Monthly Archives: March 2011

Options for Accessing Census 2010 Data

Census 2010 Logo To help those interested in obtaining the new Census 2010 population data a number of organizations have republished the data. Here are few of the sites that you may find interesting


These links have been added to the 2010-PL94 entry in the CU Numeric Data Catalog.


2010 Census Data for New York State

Census 2010 Logo The first 2010 Census data for New York State has been released. Population counts for small areas with details on race, Hispanic origin, voting age population, and housing are reported.

The file is called 2010 Census Redistricting Data (PL94-171) Summary File and it was created for use in the reapportionment of New York State’s Congressional seats.  Geographic coverage includes voting districts, blocks, tracts, counties, towns, cities, and congressional districts.

Web access to the data is via the American FactFinder2 or, for expert users, via FTP download.  Links to these sites are listed in the 2010-PL94 entry in the CU Numeric Data Catalog,

At the American FactFinder2 site you can select the geographic coverage you are interested in and then download data tables either in a format for display or as data tables. The Data Catalog entry has instructions on how to use the American FactFinder2 web site and, to assist those using data tables, a link to an excel spreadsheet with simplified column headers and descriptors for some of the tables.

For help with this, or any other Census product visit the DSSC or email

Turbulence in the Middle East

 The wave of popular uprisings across the Middle East is widely reported in the news media. But what other sources of information are available to provide background, context and analysis of these events? CIAO can be part of the answer.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.




Borrow Direct Collaboration Expands

 Borrow Direct

Borrow Direct – a book-borrowing consortium between the libraries of Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University – will be expanded soon to include additional institutions in the service – Harvard and MIT!

Beginning in summer 2011, faculty, students, and staff from Columbia and the six partner institutions will also have access to regularly circulating materials from Harvard and MIT. This expansion increases the number of volumes available to Columbia scholars from more than 45 million to almost 70 million.

Borrow Direct is fast and easy to use – try it here today!

Intro to GIS workshop

We’re offering another Intro to GIS  workshop this Friday March 4th, from 10:30am – 12:30pm in 215 Lehman Library (EDS).

Registration is now open;  the workshop which will give a basic overview of GIS, data models, spatial analysis, projections, finding data, and working with your own data.

There are two hands-on exercises, both using ESRI ArcGIS software so everyone who attends will get a chance to use the software and explore some of what we cover in the talk.

The Intro workshop is meant for anyone who either has had no previous experience with GIS or for anyone needing a refresher.

Social Theory Database

Social Theory  features searchable content that explore the complexities and interpret the nature of social behavior and organization by such major theorists as Theodor Adorno, Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Émile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, Robert Merton, Dorothy E. Smith , and more.