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UK Libraries is excited to celebrate Love Data Week, Feb. 12–16.

All week long we’ll be hosting online and in-person events in William T. Young Library, including a film screening, a Data Visualization Date Night, and workshops for researchers at any stage in their data journey.

The events will provide an opportunity for UK students, faculty, and staff to meet their research data librarians and learn about library services that support the creation, sharing, and management of research data. 

Whether you want to learn about data resources and best practices, dive into application programming interfaces (APIs) or digital humanities, or build a research community and meet other data enthusiasts, Love Data Week has you covered. 

If you’re feeling lucky, don’t forget to enter our ORCID iD lottery for a chance to win UK Libraries-branded prizes. If you don’t have an ORCID iD – a persistent digital identifier that creates a permanent record of your research and scholarly contributions – visit the lottery page to learn how to register for one for free. 

Follow the links below for more information about each of our events, including registration information for online workshops. 

Monday, Feb. 12

  • Love Data Week Kickoff
  • Young Library Lobby, 3pm – 5pm
  • Join us for snacks and cider, data-themed giveaways, and information about the week’s events.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

  • “Declutter Your Directories” Online Workshop
  • Online, 1pm – 2pm
  • Our virtual workshop will provide strategies for managing and organizing digital materials and creating well-documented and reusable datasets.

  • Movie Screening of The Imitation Game
  • Young Auditorium, 6pm – 8:30pm
  • This data-inspired film tells the story of Alan Turing, whose work in mathematics and computer science changed the course of World War II.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

  • Research Data Workshop Screening
  • Alumni Gallery, 12pm – 1pm
  • Learn what data management is and why it matters, along with some practical tips for improving your own data management practices.

Thursday, Feb. 15

  • Reading Millions of Books with the HathiTrust Research Center
  • Online, 2pm – 3pm 
  • Join UK Libraries and Janet Swatscheno of the HathiTrust Research Center for a workshop on the history of HathiTrust’s work digitizing 18+ million books.

  • Data Viz Date Night
  • Alumni Gallery, 5pm – 7pm
  • Join us for an informal opportunity to present your data visualization work, chat about your research, drink fancy hot chocolate, and win some prizes.

Friday, Feb. 16

  • Chronicling America API Online Workshop
  • Online, 1pm – 2pm
  • This hands-on workshop will utilize the Chronicling America newspaper collection to provide an introduction to application programming interfaces (APIs) and text mining.

Can’t make it to the week’s events? Learn about all of our research data support services on our Managing Your Research Data page. Our research data librarians provide support to users across all disciplines and at every stage of the research data lifecycle. We can help you plan projects, develop data management workflows, secure and organize your data, publish your findings, and search for datasets. 

For assistance with all of your data needs, contact Data Applications Librarian Diane Parr at or Research Data Librarian Isaac Wink at

Love Data Week is an international celebration of data hosted by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) that raises awareness and builds community around research data. This year, Love Data Week is focusing on helping new and seasoned data users find the training and resources they need.