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The 2014 “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” video contest recently ended. This year, as with last year, there was another fantastic group of student videos submitted.

Our Undergraduate Student Libraries Advisory Council (USLAC) recently reviewed the video finalists and selected the winners. Libraries Dean Jim Mullins met with the winners and presented them with their award certificates. Contest finalists’ awards have been distributed through Purdue University Financial Aid Division.

Links to the winning videos are:

First Place: Zacharie David Riddle, sophomore, Exploratory Studies.http://youtu.be/3rM8XYbwEoE

Second Place: Tre’ Bennett, sophomore, CGT.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lufll8TI_s&feature=youtu.be

Third Place: Andrew Fan, junior, Mechanical Engineering and Kristy Lau, professional 2nd Year, Pharmacy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QKdOlRnMV4&feature=youtu.be

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Approaching One Million Downloads for Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) Technical Reports: Purdue University Libraries/Purdue e-Pubs looks forward to celebrating this milestone with JTRP and partners and hope to name the millionth soon. Stay tuned!http://lnkd.in/e7ZBNPd

Purdue University on Friday (Nov. 21) recognized Carol Armstrong for the gift of papers valued at more than $3.4 million from her late husband, Neil A. Armstrong, a 1955 Purdue graduate and the first person to step on the moon.

Carol Armstrong, along with alumnus astronaut Gene A. Cernan, the most recent person to walk on the moon, attended a private event honoring the gifts at the Purdue Libraries’ Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center.

“Neil Armstrong epitomized in a very literal sense just how far an education could take a person. He came to Purdue with natural talent and a dream, and through hard work and a strong code of personal value, became an American icon,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Only a few achieve such status. But he is an example to all young people to dare to dream.

“We’re truly grateful that his wife, Carol, chose to further honor his legacy and Purdue with these gifts. And it is fitting that Gene Cernan, another example of a Purdue Boilermaker who imagined the possibilities, is here to share in this special occasion. Neil and Gene are forever linked as Purdue alumni and the first and – for now – last people to walk on the moon.”

Neil Armstrong, a 1955 Purdue graduate, began donating personal papers to the Purdue Libraries’ Division of Archives and Special Collections in 2008 after carefully considering repository options, said Sammie Morris, head of the Archives and Special Collections Division and associate professor.

“Neil carefully interviewed us to be sure the papers would not sit in storage, but rather be made available for scholarly research and access to students,” Morris said.

While Armstrong donated a portion of his artifacts and papers before his death in 2012, Carol has since given the bulk to Purdue Libraries per his wishes. The papers span Armstrong’s lifetime and have undergone archival processing. The collection is now part of the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives and is open for scholarly research.

In celebration, the Division of Archives and Special Collections has mounted the exhibit “Steps to the Moon: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers and the Eugene C. Cernan Papers.” The exhibit in the Karnes Research Center, which is on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center, will be on display through Feb. 27.

Open house events featuring the exhibit for parents and children are scheduled for Dec. 6 and Jan. 17 from 1-3:30 p.m. both days. Visitors will be able to tour the exhibit and participate in a space facts scavenger hunt. Parking in the Grant Street and Marstellar Street parking garages is free on Saturday. For information, contact Tracy Grimm, archivist for the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives, at grimm3@purdue.edu.

Armstrong’s papers include items from grade school, his participation in the Boy Scouts of America, his college years and NASA career. Documents from his work on various commissions and boards, as well as hundreds of speaking engagements, also are included.

The papers include approximately 70,000 pages of fan mail, the bulk of which Armstrong received in the months and years following the moon landing, Grimm said.

“Expressions of awe and the global reaction to the first human to walk on the moon are vividly represented in the fan mail, which often included personal photographs, drawings, poems and musical compositions in addition to notes of congratulations and gratitude,” she said.

The papers also include Armstrong’s extensive subject files, photographs, prepared speeches, awards, news clippings, and commemorative artwork and memorabilia. The materials span his test pilot work at Edwards Air Force Base through his Apollo 11 command and his final NASA assignment as deputy administrator of aeronautics.

“They highlight his contributions as an engineer to the developing U.S. space program,” Grimm said. “Much like the Eugene Cernan papers and those we hold of other astronauts and engineers, the papers reflect the unique perspective of an individual who played one of many key roles in the space program during an exceptional period in its history.”

The Hilton Flight Archives also holds the George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers and the Eugene A. Cernan Papers, as well as those of other aviators, engineers and astronauts. The Hilton Flight Archives was established in 2011 with a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to endow an archivist for flight and space with particular attention to the Neil Armstrong and the Eugene Cernan papers. Cernan, a 1956 Purdue graduate, served as pilot for the 1966 Gemini 9 spacecraft, lunar module pilot for Apollo 10 and commander for Apollo 17.

“The support and generosity of Neil and Carol Armstrong and Eugene Cernan were key to the establishment of the endowment for the Flight and Space Archives and to the ongoing growth of the Flight Archives,” said Purdue Libraries Dean James L. Mullins. “Engineers, former test pilots and astronauts, and administrators have placed their papers in the Hilton Flight Archives in no small part because Neil and Gene have done so. We’ve been entrusted also because of the tremendous support for the established endowment and the high priority the university places on the preservation of these unique records of human achievement.”

Source: Purdue University

Purdue News – Purdue to be featured as part of C-SPAN%25E2%2580%2599s 2014 Cities Tour.

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database:  SimplyMap from Geographic Research, Inc.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, Under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus: SimplyMap provides demographic, business, and marketing data.

Start with this hint:  Our subscription to SimplyMap has a limited number of users so try again later if you cannot connect.  SimplyMap works best with the creation of a personal workspace, but you can login as a guest to just try it.  Once you are in SimplyMap, select a geographical location on the left and click Use This Location. Next click on the Variables tab where you can browse characteristics such as population by age, race, or income. Once you have selected your variables click the “x” to close the tab and draw the map.

Click here to see the basics of searching SimplyMap or try our Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database: SimplyMap is the tool to use to compare variables, rank locations, create a demographic analysis, or compare data for a location.

How this will help students: SimplyMap online workspaces can be shared.  This database can be used for any class that requires a business plan or forecasting.

Cost: $12,186 paid annually by the Libraries, with a limited number of seats. If both “seats” are taken, try again later.

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Database of the Week comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu.  Database of the Week is archived  at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/MGMT/. For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@ParrishLib).

Feedback is always welcome. If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database:  Hospitality & Tourism Complete, from EBSCOhost.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, Under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus: Hospitality & Tourism Complete covers scholarly research and industry news, extending back to 1965 in some areas.

Start with this hint: Hospitality & Tourism Complete has the basic and advanced search features that are standard in other databases.  Enter a word or short phrase that describes your subject and then narrow your displayed results. The limiting tools on the left are helpful. You can change the publication date, or select different source types. You can also do an Advanced Search for additional options. If the full text of an article is not available, try the icon Find It @ Purdue Libraries which could lead to the full text in another database.

Click here to see the basics of searching Hospitality & Tourism Complete or try our Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database:  Hospitality & Tourism Complete is directed towards those in the hospitality field, but the included research of subjects such as entrepreneurship or international businesses may apply to other areas. For example, the Datamonitor Country Reports include analysis of the political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental structure of the subject country.

How this will help students:  Searching Hospitality & Tourism Complete is simple and gives students full text results they can access immediately.

Cost: No cost to Purdue University Libraries. Hospitality & Tourism Complete is an Inspire database provided by the state of Indiana.

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Database of the Week comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu.  Database of the Week is archived  at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/MGMT/. For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@ParrishLib).

Feedback is always welcome. If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.

New Class: Introduction to Data Management, AGRY 598-049

Course Registration Info: “Intro To Data Management” – 17290 – AGRY 59800 – 049,  2 CR

Time: Monday, 2:30 to 4:30 PM

Prerequisites: Enrolled in graduate school and active in research

Instructors: Marianne Stowell Bracke, Associate Professor, Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist

Ronald Turco, Professor, Agronomy

Class Overview: Research in agriculture and related fields is increasingly driven by data.  But, students have not been trained in the most advanced approaches needed to fully utilize these evolving data resources.   Therefore, we are providing a graduate-level class that will allow students to the fully develop an understanding of and skills in, managing data.  In addition to mastering current conceptual approaches in managing, organizing, sharing and curating research data, students will actively participate in addressing real world challenges by developing and working with their own and other research data sets.   Students will benefit from receiving intense, hands-on training in managing data.   

Structure: Classes will meet once a week (Monday) for 2 hours.  Initial class sessions will focus on the nature of the data the students are generating, student responsibilities and actions in developing data sets, and the challenges.  Based in part on the themes that arise from these discussions instructors will then introduce a series of discussion topics and activities pertaining to data management or curation in ways that relate to the student’s own work.  Activities may include developing a data management plan to guide the development of a data set, tools for documenting and describing data well enough so that others could understand and make use of the data, or taking steps to prepare the data for eventual publication and long term preservation.  Each student will work through these issues using the actual data that they are generating in their labs with active consultation from the instructors.  Participating students will also have the advantage of having a student cohort to discuss particular challenges.  Note, this will not just be an academic discussion – students will be required to begin implementing these data management techniques into actual practice.

General Outline:  

  1. Introduction to the Program
  2. Data Management Planning
  3. Data Lifecycle Models
  4. Discovery & Acquisition
  5. Description & Metadata
  6. Data Security & Storage Issues / Description & Metadata (Part 2)
  7. Issues in Copyright & Licensing Data
  8. Description and Metadata (Part 3) / Mid-semester Check-in
  9. Data Sharing / File Naming Conventions
  10. Data Management & Documentation
  11. Data Visualizations
  12. Data Repositories
  13. Data Preservation
  14. Data Publication and Curation
  15. Data Literacy Course Wrap-Up

Contact Information: M.S. Bracke, mbracke@purdue.edu; R.F. Turco, rturco@purdue.edu

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database:  Factiva, from Dow Jones.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, Under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus:  News, company, and market information.

Start with this hint:  The Factiva link from our list lands on the Search Builder page, which is for an advanced search. Click on Home for a simple search with options for type of source and date. Try typing BP PLC into the search box. As you enter terms a list of filters will appear, such as Companies and Executives. Click on the company. This page will have news about the company. If you go back up to the menu bar and click on News Pages you can see today’s headlines in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Barron’s. Purdue has a limited numbers of seats for this database. If you cannot access the database that means all of the seats might be in use.

Click here to see the basics of searching Factiva or try our Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database: The Companies/Markets tab includes interactive pages for Quotes and Charting, and the Industry reports include a Discovery Pane to narrow by companies, subjects, and sub-industries. Our subscription includes the Dow Jones company reports.

 

How this will help students:  Factiva is a powerful tool to help students find news reports on a topic.  There are options to browse or to search for a specific subject, and to search international sources.

 

Cost: $18,705.00 for 8 seats, paid annually by Purdue University Libraries and the Krannert School of Management.

 

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Database of the Week comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu.  Database of the Week is archived  at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/MGMT/. For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@ParrishLib).

 

Feedback is always welcome. If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.

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Nicole Kong, GIS specialist and assistant professor of library science. (Purdue University photo/Charles Jischke)

Purdue students and faculty in all disciplines can benefit from using geographic information systems, or GIS, to visualize and interpret data, and Purdue University Libraries offers vast resources to help them harness this power.

GIS services at Purdue include a wide array of support, from learning the basics about GIS to outlining and creating complex GIS tools for researchers’ specific projects, says Nicole Kong, GIS specialist and assistant professor of library science.

“The usefulness of GIS spans disciplines, from agriculture to engineering to anthropology to art history,” Kong says.

“No matter the subject of a project, there’s a good chance that GIS can help researchers map and organize data so they can better understand relationships, patterns and trends — it can make their research easier as well as help spur new discoveries and ideas.”

GIS resources and knowledge are helpful for students and faculty alike, Kong says. In fact, she partners with faculty in the academic departments to co-teach classes that help students learn how they can use GIS tools to aid their specific needs.

She also offers GIS-related workshops for various groups on campus. Recent workshops have been geared toward faculty and students in the social sciences and toward students affiliated with the Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments Center of Excellence, or VACCINE.

For faculty, Kong often works one-on-one to help them develop GIS solutions to aid their ongoing research.

For example, Kong has worked with researchers in the College of Agriculture, including Darrell Schulze, professor of agronomy, to create GIS tools to develop students’ abilities to use digital maps to learn about soils and landscapes. Normally, that sort of data is housed in mountains of individual paper maps, but the GIS tools help students see and analyze all the data at once.

Another recent project involves Catherine Dossin, associate professor of visual and performing arts, with whom Kong worked to create a GIS tool that shows historical art exhibitions in Europe during a specific time period. The map is searchable by artists’ names, genders or countries of origin as well as the exhibitions’ details, including dates.

All faculty and students are welcome to use the resources housed at the GIS services Web page, Kong says, and Libraries provides the technology and information resources needed for projects.

In addition to tools available now, Libraries is building a geospatial data portal that allows the searching of multiple GIS databases simultaneously. Once it’s ready next year, students and faculty will have much easier access to geospatial information that exists around the world, Kong says.

Further, to continue to spread the word about Purdue’s GIS services, Libraries will hold its seventh annual GIS Day on Nov. 7. Targeted toward Purdue students, faculty and staff, the day will include a keynote speech about using GIS in the humanities. There also will be a career luncheon, where students will learn how to pursue GIS studies as a career and how to incorporate GIS knowledge into careers in other fields.

More information about the upcoming GIS Day is available here.

In the future, GIS services at Purdue will expand, Kong says. The operation will move from its location in Hampton Hall’s Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Library to the Active Learning Center, which is scheduled for occupancy in August 2017. In addition to all current GIS services, the center will contain a GIS and visualization lab, where students will have convenient physical and virtual spaces to access more GIS learning resources and create their own GIS tools as needed.

More information about current GIS services at Purdue can be found on this Web page. The page details all GIS resources at Purdue, including access codes for free Web-based training modules from Esri, a leading supplier of GIS software and geodatabase management applications.

Questions about GIS services at Purdue should be directed to Kong at geohelp@purdue.edu.

Writer: Amanda Hamon Kunz, 49-61325, ahamon@purdue.edu

(Published from Purdue Today, Oct. 31, 2014 edition, writer Amanda Hamon Kunz)

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