Had enough of “big data”? Check out the consortium effort to rescue “small data” created by the U.S. federal government data at the site Libraries+ Network.
The Libraries+ Network is a nascent consortium of research libraries, library organizations, and open data communities with a shared interest in saving, preserving, and making accessible born-digital federal government information upon which researchers, citizens, and communities rely.
The effort is particularly focused on federal agencies who’ve had their funding cut (or are proposed to be eliminated altogether). Their videos and blog are a terrific way to introduce students to the issues in data gathering, storing, and accessing.