Monthly Archives: September 2010

Release of 2009 U.S. Population Data

Census Bureau has released the 2009 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates that profile the U.S. population. 

The ACS is a nationwide survey conducted for the purpose of producing a socio-demographic description of the population. The survey is conducted on a continuous basis with reports being released annually. The products produced from the ACS are called "period estimates" because they are based on survey data that are collected over a span of time rather than a point in time.

ACS 1-year estimates report on geographic areas of 65,000+.  This is the first product to be published from the ACS.  The products released include:

By the end of the year the ACS 5-year estimates will be released and they will cover all the geographic areas that are used by the Census for reporting population data including tracts and ZCTAs (zip equivalents). Early in 2011 ACS 3-year estimates that report on communities of 25,000+ will be released.  For information comparing the features of these three ACS products refer to "When to use 1-year, 3-year, or 5-year estimates." 

For assistance using the ACS or any other Census Bureau product, visit the Electronic Data Service (lower level of Lehman’s DSSC), or email eds@columbia.edu.
 

CLIOmobile

CLIO, the Libraries’ online catalog now has a new mobile version – CLIOmobile – for use with your smart phone or mobile device!

From CLIOmobile, you can:
  • Search CLIO
  • Save items to ‘My List’
  • Email records
  • Check your Library Account and renew books
  • Place recalls
For more information, click on the following link:

See the Latest Reports from the Congresssional Watchdog: GAO

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is known as "the investigative arm of Congress" and "the congressional watchdog." It monitors the performance and accountability of federal government agencies and issues reports on what it finds.

You can receive GAO reports in a variety of ways: email, RSS feeds, podcasts. Current topics: Mortgage Financing, VA Health Care, Public Transit Security Information Sharing, House and Senate Campaign Expenditures, Global Positioning System.

 

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Why Is “Poodle Blanket” Classified?

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The name "Poodle Blanket" came from Kennedy administration officials who used it to describe a series of diplomatic, economic, and military contingency plans, leading up to nuclear war, developed in the event of a confrontation with the Soviet Union over Berlin. Some of the top secret documents on "Poodle Blanket" have been released, but many remain classified. Why?

"Spending taxpayers’ money withholding 50 year old documents about long-resolved Cold War conflicts is not only a waste but also damages our national security by undermining the credibility of the system that protects real secrets," said Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University.

Columbia University Libraries subscribes to many of NSA’s comprehensive collections of declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the Digital National Security Archive.

OECD iLibrary supersedes SourceOECD

OECD launches a new platform, OECD iLibrary which supersedes SourceOECD.

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OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998 – some 390 complete databases, 2.500 working papers, 5.500 books, 14.000 tables and graphs, 21.000 chapters and articles.

Bookmark As: http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?ATE7614

I’ll Have the FrankenSalmon with Parmesan Crust, Please

On September 19-21, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held public hearings on on AquAdvantage Salmon, a genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon intended to be used for food.

Interested parties would have known about the hearings from a notice in the Federal Register of August 26, 2010. The Federal Register, published daily, and the Code of Federal Regulations, an annual compilations, are the sources to find out what regulations are being considered by Federal agencies and when they go into effect. A new electronic code, the e-CFR, is now being tested and evaluated.

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Intro to GIS this Friday

ImageWe’re offering an Intro to GIS workshop this Friday starting at 10:30am, there’s still plenty of room left if you are interested in attending.

This is a hands-on workshop using ESRI ArcGIS software. We’ll briefly cover data sources and data models, spatial analysis, projections, and working with your own data.

The workshop is meant for anyone who hasn’t had GIS training and is interested in learning how it can be used in class projects and research.

SciVerse and Scopus Training sessions

You are invited to attend a catered info session! Elsevier reps will be on hand to provide training on SciVerse HUB, Science Direct, and Scopus.

9:30-10:30 SciVerse and Scopus "Brunch and learn" for Librarians, Graduate Students and  Faculty.  Held in 203 Butler Library.

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Faculty and Graduate Students please RSVP for the training session.

SciVerse Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources.

  • Contains 41 million records, 70% with abstracts
  • Nearly 18,000 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide
  • 70% of content is pulled from international sources
  • Includes over 3 million conference papers
  • Provides 100% Medline coverage
  • Offers sophisticated tools to track, analyze and visualize research

 

Online Software Training

If you want to learn about the newest releases of Microsoft products including Word or Excel or want an introduction to Adobe products like Photoshop or Illustrator, try Lynda.com.  Lynda.com is a website for software training and online tutorials.  Its offerings are from a long list of software vendors as varied as:

  • MicroSoft (Access, PowerPoint, and more)
  • Apple (Final Cut Pro, Garage Band, "i" products, Mac OS, and more)
  • Google (Calendar, Picasa, Docs)
  • Open Source (Drupal, MySQL,Ruby, and more)

Check it out!

From on campus connect using, http://iplogin.lynda.com,

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from off-campus  connect using  http://www.lynda.com/portal/columbia and log in with your UNI and password,