Introducing EarthWorks: a Ref Forum / Chalk Talk (May 21, 2015)

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Who: SUL and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 3:30-5 pm
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom

Finding geospatial data at Stanford has never been easier.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis techniques, along with the maps and data they require, are all growing in importance for a wide variety of disciplines: not only traditionally GIS-focused fields like environmental sciences, architecture, and urban planning, but also business, political science, public health, history, sociology, and many other fields.Researchers in these areas can now more easily find the maps and data they need for their work, thanks to EarthWorks, Stanford University Library’s new search and discovery system for GIS and geospatial data.

Salmon data in EarthWorks

This combined Chalk Talk / Ref Forum features Stace Maples and David Medeiros (both of the Branner Earth Sciences Library’s Stanford Geospatial Center), who will show how EarthWorks makes SUL’s GIS data collections more discoverable and re-usable. They’ll also lead a discussion on related topics like:

  • what kinds of research are happening on campus with GIS
  • where to send researchers who want help using GIS
  • how EarthWorks makes GIS data from other institutions visible and available to Stanford researchers
  • how to recommend a data set for purchase

Please join us and bring your “Q”s for a robust Q&A.  For pre-discussion reading, see this blog post by Jack Reed, one of the EarthWorks developers.

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SUL Chalk Talks and Ref Forums are sponsored by the extended cohort of the Digital Initiatives Group (DIG+Plus), with help from the Information Center and Digital Library Systems and Services.