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Estelle and Melvin Gelman LibraryEckles Library at the Mount Vernon CampusVirginia Science and Technology Campus Library

Library Services

Statistical Consulting

GIS Consulting

Finding Data

Data Management Plans

Workshops and Presentations

Statistical Consulting

Statistical consultations are available during the Fall and Spring semesters only. Our Statistical Consultant can assist you with using statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata, MatLab, R, and SAS. Other services provided include: data preparation, quantitative sampling, hypothesis testing. The statistical consultant is not available for tutoring; however, you may learn more about Peer Tutoring in the Department of Statistics here.

GIS Consulting

Gelman Library offers GIS consultations by appointment or walk-ins during designated hours. Our GIS consultant can assist you with basic GIS instruction, project-based GIS consultation, GIS data discovery, GIS data troubleshooting, and GIS metadata review. Please schedule an appointment through the Research Calendar (look for GIS Only in the staff listing) or stop by the Ask Us Desk to speak with our GIS specialist.

Finding Data

If you need assistance locating data related to a specific topic, have already identified a dataset and need assistance gaining access, or need to schedule an in-class library instruction session on locating and accessing data, please contact Mandy Gooch, the Data Services Librarian. For more information on searching for data or statistics, check out the Data & Statistics Research Guide.

Data Management Plans (DMPTool)

Federal funding agencies and certain foundations may require data management plans as part of the proposal process. Gelman Library can assist you with developing your data management plan using GW’s DMPTool. The DMPTool provides templates and guidance for developing data management plans to meet the requirements of funding agencies. For assistance with using the DMPTool, please contact the Data Services Librarian.

Additional information on data management best practices and resources can be found in the Data Management Research Guide.

Workshops & Presentations

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - September 28, 2016 @ 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Learn the basics of geographic information systems (GIS) and how it can be used to input, store, manipulate, and visualize any location-based data. Discover how you can use GIS to produce striking, visual representations that reveal patterns and trends that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. Kean McDermott, GW Libraries' GIS specialist, will walk participants through the initial GIS software installation and cover some introductory skills in this stand-alone workshop.

Finding GIS Data & Resources - October 5, 2016 @ 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us for this workshop dedicated to finding geographic information systems (GIS) resources to support your research and projects. Learn the keywords that will unlock your searching and some "go to" resources from Kean McDermott, GW Libraries' GIS specialist. This is a stand-alone workshop with no prior GIS experience required.

GIS Interface Basics - October 12, 2016 @ 5:00pm - 6:00pm | GIS Day (see below)

Attend this series of three workshops to get started using GIS software to input, store, manipulate, and visualize any location-based data.  Kean McDermott, GW Libraries' GIS specialist, will focus on demystifying GIS software while exploring how to import vector data to make a simple map. You'll learn how to navigate the interface and highlight important functions within ArcGIS and QGIS. The next workshops in the series, Completing a Map and Cartographic Skills, and Web Mapping Made Easy with CartoDB will build on the information presented in this workshop.

Data Demystified - October 13, 2016 @ 11:30am - 12:00pm | November 14, 2106 @ 11:30am - 12:00pm

Research data is data that is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results, but what are data and what does that really mean for your own work? Data librarian Mandy Gooch will define research data and data-related terms and discuss common data formats. You'll explore use agreements and restrictions, and identify library and campus services and resources related to data.

Data Management - October 13, 2016 @ 12:00pm - 12:30pm | November 14, 2016 @ 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop Data Librarian Mandy Gooch will discuss best practices for data management and the tools, people, and resources the GW Libraries provide to help you.

Completing a Map and Cartographic Skills - October 19, 2016 @ 5:00pm - 7:00pm | GIS Day (see below)

Building on the GIS Interface Basics workshop, this second session will introduce proper cartographic considerations and practices. Kean McDermott, GW Libraries' GIS specialist, will work with participants to leave the session having produced a first map. Participants should have attended the GIS Interface Basics workshop or have experience with GIS or GIS software. The final workshop in the series, Web Mapping Made Easy with CartoDB, will build on the information presented in this workshop. 

Web Mapping Made Easy with CartoDB - October 26, 2016 @ 5:00pm - 6:30pm | GIS Day (see below)

Building on the GIS Interface Basics and Completing a Map workshops, in this final session Kean McDermott, GW Libraries' GIS specialist, will introduce participants to CartoDB. While not exactly GIS, this adjacent application is very useful for plotting points that users can interact with in an online environment. Participants should have attended the GIS Interface Basics and Completing a Map workshops or have experience with GIS or GIS software.

GIS Day - November 11, 2016 @ 1:00pm - 5:30pm

Join GW Libraries for a series of GIS workshops. This series will start with GIS Interface Basics, followed by Completing a Map and Cartographic Skills, and Web Mapping Made Easy with CartoDB.

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