Since the election, I’ve been trying to think of ways that I can do something useful that will contribute positively, help me focus, and draw on my skills as a librarian and digital humanist. One of the things that came to mind was collecting data about the post-election statements that are being issued by university presidents, state representatives, religious leaders, professional organizations, and other people who are leaders or in positions of power. These statements are in support of their staff, faculty, students, and citizens with the aim to create a safe community in the post-election aftermath. (more…)
Cross-posted on the MLA Conference Diary (IAML website). The annual conference of the Music Library Association was held March 2-5, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Each year the MLA conference brings together people with a shared interest in music librarianship and music resources. While this interest may be directly linked to our professional roles and careers, we also represent a community of people who may have started out as musicians, archivists and librarians working with music-specific materials, but now represent roles in emerging or evolving areas, such as metadata, discovery services, digital preservation, or digital humanities. It is this sense of community that brings me (and others I know) to the MLA conference every year.
Several days ago music critic Evelyn McDonnell wrote a post, #RockandRollHallofShame, on her Populism blog in which she discussed the ongoing exclusion of women from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wrote: “No women. Not one. There is not a single female in any of the five acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.” In addition to this disparity between genders, there is a further omission of women of color and other minority groups, which McDonnell hopes someone will investigate further.
Without having the time to do extensive research or data mining, I decided to extract a simple list of artists inducted into the RRHF between 1986-2016 and then modify it by adding a value for gender. Wikipedia maintains a list of inductees, so I extracted the data, cleaned and modified it. I then used Tableau Public to create a tree map where you can easily see the disparity between male and female artists inducted into the hall. To break it down easily, I color-coded by gender:
- Male artists/band members are orange
- Female artists/band members are blue
- Bands with both male and female artists are green
Within this visualization you can also search or facet the results by name of artist/band, inducted members (if not a solo artist), gender, as well as by year. Hover over the name of the artist/band name to view additional information about them, such as the year they were inducted, a link to the wikipedia page, and band member names (if applicable). Visit my Tableau Public page to view the full tree map.
All of my data is available on my GitHub page and can be modified by others. The data I extracted and modified is focused on gender, but it would be interesting to add other dimensions, including race and artists/bands nominated, but not inducted. I encourage others to use the data and modify or extend it to show other disparities that were not captured in this quick data exercise.