VOLUME 15 NUMBER 3
FALL 2015

"Data is the new oil"

"Data is the new oil", an exhibit scheduled to appear in the O'Neill Reading Room (Third Floor) in October, willhighlight the rise of research data as a key world resource. Read and view the story of research data and the growing recognition of its importance; learn how data is at risk. Gain insight into best practices for taking care of your data. Learn why government mandates and research funders are requiring better planning, storage and sharing of data. See the social benefits of wider sharing of data to address pressing global issues like climate change and public health. For more information on this topic, check out the Library's Data Management research guide, or contact the Libraries' DMP Support Group at: wymanr.DMPlibraryhelp@bc.edu (Sayeed Choudhury used the phrase "Data is the new oil" at the Harvard-Purdue Data Management Symposium, June 17, 2015.)

Sally Wyman
Collection Development Librarian
O'Neill Library


Building your Data Management Plan just got easier with the new Boston College DMPTool

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The DMP Tool is a service built to help researchers create a data management plan fitting to your needs and based on agency guidelines. This secure website quickly links you to customized help for Boston College researchers. Templates help build DMPs based on agency guidelines. The service includes local support guidelines and contacts in the Boston College Libraries and the Office of Sponsored Research. The site also includes links to the Data Management Research Guide, which includes best practices information for data management.

Click on Go To DMPTool to get started and select Boston College as your institution to begin creating your data management plan.

Questions? Contact the libraries' DMP Support Group

Barbara Mento
Data/GIS Manager,
O'Neill Library


VOXGOV

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What is the latest legislative information concerning health care? What are democrats and republicans tweeting about immigration? Explore Voxgov, a unique new full text database, which includes official government publications from all branches of the government along with current press releases and social media postings from Twitter and Facebook by members of congress. Build charts and reports comparing records by party, year, state delegations, individual members or by gender.



Research Guide and Book Exhibits to Support Climate Change Conference

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The BC Greener Lib group, a group of library staff working together on environmental education and other environmental efforts, has created a research guide to support the upcoming conference at Boston College on Pope Francis's encyclical letter on climate change and the environment, LAUDATO SI' of the Holy Father Francis on Care for our Common Home. The conference, Our Common Home: An Ethical Summons to Tackle Climate Change will take place Sept. 28th - Oct. 1st, 2015. The Boston College Libraries research guide provides access to information resources at Boston College and beyond for further discovery and exploration. The Libraries will also host an exhibit incorporating many of the books on this topic now in the library collections; these books will be available for check-out from the exhibit bookcase in the lobby of O'Neill Library and at several other libraries on campus.

Sally Wyman
Collection Development Librarian
O'Neill Library


GIS Workshops and Support

Every semester faculty and students can register for an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and data. This hands on workshop will introduce users to: 1) GIS data and technical support at Boston College; 2) Mapping examples using Census and Environmental data; 3) Accessing the data collection -- additional training will be also discussed. No prior knowledge of GIS is required. Faculty can also request a customized session for their class or one-on-one training to support their research.

Boston College facilities have developed an extensive array of local data and maps for resource and project management and analysis. Faculty or students developing a Boston College focused GIS project (for instance looking at environmental impact campus research) who might utilize locally developed campus maps can contact Nick Libby, BIM/Facilities Information Analyst. Nick is part of the campus GIS Roundtable, which coordinates GIS use for various campus agencies.

The next Introduction to GIS Workshop will be held on September 25th, 9:30 a.m. in O'Neill 307. Details regarding registration can be found at Research Services.

Barbara Mento
Data/GIS Manager,
O'Neill Library