DATA Play 9: Challenges

The STEM Hub, City College Plymouth
Friday 26 October 2018, 9am to 4.30pm

Measuring the impact of libraries

  • Libraries collect a lot of quantitative data about how many people are using them such as visits, books borrowed and computer use, but is it possible to measure the impact they have?
  • Can we use technology and data to measure the impact that library use has on individuals?
  • The library offer includes activity around digital, information, health and literacy. Is it possible to use data to discover more about the contribution libraries make to the city?
  • How can we combine existing data with library data to become more responsive to communities and deliver services according to local needs?

Telling stories

  • How can visualisation and mapping tools be used to help people understand more about libraries?
  • Can we use data to tell interesting stories about libraries that will engage local people and communities?
  • Are there any library datasets you would like to see released?

Library use

  • Libraries are open to anyone, you don’t need to be a member to use the library space or attend an activity. While this is one of their biggest strengths, it also makes it hard to know who is using them and how. Could this be understood better?
  • Is there a way of using technology that will help us to understand how people are using the library space?
  • What is the best way to count visitors to libraries if they don’t borrow books or use a computer?
  • How could we find who isn’t using libraries, where they are and why that might be?
  • How can we use technology and data to make it easier for people to discover what’s available at their local library?

City challenges

We’d also like you to look at all our previous DATA Play challenges.

  • Which ones are particularly important?
  • Can you think of any more city challenges?
  • Have you got any ideas for solving the challenges that you’d like to explore?

View the previous challenges