Pop-up Mapathon for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Disaster Relief Mapathon  Thursday, October 5, 2017 3:00-5:30 p.m. Great Hall, Levering  The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries has organized a pop-up mapathon to offer immediate support to on-the-ground relief efforts in Puerto Rico. In response to humanitarian crises caused by the recent hurricanes, people around the world are contributing to the OpenStreetMap(OSM) to aid in disaster relief. Puerto Rico is […]


The Baltimore “Redlining” Map: Ranking Neighborhoods

For those studying Baltimore’s social, economic, and redevelopment history, one of the most frequently referenced maps in our collection is the Residential Security Map of Baltimore Md. Published in 1937 by the Federal Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC), this map is often called the Baltimore redlining map.  In drafting the map, cartographers used the colors […]


Google NGram Viewer — “Culturomics”?

The NGram Viewer from Google made a splash when it was introduced in December of 2010. It is essentially a data-mining application that enables queries against Google’s massive digitized books corpus.  Researchers behind the Google Books project wrote about the Viewer in the ambitiously titled Science article “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized […]


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 […]


GIS & Business Locations

Identifying and mapping business locations is one of the most frequent activities embarked upon by geographic information system (GIS) users doing location analysis. Where are the food stores, restaurants, cemeteries, gyms, tattoo parlors, or medical marijuana clinics? Does the proximity of certain business type have a negative or positive impact on the surrounding area? What […]


Popular Books, 2014

In previous posts I’ve told you about the journals with the most downloads in 2014, as well as the library databases with the most searches in 2014. Now it’s time to see which parts of our book collection were checked out the most in 2014. Did you check out any of these books last year? […]


Baltimore? Is it just like The Wire?

Before moving to Baltimore a few weeks ago, most of what I knew about Baltimore I learned from The Wire. But I learned pretty quickly that Baltimore has lots more to offer, like a fabulous foodie scene, a rich history, and some really interesting art. Like anyone moving to a new city, I researched the different […]


Open Access Happens More Than One Week Per Year

We’ve wished you a Happy Open Access Week several times in this space. Problem is, Open Access (or OA) is available all the time. And the JHU Libraries provide services and resources to help you with your OA-related needs. So instead of focusing on OA Week, here’s a round-up of OA services and resources that […]


GIS Workshops For Fall

The Sheridan Libraries GIS and Data Services Department is resuming its popular series of workshops, “Getting Acquainted With ArcGIS”! From introductory classes, through design, sharing, data selection, and georeferencing, students learn and share ideas about how to present data in visual form. All classes will be held from 4-5:30 pm on A-level. Our weekly workshops schedule is as […]


New Service for Archiving Research Data

Johns Hopkins Data Management Services provides archiving services for the Johns Hopkins research community through the JHU Data Archive. These services give researchers the opportunity to share their data outside of original collaborations and beyond the life of a research project. Beginning July 1st DMS offers a new service for archiving JHU researcher data collections. The new […]