Boston College Libraries Faculty Newsletter



Data/GIS Sources and News

LexisNexis Statistical Dataset

This new resource enhances our current subscription to LN Statistical Insight by linking statistical sources to statistical tables. The new interface offers special tools for charting and mapping the datasets. The scope of the data covers over 50 federal agencies with data on demographics, health, education, environment, employment, finance, housing and much more. The collection also includes data from international organizations, notably the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.  Also part of the library subscription is data from EASI demographics with U.S. consumer expenditure detailed data to the zip code and block group level.  Depending upon the data, frequency may be daily, monthly, quarterly or annual.  The data is easily downloadable into Excel.  The mapping tool also enables researchers to download standard shape files which can be used with the ArcGIS software support by Boston College. We would be happy to demonstrate this versatile new resource. Just contact  Barbara Mento at the following email: 

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EIU City Data and EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts

BC Libraries are also pleased to offer two new international data sources from the Economist Intelligence Unit, EIU City Data and EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts. EIU City Data is a global database consisting of product prices and business costs at the city level. It provides over 330 prices levels on more than 160 products and services in 140 cities worldwide. EIU Market Indicators & Forecasts is a complimentary product with extensive economic, demographic, consumption and industry data on 60 major countries worldwide and 11 regional aggregates. The product includes detailed economic and industry forecasts for the next five years and longer-term economic projections.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  Poster Contest

GIS DayAll students are invited to present their GIS mapping work as part of a campus-wide celebration of geospatial research at Boston College.  The contest is a part of an ongoing initiative to engage students in the use of GIS as a valuable tool for research.  GIS Day, November 17th, was celebrated at the library with an Open House including GIS demonstrations and poster displays of last year's winners.  This year's poster submission deadline is March 5th, 2011. Current and next semester projects are eligible.  Prizes will be awarded to the top student entries which will be displayed in the O’Neill Library lobby on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Awards will be based on map quality, use of GIS as a research tool and originality. Special consideration will be given to topics depicting social implications of the research such as social justice and environmental issues. We encourage faculty to share this information in classes.

First prize is a $100 Amazon gift card with a second place award of a GIS T-Shirt. Posters will be judged by a panel of faculty and librarians.  Contest details.

Barbara Mento
Data/GIS Librarian