Numeric and Spatial Data Services Home



Scholarly Commons, 306 Main Library

Fall 2012 Hours:

Walk in Consultations: 1:00-3:00 Mondays

Survey Consultations : 1:00-4:00 Tuesdays

Open Lab: 1:00-5:00 Tuesdays (More Information)

By appointment: email datagis at library dot illinois dot edu

Lync consultations: 1:00-3:00 Wednesdays (call 333-7751); 1:00-3:00 Fridays (call 333-2472)


Karen Hogenboom, Numeric and Spatial Data Librarian

(217-333-2472, hogenboo at illinois dot edu)


Data Purchase Program Brownbags

The Library’s Data Services group is sponsoring a series of presentations this Spring.  Awardees of grants through the Library’s Data Purchase Program will be talking about the datasets that were acquired on their behalf, and how those datasets are being used to advance their research projects.  All presentations will be in Main Library Room 428.


February 29 (Wednesday), 12:30-1:30—Jake Bowers and Cara Wong

Professors Bowers and Wong will be discussing their use of the Joint Center for Political Studies dataset of U.S. Black Elected Officials. Prof. Bowers will discuss the use of this dataset for a project on hate crimes and African-American political participation. Prof. Wong will discuss the use of the dataset for a project on the effects of African-American elected officials on the voting turnout of whites and blacks.


March 29 (Thursday), 12:30-1:30—Ashwini Chhatre

Prof. Chhatre will talk about ongoing research on the social and economic dynamics of trade in Khair (a tree harvested for industrial use) in Himachal Pradesh, India. Using spatial coordinates of census villages taken from the data acquired by the UIUC library, we investigate the nature of relationships between traders and middlemen on the one hand, and farmers on the other.


April 25 (Wednesday), 12:30-1:30—Anna Popova

Ms. Popova will be discussing the American Psychological Association presidential elections datasets, which contain ballot data. This data will be used to explore how competing notions of rational social choice agree with each other, specifically highlighting that gloom theoretical expectations do not find empirical support in real election data and that behavioral research in social choice may reveal many future surprises.