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Exploring Social Explorer, a workshop

Have you ever wondered if you can view U.S. census data? What about data from past years? If you can view it in a user-friendly, easily accessible way? Well look no further than Social Explorer. This database is an easy to use tool that helps you visualize census data by placing it on top of a map.

On February 20, Russ White, GIS coordinator here at Kennedy Library, led a workshop for Social Explorer where we learned how to use this unique tool.

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A map for the future with Yoh Kawano, UCLA GIS Coordinator

Who knew that Twitter has more uses than just keeping up with your favorite celebrities and updating your followers? At the latest Cal Poly Science Cafe on February 14, offered in partnership with the Data Studio, Yoh Kawano discussed how Twitter can provide information to the public during a natural disaster, and how that information can be used by individuals to make their own decisions instead of relying on other people to decide for them. Read more

Discovering history through GIS

Kennedy Library’s Data Studio welcomed Ann Kelly Knowles on Monday, January 13, when she spoke about the connections historical GIS can reveal in terms of unknown patterns and relationships between different historical events. Examples explored included the American Industrial Revolution, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Holocaust.

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So. Many. Events.

Welcome back Mustangs! Kennedy Library is hitting the ground running this quarter with a lot of fun, unique events coming up. In January and February, the library will be holding a variety of events about topics from biofuels to love stories. With so many events and topics being discussed, there is an event for everyone.

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Geography Awareness Week 2013

To celebrate Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, Kennedy Library hosted a reception in the Community Gallery on Thursday, November 21 that featured maps created by students and faculty. Geography Awareness Week and the series of events we hosted for the week, are designed to show how maps are used in all kinds of different fields.

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Seeing (and thinking) orange: A LibRAT living in an open access world

As you stay awake till the library’s closing hours, cramming for your midterms and finishing your essays this week, you may have seen bright orange banners and logos. Don’t worry. Your over-caffeinated mind isn’t playing tricks on you.

All the orange in Kennedy Library this week shows our belief in open.

Much of what the Open Access Week movement supports align with the library’s belief in affordable learning for students. During Open Access Week, Kennedy Library’s special guests, staff, and students (like me!) want to discuss this open idea with the Cal Poly community.

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Under the Scope: Looking at the body through art and science

Do you consider yourself a scientist? An artist? Both? Thursday’s discussion in the Data Studio about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) highlighted the ways that the world creates unnecessary divisions in thinking, problem solving and creating, that in turn affect our identities, and the struggle within ourselves (and academia) to resolve them.

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