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Buffalo Co-Lab advances an equitable economy and democratic community, collaboratively integrating scholarly and practical understanding to strengthen civic action.

Asher Lipman

Asher Lipman and dog
A&S '23
Buffalo, NY
WNY Library Resources Council

Work Highlights

Conducted interviews with a wide range of community organizations, municipal agencies, and individuals about how people use data in Buffalo.

Created an inventory of open data sources for Buffalo community members.

Learned how to create data visualizations to show disparities across geographic and other demographic boundaries.

Planned and hosted data education events meant to increase community librarians' understanding of and comfort using open data.

 

Summer Takeaway

Opportunities for collaboration exist almost everywhere, between industries I never would have expected and organizations I never would have thought of. The trick is to expect and think of them.

 

Supervisor Quote

Asher has been such an invaluable asset to our work related to libraries and their role regarding open data - he has been so focused, organized and supportive with incredible acumen and insight into the topic we asked him to explore! Asher has also been so approachable and accessible to our staff and members. He is so intelligent and personable beyond his years (is he really just entering his sophomore year?!), it is likely he will be visibly recognized as an expert in data and information systems before you know it!

–Heidi Ziemer

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