GIS

Introduction to GIS – 10/5, 2-4pm

Posted October 4th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Fall GIS Lab workshops

Learn about GIS, and the basics of using ArcGIS, a powerful desktop Geographic Information System (GIS) available at MIT. Learn to work with data from the MIT Geodata Repository, analyze the data and create maps that can be used in reports and presentations.

Mapping and Using US Census Data – 9/21, 2-4pm

Posted September 17th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Fall GIS Lab workshops

This session will be offered twice: Friday, September 21 & Friday, October 19

Location: MIT GIS lab, Rotch Library (7-238)

The US Census holds an enormous amount of demographic information dating back to 1790. New and interesting relationships can often times be observed when looking at census data on a map. Come learn about what’s in the US Census and the tools available for mapping it.

Introduction to GIS – 9/14, 2-4pm

Posted September 11th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Fall GIS Lab workshops

Learn about GIS, and the basics of using ArcGIS, a powerful desktop Geographic Information System (GIS) available at MIT. Learn to work with data from the MIT Geodata Repository, analyze the data and create maps that can be used in reports and presentations.

JulyAP Workshop: Patent Searching Fundamentals, Friday, July 20, noon – 1 at DIRC

Posted July 12th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

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

WHEN: Friday, July 20, noon – 1pm

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 which will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patent literature. Using patent literature is important for understanding competitive technologies and keeping abreast of current product innovations.
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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 2007 information workshops

JulyAP Workshop: Copyright and Scholarly Publication: Retaining Rights & Increasing the Impact of Research

Posted July 6th, 2007 by Ryan Gray

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

WHEN: Friday, July 13, noon – 1pm

Can you use and re-use your own work for future writing and teaching? Or is it locked tight behind a vault of copyright restrictions?

This session will help you find the keys to fully realize the potential of your own work for yourself and the world. It will provide a very brief summary of copyright law and how it affects your work, and an overview of actions you can take to improve the impact and reach of your research – including why retaining rights to your work matters, and how you can take advantage of such rights to increase citation and readership.

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 2007 information workshops

Hit the open road with Open Access

Posted June 21st, 2007 by Ryan Gray
Hit the open road with Open Access

What’s the big deal about open access anyway?

If I’m writing an article, what rights should I keep?

Where can I find out more?

Check out http://libraries.mit.edu/open-access to find out what’s happening nationally and beyond, and http://libraries.mit.edu/rights to find out how to retain your rights and increase the impact of your research.

Look for these posters showing current Open Access Models at the Engineering and Science Libraries (Barker, Hayden, Lindgren and Aero/Astro).

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Using Data: Responsible Use and Restricted Data

Posted March 21st, 2007 by Katherine McNeill

Want to be sure you’re using data responsibly? Concerned about issues of confidentiality of survey respondents? Have you ever come across a data set that says it’s “restricted access?” The Libraries’ Social Science Data Services has two new web resources to help you:

Responsible Use: Outlines good practices for using data, including maintaining respondent confidentiality and citing data sources.

Restricted Data: Describes the process at MIT for getting access to data sets and variables that data archives restrict for reasons of confidentiality.

Working with US Census Data in a GIS – 3/2/2007

Posted March 1st, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

When: Friday, March 2, 2-4 pm
Where: MIT GIS Lab

The US Census holds an enormous amount of demographic information gathered over a long period of time. New and interesting relationships can often times be observed when looking at census data on a map. Come learn about what’s in the US Census, and the tools available at MIT for mapping it including: Geolytics, Pcensus, and the new Census Tool built into the MIT Geodata Repository for ArcGIS. More information available on the GIS workshops webpage

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Introduction to ArcGIS

Posted February 13th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Spring GIS Lab workshops

ArcGIS I
Friday, February 16, 2-4 pm

Learn the basics of visualizing and analyzing geographic information and creating your own maps using ArcGIS, a powerful desktop Geographic Information System (GIS) available at MIT.

ArcGIS II
Friday, February 23, 2-4 pm

This class will introduce a variety of commonly used GIS tools, including learning to create and edit your own data, incorporate paper maps into a GIS (georeference), map tabular information (addresses and xy data – for example, from a GPS unit), change the projection of your data, calculate the straight line distance between points, create contour lines from a digital elevation model (DEM), and use ArcScene to visualize data in 3D.

Virtual Globes – Google Earth and World Wind – 2/9/2007

Posted February 5th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

When: Friday, February 9, 12-1 pm
Where: MIT GIS Lab, Rotch Library, 7-238

We will explore the earth with Google Earth and World Wind – 2 freely available virtual globes. We will also explore KML (Keyhole Markup Language – the file format for Google Earth) and adding your own data into Google Earth. Registration not required, but seating is limited. For information about other upcoming GIS Lab workshops visit: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/teach/spring2007.html

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MIT GIS Lab Open House – Jan. 26, 3-5 pm

Posted January 25th, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Where: MIT GIS Lab, Rotch Library, 7-238

Play with virtual globes like
Google Earth &
World Wind

Explore powerful geographic information systems (GIS), such as
ArcGIS and
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Investigate tools for mapping US Census and Demographic information such as
PCensus
Geolytics
Census Tool on the MIT Geodata Repository

Come meet the GIS staff from the MIT Libraries and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education over refreshments.

Geographic Information System (GIS) workshops – all week!

Posted January 22nd, 2007 by Lisa Sweeney

Learn about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and all the things you can map with it! Workshop descriptions available at: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/teach/iap2007.html

GIS: ArcGIS I
Monday, Jan. 22, 2006 10:00-12:00, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238) (6 computers available)
Monday, Jan. 22, 2007 2:00-4:00pm, Location: 37-312 (20 computers available)

GIS: ArcGIS II
Tuesday, Jan. 23 10:00-12:00, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

GIS: Working with Digital Elevation Models
Tuesday, Jan. 23 2:00-4:00 pm, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

GIS: Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS
Wednesday, Jan. 24 10:00-12, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

GIS: Working with US Census Data in a GIS
Wednesday, Jan. 24 2:00-4:00 pm, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

GIS: Using Network Analyst
Thursday, Jan. 25 10:00-12, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

GIS: Model Builder
Thursday, Jan. 25 2:00-4:00 pm, Location: MIT GIS Lab (7-238)

China GIS data

Posted December 6th, 2006 by Lisa Sweeney

Did you know the MIT Libraries has Chinese census data, to the county level, from 2000 to 1953 in GIS format? We also have township level census data for 2000, as well as satellite imagery. It is now easier than ever to find these datasets on the MIT GIS lab website at: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/data/findingaids/china.html

Undergraduates: Use Data in Your Research and Win a Prize!

Posted October 26th, 2006 by Katherine McNeill

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world’s largest archive of digital social science data, is hosting two opportunities for undergraduate students to gain experience in working with their data:

  1. The ICPSR Undergraduate Research Paper Competition will highlight the best undergraduate student research papers that use data from ICPSR.

    * Up to three cash prizes will be awarded. The winner will receive a monetary award of $1,000. Second place receives $750 and third place $500.
    * Deadline for submission is January 31, 2007.

  2. The ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program will take place June 11-August 17, 2007.

    * Gain experience using statistical programs such as Stata, SAS, and SPSS.
    * Learn data processing skills to prepare social science data for archiving and distribution.
    * Deadline for application is January 5, 2007.

For more information on either of these programs, contact Katherine McNeill-Harman, Data Services and Economics Librarian, at mcneillh@mit.edu.

Fall 2006 GIS workshops

Posted September 7th, 2006 by Lisa Sweeney

Come learn about doing spatial analysis and creating your own digital maps using GIS software and a variety of data held at MIT including aerial photography, census and topographic data. The MIT GIS Lab will be offering the following workshops this Fall, to help people get started using Geographic Information Systems (GIS):

* Introduction to ArcGIS
* Working with US Census Data in a GIS
* Where does water flow? – How to read topographic maps and work with Digital Elevation Models

All sessions will be held in the MIT GIS Lab (7-238). Times and more information are available at: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/teach/fall2006.html

Zooming in on MIT : A Geocache by the GIS lab at MIT

Posted August 31st, 2006 by Lisa Sweeney

You will use a GPS (global positioning system) and your puzzle solving skills to work your way through the 12 clues and discover a hidden box of treasure. Each clue will help you discover places of information at MIT, while leading you virtually closer to MIT and surely closer to the treasure box. GPS units can be borrowed by the MIT community from Rotch Library (7-238). http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/geocache.html

Get Help Using Statistical Software Packages!

Posted January 11th, 2006 by Katherine McNeill

Do you use statistical software packages, such as Stata, SAS, or SPSS? A new Statistical Consultant from the Harvard-MIT Data Center is now available to answer your questions about these packages and provide hands-on support. No need to struggle with the software on your own! The Consultant can help you learn how to use the programs, import and manage datasets, and perform statistical analysis and graphing. One Economics PhD student said: “I would absolutely recommend this service to other students. With the Consultant’s help I was able to work much more efficiently than I could have on my own.”

The Consultant now is available for one-on-one consultation by appointment at Dewey Library. To make an appointment or ask for tips on a project, email dataquest@help.hmdc.harvard.edu. For more information, see our page on the Statistical Consultant.

IAP 2006 GIS classes

Posted November 17th, 2005 by Lisa Sweeney

GIS classes introducing students to general and advanced concepts in visualizing and analyzing geographic information will be offered Jan. 24- Feb. 2. To see a class listing visit: http://libraries.mit.edu/gis/teach/iap2006.html. Students will learn to work with a variety of GIS tools and data types in these hands-on classes. Register now to guarantee a spot.

GPS units available for check out from Rotch Library

Posted November 2nd, 2005 by Lisa Sweeney

Ever wonder: Where you are? Where you are going? How you could record the geographic location of things? A Global Positioning System (GPS) can help you with all these things!

The MIT GIS Lab, a collaboration between the MIT Libraries and IS&T Academic Computing, have made GPS (Global Positioning Systems) available for checkout from the Rotch Library circulation desk. If you have questions email gishelp@mit.edu.