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New Libguide: John Paul II

April 16th, 2014 by Russell, Samuel  
Posted in Humanities, Library's Home page, Religious Studies

Pope John Paul II After Speech at CUA

We invite you to view our newest library guide on John Paul II as the time for his canonization is less than two weeks away.  On the library guide you can find biographical information, details of the canonization process, works by and about John Paul II, news sources, a comic called The Life of John Paul II, and great sources from American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives.

John Paul II is scheduled to be canonized on April 27, 2014.  Also on the guide are links to celebrations and events going on in Washington D.C to celebrate this joyous occasion.

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Data Visualization: Becoming a Data Scientist

April 16th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services


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Big Data before it was “Big Data”

April 16th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

This interactive time line of Big Data and the History of Information Storage based on the article by Gil Press   A Very Short History of Big Data  begins in 1800.  This timeline’s  short bursts include how the changes in information processing from the census of 1880 to Critical Questions for Big Data affect business, also, libraries and researchers.

The effect of “information overload” isn’t new; big data is having an impact on scholarly publishing. Add to your reading list the books:

Blair, A. (2010). Too much to know : Managing scholarly information before the modern age. New Haven Conn.: Yale University Press.

Short review and interview with Ann Blair about Too Much to Know

Fitzpatrick, K. (2011). Planned obsolescence : Publishing, technology, and the future of the academy. New York: New York University Press.

-Planned Obsolescence is a wonderfully clear and honest assessment of the present state of academic publishing and possible future directions.  Alessandra Tosi

Post expires at 12:05pm on Monday June 16th, 2014

Exhibition Commemorating CUA’s First Original Musical

April 15th, 2014 by Joan Stahl  
Posted in Access Services, General, Library's Home page, Music, University Archives

Exhibition Title: When Yankee Doodle Came to Town

Where: May Gallery, Mullen Library

When: April – August, 2014

In 1939, CUA’s newly formed Department of Speech and Drama mounted an original musical, Yankee Doodle Boy.  The show portrayed the life of George M. Cohan, a legend of the American musical stage, and used for the first time the now standard device of telling a composer’s life through his own music.  Generating a photo spread in Life Magazine, inspiring the 1942 motion picture Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney; and bringing national attention to the university, CUA’s musical was a hit!

With photographs, memorabilia, and contemporary accounts, this exhibit, created by the CUA University Libraries, tells the little-known story of the production and the people who made it happen.

Keeping up: RDS reading

April 10th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Applied Sciences, Research Data Services

Big data is here to stay, as it should be. But let’s be realistic: It’s an important resource for anyone analyzing data, not a silver bullet.

The New York Times weighed in on data this week with Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data by Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis. There is great faith in statistical correlations and “big data” predictions leading to Artificial Intelligence (AI) breakthroughs. “Big data”, while seen as an “adjunct to science inquiry”, may not be the revolutionary 4th Paradigm of Science – read more  The Fourth Paradigm : Data-intensive Scientific Discovery by Tony Hey (

The Open Data initiative announced by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is bearing some fruit according to George Leopold of datanami. Read his April 9, 2014 article Survey Finds Open Data Boosting U.S. Economy.

On the Digital Humanities front, from dh+lib, there is discussion on the interdisciplinary nature of digital humanities in Defining Digital Social Sciences by Lisa Spiro  from Rice University.



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RDAP14 Research Data Access and Preservation Summit

March 27th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Research Data Services

RDAP14 is a three day conference – March 26-28 – being held in Dan Diego, CA  focusing on research data management. The next best thing to being at this conference – is being able to follow it via social media, Twitter and Facebook, and seeing the presentations via Slideshare. #rdap14

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Two articles on reproducibility of data

March 26th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Research Data Services

Public access to data will lead to reproducible results – or will they?

A January 2014 article “Policy: NIH plans to enhance reproducibility” speaks to the self-correcting nature of biomedical data. The Scholary Kitchen, a blog site on scholarly communication, posits in “Reproducible Research: A Cautionary Tale” that some data lends itself to reuse and verification; while cell data and procedures are not quite as easy to reproduce.

Collins, F. S., & Tabak, L. A. (2014). Policy: NIH plans to enhance reproducibility. Nature, 505(7485), 612-613. doi:10.1038/505612a

Posted by David Crotty. (2014). Reproducible research: A cautionary tale | the scholarly kitchen.


dh+lib Post: The Red Herring of Big Data

March 26th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Research Data Services

Brian Croxall (Emory University) has shared text and slides from an August 2013 talk entitled, “The Red Herring of Big Data,” in which he offers an engaging overview of the ways that digital humanities scholars can use digital technologies to go beyond pattern recognition and into humanities interpretation. [From ]

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NISO April Virtual Conference: Dealing with the Data Deluge

March 25th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Research Data Services

NISO April Virtual Conference: Dealing with the Data Deluge: Successful Techniques for Scientific Data Management

Virtual conferences are 5-6 hour conferences held online in webinar-like formats, with occasional breaks in the schedule for participants. The longer length allows the depth of coverage of a conference coupled with the convenience of a webinar.

Date: April 23, 2014

Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern

Event webpage:

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How to Discover Requirements for Research Data Management Services

March 25th, 2014 by Kimberly Hoffman  
Posted in Research Data Services

Whyte, A and Allard, S. (Eds) 2014. ‘How to Discover Research Data Management Service Requirements’. DCC How-to Guides. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre. Available online:

“this guide is meant for people whose role involves developing services or tools to support research data management (RDM) and digital curation, whether in a Higher Education Institution or a project working across institutions.” – See more at:”

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