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Love Data @ Soton: Home

Celebrating data @ Soton

Find out about upcoming and past data related events at the University of Southampton.

Every year we hold a Love Data week in February but there are data-related talks, journal clubs and seminars going on all year round.

In addition to events listed here, the Alan Turing Institute at Southampton keep a list of upcoming big data related events in Southampton and the south.

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.

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