Winter Intersession Hours

Winter is upon us already!  We here at the libraries hope that you have a safe, fun, and lovely break! If you will be in town and hope to get some library study time in, our hours are as follows:

December 23rd, 2016: 9am-5pm

December 24th-27th, 2016: CLOSED

December 28th-Decmeber 30th, 2016: 9am-5pm

December 31st, 2016-January 3rd, 2017: CLOSED

January 4th-January 15th, 2017:

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

We will be closed January 16th for MLK day and resume normal business hours on January 17th, 2017.

Fall Finals Study Hall Hours

It is that time of year again when we have extended hours and study hall in Lehman Library. The hours are as follows:

                                                     Library Hours         Study Hall

Monday-Thursday                 8AM-Midnight         Midnight-4AM

Friday                                       8AM-10PM               10PM-4AM

Saturday                                 10AM-10PM             10PM-4AM

Sunday                                    11AM-Midnight       Midnight-4AM


Also, don’t forget, if you get stressed, the libraries are offering STRESS BUSTERS throughout the last few weeks before break.  Happy Studying everyone!

Map Club — WORKSHOP (Part II) — Introduction to Mapping in D3.js


In its final session of the semester, Map Club embarked upon the second half of a two-part workshop focused on D3.js, a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. This time, participants focused on learning how to render a simple SVG map in the browser, which could serve as the basis for visualizing custom values.

Beginning with a CSV file containing the locations of art galleries within New York City, as well as a GeoJSON file encoding the boundaries of the five boroughs, the workshop guided participants through the process of visualizing the locations of the galleries in the form of a basic dot map.





From top: a dot map visualizing the locations of art galleries in NYC, a snippet of GeoJSON data, the D3.js Mercator projection, the locations of LinkNYC wifi portals by Daniel Chi Cook

Thank you to everyone who participated in Map Club this fall! Until next time, best of luck in your geospatial endeavors.

Sign up here if you would like to receive updates on future Map Club sessions. For this session’s resources and materials, visit the Map Club Github repository.

Python Open Labs – Session 9

Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a great thanksgiving !

Today we had the last session of Python Open Labs for Fall 2016 at the DSSC. We will be continuing with the same through the next semester, so do watch this space for further announcements on schedule or free feel to shoot me a mail.

In today’s session we covered lists in python, working around various possibilities of accessing, creating and modifying lists. Please checkout the lecture slides and practice !!

Lecture slides (all open labs):

I further encourage you to practice various topics online on:

Thanks !

See you next semester

R Open Lab – Writing Loops

The topic for today is writing loops in R. Looping is equivalent to iterating or just replicating instructions. By letting the computer take over the repetitive work, we make our life much easier. We also talked a bit about how to avoid writing loops and make our code more efficient. 

Thank you to everyone who showed up today. Today’s session is the last session for this semester. Good luck with the finals and see you guys next year! 😀

Map Club — WORKSHOP (Part I) — D3.js


In its second to last session, Map Club took on the first part of a guided introduction to D3.js. D3.js is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. This workshop, focusing on the general setup and visualization capabilities of the library, led participants through the basics of SVG, data types, and generating simple shapes from custom arrays.

At root, complex visualizations are comprised of basic elements. Jacques Bertin’s six retinal properties describe the different visual attributes one can use to differentiate between data-driven shapes. With some help from the MDN SVG element reference, attendees learned how to apply graphic styles to SVG primitives in the browser, achieving Bertin’s vision with a few lines of code.




From top: Jacques Bertin’s six retinal properties, a series of colorful circles from a workshop example, a stacked bar chart generated using D3.js

Map Club will meet for its final session of the semester on the afternoon of December 2nd. We will walk through basic geovisualization capabilities in D3.js, building upon the knowledge introduced in this workshop. Hope to see you there!

Sign up here if you would like to receive updates on future Map Club sessions. For this session’s resources and materials, visit the Map Club Github repository.

R Open Lab – dplyr package

This Wednesday we talked about how to use the dplyr package in R. The dplyr package makes data manipulation faster, easier and more straightforward. We covered the syntax and functions of the package, and tried it out on our Walmart Store Sales dataset. We also briefly introduced R Notebook and R presentation.

R open lab will be suspended next Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

See you guys on Wednesday 11/30/2016 10:00-12:00 at DSSC!

Also, we will host a R workshop about Simple Linear Regression this Friday 11/19/2016 10:00-11:00 at the Science & Engineering LIbrary. Beginners are welcome!

Map Club — Cartogram Hexmaps with Tilegrams


The latest session of Map Club took a data journalism bent: last Friday, we focused on creating cartogram hexmaps with Tilegrams, a generator by data visualization studio Pitch Interactive. The tool enables users to quickly create proportionate hex-based maps of the United States using custom or built-in data, and export generated maps to both SVG and topojson.

Tilegrams provides intricate functionality for tweaking state proportions to be statistically accurate, and is relatively versatile in its export capabilities. It did have a tendency to lose state labels and borders in its SVG output, providing a less-than-detailed file for download than the browser would reflect. Participants nonetheless created a range of interesting images, uploading Tilegrams topojson data to the interface (a tool that Map Club explored in a session from earlier this semester), downloading and visualizing data from the U.S. Census (2010), and editing and rendering a custom CSV file in the data upload window.




From top: population count Tilegrams topojson file imported into by Ruoran Lin, urban populations by state (US Census 2010) by Daniel Chi Cook, population counts per state (working)

Next week, for its penultimate session, our meeting will be a guided workshop focused on a general introduction to the D3.js JavaScript library. Part II of the D3.js workshop, focused specifically on geovisualization, will take place after Thanksgiving. Hope to see you there!

Map Club has a mailing list! Sign up here if you would like to receive updates on future sessions. For this session’s resources and materials, visit the Map Club Github repository.

Python Open Labs – Session 7

Strings form an important data type in any programming language, especially involving text, processing files such as log files, articles etc. Python provides a string as a built-in data type supported with strong library functions that we looked at in today’s session.

The course material for the same can be accessed on:

Next week we will move ahead with handling files in python and extracting data from text files, so knowing strings before that class will come in really handy to get you up to speed.

See you next Friday, November 18th at 11:00 AM at DSSC Lehman Library 🙂