ASIS&T 2015 Travel Awards – Apply by May 29

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Apply by May 29 for a chance to go to the ASIS&T annual conference on us this year!  The topic for 2015 is Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community.

About the Awards:

Professional and Student

The Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NEASIS&T) is pleased to announce the availability of two awards of up to $1,000 each to reimburse expenses for attendance at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting (November 6-10 , St. Louis, Missouri).  With this year’s emphasis on bridging research and community impact, we are excited to announce an award for professionals, alongside our traditional student award.

The award will fund a year-long membership to ASIS&T and conference registration at the member rate, and will offset some travel costs.  Membership benefits with ASIS&T include:

  • Discounted annual meeting conference registration
  • Year subscription to the Journal of ASIS&T and the Bulletin
  • Free webinars and discounts on other publications
  • Membership in our New England regional chapter
    • Hands on training with technology
    • Build professional skills (project management, budgeting, marketing, etc.)
    • Networking

Purpose

Supporting scholarship and bridge research with practice, bringing in new voices to the chapter.

Eligibility

Each applicant must submit a cover letter and 2 short essays to rbucy@wheelock.edu by Friday, May 29th. The winner will be notified by Monday, June 15th, 2015.  The subject line should read “Annual Meeting Travel Award Application 2015.”

  • Applicants must be a current graduate student or practitioner in the field of information science at the time of their application.  We define information science broadly: may be a librarian, archivist, data/knowledge manager, information architect, web developer, etc.
  • Coversheet including
    • Applicant’s name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Email
    • Identify as student or professional
    • School or work affiliation and department
  • Short Essay response
    • How will attending the Annual Meeting inform your current or future professional practice? (150 words)
    • In five years, how do you hope your work in information science will have had a positive impact on your community?  Reference the impact categories from the ASIS&T Annual Meeting call for proposals: https://www.asist.org/events/annual-meeting/annual-meeting-2015/2015-annual-meeting-call-for-papers/. (500 words for students and 750 words for professionals)

Deadline

Friday, May 29, 2015

Terms of Award

Each award winner will be welcomed into our New England regional chapter.
Winners will give back to the chapter with the following participation:

  • Meet with a NEASIS&T representative at the conference
  • Share your conference experience with the NEASIS&T chapter
  • Participate in a NEASIS&T Meet-up based on the winners’ interests
  • Review award applications for the following year
  • Submit receipts substantiating travel and conference related expenses, such as costs for registration, airfare, food, and lodging

*If a winner is unable to meet all of the terms due to a relocation, NEASIS&T should be notified immediately.

Questions? Contact Roz Bucy at (617) 879-2398, email: rbucy@wheelock.edu

January Meetup on Data Visualization

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Did you attend our conference on data visualization on January 15? Whether you were able to join us or not, we hope you’ll stop by Andala Coffee House on January 22 to discuss applications of visualization techniques in academia and industry.

This event is open to all.  You don’t need to be a member of NEASIST to join us.

When

Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where

Andala Coffee House, Cambridge, MA

More Information

RSVPs welcome (but not required) at our Meetup site.

See you there!

February Meetup: Everyone Wins! The Beneficial Role of Post-Graduate Library Fellowships

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Helen Bailey and Mark Clemente, the inaugural fellows in MIT Libraries’ post-graduate fellowship program, will share their experiences and discuss the value of fellowships in the professional landscape.

This event is open to all.  You don’t need to be a member of NEASIST to join us.

When

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where

Champions Sports Bar in Kendall Square

More Information

RSVPs welcome (but not required) at our Meetup site.

See you there!

January Event 2015: Data Visualization

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The New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology, together with the Simmons College Student Chapter, invite you to join us at our 2015 Winter Event:

Data Visualization: How to Do It and Do It Well

In our information-rich society, data is everywhere.  Big and little, data shapes our lives from the policies we enact to the products we use to the professions in which we engage.  But how can we make sense of all that data and, more importantly, how can we use it to share information effectively?  Discover how well-crafted data visualizations can make a powerful impact in your professional work and learn the skills necessary to share your insights through compelling visualizations.

A morning panel of speakers will share their insights, experiences, and best practices for working with data visualizations.  Afternoon workshops will give you hands-on practice with a data visualization software or program.  These workshops are intended to help you get up and running with data visualization.  Please bring your own device (BYOD) to the workshop.

When Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 8:15am to 2:30pm
Where Simmons College Main College Building, Room C103, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA
RSVP Eventbrite

Program

8:15-9:00am Registration & Breakfast
9:00-9:15am Welcome & Introduction
9:15-10:00am Mike Barry, Software Engineer — Twitter
Brian Card, Software Engineer — Viasat
“How to Build a Large Scale Data Visualization”
Large publishers like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg are creating impressive visualizations with teams of designers and developers. Recreating a similar project might seem out of reach for the non-professional; however many of the tools used to build visualizations are open source and freely available. With a good understanding of visual design anyone can apply the same techniques and come up with a great data visualization. We created a visualization that’s on the same size and scale of professional publications and will show you how we did it and how you can use the same techniques to create your own.
10:00-10:45am Andrew Ashton, Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies — Brown University Library
Patrick Rashleigh, Data Visualization Coordinator — Brown University Library
“Visualizing Scholarship in Library Spaces”
Brown University Library opened the Digital Scholarship Lab in Fall 2012.  The Lab features an ultra-high resolution display wall, touch-enabled devices, and the capability to combine content from many devices simultaneously.  While the initial conception for the Lab focused heavily on data visualization techniques that leverage the wall’s size and resolution, other uses of the facilities have proven surprising and enlightening, and have helped to broaden our conception of how data, digital content, digital scholarship, pedagogy, and physical spaces intersect.  This talk will provide an overview and critical reflection on our experiences thus far.
10:45-11:00am Break
11:00-11:45am Lynn Cherny, Information Visualization Consultant
“Best Practices for Designing Data Visualization”
This talk will be a tour through some guidelines for designing data visualizations, both static and interactive. We’ll look at some principles for visual encodings, strategies for handling different types of data, and smart methods to design for interactivity from the ground up.
11:45am-12:00pm Question and Answer period
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch and Networking
1:00pm-2:30pm Concurrent Workshops: (after selecting your ticket, add an additional item)

Carolin Ferwerda, Instructional Technologist for GIS & Statistics — Wellesley College
“Visualizing Spatial Data Using Online Tools”
Join us to explore several free, online tools for visualizing spatial data. These tools have relatively low entry barriers and are perfect for people who want to make a good-looking, interactive map without spending hours and hours learning GIS or programming. During the workshop, you will work with a group on an example project using data from the humanities, social sciences, or sciences to visualize numeric data or to create a story map. Since no tool can do everything, the purpose of the workshop is to give you a basic working knowledge of several useful tools within a short period.
Level of Workshop: Beginner
Requirements: BYOD (bring your own device — mobile not recommended)
Maximum Number of Participants: 20

Amy Deschenes, Systems & Web Applications Librarian — Simmons College Library
“No Fuss Data Visualizations with Sheetsee.js”
Know how to use a Google Spreadsheet? Have some experience editing HTML & CSS? Come to this workshop and learn how to use Sheetsee.js to build a fantastic web interface to showcase any kind of data stored in a Google Spreadsheet. Using Sheetsee.js it’s easy to build interactive tables, complex graphs, and even maps. You’ll learn how Sheetsee.js works, see some examples, and try your hand at building your own Sheetsee.js-fueled web page. To see examples of what you can create and find out more visit http://jlord.us/sheetsee.js/.
Level of Workshop: Intermediate — This workshop is intended for professionals who are comfortable editing web content (HTML & CSS) and are seeking to learn more about using Javascript libraries for data visualization projects.
Requirements: At the workshop you can use your own web space or Mozilla Thimble to practice with Sheetsee.js.
Maximum Number of Participants: 15

Rob Erdmann, Ph.D. Candidate in Biology — MIT
“Circos: A Round Form of Data Visualization”
Circos is a data visualization program that allows you to display heat maps, histograms, scatter plots, and much more – all in a round package! It was originally developed as a way to display whole genome datasets in Biology, but has started spreading into a wide range of fields. Circos is ideal for displaying connections or movement between data categories, and is a good mechanism for displaying tabular data in a more visually accessible format. In this workshop, we’ll walk step by step through the basics of creating a Circos plot using simple sample data sets, and will finish by exploring some of the more advanced possibilities that the program makes possible.
Level of Workshop: Intermediate to Advanced (some familiarity with usage of the command line will prove extremely helpful)
Requirements: Laptop with Perl and Circos installed (Mac/Unix environment is preferred – Windows will work, but there may be more troubleshooting involved)
Maximum Number of Participants: 20

Getting There

Simmons College is easily accessed from the MFA stop on the MBTA E Line of the Green Line.  Additionally, several MTBA bus routes stop near Simmons, including numbers 8, 19, 39, 47, 60, 65, CT2, and CT3.

Contact the event organizer if you need special accommodations.

We hope to see you there!

December Meetup on Information Trends from 2014

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Just how closely have you been keeping up with today’s big picture? Don’t worry! We’ve picked out ten trends in information that you should know about. Come talk over what we consider the information highlights of 2014 — and if you think we’ve missed something important, catch us up on it before 2015 begins!

This event is open to all–you don’t need to be a member of ASIS&T to join us. In fact, we think this is a great chance to introduce a colleague or a friend! Everyone welcome, from expert to novice and from any professional background.

When

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where

John Harvard’s in Harvard Square (33 Dunster Street)

More Information

RSVPs welcome (but not required) at our Meetup site.

Questions welcome at nyhan@post.harvard.edu.

See you there!

Annual Meeting (Re)mixer! Friday, November 14

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Looking for all the latest news & scholarship from ASIS&T’s 77th Annual Meeting, but not able to make it to Seattle?

The New England Chapter is planning a happy-hour mixer with the Simmons Student Chapter at Church Restaurant on Friday, November 14.  The first of us will get there some time around 5:00pm and hopefully grab some lounge seating. We’ll be able to report back on the panels and events we attended in Seattle, as well as some association business. Current members, past members, future members, and non-members are all invited. Swing by any time before 7:00pm to catch us and catch up!

When

Friday, November 14, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Where

Church
69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston, MA (map)

More Information

Don’t forget to bring some cash to spend on Church’s creative comfort food and delicious drinks. Church has free parking in the lot behind the building. RSVPs encouraged (but not required) at our Meetup account.

See you there!

Book Discussion Part II, October 20

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Join members of the NEASIST Program Committee as we discuss bestselling author James Gleick’s book, The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood.  You’re welcome to join even if you haven’t finished the reading!

This event is open to all–you don’t need to be a member of ASIS&T to join us. The only requirement is that you be excited about connecting with others in the local information science community!

Read the New York Times Book Review.

Check it out at the Boston Public Library or at any Minuteman Library.

When

Monday, October 20, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where

Andala Coffee House
286 Franklin St, Cambridge, MA (map)

More information

For more information and to see who’s going, head over to the event listing on Meetup.com!

September 22 Book Discussion

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Join members of the NEASIST Program Committee as we discuss bestselling author James Gleick’s book, The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood.  In the first of this two-part meetup, we’ll discuss chapters 1-7.  In the second, we’ll discuss the remainder of the book.  You’re welcome to join even if you haven’t finished the reading!

This event is open to all–you don’t need to be a member of ASIS&T to join us. The only requirement is that you be excited about connecting with others in the local information science community!

Read the New York Times Book Review.

Check it out at the Boston Public Library or at any Minuteman Library.

When

Monday, September 22, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where

Andala Coffee House
286 Franklin St, Cambridge, MA (map)

More information

For more information and to see who’s going, head over to the event listing on Meetup.com!

August 14 Meetup on Responsive Design

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Join members of the NEASIST Program Committee as we talk website responsive design over nachos. Want a primer on responsive design? Got some web-dev stories from the trenches to share? Or just want to network and share your summer plans? This event is open to all–you don’t need to be a member of ASIS&T to join us. The only requirement is that you be excited about connecting with others in the local information science community!

When

Thursday, August 14, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where

Champions Sports Bar, Marriott Hotel
Kendall Square plaza (next to the Red Line)
50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

RSVP

For more information and to RSVP, head over to the event listing on Meetup.com!

July 17 Meetup on Open Access

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Join members of the Program Committee as we talk Open Access over nachos. What’s green open access, and what’s gold open access? Who benefits, and who foots the bill? Does open access help authors, researchers, institutions, and society, or does it reduce innovation and allow information of low quality to reach a wider audience? And what should we be doing about it right now at our institutions and companies? This event is open to all–you don’t need to be a member of ASIS&T to join us. The only requirement is that you be excited about connecting with others in the local information science community!

When

Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where

Champions Sports Bar, Marriott Hotel
Kendall Square plaza (next to the Red Line)
50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

RSVP

For more information and to RSVP, head over to the event listing on Meetup.com!