Love Data Week 2023 hosted by Maynooth University Library. 

Love Data week 2023 will take place from the 13th - 17th of February. The theme for 2023 is Data: Agent of Change.

Programme - (Full digital programme available here)

Online Exhibitions

Fundamentals of rare books cataloguing
Yvette Campbell, Collections and Content Librarian, Maynooth University.

Yvette works on cataloguing the historical collections of St. Patrick’s Pontifical University (SPPU) held in the Russell Library as part of a major ongoing project to enhance discovery of its’ significant collections. In this resource, you will learn about the key concepts and formulae for the cataloguing of special collections materials, in particular rare books. This presentation is intended to simplify what is often considered a complex task of detective work and controlled data entry by equipping our audience with a basic tool for understanding the fundamentals of rare books cataloguing - including format and collation, the recording of copy-specific information, controlled vocabularies and why these elements and more are important for enhancing research

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Events and Webinars

Monday 13 February 11 - 12noon (Online)

AI-written student essays and how to detect them
Dr Brandt Dainow

This presentation will discuss the issues arising from new the artificial intelligence systems, such as ChatGPT, currently getting much press.  These are causing concern in universities around the world because they are capable of writing undergraduate-level essays which, at first glance, appear to be indistinguishable from a genuine student essay.  For example, Australian universities are reported to be moving to assessment only by pen-and-paper exams (  
However, as with many things, much of this concern is just media hysteria.  AI-written essays are detectable as such.
This presentation will explain how ChatGPT (and similar systems) really work (they are not intelligent and don't "know" anything), demonstrate use of ChatGPT's essay writing, dispel hype in favour of reality, and show how to detect whether an essay has been written by an AI, even if it has been substantially reworded by the student afterwards.

This presentation does not assume any experience with AI, computer programming, maths or any other background.  It is intended to provide attendees with a down-to-earth understanding of AI writing and provide a practical tool for detecting it.  A support webpage will be provided containing more in-depth resources, including papers for those who want to explore this issue further and links to an online AI essay detection tool.

View the recording Here

Monday 13 February 2 - 2:30pm (Online)

Introduction and Overview of the Irish Qualitative Data Archive
Fran Callaghan

View the recording Here

Tuesday 14 February 10 - 11am (In person)

Live 3D Printing Demonstration
Dr. Heidi Campbell, Digital Engagement Curator, Maynooth University.

Join us in the foyer of the John Paul II library to experience some live 3D printing. See how a 3D printer works and get a free trinket (while stocks last). 

Location: Foyer, John Paul II Library
No booking required. 

Tuesday 14 February 10 - 11am (In person)

Live Short Story Dispenser Demonstration
Elaine Bean

Join us in the foyer of the John Paul II library to experience a live demonstration of the Short Story Dispenser. With data and love as a theme for Valentine's Day what poem/ short story will you get? 

Location: Foyer, John Paul II Library
No booking required. 

Tuesday 14 February 2:00 - 2:30pm (In person)

Parish records of St Germain-en-Laye, 1689-1740: Agents of change for understanding Irish Jacobite émigrés.
Jennifer Brady, first year PhD student, History Department, Maynooth University.

The mining of the parish records of St Germain-en-Laye, Paris, 1689-1740, allowed for the harnessing of information relating to Irish Jacobite émigrés who followed King James II to St Germain-en-Laye, Paris, following his exile in December 1688. The Stuart court would remain in St Germain until 1719 when it then moved to Italy. There were previous accounts of this population recorded by C.E. Lart, in 1912, but the records only date up to 1720, therefore, this is the first time that this information has been recorded up to 1740. This is significant as it broadens our understanding of this migrant population and highlights that contrary to any idea that the entire Stuart court moved to Italy, there was still a significant number of Irish remaining in St Germain-en-Laye afterwards. This allows for the questioning of why they remained there and actually continued to emigrate to St Germain. In the absence of census and parish records for this period in Ireland, these records offer an excellent data and source substitution.

This presentation will explain how the information was gathered and the reason for certain decisions taken in the recording of the information, what the records revealed, and why this information is invaluable for social and military history.

Location: Training Room A, John Paul II Library. 
No booking required, limited to 22 people, first come first served basis.

Wednesday 15 February 11 - 11:30am (Online)

Tracking the Impact of your Research Data: The Tools available
Ciarán Quinn, Research Support Librarian, Maynooth University

As Research Data is increasingly made available via open access, it's important to be able to showcase the impact and value of that data as it is downloaded, viewed, reused, cited and shared by other researchers. There are two main types of data metrics: Data Citations and Altmetrics for Data. Data Citations involve citing the actual datasets or by citing a data paper that describes the dataset. They are an attempt to track data’s influence and reuse in scholarly literature. The main source of these measures is Data Citation Index in the Web of Science database.

Data Papers are cited like other papers and can be found in Scopus, and WOS. This session will look at how to identify and measure these data citations and demonstrate how to set up alerts to track further citations. It will also examine Altmetrics Attention Scores for Data which is be obtained from repositories and the Social Web, such as Twitter, Blogs, Public Policy Documents, Media, Multimedia, and Patents.

View the recording Here

Wednesday 15 February 2 - 2:30pm (Online)

Digitising a historical Map: a practical guide
Stavros Angelis, Senior Technical Officer Arts and Humanities Institute, Maynooth University

The presentation outlines the necessary steps to digitise a physical historical map. It contains a step by step practical guide with the use of QGIS as well as some example outputs.

View the recording Here

Wednesday 15 February 2:30 -3:00pm (Online)

Digitising Biographical Data: the Clericus and Ulster Settlers Projects
Prof Thomas O’Connor, Director of the Arts and Humanities Institute, Maynooth University
Dr Declan Monaghan, Maynooth University

The presentation outlines the origins of the Clericus digital project, follows its development over the past two years, and looks at its extension to include new populations such as early 17th century Ulster settlers.  

View the recording Here

Thursday 16 February 10 - 11:30am (Online)

SFI Centre of Research students - (Please see digital programme for full details of these sessions HERE)

10 - 10:25am Greener Anomaly Detection (not recorded)
Nahia Martinez Iturricastillo, Aoife Flood, Maira Rubub - SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, Hamilton Institute, Maynooth University

10:25 - 10:55am Analysis of Label-Free Quantitative Mass Spectrometry Data for Escherichia coli (E. coli)
Cormac Monaghan (SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, Hamilton Institute, Maynooth University)

10:55 - 11:15am Learned Image Compression: A comparison between JPEG and Neural Network methods
Paddy Gorry (SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, Hamilton Institute, Maynooth University)

View the recording Here

Thursday 16 February 1:30 - 2pm (Online)

Love Data & Coffee
Prof. Markus Helfert MU, Denise Manton MU, Daragh O’Brien Castlebridge

Join the debate around challenges, concerns and ways to safeguard the use and exploitation of Data. Aim of this interactive event is to discuss current topics and challenges around data governance, including privacy, ethical consideration and challenges to manage data. As recent advances of Artificial Intelligence and the discussion around the ChatGPT chatbot shows, there are many challenging issues open for debate. With this 30min discussion, we hope to provide input and stimulate the wider discussion on usage of data, its fair exploitation and ethical considerations.

Thursday 16 February 2 - 3pm (Online)

Hamilton Institute Students - (Please see digital programme for full details of these sessions  HERE)

2 - 2:25pm 
A Step Towards Automating Sensitive Data Flagging in the CSO
Conor Hackett (SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, Hamilton Institute, Maynooth University)

2:25 - 2:45pm Bayesian Additive Regression Trees for Non-Ignorable Missing Data
Yong Chen Goh, Hamilton Institute, Maynooth University

View the recording here, soon.

Friday 17th February All Day (Online)

MU Library - Data For Change Infographic

This infographic illustrates data from various department in Maynooth University Library.  The data collected by the Library demonstrates the breadth and scale of the work undertaken by the Library and provides evidence to support decision making by Library management. 

You will find the infographic HERE