GIS

Latest Addition to New Study Space in Hayden Basement: Wireless Access

Posted March 31st, 2010 by mit-admin

The Libraries are pleased to announce that wireless access is now available in the Maps Area of the Hayden Basement.

With comfortable seating and plenty of flat table space, users can find geological maps, topographic maps of their hometown, or browse world maps and atlases to take them away, all while connected to the internet that serves up GIS, Google Earth and so much more.

Grab a map, bring a laptop, and check it out.

Check out the MIT Libraries Maps Research Guide or email us with any map-related questions.

Haiti Earthquake Summary Available From the US Geological Survey

Posted January 20th, 2010 by mit-admin

Looking for the scientific background on the Haiti M7.0 earthquake? The US Geological Survey (USGS) has posted a colorful earthquake summary poster that shows Haiti’s tectonic setting, earthquake epicenters, historical earthquakes, and ground shaking. Different sizes and formats of the poster can be downloaded.

Additional details on seismicity, seismic hazards, population exposure, and scientific and technical information on the earthquake are available at the Earthquake Hazards Program’s site.

Contact Michael Noga with any questions.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 25 – 29

Posted January 19th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Introduction to R

Practically Genomic

Rotch Library Film Series

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS

EndNote Basics

Managing Research Data 101

LabLife Tutorial

Middle East Blogsphere: Who Are They? Where Are They Archived?

GIS Model Builder for Programmers

Regression Using Stata

Demystifying Fair Use – An Interactive Workshop for Users of Copyrighted Content

Linked Data

Cool Tools for Science & Engineering Research

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to SAS

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Graphics in Stata

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 18 – 22

Posted January 13th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Using NCBI’s BLAST

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

EndNote Basics

Introduction to Stata

Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

ModelBuilder for beginners

Career Research: Targeting and Researching Employers

A Sampling of Interesting Images from Rotch Visual Collections

Introduction to Spatial Statistics using GIS

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Rotch Library Film Series

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Mapping and Using US Census Data

Cool Tools for Science and Engineering Research: Meet the Developers!

RefWorks Basics

Data Management in Stata

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Introduction to Company and Industry Research for Engineers and Scientists

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS

The International Music Score Library Project and the future of digital repositories

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Workshops

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

MIT GIS Services will be offering a series of workshops to introduce the MIT community to Geographic Information Systems and the world of Digital Mapping. All workshops will combine lectures about concepts with hands-on exercises.

MIT GIS Services are cooperatively supported by the MIT Libraries, the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT), and MIT Information Services & Technology (IS&T).

WHERE: All sessions take place in the DIRC (14N-132), with the exception of the Python session (see below), which takes place in the Rotch Library, 7-238.

NOTE: Advance sign-up is required by January 19 for several sessions – see notes below.

Check out the GIS website for copies of presentations, exercises and more. Also check out the MIT Libraries’ complete listing of IAP offerings.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Learn the basics of visualizing and analyzing geographic information and creating your own maps in a GIS. Learn to work with data from the MIT Geodata Repository, analyze the data and create maps that can be used in reports and presentations. Registration is required and this workshop is only open to people with MIT kerberos accounts.

WHEN: Friday, January 15, 2 – 4pm & Tuesday, January 19, 2 – 4pm (duplicate session)

ModelBuilder for beginners
Learn to build graphic models of your GIS processes. ESRI’s ModelBuilder helps you to visualize the process you use and makes it easy to document your work for thesis or for publication. We will create models to automate processes learned in the ‘Site Selection’ workshop. This session is targeted toward beginners.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 10:30-11:30am

Introduction to Spatial Statistics using GIS
Have you ever wondered if your data is dispersed or clustered? Are there patterns? This workshop will introduce participants to basic statistical tools that can be used to analyze spatial data. While we will primarily use ArcGIS, we will also briefly discuss alternative software for analyzing spatial data. A basic knowledge of statistics and GIS (especially ArcGIS) is helpful. Registration is required and this workshop is only open to people with MIT kerberos accounts.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 2 – 4pm

Mapping and Using US Census Data
The US Census holds an enormous amount of demographic information dating back to 1790. New and interesting relationships can be observed when looking at census data on a map. Come learn about what is in the US Census and how to use some of the tools available for mapping it.

WHEN: Thursday, January 21, 2 – 4pm

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS
Learn to select a new project location based on a variety of data types and perform analysis using tools provided in ArcGIS. Pre-requisite: Participants should take the Introduction to GIS or have previous experience using ArcGIS.

WHEN: Friday, January 22, 2 – 4pm

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS
Learn to read a topographic map and how to use a digital elevation model to create contour lines and do hydrographic analysis. Pre-requisite: Participants should take the Introduction to GIS or have previous experience using ArcGIS.

WHEN: Monday, January 25, 2 – 4pm

Model Builder for Programmers
Learn to use model builder for automating complex processes in GIS. This tool is useful for increasing efficiency and documenting your work. We will create models to automate processes learned in the ‘Elevation and Hydrographic Tools’ and ‘Site Selection’ workshops. Pre-requisite: Participants should take the Introduction to GIS or have previous experience using ArcGIS.

WHEN: Tuesday, Januray 26, 2 – 4pm

Python Programming for GIS
An introduction to scripting for geographic analysis systems. Scripting in Python is an efficient method of automating analysis in ArcGIS. An understanding of programming concepts is useful; an intermediate level of ArcGIS is necessary.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, Thursday, January 28, and Friday, January 29, 9am – 12pm

Please fill out this survey, as there are several technical considerations for this class.

Contact Daniel Sheehan or David Quinn with questions about the Python session or the GIS staff for general questions about the rest of the sessions.

IAP 2010: Power Up with Maps! GIS and Energy Resources

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Where are the power plants and the pipelines? How close are they to population centers?

In this session, MIT GIS Services will introduce you to energy maps and spatial data available, and demonstrate GIS in action on the energy front.

WHEN: Monday, January 11, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Anne Graham with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ IAP 2010 sessions!

Posted December 11th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Are you wondering what an RSS feed is and how it can help your research?

Want to learn more about using GIS, EndNote or RefWorks?

Need to find chemical information, social science data, or patents?

Want to kick back and enjoy a film festival, improve your bioinformatics search skills, or learn how to make your own videos for the Web?

Look no further! Take a peek at all of the MIT Libraries IAP Activities offered in 2010.

New Geodata Search Tool

Posted November 3rd, 2009 by Lisa Sweeney

Manhattan Buildings Zoning Height

MIT GIS Services has released a new version of the MIT Geodata Repository Search Tool for ArcGIS. The MIT Geodata Repository holds 1,700+ layers of geographic data. This tool enables searching for GIS vectors and rasters via keywords, geographic location, and geometry type. For example, you can search for building footprints, like the ones used in the view of Manhattan shown above.

This tool is available in the MIT GIS Lab, and can be downloaded and installed on any machine running ESRI’s ArcGIS software. The help guide can walk one through how it works.

Building footprints

Introducing Rotch Library’s New Web Site

Posted September 1st, 2009 by Heather McCann

We are happy to announce that Rotch Library has a new web site! http://libraries.mit.edu/rotch

screen shot of new Rotch home page One of our primary goals was to make the site more visually appealing, as well as more user-friendly.

Some new features:

  • a slideshow on the home page (powered by Slideshow Pro)
  • a list of exhibits with sample images
  • quick links to our Research Guides
  • a page describing the building and history of Rotch Library
  • incorporation of the previously separate RVC pages into this site

Technical notes:

  • The site is powered by WordPress. This makes it very easy for staff to update; allows us to use professional templates; and makes it easy to incorporate new plugins and features. Rotch joins Dewey Library, the Scholarly Communication web site, and our News Blog as the 4th of our sites to be powered by WordPress.
  • The news page is automatically updated by the RSS feed from our central libraries’ news blog.

JulyAP 2009 Workshop: EndNote Basics

Posted July 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

EndNote logoWHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, July 10, 12pm – 1pm

Endnote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshops.

Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2009 workshops

This week’s GIS workshop – Site selection!

Posted February 24th, 2009 by Heather McCann

MIT GIS Services is offering a series of workshops to introduce the MIT community to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). All sessions will be held in the MIT GIS Lab, Rotch Library, 7-238. These workshops are restricted to the MIT community and will require an active kerberos account. No registration required – seats are available on a first come basis. MIT GIS Services are cooperatively supported by the MIT Libraries, OEIT, and IS&T.

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS
Friday, February 27, 2-4 pm
MIT GIS Lab, Rotch Library, 7-238
Learn to select a new project location based on a variety of data types and perform analysis using tools provided in ArcGIS.
PreReq: Participants should have previous experience using ArcGIS.

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GIS workshops – Spring 2009

Posted February 16th, 2009 by Lisa Sweeney

MIT GIS Services will be offering a series of workshops to introduce the MIT community to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). All sessions will be held in the MIT GIS Lab, Rotch Library, 7-238. These workshops are restricted to the MIT community and will require an active kerberos account. No registration required – seats are available on a first come basis. MIT GIS Services are cooperatively supported by the MIT Libraries, OEIT, and IS&T.
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  • Introduction to GIS using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop and QGIS (FOSS)
    Friday, February 20, 2-4 pm
  • Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS
    Friday, February 27, 2-4 pm
  • Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS
    Friday, March 6, 2-4 pm
  • Model Builder and Python
    Friday, March 13, 2-4 pm

IAP 2009: All Events for Week Ending Friday, January 30

Posted January 23rd, 2009 by Ryan Gray

IAP logo 2009

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30. A complete listing for all of IAP is also available.

Practically Genomic

Introduction to Google Maps API

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS

QUOSA Information Manager Demo: Retrieve and Organize Article PDFs

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and other citation searching resources to discover articles

Compost with Worms…in Your Apartment!!

Mapping and Using US Census Data

Fiddle-dee-dee during IAP

Managing Research Data 101

EndNote Basics

IAP @ Humanities Library Film Series: Special Effects at the Movies

Finding & Using Historical Newspapers

Model Builder

Biotechnology Patent Fundamentals and Searching

Make your Paper File Cabinets Searchable: How to Manage Paper and Electronic Documents Effectively

RefWorks Basics

Please note that some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2009: All Events for Week Ending Friday, January 23

Posted January 15th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

IAP logo 2009

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 19 through Friday, January 23. A complete listing for all of IAP is also available.

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Introduction to GIS Using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop

Bioinformatics for Beginners

Using NCBI’s BLAST

Organic? All-natural? Grass-fed? What Does It All MEAN??

Tips and Tricks for Keeping Up With Information: Mechanical Engineering

Open Source and Free Mapping Tools

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

BIOBASE ExPlain Training

RefWorks Basics

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to GIS Using Free Software Tools and Data

Career Research: Targeting and Researching Employers

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS

EndNote Basics

Please note that some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2009: Personalized Data and Knowledge Management Series

Posted January 7th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Researchers and students at MIT enjoy access to vast amounts of information from a variety of sources and in a variety of formats. Finding, manipulating, organizing and managing the fire-hose quantity of content that comes across your desktop can be a challenge. While we can’t offer you a ‘magic bullet’ solution for this challenge, the MIT Libraries are sponsoring a series of IAP sessions that showcase tools, training and techniques that can help you both find sources for data and to become better custodians of your own content. These sessions are organized into sub-thematic groups and are offered throughout the month. Contact the individual session sponsors if you have any questions.

CITATION MANAGEMENT

DATA, DOCUMENT AND IMAGE MANAGEMENT

BIOINFORMATICS

Think on it!
GIS

Please note that some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

Also browse the entire gamut of offerings by the MIT Libraries.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ IAP 2009 sessions!

Posted December 19th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

IAP logo 2009

Are you wondering what an RSS feed is and how it can help your research?

Want to learn more about using GIS, EndNote or RefWorks?

Need to find chemical information, social science data, or patents?

Want to learn Japanese book-binding, improve your photography, or how to compost with worms?

Look no further! Take a peek at all of the MIT Libraries IAP Activities offered in 2009.

ESRI ArcGIS 9.3 available at MIT

Posted October 28th, 2008 by Lisa Sweeney

The latest version of GIS software from ESRI, ArcGIS 9.3, is now available to the MIT community. It is available in the MIT GIS Lab, Rotch Library, 7-238. MIT’s ESRI site license also makes it possible for members of the MIT community to run the software on their own machines, through the MIT license server. Information about getting the software installation disks and getting everything set up is available at: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/teach/start-gis.html#software

New Faculty Book Delivery Pilot Project

Posted August 27th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Tenure-track, visiting and emeriti faculty can now take advantage of a new service. Flying book

Find a book you want in Barton, click on “Request item,” log into “Your Account” and select “office delivery” from the drop-down menu.

The book you requested will arrive at your office mailroom in 2-3 business days via campus mail.

For more information, please see our FAQ.

What we did on your summer vacation!!!

Posted August 25th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

road trip

Vera Multi-Search – Vera had a makeover!
The new Vera Multi-Search will still help you find electronic journals, databases, and e-books, and now it will also help you search for articles within journals, conference proceedings, etc.  See the FAQ page for more information.

New LibGuides
We’ve adopted a new system of creating guides to help you find information related to your research.

PDF delivery from the Library Storage Annex
Looking for a journal article, conference proceeding, technical report or book chapter that’s in the Library Storage Annex?  Use the “Request PDF” button in the Barton catalog record to get PDF delivery to your desktop.  This service is free to members of the MIT community with an Illiad account.

Manage Your Research Data More Effectively
The Libraries have a new resource to help you in managing research data that you produce. Check out the guide to Data Management and Publishing.

Printing, Copying and Scanning ImprovementsTechCash
Hayden, Barker, Dewey and Rotch Libraries are moving to TechCASH with new copiers and scanners. You’ll now be able to use TechCASH (MIT ID) to pay at copiers, print for free (MIT community only) through Athena printers, and make color scans that you can email or save to your USB drive. See the Printing FAQ and the TechCASH FAQ for more information.

And coming soon…
Look for an expanded Libraries presence in Stellar including a link to the MIT Libraries Quick Start!

JulyAP 2008 Workshop: Patent Searching Fundamentals

Posted July 25th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Slinky! Fun for a girl or a boy!WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, August 1, 12:30 – 1:30pm

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams. The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

See http://libraries.mit.edu/patents for more information. Contact Darcy Duke with any questions.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2008 information workshops

JulyAP 2008 Workshop: Publishing Smart: Journal Quality Measures & Publisher Copyright Policies

Posted July 18th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

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WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, July 25, noon – 1pm

Geared for graduate students, this workshop addresses what copyright means to you as an author, how you can assess a publisher’s copyright policies, and how you can use web-based tools that assess journal quality. Open access publishing models and the use of the MIT amendment to alter standard publisher agreements will also be discussed.

Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact copyright-lib@mit.edu for more information.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2008 information workshops

JulyAP 2008 Workshop: EndNote Basics

Posted July 7th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

EndNote logo
WHERE: 14N-132 (Digital Instruction Resource Center – DIRC)

WHEN: Friday, July 11, noon – 1pm

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Your database can be used to automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies in your manuscripts. It can also help you organize and manage your PDF files. This session will be a hands-on practicum. Attendees will create a personal database of cited literature by importing references from resources such as Barton, Web of Science, PubMed and other sources of published literature. You will learn how to search and manipulate databases, and to generate a manuscript and bibliography.

Feel free to bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Sponsored by the MIT Libraries.

Contact the Science Library for more information.

Full schedule of JulyAP 2008 information workshops

Video Recordings of IAP 2008: Sessions Now Available

Posted April 30th, 2008 by Ryan Gray

Peter teachin’
Were you unable to attend a Libraries’ sponsored IAP session this January? Wish you could have attended the March workshops on Building an EndNote Library, or the recent class on Google Maps?

The Libraries are pleased to unveil recordings of our popular workshops. The sessions were recorded in cooperation with Academic Media Production Services (AMPS) and are viewable both on and off campus with your MIT Certificates.

To see a list of recordings, go to the MIT Libraries Video Tutorials page and scroll down to Videos of Recent Workshops.

Contact Angie Locknar with any questions.

New USGS Landsat Image Policy

Posted April 24th, 2008 by Lisa Sweeney

By February 2009, any Landsat archive scene selected by a user will be processed, at no charge, automatically to a standard product recipe and staged for electronic retrieval. In addition, newly acquired scenes meeting a cloud cover threshold of 20% or below will be processed to the standard recipe and placed on line for at least three months, after which they will remain available for selection from the archive. The USGS is pursuing an aggressive schedule to provide users with electronic access to any Landsat scene held in the USGS-managed national archive of global scenes dating back to Landsat 1, launched in 1972. Details can be found in the USGS Technical Announcement.

Social Explorer adds Census Maps and Data from 1790 to 1930

Posted April 17th, 2008 by Lisa Sweeney

Social Explorer provides over 3200 maps, and thousands of variables, painting a picture of US population change from 1790 to 2000. The MIT Libraries’ subscription to Social Explorer provides the MIT community with access to the full set of data, for all years if you use this url to enter the website: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/explorer

1790 % US Urban Population

Introduction to Google Maps API – April 16th, 5pm, 14N-132

Posted April 14th, 2008 by Lisa Sweeney

Google Maps

Introduction to Google Maps API (5 – 6 pm)

Googler Pamela Fox will give a whirlwind tour of the Google Maps API and KML, teaching the basics of each and showing off some of the really fun applications of them (like campus maps, interactive panoramas, and fantasy worlds).

Google Maps Codelab (6 – 7 pm)

Interactive codelabs in the topics addressed in the Introduction to Google Maps API. Codelab participants should come prepared with basic Javascript or XML experience, and will find debugging the Maps API easier if they have Firebug installed.

Both sessions will be held in 14N-132.

Food will be provided

Email gishelp at mit.edu if you have questions.

MIT GeoWeb – GIS data access with a web browser

Posted February 21st, 2008 by Lisa Sweeney

MIT Geoweb provides a web interface to search, view, and download GIS data and view metadata from the MIT Geodata Repository, an international collection of GIS data maintained by MIT GIS Services.

http://web.mit.edu/geoweb

Questions, comments, or suggestions: email gishelp@mit.edu

Open Source and Free Mapping Tools – 1/23, 2-3 pm, 4-231

Posted January 23rd, 2008 by Lisa Sweeney

There has been an explosion of open source and free mapping tools. In this talk we will offer a brief look into the neogeographer’s world of online mapping.

free_as_in_freedom

WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 2 -3 pm

WHERE: 4-231

Complete listing of GIS workshops

Image source: http://www.joomla.org/content/view/4410/74/

India GIS Data

Posted November 26th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

India

The MIT Libraries have acquired Indian Census data to the Tahsil and Ward boundary level (the most detailed level released by the Indian government), as well as detailed city data for Hyderabad, Delhi, and Mumbai. With GIS data you can analyze the numeric information and visualize the data by creating your own maps. All data is available through the MIT Geodata Repository. The GIS Datasets for India webpage provides a more detailed listing of datasets.

MIT GIS lab walk-in assistance hours extended

Posted October 30th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

The GIS Lab walk-in hours have been extended. A GIS specialist will now be available for walk-in assistance in the GIS Lab from 1-4pm Monday through Thursday. If you are not available during regular lab hours send your GIS questions to gishelp@mit.edu.

The MIT GIS lab is located in Rotch Library (7-238).

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