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GIS Day 2017 A Success!

Last Wednesday, we hosted GIS Day, an annual worldwide celebration of the power of geospatial data, analysis, and visualization for problem-solving across a broad spectrum of research domains. This is a really enjoyable event (one of my favorites that we host in the Research Commons), and I’m always impressed by the great work that is being done across campus and the wider community of Central Ohio.

This year’s event consisted of a couple of hands-on workshops covering the very basics of ArcGIS Online, a series of lightning talks over lunch showcasing the multidisciplinary applications of GIS (see here for a full list of presentation topics and speaker affiliations), and an exhibits fair highlighting various Libraries’ map collections and GIS resources across campus.

Thanks to all those who attended, presented, or participated in the exhibits fair, and a special thanks to the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and OSU’s Enterprise GIS for co-sponsoring the event.

If you’re like me and just can’t get enough GIS, then don’t miss our last GIS workshop of the fall semester:

Web Mapping Basics with ArcGIS Online (Nov. 29, 4pm) – RSVP here.

Moving Forward: The Digital Humanities at The Ohio State University

This event aims to bring faculty, staff, and graduate students with interests in the digital and computational humanities together in an open forum to review the resources currently available and to discuss ideas for advancing the digital humanities at OSU.

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the University Libraries.

When: Friday, November 17, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

On the Rails: A Data Visualization Approach to 20th Century Dance Touring (Lecture)

This presentation asks what part transportation infrastructures have played in determining where touring dance artists travel and thus what audiences they are able to reach. In particular, I focus on changes in the US transportation landscape during the first half of the 20th century. I track the decline of train travel as automobiles and airplanes surpassed railroads, and offer some initial thoughts toward the impact these changes would have had on audience access. This presentation represents a digital humanities take on dance studies and crafts a critical mixed-methods approach from such techniques as data analysis and digital mapping in conjunction with archival research to ask the question, how does dance travel?

This lecture is part of the Research Commons Faculty Forum Series. Light refreshments will be served.

About our speaker:

Harmony Bench is Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University. Her research sits at the intersections of dance and performance studies and media and technology studies. Collaborative digital humanities projects with Kate Elswit currently underway use spatial and data analysis to consider transportation infrastructure, support networks, and other mechanisms that enable what we call movement on the move ( Since 2014, she has been co-editor of The International Journal of Screendance with Simon Ellis.

This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State.

When: Wednesday, October 11, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

CURA Spearheads ArcGIS Online Access for Ohio State

This spring, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) spearheaded a technology upgrade that now allows Ohio State affiliates to access ArcGIS Online using their OSU login credentials. Allowing for single sign-on to ArcGIS Online is a potential game changer for advancing GIS collaborations in research and teaching at Ohio State – a very big and well-deserved thank you to CURA for leading this effort!

So what’s so special about ArcGIS Online? ArcGIS Online is the premier platform for easily and efficiently creating interactive web mapping applications. It’s a powerful tool for beginners and more advanced users alike to be able to analyze and visualize geographic information and then to make it accessible to a wider audience via the web. Users can access data from the many data sets hosted by ArcGIS Online, upload their own data, and create groups within the system to collaborate on projects or create assignments for their students.

Having organizational access with your OSU login credentials greatly expands the type of work that can be done in ArcGIS Online compared to a standard public account. ArcGIS Online also integrates nicely with ArcGIS Desktop (available to OSU affiliates via a site license) making it easier for users to work across platforms. CURA has put together a useful guide for accessing ArcGIS Online with your OSU account, including more information about signing up, training resources, and FAQs:

FAES Exhibit Map

This tabbed Story Map was created using ArcGIS Online for the “Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of Thompson Library” exhibit (click here to visit the map). The physical exhibit runs from Feb. 1 to May 14, 2017 in the Thompson Library Gallery.

For those of you interested in learning more about accessing and using ArcGIS Online, we’ll be partnering with CURA to host a workshop in the Research Commons on March 22 called “Web Mapping Basics with ArcGIS Online.” Learn more and register here:

Open Access Week: Open Access Resources

As the 9th International Open Access Week comes to a close, we wanted to leave you with a detailed list of Open Access resources both on campus and beyond.

OSU Open Access Resources

The Knowledge Bank

The Knowledge Bank is OSU’s Institutional Repository. The Knowledge Bank is an Open Access repository that is available for OSU faculty, staff, and students to deposit their research and scholarship. Members of OSU’s community can deposit content such as: articles, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, posters, and, in some cases, supplemental data. The benefits of depositing your research and scholarship in the Knowledge Bank include: worldwide access, increased visibility, a permanent and stable URL, long-term preservation of content, and having your content indexed in major search engines such as Google, Google Scholar, and Bing. To learn more:

The Libraries’ Publishing Program

The Libraries Publishing Program works with faculty, students, and academic units at OSU to publish open access scholarly work in a variety of formats. They exist to fill a need in the OSU community for free or low-cost publication development and hosting, and serve as an alternative to working with a commercial publisher. These publishing services are free to members of the OSU community. As their mission is to provide open access to scholarship, all of the content published must be made freely available online, either immediately or after an embargo period. To learn more:

Copyright Resources Center

The Copyright Resources Center at OSU Libraries supports faculty, staff, and students by providing education and guidance on the application of copyright law to facilitate teaching, research, and scholarship. The Copyright Resources Center can help you understand the rights in your author agreement so that you know how you can share your work and how to use Creative Commons licenses to make your work more open. To learn more:

Other Resources

Open Access Week Website

The Open Access Week website is dedicated to promoting Open Access Week every year and connecting individuals who are passionate about Open Access. The website highlights the different ways that individuals are promoting Open Access across the world, runs an informative blog, and provides access to Open Access promotional resources.

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

SPARC works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials. Their motivations are to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on the investments in research and education. SPARC focuses on collaborative partnerships to promote Open Access as the default for research and education.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to peer-reviewed Open Access journals. DOAJ is a great starting point for searches for quality, peer-reviewed open access material. Journals that are indexed by the DOAJ must fill out an application and meet certain criteria related to transparency of journal processes and policies as well as technical best practices and infrastructure.

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)

OASPA’s mission is to represent the interests of Open Access journal and book publishers globally in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines. Their mission is carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, and promoting Open Access publishers that adhere to best practices in scholarly publishing. OASPA is a great resource when looking for reputable Open Access publishers.

Open Access Directory

The Open Access Directory is a collection of lists and resources about Open Access maintained by the broader Open Access community. The Open Access Directory is a great starting point for anyone who wants to really learn more about Open Access and look into additional resources.

Open Access Overview

This overview of Open Access by Peter Suber is a well-known resource that goes into more detail than our blog post on Tuesday, while still being easy to read. Additionally, this blog post is organized in a way that lets the reader skip around to the sections they might find most relevant to their own Open Access interests.

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