3rd Public Talk on Data Services Friday, March 16

3rd Public Talk on Data Services, Friday, March 16, 12-1:30 PM, Bobst Library, AFC East room –refreshments will be provided, and attendees are welcome to stay for general discussion and food until 1:30PM.

The data services workgroup at Bobst library is hosting its third talk. In March, Columbia University Librarians, Jane Weintrop and Jeremiah Trinidad, of electronic data services (EDS) at the Lehman Social Sciences Library (http://www.columbia.edu/acis/eds/), will discuss their
work in building, maintaining, and supporting use of a collection of machine-readable data that can be used by statistical and GIS software. Jane and Jeremiah will outline the challenges of maintaining a numeric data collection over a long period of time – EDS has stored files since
the early 1990’s. They will talk about their most recent challenge: the integration of spatial data and the creation of a GIS data catalog.
Besides collection building and maintenance, the policy, manpower and technology aspects of their “service” will also be discussed.

Jane Weintrop joined Columbia six years ago as their Data Services librarian and Jeremiah Trinidad has been Columbia’s GIS/Map librarian for three and a half years. Jane is an administrative committee member of IASSIST. Jeremiah is active in the NYC GISMO group and the network of GIS librarians in academic institutions in the northeast. EDS is operated jointly by the Columbia University Libraries and Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) to sipport instruction and research that involves numeric and spatial data resources.

The data services workgroup at Bobst library is a gathering of interested librarians and ITS staff who are discussing ways to strengthen support for data services at the library and NYU. Stay tuned for a list of additional dates and topics.

–Gretchen Gano
Librarian for Public Administration & Government Information

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