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Data analysis 

So just descriptive stats for now. I haven't even started plotting data yet, but I'm looking forward to that.

So much better than fumbling around in a spreadsheet!

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Data analysis 

I am really liking Python's pandas for cleaning up and analyzing these survey results. I was facing two sets of results for the same survey with responses that were coded differently in each set (due to translation reordering).

So I'm working with the text value of the responses and using to get everything into a single language, then doing a first pass of analysis with . So far so good! And REPLICABLE!

For context, I discussing this with a research team and was surprised they wanted to keep the partial data. Given the preamble, keeping the data seems unethical.

They have since changed their mind. \o/

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Consent preamble on a survey that you're taking said "You can choose to withdraw at any time by closing your browser or navigating away."

After you complete about half of the survey, you decide that you don't want to finish it and close the browser.

What do you expect the researchers to do with the partial data you submitted?

Bilingual survey; data cleanup 

I helped design a bilingual survey, but didn't implement it. The PI entered it all into Qualtrics, twice: once for each language.

Now that we have the results, the codes don't match up between languages (of course), so I have to do a ton of cleanup before I can start analysing the data.

But first I have to stop staring at wondering why the PI didn't just use that?

New postdoc anxiety 🎓 

@bgcarlisle once everyone taps on the tables you'll know it's all good (and German)

See p.8 of for my current example. (It's paywalled--stupid ALA--but Google Scholar will find a perfect copy for you at

If I zoom in on-screen, I can barely make out the blurry label text.

Worse, even when printed at 600dpi--theoretically the whole reason for the weird layout--fig. 3 is unreadable.

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I hate when I have to struggle to read graph labels in PDF articles on even a 27" QHD screen.

There has to be a better way. Like HTML?

Or at least not arbitrarily scaling the graphic down to 5/8s of the page width. Use the full "8.5"" page-width; it's not like an extra page or two in article length is costing you anything.

@VictorVenema I like that too, but "The person who identified the problem gets to solve the problem" was a principle that I learned at IBM, and it seems to be the default elsewhere...

Today from when you join the review of draft #1 of a collaboratively-edited 30 page whitepaper on how to implement X in an information retrieval system, where X is a cool thing big corporations have been doing for a few years, and ask the question "So has any research been done on whether X actually benefits users? Is there a lit review?", and you get (presumably embarrassed) silence as a response.

Guess who gets to pull together that lit review?

@cassandreces That's a cool project! Can't believe I hadn't heard of it before--thank you (both for sharing it, and for mentoring)

@cassandreces To be honest, I've never tried that; always started with fresh Wikibase instances.

But as Appropedia seems to be a unilingual wiki, maybe Semantic MediaWiki might be a better fit?

@cassandreces Right! Barbara Fischer from the German National Library was a participant in the Wikibase workshop Stacy and I led at SWIB18 (

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Hi all :) I'm working on a PhD on , specifically studying the for science movement. As an activist I'm interested in feminist approaches to tech which I try to implement in meet ups, workshops, etc. A big part of my time goes to working as open as STS lets me, another big part goes to WikiData because I love it. Beautiful communities are what keep me existing through late capitalism, so here I am in Mastodon <3.

@cassandreces Really like the workshop approach. I've been lucky to work with Stacy Allison-Cassin on putting together a few different Wikidata workshops over the past few years. And generally have been a volunteer, mentor, speaker at local tech learning events.

@cassandreces Welcome back! I've also been involved with Wikidata, and am considering how I might weave it into my doctoral research in Information Studies (I'm currently pre-comp exams).

I'd like to see what happened if libraries built information systems that used Wikidata QIDs as identifiers for entities, for example.

Academic hot take 

@bgcarlisle Give a copy to your library; preservation is part of their mission.

Well, good news is that the data was saved in the database correctly; bad news is that the incorrect data that I was shown & downloaded resulted in my negative evaluation of the tool's reliability & data accuracy. (I finished the survey before the researcher responded to me).

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Completed a survey + exercise sent out by a PhD candidate working in the same research space. I found and reported a bug in the exercise that might skew their data significantly.

They're doing really interesting work, and including a hands-on exercise in the middle of the survey was a methodological approach that was new to me. I liked it!

But I hope that bug doesn't screw things up too much--my heart sank when I ran into it.


Every time I try and copy a bit of text from a PDF and the text comesoutallsquishedtogether or fully justified via spaces, I get annoyed.

I get angry when it's a paper behind a paywall, because apparently it takes a lot of $$$ for those publishers to mess up basic reader requirements.

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