GIS Day 2017!

As it does every year, GIS Day snuck up on me! From the GIS Day page, you can see local events as well as some really cool visualization/data projects (My favorites are the 100 Years of the NPS and Lakota Language). ESRI’s GeoNet community will also lead you to some interesting information. One of my favorite non-science databases is Social Explorer, which allows you to visually explore all types of demographic data. Other cool/interesting sites include:

  • Atlas of Early Printing: an interactive timeline that traces the spread of printing in conjunction with trade routes, paper mills and other factors.
  • Atlas of the Biosphere: Provides visualized information about the environment and human interactions with the environment.It contains maps with geographically explicit data broken down into four general categories (Humans, Land Use, Ecosystems, and Water Resources) and animated schematics that look at the various resource flows and pools that make up individual Earth systems.
  • CityNature combines spatial analysis of parks and other natural areas in cities with text mining of planning documents and published historical narratives to explore why.
  • HealthMap: deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases. (Spoiler alert: Either we are pretty lucky in PDX or our outbreaks aren’t getting reported.)
  • Herodotus’s Histories: all the place names mapped so you can follow in Herodotus’s footsteps. Virtually.
  • Landscope America & other NatureServe maps: brings together maps, data, photos, and stories about America’s natural places and open spaces to inform and inspire conservation.
  • Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America: I’m not sure this one really needs an explanation. Looking at the area description/security map of each area makes me sad.
  • National Geologic Map Database: a distributed archive of standardized geoscience information.
  • Racial Dot Map: an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country.
  • ShakeMap: from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program. An accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country.

Looking for books about GIS? Try some of these:
Encyclopedia of GIS
Qualitative GIS: A mixed Methods Approach
GIS Research Methods: Incorporating Spatial Perspectives
A Primer of GIS
The Spatial Humanities GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship

Happy Open Access Week!

Science-related Open Access titles include titles published by established publishers, collections of OA journals from one provider, and journals from other sources that were born openly accessible. DOAJ (The Directory of Open Access journals) is a quick way to see what OA journals are available in various subjects.

Two well know collections include The Public Library of Science (PLOS) titles, including PLOS One, and BioMed Central, a collection of OA journals on many subjects related to bioscience and medicine. Another collection, Frontiers, is a community-rooted OA platform which includes titles in many areas of the sciences, from astronomy to veterinary science. (See title list.)

Individual titles of note include:

Remember: Just because a journal calls itself open-access doesn’t mean it is a reputable journal. Concerned? Check Beall’s List of predatory open access publishers and stand-alone journals.

What’s your favorite Open Access journal?

Happy National Nanotechnology Day!

 

It is National Nanotechnology Day!

Learn more about hot topics in this field by browsing a core journal,  Nanotechnology.

Need an overview of what Nanotechnology is? Try one of these eBooks:

 

Find of the Week: Search for LaTeX code!

One of our favorite (ok, MY favorite) eBook and journal publishers, Springer, has LaTeX coding searching! Instead of trying to type an equation in google or another search engine, a searcher can enter the code for an equation and search within Springer publications. LaTeXSearch can find equations containing specific or similar LaTeX code, equations belonging to a specific DOI and equations belonging to articles with a particular word or phrase in their title.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Wait, that was used how often?

Journal Collection Assessment: Verifiable Tips and Tricks to Make Cost Effective Decisions

Luti Salisbury, UA, Fayetteville, is a *very* old friend and a fellow fan of bibliometrics! She presented reasons why looking at just counter statistics when making journal selection decisions is only giving us part of the picture. And shared the system she uses when evaluating chemistry and biochemistry journals. Her method, using counter statistics, in-house use, and faculty publications and citations gathered from various databases, helps to identify not only which journals are being used, but which journals faculty are publishing in and which ones they are citing. I’ve already begun trying out this method as we look at some of our titles up for renewal this year.

Water, Water, Everywhere!

Water in the Southwest: History, Policy, and Data

There were two speakers for this session, Sarah Porter, Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy, and Grant Weinkam, Research Analyst at the Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona.

Porter outline the history of the “water problem” in the southwest, going back to the ancient indigenous peoples who “engineered” water by digging canals. She went on to William Augustus Hancock, the “father” of Phoenix, who saw the usefulness of the canals. Then to John Wesley Powell, first director of the USGS, who mapped the Colorado River and was partly responsible for the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902 (Pub.L. 57–161), which helped established irrigation efforts for the 13 western arid states. Then to Babbit’s Groundwater Management Act of 1980. Areas of high growth aren’t supposed to develop unless they have the water to support the growth. Biggest challenge are areas where there isn’t CAP.

Weinkam (slides) presented on the Desert Flows Database, a database of available articles and agency reports on the environmental flow needs and flow responses for flora and fauna in watersheds of the deserts of the U.S. and Mexico. To gather the data they surveyed land managers and water managers throughout the Western US and Mexico. They currently have data from over 400 studies including depth of groundwater,legal or regulatory requirements for the species that are being considered and species abundance and age structure.

Miscellaneous notes:

Why has agricultural needs for water decreased in recent years? AZ ag is focusing more on reuse, is becoming more efficient, and overall, there is less ag.

There are obvious issues with people who can’t afford to upgrade their systems (Najavo)

 

Books mentioned

Stegner, W., & De Voto, B. (1992). Beyond the hundredth meridian: John Wesley Powell and the second opening of the West. New York: Penguin Books.

August, J.L.,Jr. (1999). Vision in the Desert: Carl Hayden and Hydropolitics in the American Southwest. Fort Worth : Texas Christian University Press.

Fleck, J. (2016). Water is for fighting over : And other myths about water in the West. Washington, DC: Island Press.