Episode 04: The Lifecycle of Data

What’s the lifecycle of data?

In this episode, hosts Patricia Kim and Bethany Wiggin explore the liveliness of government data—its lifecycle from birth through its death, or afterlives. Listen to librarians and government data experts Jefferson Bailey, Abbie Grotke, Jim A. Jacobs, and James R. Jacobs as they discuss the challenges associated with preserving, web archiving, and stewarding government data and digital assets for present and future communities across the nation and the globe.

To learn more about government data, visit www.freegovinfo.org and www.pegiproject.org.

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Patricia Eunji Kim
Episode 03: Ground-truthing in Philly (part 2)

In part 2 of episode 3, host Patricia Kim and student intern Grace Boroughs talk to Philly-based scientist Peter DeCarlo and artist Roderick Coover about the ways that they address issues of data poverty and patchiness by ground-truthing. Although they approach Philadelphia’s riverine refinery landscapes using different research methods, their work collectively demonstrates how various modes of study complement one another. Tune in as Grace asks Peter about his research on the river and with The Schuylkill River and Urban Waters Research Corps. Then, listen as Patricia talks with Roderick Coover about his imaginative works around the Delaware Estuary in an era of sea-level rise, about the potential of arts-driven inquiry, and about cultural heritage.

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Patricia Eunji Kim
Episode 03: Ground-truthing in Philly (part 1)

In this two-part third episode, we learn about “ground truthing” in the city of brotherly and sisterly love, Philadelphia. In Part 1, we talk to scholar Candis Callison, artist Roderick Coover, and Sustainability Director Christine Knapp about the problem of uncertain futures, and the ways in which scientific data and digital assets need personal experiences and stories, or ground truths. Then we meet the residents of Eastwick, a neighborhood in southwest Philadelphia. Eastwick neighbors Leonard Stewart, Margie and Nancy Cobb, and Earl Wilson teach us about the ways that they brought model truths and ground truths together to make environmental changes in their neighborhood.

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Patricia Eunji Kim