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Census Data Made Easy

Finding government information can be challenging, even for those of us practiced in the task. Uncovering government data in a form that is easily usable can be even more difficult, graying the hair of many a social scientist.

Investigative Reporters & Editors had built an interface (census.ire.org) that facilitates locating and downloading data from the U.S. Census. Along with connecting users to Census data, the site provides concise descriptions of the geographical units over which the Census is measured. The project is supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism.

Last updated by dapolley on 09/18/2014

DPLA Presenter Update at Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference

Amy Rudersdorf, Assistant Director for Content at DPLA, will be presenting in Emily Gore’s stead at ILF in November 2014.

Last updated by klpalmer on 09/16/2014

Be Heard: IUPUI Open Access Policy Information Sessions

IUPUI's Faculty Council is currently considering the adoption of a campus-wide, opt-out open access policy. I think that's great news! If you're reading this on a screen, you should think it's great news too. Why? Because this is IUPUI; we do great work here--really. In addition to the second largest medical school in the United States, the IUPUI campus includes a lot of scholars with a passion for civic participation and community engagement. Here's a chance for us to honor those values and to give access to IUPUI's research and scholarship to any reader on the Internet. The good news is that this can be done at no cost to authors and while respecting academic freedom. For the details, read the policy: http://ulib.iupui.edu/OA

If you're not familiar with the Harvard (2008) model open access policy, it's likely that you have some questions about how all this works. Such as: What about copyright? Will this hurt my favorite journal? Why not just use PubMed Central? (Tip: check the policy documentation--where the FAQs are succinctly answered.)

Last updated by jdodell on 09/12/2014

My First Blog Post!

As an IUPUI librarian with the Center for Digital Scholarship, this is my first blog post. I come to IUPUI from Loyola University Chicago where I just earned a MA degree in Digital Humanities. My research interests include copyright and information policies, digital literacy, digital humanities, African American history and late 19th century American history.  I am really excited to get to know IUPUI and take full advantage all that Indianapolis has to offer!

Last updated by jdodell on 08/29/2014

Upcoming Data Visualization Workshop

On Tuesday, September 9th I will be teaching a workshop on data visualization for the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, “Introduction to Data Visualization I: Visualization with Gephi.” For the uninitiated, Gephi is an open-source network visualization program. The tool is ideal for networks of any size. It offers a vast array of network analysis and visualization options, including geospatial layouts for data, statistical measures for social network analysis, and dynamic network visualization. Gephi handles a variety of data formats and allows the construction of datasets within the tool itself, perfect for those working with smaller amounts of data. Gephi runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

Last updated by andjsmit on 09/02/2014

An interesting case statement from the Research Data Alliance: the BioSharing Registry

A working group of the Research Data Alliance has proposed a case statement to develop the BioSharing Repository into a registry. Admittedly, I wasn't clear about the distinction until I read through the report a couple of times. Now that I have a better understanding of what the working group is trying to accomplish, I am eager to see how this plays out and if it can adapted in other fields. Personally, I can attest to how hard it is to find relevant standards and repositories for a particular research project. There are simply too many to know and no good way to find the ones that you or your colleagues don't know.

Last updated by hcoates on 08/22/2014

Greed, Fear & Snobbery: The STM Open Access Licenses

At the beginning of this month the International Association of Science, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) released a suite of model licenses "for a variety of uses within open access publishing." If that sounds like reinventing the widely used Creative Commons, don't be suckered; it's far worse. Rather than merely wasting our time and trying our patience with superfluous model licenses, STM is promoting licenses that decrease the "commons" and stifle "creative" opportunity. While STM insists that the model licenses will "be complementary to Creative Commons licenses," these "complements" are restrictive in nature. Furthermore, three of the five models are "Full" licenses; only two were written to supplement other licenses.

Last updated by jdodell on 08/16/2014

DPLA’S EMILY GORE AT ILF ANNUAL

Emily Gore of DPLA to present at ILF Annual in Indianapolis.

Emily Gore of DPLA will be participating in an Indiana Library Federation Annual Pre-Conference session, Monday November 17, 9 am-12 pm at Mariott East in Indianapolis. You need not be a member of ILF to attend and we hope to hear from lots of non-library affiliated participants.

The cost is $25 for ILF members and $37.50 for non-members.

To find out more read the Preliminary ILF Program

Register here.

Please share this opportunity widely!

Last updated by klpalmer on 08/15/2014

Flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry to become Open Access

Chemical Science, a journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), will become openly accessible to all beginning January 2015.  In addition, for two years the society will waive all articles processing charges (APCs) for authors.

Read more here

Last updated by esnajdr on 08/08/2014

Topic Modeling: Worth Learning as a Librarian?

Aside from preparing for the onslaught of instruction that will be fall semester, my time lately has been spent exploring topic modeling (I realize that I am somewhat late to the game on this, but it has been on my ‘to do’ list for a while now).  After installing MALLET, a java-based natural language processing package that facilitates topic modeling among other things, reading this helpful tutorial, and seeing evidence of topic modeling’s utility for analyzing large volumes of text, I am intrigued but also somewhat overwhelmed. The further I move away from introductory explanations of topic modeling, like David M.

Last updated by dapolley on 07/25/2014