Big Data in Libraries: Content and policies for librarians
This program brings together NYC-based librarians who work extensively with data in projects related to government information, GIS, and more.
Big Data For Beginners presented by Frans Albarillo, Business and Sociology librarian, Brooklyn College
This presentation will focus on time series data used in the social sciences in fields including economics and sociology. Specific resources presented will be the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED), which is available from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS). FRED is known for its economic time series data, and LIS is known for its harmonized person and household level international microdata sets. LIS data is used to study social issues like poverty, income inequality, employment status, wage patterns, gender inequality, family formation, child well-being, health status, immigration, political behavior and public opinion. The session will focus on how to introduce these resources to students who are new to big data analysis.
New Data Resources and Tools for Librarians presented by Margaret Smith, Physical Sciences Librarian at New York University's Bobst Library
This session will provide an overview of some of the newest resources and tools available for collecting, manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing quantitative data. We will be comparing the features and functionality of a variety of downloadable and web-based applications suitable for different skill levels, operating systems, and budgets.
Expanding the GIS Workflow presented by Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen, GIS/Map Librarian at Columbia University
A typical consultation session with students usually deals with identifying, formatting, and bringing spatially-referenced data into GIS software, then manipulating, analyzing, and producing static maps or occasionally as layers in Google Earth. It almost never includes publishing maps as a Web Map Service (WMS) because of the complexity and infrastructure needed. With sites like CartoDB, MapBox, and options like D3 and Leaflet, as well as the ever growing access to data, students have more flexibility and freedom in interacting with their projects and librarians have a new opportunity to expand services and help.
Who should attend:
Librarians and other information professionals who would like to extend their skills in dealing with large-scale data projects.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Understand the implications of the Federal Government's Open Data Policy
- Understand the role of the librarian in providing data services to patrons
- Evaluate the functionality and features of web applications with which to analyze data sets
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