Teaching (and Learning) with Data

Developing statistical and quantitative literacy allows us to understand the numbers thrown at us on a daily basis, whether they are from the New York Times, the Census Bureau, or a research article. In elementary and secondary school, students develop necessary skills to understand mathematical principles, but in college they learn more about how social […]


Baltimore Neighborhood Statistics: Not So Easily Found

Many people come to us asking for raw data or statistics specific to individual Baltimore neighborhoods (Hampden, Charles Village, Mt. Vernon, East Baltimore, etc.). While finding out more about our fair city’s neighborhoods is a reasonable request, there is one problem that makes it pretty difficult. The most authoritative demographic data — that which comes […]


What Happened to American Fact Finder?!

If you use data from the U.S. Census Bureau, you have probably already noticed the radical change to the American Fact Finder tool. If you are frustrated by these changes, know that you are most definitely, not alone. The new AFF (or AFF2 as the Census Bureau advertised) no longer has the Turbo Tax-esque guided search feature […]


Open Access Week: Opening Doors with Open Data

The idea of sharing research data – both scientific and social science – has been around for quite some time (for replication studies and new science), but the Open Data Initiative (can be defined in a few different ways, but I like this one best) of recent years making data collected by local, state and […]


Restricted-use Data Room

The Sheridan Libraries are pleased to announce the availability of a room for faculty and student researchers to use when they have obtained permission to work with a restricted-access dataset.  Datasets that fall under this category are those that generally require some sort of formal agreement with the data provider to ensure the security of […]


Wait…So the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census Aren’t the Same?

Yes, indeed. The 2000 Census included both the short- and long-form questionnaires. In 2010, only the short-form was delivered (and that is also the plan for 2020 and beyond). All of the information that was asked on the long-form is now being collected instead via the American Community Survey. The American Community Survey is asked every year, and while […]


So how many people in the U.S. have/do/are [blank]?

Down here in Government Publications, Maps and Law (GPML) we get a lot of who, what, when and where statistics questions. Some examples include “how many women-owned businesses are there in the United States?” Or, “How many babies were born in the last five years?” And, “how many households are cell-phone only?” All of these questions, and many more, […]


Getting Acquainted With ArcGIS 10

The Government Publications, Maps and Law Department (GPML for short) is offering a new Thursday workshop series on using ArcGIS 10. The workshops will run every Thursday starting this Thursday (Jan. 6) until late May from 4pm – 6pm. The series has been designed so that novices may come to the introductory classes and more experienced users […]


Suffering from where-to-startitis?

We have the cure! Did you happen to notice on the JHU Libraries Home Page a box labeled Research by Subject? There is a guide for pretty much every subject taught here at Hopkins. If you’re not sure where to start, taking a look at the guides is a great way to get oriented to the different […]


Just because it’s online doesn’t make it free

Libraries have changed over the past 20 years thanks to the advent of the Internet. It allows us to have larger collections without running out of shelves and taking away valuable study space. Instead of having access to thousands of print journals, we instead purchase access to electronic journals (same thing, different format) and electronic databases that […]