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The Productive Scholar: Overview of Q-APS: Social Science Research Support for Scholars

Download the slides from this presentation: QAPS-Olmsted-slidesS2014

Topic: Overview of Q-APS (Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science): Social Science Research Support for Scholarsviews
Speaker: Jonathan Olmsted

Time: Thursday, April 17, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: HRCC, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level




The Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science (Q-APS) offers training, consulting, and resources in support of social science and beyond. In this presentation, Jonathan Olmsted will outline and discuss examples of the ways Q-APS supports social science research at Princeton University for Princeton affiliates of all levels. The goal of this talk is to introduce these forms of support to a broader audience within the university.

SESSION RECAP: Jonathan provided a detailed overview of the various resources of Q-APS that are available to members of the campus. Though the focus of the presentation was on the social scientists Q-APS also works with humanists and those who, regardless of discipline, want to explore applying quantitative analysis to their research. Jonathan’s review included past and current examples of Q-APS’ support offerings including teaching…[more after the jump]

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Lunch & Learn: Mapping and Emergency Response: Managing a Flood of Data presented by Bill Guthe, Wangyal Shawa

Wednesday, October 5,
12:00 noon

***Oakes Lounge, Whig Hall***
Mapping and Emergency Response: Managing a Flood of Data
Bill Guthe, Wangyal Shawa

Following any significant event, people expect to find information on-line regarding the event’s location and potential impacts.  Such information is provided through existing GIS datasets, satellite images, on-site sensors, and eyewitnesses, and comes more quickly and in greater detail than ever.  The greatest challenges are to assess data quality and relevance, judge spatial accuracy and precision, and make the data available for others to analyze and present.  International structures to manage spatial data will be described, and examples of recent earthquakes, public events, and hurricanes will be explored.
About the speakers:
Bill Guthe helps faculty, staff and students use Geographic Information Systems  (GIS) and satellite image processing software.  Prior to joining OIT in 2000, he held a number of positions in New Jersey state government integrating GIS into environmental decision-making.  Bill works closely with Tsering Wangyal Shawa, the GIS librarian in the Princeton University Library, to provide training and ongoing support to GIS and remote sensing software users.  These include short training sessions, half-semester courses, and customized training provided as part of other courses.  Bill also helps individuals with coding or processing issues they may encounter using the software.  With Mike Chupa, Bill supports users of the PICSciE Visualization Laboratory to explore spatial and scientific information in a large-screen, high-definition display environment.
Wangyal Shawa is a Geographic Information Systems and Map Librarian at Princeton University. In this role, Mr. Shawa is responsible for the design, launching, and management of an automated digital cartographic and geospatial information service in a campus-wide networked environment. He has widespread experience in geospatial data selection, software and hardware and holds degrees in the areas of library science, education, geography, and cartography. He is an active member of the American Library Association Map and Geography Round Table (ALA MAGERT) and was the chair of ALA MAGERT (2005-2006). He was selected by the National Research Council and the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Homeland Security Working Group to study and publish reports on “Licensing Geographic Data and Services” and “Guidelines for Providing Appropriate Access to Geospatial Data in Response to Security Concerns.”  He was born in Tibet and has lived and taught geography and cartography to high school and undergraduate students in India, Nepal, Kenya, and Sudan.

Free Daily Spanish Videos and Mp3s (with Vocab Lists)

If you are looking for a free site that has Spanish videos, mp3s, and vocab lists for free, then The Spanish Blog is a great resource. The owner of the blog, Laura Garrido Eslava is a Spanish Language teacher from Spain. She even offers parts of her lessons for free on her site. Her videos and course materials (one lesson is a comparison of Spanish to English texts) are pretty comprehensive and written by a true expert. To view what Laura has to offer, click on the link below or view one of her many videos:


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Mapping Novels with Google Earth

Via ProfHacker in the Chronicle is an interesting write-up of an English professor’s experiences with giving students the task of mapping locations from a novel. The novel in this case was Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.


Other literary maps can be found at GoogleLitTrips.org

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List of Free Language Phrasebooks by Wikitravel

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Wikitravel has compiled free language phrasebooks put together by its users. Some of the phrasebooks are not complete, but if you are familiar with the language, you have the ability to add to the phrasebook (just like you would in any other wiki). These are great for traveling (or beginner’s course work) and learning how to pronounce the words in that language.

To see the list of phrasebooks, click on the link below:



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