This paper is from Session 10B: Activites related to interaction with schools
which comes under Topic 10: Organisations and collaboration in statistics education
Paper 10B3 (Friday 13th, 11:00-12:30)
Working with a community organisation to create open data sets from records and files
- Ian Hay (University of Tasmania, Australia)
- Rosemary Callingham (University of Tasmania, Australia)
Many community organisations maintain historical and other records and files that are potentially of interest to the wider community, including schools. They may lack the expertise, however, to make this knowledge available in suitable statistical formats. In this project a local group researched the history of 165 World War 1 servicemen. In addition to a published book, the data were used to create a spreadsheet that could be used by schools, and a website accessible to the general public. A local school trialled the data using Tinkerplots. Students were highly engaged and motivated by a real data set that they could relate to through family connections. This case study paper provides suggestions for community organisations and statistics educators about working together for successful outcomes.