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Research Data Services @ Georgia State University Library: Get Data Lit! Contest

GSU Undergraduate Get Data Lit! Contest

Show off your data literacy skills -- and win some $$$!

 

$$$ PRIZES $$$

Three (3) separate prizes valued at $75 each*

 

We know you've been there...

You're hanging out on twitter, instagram, or some other social media or regular media outlet, and you're bombarded with news or memes or opinions that are not backed up with any actual data/statistics/scholarly research -- or they share so-called "facts" that offer data/statistics/scholarly research that is questionable, or is misrepresented, or is not documented as to where it came from, or only scratches the surface on the issue...When this happens: Do you get fired up to look for some solid data/statistics/scholarly research to refute what you're seeing, or to verify it, or to explore it more deeply? If so...

This contest with $$$ prizes is for YOU!  

 

Want to learn more?


Important Deadlines and Dates:

For CONTEST ENTRY

 

For 10 SELECTED CONTESTANTS

ENTRY SUBMISSIONS
  • SUBMISSIONS DUE on Friday, February 12, 2021, by Midnight (late submissions will not be accepted)
  • SELECTED CONTESTANTS NOTIFIED on Monday, February 22, 2021
  • See Contest Entry Information here.

<ENTRY SUBMISSION FORM>

 
CONTESTANT RECORDED PRESENTATION
  • RECORDED PRESENTATIONS DUE on Friday, March 12, 2021, by Midnight (late submissions will not be accepted)
 
PRIZE WINNERS & CONTESTANT CERTIFICATES
  • PRIZE WINNERS NOTIFIED AND CONTESTANT CERTIFICATES SENT on Monday, March 29, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

*NOTE: Prizes are required to be awarded as financial aid; therefore, winners must be eligible for financial aid to accept a prize. Postbaccalaureate and Transient students are typically not eligible for financial aid; therefore, prizes cannot be awarded to students with this status. Even so, Postbaccalaureate and Transient students are still eligible to submit entries and compete in the contest if they wish, with the understanding that they will not be able to receive prizes.

Contest Details


Contest Details

SUBMITTING A CONTEST ENTRY
  1. Aspiring contestants (GSU Undergraduates or Dual Undergraduate-Graduate students only) find something they saw via social media/media (tweet, facebook, instagram, meme, news snippet citing a study, TikTok or YouTube clip, etc.) that makes them want to take a deeper dive into data/statistics/scholarly research related to it. For example:
    • ​​They see a tweet that says "immigrants are hurting the economy," and they wonder if there's data/statistics/scholarly research to support that statement, or
    • Their facebook friend shares a meme related to gun control, and they want to find data/statistics/scholarly research to share with the friend to better inform their opinion, or
    • They see a meme with a map that's visualizing data/statistics in a way that they think misrepresents the data/statistics and want to share their critique of how the visualization misrepresents the data/statistics.
    • And so on.
  2. They find data/statistics/scholarly research sources to dig deeper into the item they picked -- for example, sources to refute it, or verify it, or dig deeper into its nuances, etc.
  3. They submit an entry proposal via the <ENTRY SUBMISSION FORM>
COMPETING IN THE CONTEST 
  1. Entry submissions are reviewed by the Library's Research Data Services (RDS) Team, and the top 10 entries are selected to compete in the contest.
    • SELECTED CONTESTANTS NOTIFIED on Monday, February 22, 2021
  2. Selected contestants create and record a brief presentation (10 minutes maximum length) that they will submit for the contest.
  3. Contestants are required to submit their recorded presentation file to Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh (aswygarthobaugh@gsu.edu)
    • RECORDED PRESENTATIONS DUE on Friday, March 12, 2021, by Midnight 
  4. PRIZES AWARDED on Monday, March 29, 2021
    • Three (3) separate prizes valued at $75 each.
      • NOTE: Prizes are required to be awarded as financial aid; therefore, winners must be eligible for financial aid to accept a prize. Postbaccalaureate and Transient students are typically not eligible for financial aid; therefore, prizes cannot be awarded to students with this status. Even so, Postbaccalaureate and Transient students are still eligible to submit entries and compete in the contest if they wish, with the understanding that they will not be able to receive prizes.
    • Participation certificates to all contestants
  5. OPTIONAL: Be featured in a Data in the ATL - Student Edition talk!
    • The three (3) prize winners have the option to give their presentation live (and virtually) and be briefly interviewed about their presentation and contest experience -- all of which will be recorded and featured on the Library's YouTube channel. This is not required -- so don't let it scare you away from entering the contest! But, if it's something you're open to doing, it would be a great resource to share on a résumé, or on LinkedIn, or in Portfolium to highlight your achievement.

Questions? 

Email Mandy at aswygarthobaugh@gsu.edu

Contest Entry Information


Contest Entry Information

To enter this contest, you must be a currently enrolled GSU Undergraduate or Dual Undergraduate-Graduate Student who meets the additional criteria specified in the Contest Eligibility Criteria box on this page.

 

SUBMISSIONS DUE: Friday, February 12, 2021, by Midnight

 

ENTRY PROCESS:
 
NOTE: Failure to follow the required procedures of the entry process will result in automatic disqualification from the contest.
 
  1. Complete the online <ENTRY SUBMISSION FORM>
  2. When prompted in the entry submission form, upload your PRESENTATION SUMMARY as a Word document file, using the required ENTRY SUBMISSION TEMPLATE to guide the content and organization of your Word file.

PRESENTATION SUMMARY:

The Word document file uploaded with your entry submission form, which *must* follow the ENTRY SUBMISSION TEMPLATE, must contain a PRESENTATION SUMMARY (ideally no more than 300 words, not including citations) that includes the following:

  1. The social media/media item you've selected.
    • If it's available online, please include the internet link/URL for it.
    • If appropriate, also copy an image or screen capture of your item into the Word document (for example, an image of a meme, a screen capture of a tweet, etc.)
  2. A brief discussion of why the social media/media item has driven you to take a deeper dive into data/statistics/scholarly research related to it. 
    • Below are possible questions you might address:
      • Why do you think it's questionable in terms of data/statistics/scholarly research to back it up? 
      • What are your concerns about how the data/statistics/scholarly research are being represented?
      • Why are you curious to dig deeper into data/statistics/scholarly research related to it -- what do you want to explore, or what do you think you'll find?
      • IMPORTANT: You are not required to address all or any of the above questions – you may come up with different questions/points to discuss. What's most important is that your discussion should reflect a *critique of* or *intellectual curiosity about* the data/statistics/scholarly research related to your social media/media item.
  3. A brief discussion of a minimum of one data/statistics/scholarly research source you plan to use in your presentation to critique/more deeply explore your social media/media item.
  4. Citation(s) for your source(s) in one of the following citation styles formats:

NOTE: Failure to follow the required procedures of the entry process will result in automatic disqualification from the contest.

SUBMISSIONS REVIEW PROCESS:

  • Entry submissions will be reviewed by the judges.
  • The top 10 entries will be selected to compete in the contest.
  • Submitters will be notified whether or not they were selected for the contest by Monday, February 22, 2021.

IMPORTANT CONTEST FILES FOR DOWNLOAD

ENTRY SUBMISSION TEMPLATE

EXAMPLE ENTRY SUBMISSION

JUDGING CRITERIA RUBRIC

Contest Eligibility Criteria


Contest Eligibility Criteria

These currently enrolled GSU Undergraduate and Dual Undergraduate-GraduateStudents *are eligible* to be in the contest:

  • Those seeking an Associates degree (2-Year undergraduate, all campuses including Perimeter College)
  • Those seeking a Bachelors degree (4-Year undergraduate student, all campuses including Perimeter College)
  • Dual Undergraduate-Graduate students
  • Non-Degree Undergraduates (e.g., Postbaccalaureate, Transient) 
    • NOTE: Prizes are required to be awarded as financial aid; therefore, winners must be eligible for financial aid to accept a prize. Postbaccalaureate and Transient students are typically not eligible for financial aid; therefore, prizes cannot be awarded to students with this status. Even so, Postbaccalaureate and Transient students are still eligible to submit entries and compete in the contest if they wish, with the understanding that they will not be able to receive prizes.

These GSU students *are NOT eligible* to be in the contest:

  • Degree-seeking undergraduates who are not currently enrolled at GSU
  • Graduate students

Why aren't GSU Graduate Students allowed in the contest?

While graduate students regularly work with data in their studies, undergraduates have comparatively limited opportunities to critically engage with data. This contest gives GSU Undergraduate and Dual Undergraduate-Graduate Students additional incentives to flex their data literacy muscles and show off their data savviness.

GSU Library Resources


The Library can help you compete!

You are not alone! The Library has resources to help you prepare for your contest submission and presentation:

  1. EXAMPLE PRESENTATIONS - RECORDINGS: Click here for RECORDED EXAMPLE CONTEST PRESENTATIONS the RDS Team made to give you ideas for how to approach creating a presentation.
  2. ONE-ON-ONE HELP: You are encouraged to contact the Library's Research Data Services (RDS) Team or Librarians to make appointments for one-on-one help with finding sources to use in your contest entry/presentation.
  3. LIBRARY RESOURCES: The Library has lots of resources and guidance for identifying relevant and reputable data/statistics/scholarly research sources for your contest entry/presentation:
  4. WORKSHOPS (LIVE and RECORDED): The Library's Research Data Services (RDS) Team offers various live online workshops on data analysis and visualization and recorded versions of their workshops-- might be useful if you want to incorporate data analysis or visualization into your contest presentation.
  5. EXAMPLE ENTRY SUBMISSION: Be sure to download the Example Entry Submission we created -- it might help you in creating your own entry submission.
  6. JUDGING CRITERIA RUBRIC: Be sure to download the Judging Criteria Rubric -- it will help guide you in creating your contest entry/presentation.

Professors: A Potential Extra-Credit Option


Professors: A Potential Extra-Credit Option for Your Students

Peruse the contest entry requirements as described in the Contest Details box and the Contest Entry Information box, and download the Example Entry Submission, and you’ll see that entering this contest requires students to invest thought, time, and effort and to exercise their critical thinking and research skills. If offering your students the extra-credit option of entering the contest sounds appealing to you, please feel free to incorporate it into your syllabus/iCollege – we’ve even developed the below Extra-Credit Assignment Template that you can use/adapt for these purposes.

NOTE: The contest entry deadline is Friday, February 12, 2021, so you will need to plan this extra-credit option around that deadline.

EXTRA-CREDIT ASSIGNMENT TEMPLATE

Example Contest Presentations


Example Contest Presentations

Below are recordings and slides of the example contest presentations the Library's Research Data Services (RDS) Team created to give you ideas about:

  • what a contest presentation might look like, and
  • where you might find relevant and reputable sources to use in your own contest entry/presentation.

"Is the Economy Really the Best It's Ever Been?" -- Example Contest Presentation by Joel Glogowski

Questions for Joel? Click here for his contact information.


"Get Data Lit! #data #health #vaping" -- Example Contest Presentation by Kelsey Jordan

Questions for Kelsey? Click here for her contact information.


"Banning Books...Is it Really a Thing?" -- Example Contest Presentation by Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh

Questions for Mandy? Click here for her contact information.


"Confusing Cartography & Misleading Maps" -- Example Contest Presentation by Jeremy Walker

Questions for Jeremy? Click here for his contact information.

What's Data Literacy?


What "data literacy" is, and why you should care

There are various definitions of "data literacy" -- the two below capture the essence of its meaning:

  • Qlik of the Data Literacy Project describes data literacy as "the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data."​
  • Tableau defines data literacy as "the ability to explore, understand, and communicate with data."
  • Carlson et al. (2011) take the definition a step further by stressing that being data literate also means being a *critical consumer* of data/statistics, noting that "data literacy involves understanding what data mean, including how to read charts appropriately, draw correct conclusions from data, and recognize when data are being used in misleading or inappropriate ways."

Data skills are highly valued by today's employers -- being called "the most lucrative skill[s] to have" and "the most valuable skill[s] you can learn." By honing your data literacy skills through taking Research Data Services (RDS) workshops, or getting RDS@GSU Data Certified, or competing in the Undergraduate Get Data Lit! Contest, you demonstrate to potential employers that you are committed to growing the skills that they look for in hires. In other words, data literacy skills can help you get a job. Similarly, the data literacy knowledge and skills you apply in competing in the Undergraduate Get Data Lit! Contest map to various College-to-Career (CTC) Competency Skills that employers value:

 

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