Networks: How I learned to stop worrying and love the hairball

Do a Google image search for data visualization and undoubtedly you will see many examples of networks, otherwise known as graphs. The identification and study of these networks is useful in a variety of fields from social network analysis in sociology and social informatics to the study of predation networks in ecology. If you can identify connections between groups of entities, then you can study it using some aspect of network theory. However, the visual representations of these networks as graphs are often difficult to interpret. This post intends to shed some light onto the topic of network visualizations.

Essentially, networks are data structures that represent relationships between entities. For example, Author A writes an article with Author B. Obviously in this case the authors are the entities and are connected through their co-authoring relationship.  Graphs consist of nodes (entities) and edges (relationships that connect the entities). We might visually represent the previous example as:

Updated Jun 20, 2014 by Social Sciences Librarian

IUPUI data bootcamp for librarians & library staff

University Library will be hosting an informal data bootcamp next month to help librarians and library staff become more comfortable working with data and in talking about library data services with faculty, staff, and students. Registration is now open (link below). Feel free to attend some or all of the sessions, depending on your interests. Your instructors will be Heather Coates, Ted Polley, and Eric Snajdr.

Date: Tuesday, July 9

Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: University Library, Room 2120


Updated Jun 19, 2014 by Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian

We're Sexy and We Know It

In the most recent issue of C&RL News, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee provides a short overview of what's hot: "Top trends in academic libraries: a review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education." (I read the paper version, by the way--proving, perhaps, that even here in the Center for Digital Scholarship, some things do not get on my desk until they literally get on my desk.) Anyway, in case you're not a CR&L News reader, here are the seven trends:

Device neutral digital services
Evolving openness in higher education
Student success
Competency-based learning
Digital humanities

Updated Jun 13, 2014 by Scholarly Communications Librarian

Indianapolis LGBT History Online

In celebration of June, LGBT Pride Month. . .

Following their mission of providing communities with access to all points of view, libraries and archives have been at the forefront of documenting, collecting, and providing access to LGBT history and culture.   While much of this work has been in the print environment, institutions are promoting wider access to this material through digitization and open online access.   Not unexpectedly the larger coastal city institutions have blazed the path to online collections, for example, the New York Public Library’s LGBT and HIV/AIDS Activist Collections and San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Archive’s online radio show archive, Gayback Machine

Updated Jun 13, 2014 by Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship

Catching Up With Past Student Hourly Employees: Amy Summer

Here at the Center for Digital Scholarship we have been lucky to work with some very dedicated, creative, and knowledgeable IUPUI students. These students have played a huge part in the building of our collections through scanning, metadata creation, and even digital photography. Let's find out what some past student workers are doing now!

Updated Jun 06, 2014 by aproctor

Scholarly information on the open web and open access

Have you ever wondered how many scholarly documents can be located via the public web?  Two computer science researchers from the University of Pennsylvania set out to tackle this daunting task.

In a study recently published in PLOS ONE, Khasba and Giles (2014) report that “at least 114 million English-language scholarly documents” can be found via the open web and approximately 27 million (or 24%) of these items are open access.

Their study provides an analysis, by discipline, of the “percentage of publicly available scholarly documents” included in Google Scholar.  According to their research, the field of Computer Science is at the high end with approximately 50% of documents freely available via Google Scholar.  While Engineering, Materials Science, and Agricultural Science were tied at the low end with each of these fields having 12% of documents freely available from Google Scholar.

Updated Jun 05, 2014 by Sciences Librarian

Catching Up With Past Student Hourly Employees: Sami Norling

Here at the Center for Digital Scholarship we have been lucky to work with some very dedicated, creative, and knowledgeable IUPUI students. These students have played a huge part in the building of our collections through scanning, metadata creation, and even digital photography. Let's find out what some past student workers are doing now!


Sami Norling

Sami Norling joined the Digital Scholarship Team during the second year in her dual MA Public History/MLS program at IUPUI. As a member of the team she worked on many of our digital collections with a special focus on the Indiana School for the Deaf and the Kinzer Papers from the Hamilton County Historical Society. Since graduating from IUPUI in August 2013, she has continued her career as the Archivist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and currently serves as a Community Representative for the Digital Public Library of America.

Sami Norling

Updated May 30, 2014 by aproctor

Community Partners

In November 2014 IUPUI University Library will mark 21 years in its current location.  In celebration we share 21 stories that highlight successes of the Library's past while speaking to its future.  Story 17 focuses on the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship and its collaboration with Indianapolis community groups.

21 years. 21 stories.

Click below for story 17.

Updated May 29, 2014 by Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship

Government Information and Digital Scholarship

I recently attended the Federal Depository Library Conference in Washington D.C. Among the many interesting topics discussed, one in particular caught my attention and got me thinking about the way my duty as a documents librarian and as a member of our Digital Scholarship Team overlaps: promoting access to and preserving born-digital government information.

Over the past decade the amount of government information online far outpaced the number of documents printed by the Government Printing Office (GPO) for distribution through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) (Jacobs, 2014). The sheer volume of this information makes both providing access (at least through bibliographic control) and ensuring preservation extremely difficult. What’s worse, much of this information is transitory and is lost when administrations change or Congressional committees disband.

Updated May 23, 2014 by Social Sciences Librarian