Data Services News

Data Services: Update on Resources and Assistance

By Dorris on March 20, 2020

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 bes...

Love & Data Forever: Love Data Week Is a Wrap!

By j.moore on February 21, 2020

Love Data Week (LDW) is an international event to raise awareness about data science. What do I mean by data science? LDW presenter Dr. Xiao-li Meng described data science as a broad and encompassing area, one so big that it couldn’t be trapped in a single department of a given school in the acad...

Countdown to LOVE DATA WEEK! <3

By j.moore on February 5, 2020

Love Data Week (02/10-02/14) is almost here and we want to remind you of all the great things happening. A detailed calendar is here. WIN a sweet University Libraries Love Data t-shirt if you attend any two of our workshops, or score high in our VR bow and arrow game! (While supplies last.) Monda...

Data Services FAQ

By j.moore on January 31, 2020

Q: I’m worried about sharing my data, because no one would be able to understand it but me. What can I do?  A: Data Services will review your data before depositing it in the repository to make sure it is both easy to find and easy to use. We will also help make sure it has a long life through cu...

Visualizing the Libraries Strategic Planning Progress

By j.moore on January 30, 2020

Overview: The Washington University Libraries strategic plan effort is a five-year process, which includes six strategic directions, 18 goals, and 32 objectives. Data Services worked in collaboration with the strategic planning team to conceptualize requirements, build a workflow, and produce a v...

New Software Available: NVivo, AtlasTI, and ArcGIS

By j.moore on January 30, 2020

New software additions to the Research Studio  Atlas.ti and NVivo are software tools for text mining and qualitative analysis and they both have been recently added to the suite of applications available in the Research Studio (Olin Library Level A room 06). These applications are available now a...

Interesting 2016 Election Visualization

By j.moore on January 30, 2020

This issue’s interesting viz is an animated GIF showing the 2016 presidential election results, first represented as a standard map of each county in the United States with a blue fill (Democrat) or red fill (Republican), depending on the majority vote for that county.   The viz morphs into a map...

Spring 2020 Events and Workshops

By j.moore on January 30, 2020

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops take place in John M. Olin Library in Instruction Room 2 on Level A.  February  2/4: Data Management: Sharing and FAIRness (Part 2), 12–1 p.m. 2/7: Telling Your Story with ArcGIS Storymaps, 12–1 p.m.  2/10–2/14: Love Data Week  2/10: R vs Py...

New Resource: Making Maps

By j.moore on January 30, 2020

Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS, Third Edition by John Krygier and Denis Wood is a book that will appeal to both beginners and experienced GIS practitioners who are interested in learning more about map design. As the title suggests, the book takes a visual approach to exploring...