Monthly Archives: February 2009

DSSC Opening Celebration

I don’t normally post two posts in one day so this is a rarity. We’re having the official opening for the Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) this Thursday from 4 – 6pm.

There will be a little food and of course, a showcase of the new equipment, space, and services.

If anything, check out the powerful computers we have which are decked out with nice 30 inch or two 24 inch monitors complete with all the software that’s in the EDS lab and can’t forget the 3D mouse.

A couple of us will be around giving demos on ArcGIS, Google Earth, the 3D mouse, stat software, using the scanning stations, and the unveiling of the practice presentation room (officially open on Friday).

There’s also a chance to win one of three $100 gift certificates to Barnes & Noble but you have to be present to enter and to win.

Geocoding Using ArcGIS Workshop

Date: Friday February 27th
Time: 11am – 1pm
Location: 215 Lehman Library (EDS)

I know it’s been a while since we’ve posted something but I wanted to announce that we’ve finally got around to rescheduling the canceled geocoding workshop that was supposed to happen last semester.

If you are around this Friday and are interested, we’re planning on covering the following topics.

  • Geocoding techniques
  • Preparing data for geocoding
  • Improving geocoding results
  • Dealing with common errors

We’ll have two or three hands-on exercises to do, and although no prior experience using ArcGIS is necessary to attend the workshop, it is recommended to have at least some exposure to ArcGIS.

Registration is on the EDS workshops page

New KMZ records in the Spatial Data Catalog

The CU Spatial Data Catalog now contains 21 records for datasets in KMZ format.  These datasets were produced by EDS in partnership with the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) for use in the Journalism 6001 (Reporting and Writing I) and Religion 2800x (Religion and the Modern World) courses.

However, we are making the layers available for download to Columbia affiliates, including datasets detailing crime data, land use, census data, and transportation maps in New York City.