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New Resource on Data Journalism Now Available

Wenli Gao

Wenli Gao

Wenli Gao, data services librarian at University of Houston Libraries, with Lindita Camaj, PhD, associate professor in journalism and mass communication at the UH Valenti School of Communication, recently completed a site for data journalism after receiving a grant from the  American Library Association (ALA).

Storytelling with Data: A Resource Guide for Data Journalism serves as a centralized source for information on the basics of data journalism. Students and practitioners of journalism can use this resource to get started with data journalism or to sharpen their knowledge thereof. Faculty who want to create a course in data journalism will also find instructional materials here. Additionally, the online guide offers resources on locating, analyzing, and visualizing data for those in other disciplines.

In her role as data services librarian, Gao provides support for UH faculty and students who are working with data, including finding data within the Libraries’ hundreds of databases and open data. Gao also provides instruction on methodologies and tools relating to geographic information systems (GIS), analysis, and visualization of data. “My goals include empowering faculty and students in finding and using data, increasing data literacy skills, and working with faculty to embed data literacy into courses and assignments,” she said.

Faculty and students: register for research workshops taught by Wenli Gao in October and November

According to an Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) white paper, research data services (RDS) are burgeoning across academic and research libraries. One of UH Libraries’ strategic goals is to expand services and programs pertaining to research productivity on campus. A number of efforts in this area include working with faculty and researchers to gain access to data, and providing data-focused instruction, reference, and consultation services to the campus community.

Register for Research Workshops

Starting next week, University of Houston Libraries will offer a series of one-hour workshops for faculty, staff, and students to hone their skills on a variety of research tools.

Taught by Wenli Gao, data services librarian, the workshops will be hands-on to get participants quickly familiar with the tools for use in their own research. All workshops will be held in the MD Anderson Library, room 106R.

Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a tool for working with semi-structured datasets. It allows you to explore data, easily find facet patterns within data, and enable simple detection of data inconsistencies. It also offers quick clean-up and transformation options. In this workshop, participants will learn how to perform common data cleaning functions and use GREL (Google Refine Expression Language) for more advanced cleaning needs.

Introduction to ArcMap
This workshop will provide an overview of how ArcGIS software can help you analyze or visualize digital data that has a locational component. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS interface. In this hands-on session, participants will create a simple map, edit the layout, and export the map into different formats. It will also introduce learning resources to explore more GIS.

Introduction to Tableau
In this workshop, participants will use Tableau Public to create interactive data visualizations. It will cover an overview of the program and provide hands-on experience creating basic charts and maps, as well as creating interactive web-based visualization dashboards. It will also discuss publishing to the Tableau Public web server.

Online mapping with ArcGIS online
In this workshop, participants will learn basic terminologies for GIS and identify opportunities to apply GIS in your work. Participants will also learn how to use ArcGIS online to create a map with lines, points, and polygons. We will use real data to create a Houston hurricane evacuation map and see where City of Houston’s non-emergency service calls were received to report flooding during Hurricane Harvey. We will also add demographic data to the map and identify areas that need more assistance during the evacuation.

Schedule

  • Tuesday Oct. 2 at 11am Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
  • Thursday Oct. 11 at 2pm Introduction to ArcMap
  • Tuesday Oct. 16 at 11am Introduction to Tableau
  • Thursday Oct. 25 at 2pm Online mapping with ArcGIS online
  • Monday Oct. 29 at 11am Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
  • Wednesday Nov. 7 at 2pm Introduction to ArcMap
  • Monday Nov. 12 at 11am Introduction to Tableau
  • Wednesday Nov. 28 at 2pm Online mapping with ArcGIS online

Register for research workshops

By on September 27th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Service

Edible Books Festival

In honor of Banned Books Week 2018, University of Houston Libraries staff created edible books for exhibition.

Edible Books Festival at UH Libraries

Edible Books Festival at UH Libraries

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‘Brothers in Rhyme’ Exhibit Video

Visit our newest exhibit, Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click, open to the public and located on the first floor of MD Anderson Library. The exhibit commemorates the lives and careers of brothers and fellow rappers Patrick “Fat Pat” Hawkins and the late John “HAWK” Hawkins, who were members of the Screwed Up Click, a collective of Houston-based rappers which formed around the late DJ Robert Earl Davis, Jr., better known as DJ Screw.

Brothers in Rhyme Exhibit Opening Reception

Brothers in Rhyme Exhibit Opening Reception

View highlight video from exhibit opening reception

UH Libraries Offers Research Workshops

Beginning in Fall 2018, University of Houston Libraries will offer a series of one-hour workshops for faculty, staff, and students to hone their skills on a variety of research tools.

Taught by Wenli Gao, data services librarian, the workshops will be hands-on to get participants quickly familiar with the tools for use in their own research. All workshops will be held in the MD Anderson Library, room 106R.

Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a tool for working with semi-structured datasets. It allows you to explore data, easily find facet patterns within data, and enable simple detection of data inconsistencies. It also offers quick clean-up and transformation options. In this workshop, participants will learn how to perform common data cleaning functions and use GREL (Google Refine Expression Language) for more advanced cleaning needs.

Introduction to ArcMap
This workshop will provide an overview of how ArcGIS software can help you analyze or visualize digital data that has a locational component. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS interface. In this hands-on session, participants will create a simple map, edit the layout, and export the map into different formats. It will also introduce learning resources to explore more GIS.

Introduction to Tableau
In this workshop, participants will use Tableau Public to create interactive data visualizations. It will cover an overview of the program and provide hands-on experience creating basic charts and maps, as well as creating interactive web-based visualization dashboards. It will also discuss publishing to the Tableau Public web server.

Online mapping with ArcGIS online
In this workshop, participants will learn basic terminologies for GIS and identify opportunities to apply GIS in your work. Participants will also learn how to use ArcGIS online to create a map with lines, points, and polygons. We will use real data to create a Houston hurricane evacuation map and see where City of Houston’s non-emergency service calls were received to report flooding during Hurricane Harvey. We will also add demographic data to the map and identify areas that need more assistance during the evacuation.

Schedule

  • Tuesday Oct. 2 at 11am Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
  • Thursday Oct. 11 at 2pm Introduction to ArcMap
  • Tuesday Oct. 16 at 11am Introduction to Tableau
  • Thursday Oct. 25 at 2pm Online mapping with ArcGIS online
  • Monday Oct. 29 at 11am Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
  • Wednesday Nov. 7 at 2pm Introduction to ArcMap
  • Monday Nov. 12 at 11am Introduction to Tableau
  • Wednesday Nov. 28 at 2pm Online mapping with ArcGIS online

Register for research workshops

By on September 27th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Service

Voter Registration Information

Voter registration information

Voter registration information

Voter registration information for college students is available in the MD Anderson Library Leisure Reading area, first floor.

By on September 21st, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource, Spaces

Digital Research Commons Fall Workshops

The University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (DRC) offers a dedicated space for the UH community to learn more about using digital tools in teaching and research, receive hands-on instruction, attend workshops and talks, and use cutting-edge machinery.

The DRC will host a series of workshops this semester. Workshops are open to all, and are designed for attendees to experiment and build digital research skills.

All workshops will be held from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 19 – R and R Studio
  • October 1 – Topic Modeling in R
  • October 19 – GIS
  • November 7 – Network Analysis
  • November 16 – Open Author Carpentry

The Digital Research Commons is located in the MD Anderson Library Brown Wing, 2nd floor, room 266-C (floor map). For more information, contact Claude Willan, DRC director.

Constitution Day 2018

Constitution Day is September 17. Pick up a free pocket copy of the Constitution at the MD Anderson Library Service Desk.

Constitution Day 2018

Constitution Day 2018

By on September 13th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource

UH Health Sciences Library Grand Opening

The University of Houston Health Sciences Library held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Located on the second floor of the Health 2 building, the new library serves the teaching and research needs of the UH colleges of Nursing, Optometry, and Pharmacy, as well as other health-related programs on campus.

The UH Health Sciences Library held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

The UH Health Sciences Library held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

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‘Brothers in Rhyme’ Opening Reception

A private opening reception for the exhibit Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click was held at University of Houston Libraries. The exhibit is on view through December 14 and is open to the public.

Opening reception for the exhibit "Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click" at University of Houston Libraries

Opening reception for the exhibit “Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click” at University of Houston Libraries

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