R Open Labs this Spring in the DSSC

By WOCinTech Chat [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

By WOCinTech Chat [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

10am – 12pm
Every Wednesday
Digital Social Science Center

Stop by any Wednesday this Spring for R Open Labs. We start off every Open Lab with a 10 minute exploration of an R package or dataset; the rest of the time is yours to work on homework, research or building your coding skills in good company.

This Spring we’ll be digging into:

  • dplyr
  • ggplot2
  • Shiny
  • mySQL
  • your choice!

Beginners welcome!  We want to hear from you which datasets and packages you want to learn.

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Lehman Library Winter Intersession Hours

Lehman Library will begin winter intersession hours starting Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015. We will be open from 9am-5pm that day then CLOSED December 24th-Decemeber 27th, 2015. We will also be closed December 31st-January 3rd, 2016. Winter intersession hours are as follows:

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday:CLOSED

We will also be closed January 18th in observance of MKL day and begin Spring semester hours on January 19th.

Have a great break!

NHGIS Releases Standardized Tables for 2000 & 2010 Census

Comparing Census data from one decade the next can be difficult since boundaries  and variables can change. Trying to figure out those differences can be time consuming and sometimes frustrating. To help make this easier, NHGIS recently released 65 time series tables standardizing 2000 & 2010 100% count variables to the 2010 Census boundaries for ten geographic levels including tracts, block groups and 5 digit zip code tabulation areas (ZCTAs).

The tables are marked with a TS from within the Topic filter

NHGIS topic filter

Available standardized tables are listed in the Time Series Tables tab, and labeled Standardized to 2010 under the Geographic Integration column.


More information on time tables produced by the NHGIS can be found in the Data Documentation section, including both the geographically standardized tables as well as nominally integrated tables. The page includes methodology, and a PDF containing the complete list of variables within the time series datasets.

Fall 2015 Hours

8d22997r Welcome to all the new and returning students. Starting Tuesday, September 8th, the library will be open the following hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-Midnight
Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday: 10a-6pm
Sunday 11am-11pm

Please enjoy your three day weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!

New Data: Gallup Analytics

Check out our newest data resource at Columbia Libraries: Gallup Analytics.

Gallup Analytics puts Gallup’s best global intelligence in users’ hands to help them better understand the strengths and challenges of the world’s countries and regions.  Users can access Gallup’s U.S. Daily tracking and World Poll data to compare residents’ responses region by region and nation by nation to questions on topics such as economic conditions, government and business, health and well-being, infrastructure, and education.

To Access:

Email us at dssc@library.columbia.edu to schedule a time to use this database. Access is available Monday through Friday in the Digital Social Science Center, Lehman 215.

What You’ll Find:

Build and export your own datasets, by selecting polling results across multiple geographies, years, and variables.

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Visually explore relationships between different polling variables.

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Get a quick snapshot overview of a particular geography or set of countries.

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For more information on how to use Gallup Analytics, contact us at dssc@library.columbia.edu.


Come Tour Our Library!

Start your year off right with a tour of Lehman Library, on the 3rd Floor of the SIPA Building at 118th & Amsterdam. We’re home to the Digital Social Science Center, Global Studies Division, and Center for Digital Research & Scholarship (CDRS).


Friday, September 4, 10 – 11 am
Tuesday, September 8, 10 – 11 am
Wednesday, September 9, 10 – 11 am
Thursday, September 10, 12 – 1 pm

Come meet our team of librarians and see our awesome map room, browse our collection of international newspapers, find the best study spaces, and learn the story behind the statue that lives on our main floor.


Special DSSC Hours

Students & Faculty: We’re so excited to welcome you back to campus!
We’re out and about at Department Orientations and First Year Welcome Events, and will have modified hours the rest of this week.

Thursday, Sept 3, 2:30 – 5:00 pm
Friday, Sept 4, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

If you need assistance, please email us at dssc@library.columbia.edu.

Classes start Sept 8 and we’ll be back to our regular hours, Monday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm. See you soon!


Fall Workshops in Lehman Library


We’re rolling out a new workshop series this fall in Lehman Library.

RSVP to sign up today!

Check back for times and locations or email us at dssc@library.columbia.edu for more details.

10/22, 2pmLearn to Map: Leaflet

Come learn Leaflet, an open-source JavaScript library for displaying spatial data in an interactive, mobile-friendly map.
Group Study 2 in Lehman Library

10/28, 11amCrash Course in Business Research

Get a quick tour of the basics of business research, covering resources for finance, marketing, and more.
Group Study 2 in Lehman Library

11/4, 1pm – Qualitative Analysis with NVivo

Learn how to use NVivo software to code and analyze documents, audiovisual materials, and social media.
215 Lehman

11/10, 10 am – Find Consumer Behavior Data

This workshop will give a more in-depth look in consumer surveys and how to use the data in your research.

Group Study 2 in Lehman Library

11/12, 1pm – Quantitative Analysis with SAS

Learn how to write and understand basic SAS programs for analyzing numeric data.
215 Lehman

11/17, 1pm- Quantitative Analysis with R

Explore different packages in R to help you understand and analyze your data. Learn how to keep track of your work by writing and saving scripts.
215 Lehman


Past Workshops:

Keep Track of your Research with Zotero
9/15, 12 pm
Group Study 2 in Lehman Library

Crash Course in Research Methodologies
9/17, 12 pm
Group Study 2 in Lehman Library

Find Free and Open Data
9/23, 12 pm
Group Study 2 in Lehman Library

Learn to Map: ArcGIS
9/25, 2 pm
215 Lehman

10/1, 2 pm Learn to Map: CartoDB
CartoDB has an easy, intuitive interface for quickly creating online maps. Bring your laptop and join us.

10/2, 2 pm – Learn to Map: QGIS [held in 215 Lehman Library]
A hands-on introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using QGIS open source software.

10/6, 10 am – Using Bloomberg & Capital IQ
Learn how to navigate, download data, and use basic commands in these popular business databases.

10/8, 1 pm – Making Sense: Qualitative Data Analysis
Understand how to qualitatively interpret data collected through interviews, observations, and documents.

10/15, 1pmMaking Sense: Quantitative Data Analysis
Explore different quantitative methods for interpreting data. Learn how to identify appropriate methods for your data.

10/19, 11amMaking Sense: Spatial Data Analysis
Survey quantitative and geostatistical techniques for analyzing data.