Creating maps as a way to communicate data is becoming increasingly popular across and integrated into a broader set of academic disciplines. In the humanities, mapping is often used to create visual and interactive objects of scholarship from research in subjects such as history or literature; in public health, maps can be used to show the spread or prevalence of disease. Certain mapping and geospatial data management software is prohibitively expensive, but some equally powerful open-source options have emerged, making the incorporation of mapping into research workflows more easily accessible and available. Continue reading to discover some of the most popular open-source options for geospatial data analysis and visualization. (more…)
What Is Tropy?
Tropy is a free and open-source software tool for the collection, organization, description, and sharing of digital photographs that researchers take during their research. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the tool was created by developers at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and in Vienna, Austria.
Happy New Year’s! The start of a new year and a new semester are as good a time as ever to evaluate your data management practices. Here are some reminders about data management best practices, groups on campus who can help you with managing your data, and some upcoming opportunities for you to sharpen your skills.
What Is Scalar?
Scalar is a free and open-source authoring and publishing platform that allows users to integrate multiple media types into born-digital scholarly works. Built by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Scalar allows users to create publications that would be the length of an essay, article, or even a book. Scalar’s flexible content management structure means that it allows users to adapt its features for their own needs.
OpenCitations has been working toward enhancing citations to make citation data more easily discoverable and retrievable. In July, OpenCitations released COCI, the OpenCitations Index of Crossref open DOI-to-DOI references. The initial release of COCI created first-class data entities out of citation information in order to index Crossref and to make this information machine-readable. The July release also included the OpenCitations Corpus (OCC), a repository of downloadable bibliographic and citation data. OpenCitations has been building upon the data model that they created, and released the newest version of COCI this week: they have extended the data model, and the index now contains almost 450 million citation links between DOIs from Crossref reference data.
What Is Kaggle?
Kaggle is an online community of data scientists and machine learners, owned by Google. Kaggle began in 2017 as a site that offered machine learning competitions, and has since expanded into a public data sharing platform, as well as a host for machine learning educational services.
From September 3-5, the Workshop on Open Citations was held in Bologna: researchers, scholarly publishers, funders, policy makers, and advocates for open citations gathered to present new tools and practices for the creation, management, and reuse of citation data, and to participate in a hackathon.