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That’s a Wrap! Love Data Week 2024

By Nicole Daly

We are once again wrapping up an amazing week of data related events at Falvey Library. There was a lot planned out for Love Data Week this year, including the new Falvey Data Visualization Competition. This year we had submissions from across the colleges and we were able to celebrate and recognize four marvelous students in their work with data visualization. Below we have linked to each of their award-winning projects. 

2024 Award Winners

Nicole Daly, Social Sciences Librarian, and Melissa Wright

Melissa Wright – First Place Undergraduate  

  • Project Title: “Compare your Lifts!” 
    • Available through the Shiny app.
  • An app developed to show power lifters how they compare to others.

Shealyn Murphy – Runner-up Undergraduate 

Stephen M. Strader, PhD, Amanda Wagner, and Nathaniel B. Weston, PhD

Amanda Wagner – First Place Graduate 

  • Project Title: “Vulnerability to Tornado Hazards” 
    • Available through ArcGIS.
  • A story map that breaks down different areas’ vulnerability to tornados, looking at past data on tornado warnings, impacts, and risk factors.

Jonah Miles Gavino

Jonah Miles Gavino – Runner-up Graduate 

  • Project Title: “J&S Publishers 2020 Reimbursements Overview” 
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  • A detailed risk analysis of a fictional publishing company, which allows users to flag employee reimbursements based on set risk factors.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating another year of data appreciation. Hopefully, you were able to learn about some of the wonderful resources available to Villanova affiliates through Falvey Library and how students on campus are working with data. For more information about different data resources Falvey offers check out the Falvey Library blog, where we have been posting all week about data and Library resources.

Join us tomorrow for our two rescheduled events, Intro to Python and Excel for the Humanities.

To find out more about how Falvey has celebrated Love Data Week in the past check out our event page. Through this page you’ll be able to find links to past events, read some of our data related blog posts, and see how far reaching our events have been in past years. This page will provide you an overview of what Love Data Week is and how we’ve celebrated it in the past.

Save the date for next year’s Love Data Week 2025, which will be from Feb. 10-14, 2025. 

Headshot of Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian. Nicole Daly is Communication Librarian at Falvey Library.



Some Falvey librarians love data, but I love FRED. Since FRED and I don’t have an exclusive relationship, I’d like to introduce you.

My job is to help students and faculty find the data they need. FRED stands for Federal Reserve Economic Data. Its a free online database that evolved to give researchers access to data needed to “understand the Fed’s policy decisions.”(St. Lewis Fed., n.d.) FRED is my helpmate.

Unlike most governmental data sites, FRED is not limited to serving up data gathered and created by it’s parent agency, the Federal Reserve. And you’d be wrong if you assumed that it only covers wonky economic indicators such as GDP, CPI, FDI,  interest rates, unemployment rates or disposable income.

FRED certainly does make data from key federal and international agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the International Monetary Fund and Eurostat available. But it also hosts lesser known data series from the Energy Information Agency, Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. These data sources are of interest across the social sciences and in STEM fields.

Like most librarians I’m on a budget so I appreciate a cheap date. FRED is free and for me. It hosts a pretty amazing range of select, private data sets from the likes of Haver Analytics, Indeed, National Association of Realtors, Moody’s,, Wilshire and Nikkei. There are robust indices and models built by academics too.

I could go on singing the praises of FRED data, but I’d risk being called a lovesick librarian. Still I can’t help mentioning that the FRED user interface is dreamy. Finding data to download, graph or map is done by keyword or browsing categories or sources. Adding data layers to graphs is intuitive and the options for formatting visualizations are many.

Many relationships involve a bit of regret. Last week I took FRED for granted, FRED wasn’t top of mind when a student stopped by my office looking for big data on housing conditions. She could have had just what she was looking for if I had been more attentive to FRED. Hope she sees this now!

St. Lewis Fed. (n.d.) What is FRED?

Linda Hauck, MLS, MBA, is Business Librarian at Falvey Library.




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Our Kind of Data

Learn more about Love Data Week at ICPSR. #LoveData24 

Falvey loves data, all kinds of data, and we want to celebrate Love Data Week by talking about the different ways data is used on campus. At Villanova University we have many disciplines across campus, and each of them use data in their own way. Now how each discipline uses data might not always be as obvious, such as in the social sciences and humanities, compared to the STEM fields, and that is why we want to illustrate some of the ways data has been used across the disciplines that aren’t quite as obvious. In the world of librarianship, data plays a role in many of our decisions. In thinking about how we decide whether a program was successful or whether we are going to renew a resource for another year we rely on data to inform our decisions. Each year we evaluate the resource subscriptions we are going to keep, and we do this by examining the usage data collected. 

Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature, offered the following demonstration of how data can be used to explore literature. 

“Often when we think of data we think of massive data sets too big for a human to ever hope to analyze, but using data to better understand literary texts is not new to scholars of English literature nor does it always have to be at such an enormous scale. One of the more famous examples of using data to better understand a literary text has to do with Shakespeare’s First Folio. In 1920 Thomas Satchell noticed a distinct difference in spellings of 35 words in the first half of McBeth to the second half. Other scholars such as Edwin Eliott Willoughby in 1932, and Alice Walker in 1954 would further contribute to this idea by expanding the investigation to the rest of the First Folio and positing that there were multiple compositors who worked on type setting the First Folio. These early researchers were attempting to use meticulous textual analysis to do what we often use computers to do today, which is gather textual data to provide us with new information about a text, in this case how many different compositors may have worked on the typesetting for the first folio. Helping scholars to not only better understand how printing houses worked in the 1620s, but also helping scholars to better understand the text we are left with.”

For more on this ongoing debate over the First Folio:

Further Reading:

Eve, Martin Paul. The Digital Humanities and Literary Studies. First edition. Oxford University Press, 2022.

Underwood, Ted. Distant Horizons: Digital Evidence and Literary Change. The University of Chicago Press, 2019.

Sarah’s example of how researchers have been able to analyze the spelling of texts to explore authorship of classic pieces, is just one way that researchers create and use data. In the field of Communication and Literature, research data can be created by counting the frequency of certain terms, or even by examining the tone used in a work. Research on tone can look at the proportion of positive or negative words used in a piece. An interesting topic of study that has crossed disciplines, is the examination of the media’s portrayal of mental health. This is a topic that has been explored by Sociologists, Psychologists, and the Communication field. Each of these disciplines have explored how news articles have dealt with mental health, though the questions they have looked to answer might vary due to their focus. The research question often shapes the type of data being created and used, with one focus of this topic having been to answer whether there has been a change in perception of mental health in the news over time. Compiling a collection of hundreds and even thousands of news articles, a text analysis is able to show the overall tone of articles depicting mental health and whether there has been a shift in tone between the years. Interested in your own text analysis? Check out Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab in our Databases A to Z list, where you can explore the Gale collection and conduct text analyses.   

Further Reading: 

Chen, M., and S. Lawrie. “Newspaper Depictions of Mental and Physical Health.” BJPsych Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 6, , p. 308,,edselc.2-52.0-85036633598 

R, Whitley, and Wang J. “Good News? A Longitudinal Analysis of Newspaper Portrayals of Mental Illness in Canada 2005 to 2015.” Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie, vol. 62, no. 4, 2017, pp. 278-285,,27777273 

Please join us in celebrating another year of data appreciation, where you can learn about some of the wonderful resources available to Villanova affiliates through Falvey Library and how students on campus are working with data. Check out our Love Data Week 2024 events page and register for one, or all, of our events! 

For more information about different data resources Falvey offers check out the Falvey library blog. There will be different data related posts throughout the week! Follow and spread the word about Love Data Week 2024: @lovedataweek on X and Instagram #lovedata24 

Make sure to join us again next year for Love Data Week 2025, which will run from Feb. 10-14.

Headshot of Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian.Nicole Daly is Communication Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. 

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Falvey Data Visualization Working Session!

Register Here.

The Falvey Data Visualization Competition is a new program established in conjunction with our annual Love Data week celebration to recognize the various ways that data is used in Villanova scholarship. Winners will be selected from the pool of candidates by the Love Data committee based on set criteria, judging the utilization of data and visualizations to illustrate their research. This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from Villanova University. Presentations can be based on any type of data-related project that students have completed or are currently working on. Presentations can be submitted beginning Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. 

Follow and spread the word about Love Data Week 2024: @lovedataweek on X and Instagram #lovedata24 

Questions? Contact Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian.

Headshot of Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian.Nicole Daly is Communication Librarian at Falvey Library.


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Last Modified: December 12, 2023

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