Scholarly Smackdown: StoryMap JS vs. Story Maps

In today’s very spatial Scholarly Smackdown post we are covering two popular mapping visualization products, Story Maps and StoryMap JS.Yes they both have “story” and “map” in the name and they both let you create interactive multimedia maps without needing a server. However, they are different products! StoryMap JS StoryMap JS, from the Knight Lab […]

Finding the Right Data at the Scholarly Commons

As you probably know, February 13-17th is Love Your Data Week, an annual event that aims to help researchers take better care of their data. The theme for today — Thursday, February 16th — is finding the right data, a problem that almost all researchers will run into while doing their work at some point […]

Love and Big Data

It’s Love Your Data Week, but did you know people have been using Big Data for to optimize their ability to find their soul mate with the power of data science! Wired Magazine profiled mathematician and data scientist Chris McKinlay in “How to Hack OkCupid“.There’s even a book spin-off from this! “Optimal Cupid”, which unfortunately is […]

Love Your Data Week 2017

The Scholarly Commons is excited to announce our participation in Love Your Data Week 2017. Taking place from February 13-17th, Love Your Data is an annual event that aims to “build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services.” The 2017 theme is data […]

Finding Data on Champaign County

Many scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign keep their research local. But sometimes, finding data for a specific locale can be difficult. These suggestions are just a start when it comes to the resources that University of Illinois students, faulty, and staff have at their disposal when it comes to finding local data, but […]

Help Obtaining Data is Available From the Library

This fall marks the sixth annual Data Purchase Program, where the University Library accepts applications from campus researchers for purchasing data that will be useful to them in their research.  The data must cost less than $5,000, must be used for teaching or research, and it must be available to all of campus.  Some vendors are […]

Help Obtaining Data is Available from the Library

This fall marks the fifth annual Data Purchase Program, where the University Library accepts applications from campus researchers for purchasing data that will be useful to them in their research.  The data must under $5,000, must be used for teaching or research, and it must be available to all of campus.  Some vendors are only willing […]

Roper Workshop: Tues February 1st 10-11am, 314 Main Library

The iPoll databank from the Roper Center Public Opinion Archives is a terrific finding aid to locate U.S. national public opinion poll data. iPOLL contains half a million survey questions and answers asked in the U.S. since 1935 by more than 150 survey organizations. This workshop will teach you how to search for and save […]

ICPSR Workshop: Tues January 29th, 10-11am, 314 Main Library

Looking for data? Established in 1962, ICPSR is the world’s largest archive of digital social science data. They acquire, preserve, and distribute original research data and provide training in its analysis. Most of the data at ICPSR must be downloaded and used in a statistical program such as SPSS, Stata, or SAS. This workshop will […]