Nov 042014

Please join us again to celebrate this year’s GIS day on Nov. 19  at the Fairfax campus.   There will be exciting GIS related activities including presentations, students poster sessions, and metro map competitions organized by the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science.

University Libraries will join the event by demonstrating our new services such as data mining for GIS, visualizing twitter data, and QGIS at the lobby of the Center.

  • Time: 10:00 am -3:00 pm
  • Location: the Center of the Arts
  • Full lunch buffet on site beginning at 12:15 pm

See the detailed program:

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Oct 082014

An interdisciplinary team at UNC developed a web site to share data for  Ebola incidences in Liberia with public. Please visit the site, ,  for the data and visualization.  The data is provided by Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare weekly.   Please see more on this project at:

See also the maps released by WHO regarding to this incidence.

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Aug 262014

Mason graduate students are cordially invited to meet subject librarians and other research specialists at our Food for Thought at Fenwick Graduate Students Open House. You can get an overview of key research resources, services and tools, tour Fenwick Library, and enjoy a free boxed lunch supper. (Limited supply. Don’t miss out!) Discover what the University Libraries have for you – and your success at Mason.

  • Fenwick Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • September 3
  • 4-7 pm
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Jul 022014

Users can create maps and access to the data (more than 1500 variables) related to demographics, income/spending, housing, lending, quality of life, economy, education, health,  federally guideline data (such as what areas are considered as “Low/Med” for the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) community block group development grant) , and more.

Data is available across a wide range of geographies (address, block groups, census tract, zip code, county, city, state, MSA) in addition to school districts, HUD neighborhoods,  and political boundaries.

With the mapping tools, “3-Layers Map” to find places that match two or three criteria of data on ONE map and “Data Loader” to upload own spreadsheet of data to make the location points on a map, users can easily identify or visualize an interesting neighborhood or a target area for public investment or an interesting research area.

Please explore this product through our library databases.  The step-by-step instructions  is available at:

Please be aware of Technical Requirement to use this product: Internet Explorer 9.0 or up, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari.


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