Paula Lackie

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Ms Paula Lackie

Member since: 06/23/2022 - 04:09
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Managing student workers
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Academic Technologist for Data
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Carleton College
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United States

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Paula has been very active in data and data support-related organisations; principally IASSIST and ICPSR for several decades. Serving many roles at IASSIST, including 6 years as chair of Outreach – creating the International Fellows program to increase support for data professionals in underrepresented areas of the world. With ICPSR, she has served 30+ years as an official representative. She served on the ICPSR Council where she chaired the first Preservation and Access committee. In 2011 she was awarded the William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative. She has also been a past president of the Social Science Computing Association, worked on numerous Mellon Foundation funded initiatives, and consults internationally on sustainably managing data support, quantitative reasoning processes, and fostering budding data scientists. She is currently an Academic Technologist for Data in Carleton College Northfield, MN, USA, where she founded The DataSquad. This is a model for promoting the enthusiasm among novice data scientists while addressing data service needs on campus and providing mentorship with entry-level experience to those students. Her current research interests include fostering a reproducible research/data-lifecycle mentality among new data scientists, exploring sustainable, low-cost data capture processes for the small-scale researcher, pedagogical and technical contexts for the use and support of data in teaching and learning. She has led numerous sessions at ICPSR Biennial and Data Fair gatherings and a variety of liberal arts consortia gatherings, plus EDUCAUSE, IASSIST, and CODATA, with special focus on issues of sustainable data management, research design, pedagogy and technology. She has also taught political science methods (California State University) and has published in the IASSIST Quarterly (the IQ), Social Sciences Computer Review, Cause/Effect, Disability Studies Quarterly, and has authored several book chapters.

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