the Community Data Cluster, in coordination with Data for Black Lives.  

What is a do-a-thon? (Hint: it’s NOT a hackathon!)

Building off the concept of a hackathon, a do-a-thon is a work-sprint where people from different skill sets work together and collaborate on different challenges and projects. 

A do-a-thon has three key goals:

1. Focus on doing, rather than just hacking
The goal is action. You do not need to be a programmer or have any coding skills.  Use the time to work on campaigns, strategy development, policy changes, resource creation, educating, and more! We want you to get creative with the approaches you take to create a more open system for sharing the world's information.

2. Explore problems deeply and thoughtfully
We're asking participants to attempt to understand what the hurdles are in an issue before jumping straight to a solution. Ask lots of questions, but feel free to begin doing/making/building while thinking. 

3. Encourage collaboration across skill sets. Build solutions together
Amazing things can happen when people with a wide variety of skills and experience come together. We want policy makers to talk to educators, librarians to work with web developers, scientists to collaborate with humanists, and everything in between. We're excited to see what happens when folks across disciplines and regions pool together their knowledge to imagine something big.

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Stephen Diggs

Technical Director, CCHDO, Scripps Institution of Oceanography / UC San Diego
ORCID: 0000-0003-3814-6104https://cchdo.io
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Andrea Thomer

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information
I'm an information scientist interested in biodiversity and earth science informatics, natural history museum data, data curation, information organization, and computer-supported cooperative work! 

Wednesday July 15, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Room 7