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Edward Tufte in Arlington (again!)

October 25, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Last year the data visualization expert Edward Tufte held a couple of his one-day courses on data and data presentation in Arlington, and now he is back for three days at the end of the month! The tuition includes four of his books, and there is a discount for full-time professors and students. I have not attended his course, but my friends and colleagues who have said it was great. Course information and registration is here, and Lauinger has his books here.

Have a great weekend!

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Latin American Public Opinion Project, LAPOP (Vanderbilt University)

September 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) is a great way to find information and data about, well, public opinion in Latin America. Today a new report on gender and politics in Guatemala (linked on the right side of the page) was published via its Insight series. If you are interested in current public opinion in Latin America, I recommend subscribing to this series, just follow the instructions on this page.

LAPOP has both a free and a subscriber section, and we do subscribe to it. Click on “Subscribers,” then “Subscriber Login.” If you are off-campus, you should be prompted to enter your username and password. This takes you to data sets that you can download, analyze, and manipulate right here in the library (scroll down to see available statistical software.)

I hope your semester is starting out well, and feel free to get in touch with any questions or issues that come up,

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Article about data visualization tools (quick post)

April 3, 2013 · Leave a Comment

If you are all about data (or just need to get your work done!), I just came across this article about data visualization tools. There is some really cool stuff in there that would look great in your papers or presentations.

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Edward Tufte seminar in Arlington in June

May 14, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Again another topic that is not specifically Latin American or Iberian in particular, but I think it will be useful for anyone doing research at Georgetown (or, well, anywhere for that matter!) Edward Tufte, a Yale professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science, will be in Arlington in June to hold one of his seminars on information design and presentation.

If you work with data quite a bit, you will find his work to be incredibly useful in presenting your research as clearly as possible. And even if you don’t work with a lot of data, his views and methods on creating thoughtful and meaningful presentations will be endlessly helpful. A friend of mine from library school attended his seminar a few years ago and found it incredibly useful in her work as a social science data librarian. Finally, his books are simply beautiful works of art in themselves, and have made me think very differently about data and how to present it.

Information about the seminars (dates, topics covered, etc.) is here, and check the links at the top for more information about Tufte and his work. Future cities included in his seminars are, as of this writing, New York City, Denver, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon.

We have all of his books at Lauinger here.

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New Research Guide

April 9, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I have just created a new research guide for Latin American Data and Statistics. The link is here.

Please feel free to let me know what you think, and I welcome suggestions for new guides. Next I will start working on guides for literatures in Catalan, Portuguese, and Spanish. I also would be happy to create guides for specific courses; just get in touch with me at to get it going.

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