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Logo for International Love Data Week showing data connections all over the globe

Data: Agent of Change

13-17 February 2023

Love Data Week is about inspiring our community to use data to bring about changes that matter. Policy change, environmental change, social change... we can move mountains with the right data guiding our decisions. This year, we are focusing on helping new and seasoned researchers by promoting and providing tailored data training to help move the needle on the issues they care about and have organised a series of talks and discussions for the week..

Love Data Week events will be taking place across the globe. You can keep up with what is happening on the LDW 2023 event listing and by following the hastag  #LoveData23 across all platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Mastadon, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, LinkedIn etc.

All  UoS sessions will take place online  - further details available via booking via PGR manager or Staff Book.
Any UG and PGT students who would like to attend, please contact

What you need to know about collecting and sharing your data?
Mon 13th Feb, 12.00

Isobel Stark, Head of Research Data (Library), willh hold a discussion group with current PhD students recounting their journeys with data.
Book with PGR Manager or Staffbook

Collecting, analyzing and publishing qualitative data
Mon 13th Feb, 1300

Dr Brian Pickering will be calling on his years of experience as a researcher and a member Association of Internet Researchers, the Research Data Alliance, the British Psychological Society, and the British Computer Society, to talk about collecting, analysing and publishing qualitative data.
Book with PGR Manager or Staffbook.

Panel Discussion on Data: Agent for Change
Fri 17th Feb, 1200

Profs Christian Bokhove, Marion Demossier and Sophie Ferguson, Head of Information Governance, will be part of a panel session  - the theme is making data as "open as possible and closed as necessary" what this means to their discipline and how their research data could be an agent for change. 
Book with PGR Manager or Staffbook.

Datakind:Making Data an agent for change
Fri 17th Feb, 1300

DataKind UK is a charity which puts into practice this year's theme: Data, agent for Change. Datakind's stated mission is "helps social change organisations use data science to have more of an impact" and they do this by connecting them with some of the UK’s best data scientists for free. Dr Adam Hill will talk about the sort of projects that he and others from the University has been involved with under the auspices of Datakind.
Book with PGR manager or Staffbook

Love Data 2021

A tabby and white cat lying on a knitted blanket, with different colour rows representing different temperature rangesLove Data Week 2021: Loving 2020 data

A member of our Research Data team was inspired by the Love Data 2020 data visualisation competition to create a temperature blanket charting the highest daily temperature every day during 2020. Find out more in our blog post Love Data Week 2021: Loving 2020 data.

Love Data 2020

We Love Data and We’d Love to See It: Data Visualisation CompetitionLove Data Week Wordle, created by the University of St Andrews

This year at Southampton, the Library ran a competition for staff and students to explore data visualisation. The challenge was to present Hartley Library entry gate data in a creative, artistic or innovative way.

The pieces you see here were submitted to the competition based on datasets for Hartley Library Gate Data for the Academic Year 2018-2019 dataset is available in our institutional repository.

The idea of using Hartley Library entry gate data across an academic year appealed, especially because it tied in nicely with 2019 marking 100 years of Highfield Campus.

In May 1919 there were 215 students, rising to approximately 300 by October 1919 (Nash and Sherwood, 2002). We currently have more than 24,500 students enrolled at the University, with 1,436,491 visits to Hartley Library in the academic year 2018-2019.

Submissions are on display at the Hartley library level 4 corridor (opposite the photocopiers) during Love Data Week 2020. 

Love Data 2019

The Library's Research Engagement Team organised a series of public seminars during the International Love Data Week in February 2019.

The 2019 theme was Data in Everyday Life with two sub-themes of open data and data justice. We tweeted and posting on social media throughout the week using #SotonlovesData #lovedata and #LoveData19 

Mark Spearing at Turing@Soutampton launchIn addition to the talks below, the week also saw the launch of Turing @ Southampton. The University of Southampton is a University Partner of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. The Web Science Institute acts as the main point of contact between the university and The Alan Turing Institute.

Alison Knight: Can privacy still exist in an age of datafication?