Love Data Week 2022

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Seton Hall University Libraries’ fifth annual participation in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) sponsored Love Data Week successfully concluded two weeks ago. This year’s theme was ‘data is for everyone.’

If you missed any of this year’s events, they were recorded and are now uploaded at Seton Hall University Libraries YouTube page with this playlist.

Data Lakes:

Dr. Olga Komissarova, researcher and recent Seton Hall PhD graduate, gives an excellent introduction and overview of the concept of data lakes, central repositories of unprocessed data in various formats, and the use of unstructured data (documents, images, video) for business intelligence.

Data Ethics:

Business Librarian Chelsea Barrett and Data Services Specialist Samah Alshrief start a conservation about the role of data ethics in a modern world awash with data. They discuss the moral implications of handling and managing data with issues related to privacy, security, bias, and data reuse and scholarship integrity as well as the role of researchers to promote it with considered intentions, purposeful data collection, security, the impact of analysis, and raising general awareness of and training in data ethics.

Data in Finance:

Dr. Anthony Loviscek, professor and chair of the Seton Hall Finance Department, discusses data in finance using a case study of Warren Buffett and his holding company Berkshire Hathaway, the idea of alpha (exceptional above average performance), and return to risk.

Seton Hall’s Collections Around the World:

Assistant Dean for Special Collections and the Gallery Sarah Ponichtera and Gallery Director Jeanne Brasile outline the gallery’s efforts to create a public facing database of the unique treasures entrusted to Seton Hall’s guardianship, increasing the accessibility of this special resource for the Seton Hall community and beyond. It includes a demonstration of the visual and interactive story maps tool, highlighting the collection’s global scale.

Data Services:

Data Service Specialist Samah Alshrief gives an overview of the services provided to students and faculty by Seton Hall’s Data Services group. These services include quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data visualization, data storage, and data location and cleaning. She also gives brief introductions into the many powerful data related tools and software available to the entire Seton Hall community including Qualtrics, Policy Map, Atlas.ti, SPSS, Stata, R, Constellate, Power Bi, and Tableau.

Join ICPSR Data Fair running September 21-25

Data Services, ICPSR

The Seton Hall Community is invited to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research’s Data Fair, “Data In Real Life.” With all the unexpected twists and turns of 2020, the ICPSR Data Fair will provide a data lens on timely topics such as the elections, Black Lives Matter, the Census, higher education, immigration, COVID 19, and more. The Data Fair is September 21-25, 2020 and is entirely virtual and free to all. Learn more and register at There are excellent programs for faculty who may want to supplement their syllabi with programs across many disciplines such as:

ICPSR’s COVID 19 Data Archive

Quantifying Gender Identities and Behaviors

Conceptualizing and Visualizing Conflict Data with Shiny

Data in Social Media

For more information about ICPSR data and Seton Hall’s subscription, please contact , Seton Hall’s ICPSR Representative at University Libraries.


The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an organization of member institutions based out of the University of Michigan working together to acquire and preserve social science data, to provide open and equitable access to these data, and to promote effective data use.

The ICPSR data archive and holdings encompass a range of disciplines, including political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, education, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, health and medical care, education, child care research, law, and substance abuse.  Seton Hall faculty and students have access to over 15,000 studies and 5.6 million variables through the University Libraries’ subscription.

Data Services Group

University Libraries launched its Data Services Group in Fall 2019.  Librarians and a Data Support Specialist are available to provide training in data management, specific tools like Stata, SPSS and R, Survey Research Methods for Qualtrics and Data Management for Seton Hall University students, faculty, staff, and administrators.  For further information, please view the Data Services website.  Part of the Data Service mission is to provide access to data sources including ICPSR.