Geography Awareness Week Student Spotlight: Ashley Jackson

By Dorris on October 19, 2020 in Data Services News, What's New

Geography Awareness Week (November 15–21) will be here soon. In honor of the occasion, we’re spotlighting Ashley N. Jackson, a doctoral student in the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include historical and contemporary patterns of police violence, the effects of police contact on psychological well-being, and […]

Save the Date for Geography Awareness Week 2020

By Dorris on October 7, 2020 in Data Services News, What's New

Data Services is gearing up for another event-filled Geography Awareness Week taking place November 16–20. Created in 1987 through a joint resolution in the U.S. Congress, Geography Awareness Week is a time for educators, organizations, and communities to promote the importance of geography in people’s lives. Geography is especially important this year, as it has […]

WashU Data Users Group (DUG) Fall Lineup

By Dorris Scott on September 16, 2020 in Data Services News

If you dig data and want to discuss data-related topics, then the WashU DUG is the place for you! The WashU DUG has been going strong during the spring and summer and has continued to meet virtually to participate in workshops and to learn how various members of the WashU community use data in their work. Notable events […]

Discussing the Digital Humanities: An Interview with Hannah Scates Kettler

By Dorris on March 30, 2020 in Data Services News

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, Dorris Scott, GIS librarian and social science data curator with Washington University Libraries’ Data Services unit, spoke with Hannah Scates Kettler, head of Digital Scholarship and Initiatives at Iowa State University. Kettler has spearheaded a number of endeavors involving the preservation of 3D data. She holds a master of […]

Data Services: Update on Resources and Assistance

By Dorris on March 20, 2020 in Data Services News, What's New

During these challenging and unprecedented times, the Data Services team is dedicated to assisting the Washington University community with its data-related needs. Following the guidelines of recent university policy, we will be making changes to service delivery and updating our resources to best accommodate the WashU community. Website Overview We will continue to provide assistance […]

Introducing Black [Data] History: A curated timeline from national to here (1900-2019)

By Dorris on February 24, 2020 in Data Services News, Data Services Projects, What's New

In commemoration of Black History Month, Data Services created a Black [Data] History timeline which highlights the accomplishments of individuals in STEM with an emphasis on data science related fields (i.e. analysis, curation, management, visualization, geospatial, and storage). Individuals were chosen from the impact they have had on the national or international level to the impact […]

Libraries and GIS: Mapping Out a Partnership

By Dorris on November 18, 2019 in Data Services News, Data Services Projects, What's New

Many thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s Geography Awareness Week events! In reflection of last week, Dorris Scott, social science data curator and GIS librarian, talked with Jennifer Moore, head of Data Services, about how academic libraries are using and spreading the word about geographic information systems (GIS). How do the Washington University […]

HER Map: Mapping the Health and Educational Needs of Women Veterans

By Dorris on November 12, 2019 in Data Services News, What's New

Yesterday marked both the beginning of Geography Awareness Week and Veteran’s Day. Geography plays a very important role in veterans’ lives. Location can have an influence on the accessibility of health and educational resources, and this is especially true for women veterans, who experience barriers in receiving gender-specific health care and relevant information on health […]

Faculty Project Uses GIS to Explore History of Racial Violence

By Dorris on November 11, 2019 in Data Services News, Data Services Projects, What's New

Geoff Ward is associate chair of Washington University’s Department of African and African-American Studies, where he is associate professor. His project the Racial Violence Archive is an interactive digital research tool that uses geographic information systems (GIS) to explore the history and legacies of racial violence. To kick off Geography Awareness Week, starting Monday, there […]

More Than Just Mapping: One Student’s Experiences with GIS

By Dorris on November 7, 2019 in Data Services News, Data Services Projects, What's New

A senior at Washington University, Austin Tolani has taken a number of courses focusing on geographic information systems (GIS) and is now pursuing a certificate in GIS at WashU. Tolani, who is majoring in economics and computer science, has applied his GIS skills at a variety of private, nonprofit, academic, and governmental organizations, including the […]