Data Services News

Geography Awareness Week Spotlight: Geospatial Activities in Our Community

By Mollie Webb on November 11, 2020

St. Louis is rich in geospatial knowledge and location-based technologies. In recent years, the momentum and excitement behind geospatial in St. Louis has been growing. Several organizations and groups are active in engaging geospatial professionals, enthusiasts, and supporters in the St. Louis m...

Mapping Voter Suppression: An Interview with Gena McClendon

By Jennifer on October 30, 2020

Gena McClendon, a speaker on our Geography Awareness Week panel about mapping social justice, talked with me about the history of voter suppression, its enduring impact on our election process, and mapping the problem of voter suppression. McClendon is the director of the Voter Access and Engagem...

Geography Awareness Week Student Spotlight: Ashley Jackson

By Dorris on October 19, 2020

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 po...

Save the Date for Geography Awareness Week 2020

By Dorris on October 7, 2020

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 pe...

WashU Data Users Group (DUG) Fall Lineup

By Dorris Scott on September 16, 2020

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 th...

Resource Review – Streetmap Premium 

By Bill Winston on September 14, 2020

ArcGIS StreetMap Premium (SMP) provides enriched street data for use in ArcGIS software. Features include high-quality and multiscale cartographic map display; accurate geocoding (batch, reverse, and simple search); and optimized routing, driving directions, and network analysis. SMP is designed ...

Software Spotlight: ArcGIS Pro

By Bill Winston on September 14, 2020

Many of our GIS users have come to rely on ArcGIS Desktop as their go-to geographic information system (GIS) software. However, an alternative that presents a more modern interface along with enhanced performance that many users will find attractive is freely available to the WashU community .   ...

New Resource: the Data Literacy Glossary 

By Jennifer on September 14, 2020

Data literacy is an important skill for students at all levels to obtain during their academic lives. In Data Services, we are aware that there are many hurdles to becoming data literate. A big one is data terminology. The Data Services team put together a research guide on data literacies this s...

Remote Access to Specialized Research Data Software Coming This Fall

By Jennifer on September 14, 2020

Data Services is now supporting WashU-affiliated users with connecting to Research Studio computers and specialized software. This service is being developed in response to requests from the user community to access tools such as NVivo and SPSS.  Users can find instructions on how to reserve and ...

GISPUBLIC Is Now the University Libraries Geospatial Data Collection

By Mollie Webb on August 17, 2020

Beginning in fall 2020, the geospatial data network share (\\maps.wustl.edu\gispublic), colloquially referred to as “gispublic,” will change location and organizational structure to become the University Libraries Geospatial Data Collection. This update reflects necessary changes to the underlyin...