While it feels like we just finished March 2020, take three, it’s amazing to realize that we survived March 2022. Along with that, it’s the first anniversary of the Data Literacy Program’s (DLP’s) quarterly reports. So, what have we been doing in the last few months?
For the first quarter of 2022, we planned on completing residual goals from Q4 of 2021. These were tasks like uploading the public versions of our Tutorial series data stories and the completing a third data story. However, we had some new goals too. These included creating the DLP’s Table of Contents (ToC), outlining for future data stories, and giving talks and workshops.
We started the year with AAI/OC staff hosting a workshop at the AIA/SCS meetings. With that completed, we focused on the idea that good relationships and quality data stories come from slow and steady work. We’ve been taking this to heart by taking our time, adding and editing, preparing the way for the rest of the year, and doing a little bit of work on many data stories.
Significantly, this pieces came together into the DLP’s Table of Contents (ToC). The ToC is a menu for data stories that collaborators can use to see what we have to offer. Currently, it describes our two complete tutorials and previews example data stories in the other series. These include Of Mycenaean Men: Public Archaeology Book Club in our Aggregative series and 30 Days to an Article: #ArchyWriMo Prompts to Inspire Your Writing in our Creative series. We’re excited to share the ToC soon and see what y’all want to sample.
Speaking of things to sample, Paulina gave three public talks this quarter. These talks were for the Berkeley Archaeological Research Facility, the University of Alberta’s Department of Computing Science, and the Calgary Chapter Of Sigma Xi. Each centered on a different topic and represented Paulina’s various research projects. Due to this, they explored subjects such as comics and archaeology; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and how to model historical landscapes. While only the talk on archaeology and comics is still available, Berkeley Talks converted the lecture to a podcast and shared it as well, which was really cool.
Lastly, we started a new article series called AAI Reads!. The series will highlight works that inform our programs and that AAI staff found valuable. Our hope is that these articles will make our development process more transparent and highlight cool projects outside the AAI.
In summary, we made progress and are looking forward to Q2 of 2022, when will expand our AAI Reads! series and have more data stories to share. So, keep checking in and let us know if there’s something you’d like to see us do in the future!