Skip to Main Content

Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.

IDSC 198: FOCUS Colloquium

For Professor Fernán Jaramillo - Winter 2021

Data Exploration Exercise

In this exercise, you'll work with your group to explore one of the data sources listed on this guide. Follow a link, find some data (in tabular or spreadsheet form) that interests you and take a few minutes to get acquainted with the data. As you do so, try to answer the following questions:

  • Who produced the data?
  • When the data were collected?
  • Scope: geography, time period, universe of included/excluded
  • Units of measurement
  • How were data collected (e.g., what methods or equipment were used)?
  • Are there more data available than what is here? If so, where?
  • Look for download options: what formats are available?
  • What comes with the download: metadata, definitions, citation?

As you are exploring, note places where you run into roadblocks. After you spend a few minutes investigating, we will discuss your experience and do some troubleshooting together as well as reporting about particularly interesting data.