Data Services News

Data Services FAQ

By Jennifer 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 Jennifer 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 Jennifer 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 Jennifer 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 Jennifer 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 Jennifer 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...

Digital Object Identifiers Assigned Through Washington University Libraries

By Washington University Libraries on January 29, 2020

The Washington University Libraries have contracted with DataCite to create free digital object identifiers (DOIs) for faculty, students, and researchers affiliated with Washington University who publish works on the Libraries’ platforms. DOIs are permanent identifiers that can be assigned to phy...

Libraries and GIS: Mapping Out a Partnership

By Dorris on November 18, 2019

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 ...

Digital Preservation Coalition blogs about the CS3DP

By Jennifer on November 18, 2019

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) seeks to guide its members in delivering “resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital assets and raising awareness of the strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face.&#...

Happy GIS Day from Data Services!

By Jennifer on November 13, 2019

In the midst of Geography Awareness week, we celebrate GIS Day! Geographic Information Systems expand the possibility of exploring and visualizing spatial thinking, geography, place, and space. This is an internationally recognized day to celebrate mapping digital data. If you are interested in k...