In March, University Libraries’ Data Services Group is offering several special events for Mason graduate students, faculty and staff. All events are scheduled on the Fairfax campus; registration is required, and attendees should bring their own laptop to the sessions.
George Mason graduate students, faculty, administrators, and staff interested in learning more about data management issues, best practices and tools are invited to participate in a Data Management Bootcamp sponsored by seven Virginia institutions, March 9 & 10, 2016. This free, collaborative event will feature experts from across the state and will provide opportunities for local, hands-on practical experience. Presenters will be from remote and local locations. The Bootcamp will take place on the Fairfax campus. Registration is limited to current George Mason University students, staff and faculty.
- March 9 / Day One / 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Topics will include: Data Organization, Data Documentation, Rights and Access, Copyright, Finding and Reusing Data, and Sharing Data. These are all basic, foundational concepts for working with research data. Day One is designed for full-day participation.
- Registration is required
- Register: Working with Research Data (Full Day)
- March 10 / Day Two / 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Select a workshop! Please bring your own laptop, and attend one, two, or all three workshops.
- 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Register: Cleaning Data with Open Refine
- 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Register: R from Scratch
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Register: Creating Data Management Plans with the DMPTool
The Data Management Bootcamp is a collaborative initiative of the College of William & Mary, George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech.
Learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish. This workshop is aimed at faculty, staff, and students across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows. This workshop is hands-on; attendees should bring their own laptops. Speaker April Clyburne-Sherin, MSc will cover these topics: Project Documentation; Version Control; Pre-analysis Plans, and Open Source Tools such as the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow. Registration Required: RSVP Here
For more information about any of these upcoming events, please contact Wendy Mann, Head, Data Services, firstname.lastname@example.org background source: http://www.sas.com/content/dam/SAS/en_us/image/sas-com/backgrounds/textures/data-visualization-primer.jpg
Gelman Library will close on Saturday, February 20 at 10:30 p.m. and reopen on Sunday, February 21 at 9 a.m. No building access will be available during this time. This overnight closure is required to safely complete necessary construction activities for the National Churchill Library and Center on Gelman’s 1st floor. Work is being performed at night to minimize disruption to our library users.
Help the GW Libraries discover and decode history by transcribing appointments from Sir Winston Churchill’s World War II engagement diary. This crowdsourcing project will make Churchill’s wartime activities widely available for the first time to students and scholars around the world. Participants will gain new insight into the day-to-day process of national leadership, learn about Churchill and WWII, and provide a valuable service to historians around the world. Follow #ChurchillsDay on twitter where we'll share some interesting results of this project as they become available.
This collection of handwritten cards details Winston Churchill’s appointments during World War II, including such historic events as Victory in Europe (VE) Day and the British prime minister’s regular meetings with the King of England and President Franklin Roosevelt. The collection of 30 cards will be featured in the new National Churchill Library and Center on Gelman's 1st floor.
Learn more about the project and participate at crowdcrafting.org/project/churchill/.
The National Churchill Library and Center, slated to open in 2016, is part of a philanthropic partnership with the George Washington University and the Chicago-based Churchill Centre. Housed on the first floor of Gelman Library, this will be the first major research facility in the nation’s capital dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill.
Due to inclement weather, all Mason Libraries will open at 11:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, February 16.
Due to inclement weather, all Mason Libraries are closed today, Monday, February 15. Online collections and services are available via library.gmu.edu. Virtual reference service will be online as regularly scheduled.
Due to icy conditions, the Lit Review How To and Data Bootcamp workshops scheduled for President's Day have been CANCELED. We apologize for any inconvenience.
You can find much of the information from these sessions in the research guide, "What Graduate Students Need to Know."
Data Bootcamp sessions will be offered again on Thursday, March 10. You can also find much of the information to be covered in research guides: "Data Management," "Maps, Cartographic Data, and GIS Information," and "Uploading your ETD."
George Mason University Libraries invites you to join the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Fenwick Library by participating in a Student Video Competition. This competition highlights the transformative role that the Mason Libraries play in the living and learning environment on campus. All university students are invited to enter and are eligible to win amazing prizes!
To participate, submit a video (not to exceed 60 seconds) themed “Top 3 Reasons I Can’t Live Without My Library.” Students are encouraged, but not required, to use smartphones for creating videos. Recording studios are available for use in the Gateway Library (One Button Studio) and Fenwick Library (Presentation Practice Rooms). Videos must incorporate and feature a library/or libraries on any of the Mason campuses. Work will be featured online, as well as on digital displays at the new Fenwick Library. Winning videos will be announced and screened at the Fenwick Library Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Submit your entry by 5 p.m. (EDT), Tuesday, March 15. For more information, visit library.gmu.edu/top3
University Libraries welcome all Mason alums home this weekend! While you’re meandering through memories, places and spaces on the Fairfax Campus, be sure to visit the new Fenwick Library! Then head over to the Johnson Center and see what’s new in Gateway Library.
More items of interest for alumni include these selected online collections:
- A History of Mason
- George Mason University Yearbook Collection
- GM View: Video Yearbooks 1990-2011
- George Mason University Facilities Planning Documents, 1960-2007
- Physical and digital documents from George Mason University Facilities Planning Department, many of which are held in Special Collections & Archives, University Libraries.
- The Life and Work of Dr. John Warfield
- Madness@Mason: Documenting a Dream Season
- President Lorin Thompson Scrapbooks
- Dr. Thompson served first as Chancellor (1966-1972) of George Mason College of the University of Virginia and then President of George Mason University (1972-1973). Two scrapbooks compiled by Thompson contain newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, invitations, other documents, and ephemera.
Mason alumni are welcome to use the Libraries‘ physical and online collections in person at any Mason Library: Fenwick, Gateway, Arlington Campus and Mercer. We welcome you back, and welcome your continued interest and support. Go Mason!
Are you a graduate student who needs help collecting, managing, and visualizing research data? Data Bootcamps bring together several, 30-minute workshops filled with practical solutions to save you hours of needless work. All sessions will be first-come, first serve, with the GIS session limited to 20 participants. Attend one session or all.
If you can't make it to all of the sessions or need more information be sure to check out the research guides: "Data Management," "Maps, Cartographic Data, and GIS Information," and "Uploading your ETD."
Kids off school? Quiet and happily occupied offspring are welcome.
What is Data?
Research data is data that is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results, but what does that really mean for your own work? Data librarian Mandy Gooch will define research data & data-related terms and discuss common data formats. You'll explore use agreements and restrictions, and identify library and campus services and resources related to data.
Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop Data Librarian Mandy Gooch will discuss best practices for data management and the tools, people, and resources the GW Libraries provide to help you.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data Basics
Learn how you can integrate geographic information systems (GIS) into your research and discover the resources available at the GW Libraries and beyond. This workshop will cover the basics of data discovery and display using ArcGIS software. Let it spark your cartographic imagination!
If you’ve searched the GW Libraries catalog lately, you might have noticed that we’ve increased the number of e-books available to GW users. This is all part of our efforts to make the material you need available when you need it. Almost all of our e-books can be read online in a web browser as well as downloaded and read on a computer or device. Just click the “Online” button to begin, and log in as you would to any other GW Libraries resource.
Prefer a print book? Look for the option to “Request a Print Copy,” which is located underneath the Online button. Click this link, fill out and submit a brief form, and GW Libraries will use library funds to purchase a print copy for the collection. (On the form, you can request that the print book be placed on hold for you when it arrives.)
Visit our website for more information on using GW Libraries e-books.