Crawfishing for Data:Using iNaturalist for data literacy instruction [Poster]

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Megan Carlton, Science Librarian and Assistant Professor (Creator)
Jo Klein, Geospatial and Data Visualization Librarian and Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Poster presented at the 2021 Southeast Data Librarian Symposium on October 14, 2021. iNaturalist is a platform where citizen scientists, biologists, and naturalists share observations of organisms like the humble crawfish. Through crowd-sourced data collection, iNaturalist users directly contribute to an open, research-grade biodiversity dataset and strengthen their data literacy skills. Librarians can use both the iNaturalist data collection workflow and the resulting data in data literacy instruction for a wide range of audiences and skill levels. In this poster presentation, we’ll map data literacy competencies, such as Carlson, Miller, Fosmire, and Nelson’s Core Competencies for Data Information Literacy and Mandinach and Gummer's list of data literacy skills, to various instructional activities using the iNaturalist platform, with examples of how these competencies and activities can be incorporated into a broader information literacy curriculum.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
iNaturalist, crowdsourcing

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