Browser application with maps of Seattle
Browser application with maps of Seattle
Map dashboard created for this project using data from the US Census Bureau. Maps show the city of Seattle, with census tracts colored by median age. Dashboard can be found at: https://kostler.shinyapps.io/SPL-Seattle-Census-Data/

This summer, as a part of my Open Data Literacy internship, I worked with the Seattle Public Library (SPL) to transform external open data into actionable intelligence for frontline staff. SPL is a large public library system serving the city of Seattle. It has 27 different branch locations divided into 6 different regions and offers a variety of services and outreach programs. Though library staff already learn about their community through methods such as talking to patrons and local organizations, open data could be used to supplement these efforts and assist staff in their outreach and service planning processes. …


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This summer, as an intern for the Open Data Literacy project at the University of Washington Information School, I have been working with the Seattle Public Library (SPL) to transform external open datasets into actionable information for frontline staff. There are many interesting and relevant open datasets available about the city of Seattle that can help librarians understand the community that surrounds their library and plan better services and outreach. However, these datasets can be hard for librarians to use in their everyday workflows because the datasets are often stored in machine-readable formats that, while ideal for storage and sharing…

Karalyn Ostler

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