Data Services News

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...

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

By Dorris on November 12, 2019

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 barr...

Faculty Project Uses GIS to Explore History of Racial Violence

By Dorris on November 11, 2019

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 l...

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

By Dorris on November 7, 2019

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, nonprof...