Helping us index papers is a huge help, and it’s not super hard!
By indexing a student paper, you help begin the process of turning academic research into an interactive visualization for public consumption. Follow the steps below, and make a huge contribution to the State of Black Asheville and be a data hero!
You can help us bring important information to the public by indexing a student paper!
Step 1: Find a Paper
This step is super easy, click here and find a paper you’d like to index.
Click the paper’s title, then click “Download Paper” to either download the paper to view it in a web browser.
Step 2: Open the index template and make a copy.
Once the student paper is pulled up, open our index template. You’ll need to be signed into Google Drive.
In the top menu, click “File” >> “Make a Copy”.
You should then be taken to your own personal copy of our index template. Now for the fun part!
Step 3: Index the document
Indexing is super easy! Go through the student paper, page by page, and fill out the following sections of the index document:
- Your name (optional, but we’ll give you credit for your index!)
- Title of paper
- Author of paper
- Date of publication
- Brief description of paper
- As you encounter visualizations throughout the document, list each one*. Each Visualization Should Contain the Following:
- Screenshot of visualization (IF POSSIBLE).
- Title of visualization (INCLUDE DATE RANGE IF APPLICABLE)
- Brief description of visualization
- List of Sources (including title of source and URL, if applicable)
*Visualizations include, but are not limited to: charts, graphs, tables, maps, or images. When in doubt, go ahead and record it 🙂
Step 4: Submit the index
Done indexing? Great job! Only one more thing to do – share the index file you just made with firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive the index, we’ll mark the student paper as no longer needing an index, and we’ll publish the visualizations that you indexed!
You just became a public data hero! Take a moment to bask in your glory!