Archive for November, 2009
GIS Day in Central Library
Also, photos appeared recently from the last Friends of the Library meeting:
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
12:30 -1:45 p.m.
Rio Grande Ballroom
E.H. Hereford University Center
Web search engines have an interest in understanding what users are trying to do. To a certain degree, this means discerning the intent of a search. In this talk, Russell will discuss what Google does to understand what users have in mind and the techniques used to analyze the data and outline the size and scope of the problem.
Russell is a research scientist at Google. He studies how people do their searches, trying to understand the most common traps and pathways to successful Google use. To learn more, visit http://www.sites.google.com/site/dmrussell.
Hot dogs and bagels lunch will be served to the first 200 guests.
Sponsored by the Center for Distance Education, Office of Information Technology, and UT Arlington Library, with additional support from the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.
If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, contact Tommie Wingfield at 817-272-2658 or email@example.com. Allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 11am-5pm
UT Arlington Central Library sixth floor parlor
Come and have fun learning about geographic information systems (GIS) and the various ways our faculty and students are using the technology.
• Listen to Dr. Darren Hayunga (Finance & Real Estate) talk about GIS and SpatialStatistics
• Peruse examples of spatial analysis and maps
• Chat with others
• Real World Applications? Learn how a powerful tool such as GIS can help!
• Fictitious Applications? Join us for a hands-on workshop analyzing vampire locations in North America. Fun!
• Play Games, Win prizes
• Partake in the giant GIS Day cake!
GIS Day takes place during the National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week, November 15-21, 2009.
Stay the entire afternoon, arrive late or leave early! Your attendance would be appreciated as we join in this global event to educate millions of people. Your participation could make a difference! Event web site here.
Schedule of Events
11am – Noon GIS Research Showcase
See how GIS is being used around the UT Arlington campus. Includes examplesof spatial analysis and maps. To participate, please register online.
12 – 1pm Featured Talk Dr. Darren Hayunga
- Using GIS in Applications of Spatial Statistics
Spatial statistics can be used to analyze and understand the geographic relationships between the physical locations of items. Dr. Hayunga will discuss the application of spatial econometrics and statistics in addressing research questions. Focusing on the physical locations of commercial and residential real estate properties, Dr. Hayunga will highlight his use of GIS and spatial tools.
1 – 2:30pm GIS Research Showcase
See how GIS is being used around the UT Arlington campus. Includes examples of spatial analysis and maps. To participate, please register online.
3 – 5pm Hands-On Workshop -
Vampires in North America: Map Settlements and Migration Patterns
Learn how Geographic Information Systems techniques such as site suitability and shortest path analysis can be used to locate vampire settlements and vampiric migratory patterns. This topic is an exercise of the imagination, with vampire themes taken out of the bestselling “Twilight Series” books and movies. No prior GIS experience is required. Free and open to all. This event is in Central Library basement classroom B20/21.
The Library-News newsletter was published today. Focus on Faculty is Wednesday (Nov. 11) and Friends of the Library meet Friday (Nov. 13). For all of those details and more, visit this page.
The University of Texas at Arlington Library is pleased to announce the establishment of the University of Texas at Arlington ResearchCommons, a repository to house electronic versions of important university research, primarily (but not exclusively) in the sciences. This will include papers, books, images, recordings, and other data. This ResearchCommons is easily available to all university users and the public.
A commons is an Old World term referring to a space that is publically owned and available for use by all for the public good. In these days of heightened copyright awareness and expensive access to scholarly publications, it was important to the Library and to other university departments and administrators that the work of our talented faculty and student body be retained locally and available for use by the community as well as the campus.
If you have visited campus to listen to a Focus on Faculty lecture about nano-engineering, astrophysics, pain control research, the mechanics of race car engines, particle colliders, linguistic research, the lives of scientists and mathematicians, the smart hospital on campus, AIDS research, or many other topies, or have met one of dozens of academic authors who are tops in their fields, you may be interested to read about their work as well.
UT Arlington is one of 18 Texas universities that have established stable and secure digital environments in which scholars may deposit their completed work. Early UT Arlington adopters to establish communities in the ResearchCommons include the Department of Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages), Psychology, Mathematics, Architecture, and the Library.
Curious to see what’s in there? Visit https://dspace.uta.edu/ and take it for a spin. Kick the tires, open a few doors and take a look around. It’s yours to read and use and enjoy.