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GeoData@SciLi

The Library's Geospatial Data Center

Staff

Librarian

Frank Donnelly is the GIS and Data Librarian at Brown University Library, and the coordinator of GeoData@SciLi and the library's broader data program within the Center for Library Exploration and Research (CLEAR). Frank has over 25 years of experience with GIS and geospatial research. His particular areas of expertise include free and open source GIS, spatial databases, and government datasets. He is an expert with US census data, and is the author of Exploring the US Census: Your Guide to America's Data. He holds an MA in Geography from the University of Toronto and an MLIS from the University of Washington.

Student Workers (current)

Connie Liu is a GIS Project Assistant who provides support for the map collection and dedicated projects. Connie is studying Computer Science and Visual Art (BA).

Frankie Fan is an undergraduate Data Science fellow with the Data Sciences Initiative who is working on dedicated digital projects. Frankie is studying Statistics (BSc).

Jack Walker is a GIS Associate who provides support with GIS and data research consultations, workshops, and data projects. Jack is studying American Studies (MA) and Literary Arts and Archaeology (BA).

Joanna Jarvis is a GIS Project Assistant who provides support for the map collection and dedicated projects. Joanna is studying Urban Studies (BA).

Kevin Moclair is a GIS Project Assistant who provides support for the map collection and dedicated projects. Kevin is studying Political Science and International and Public Affairs (AB).

Student Workers (past)

Zeke Hertz was a GIS Associate (Sept to Dec 2022) who provided support for GIS research consultations, workshops, and data projects. Zeke contributed to archiving our historical datasets and contributed layers to the RI Geodatabase project. He is studying Statistics (BSc) and Political Science (BA).

Ethan McIntosh was a GIS Associate (Jan to Aug 2022) who provided support for GIS research consultations, workshops, and data projects. Ethan wrote two tutorials about using raster data, created the workflow for processing and producing our UN Retail Price Index dataset, wrote our Python program for inventorying USGS topo maps, and supported multiple projects affiliated with CDS. He graduated with a BA in History, and now works as a Research Assistant at the Boston PDA.

Nora Mathews was a GIS Project Assistant (Feb to May 2022) who supported dedicated projects within the lab. Nora transferred and organized proprietary data that the library had purchased over several decades, from hundreds of CDs onto the library's internal network. She also supported the reogranization and maintenance of the map collection. She is studying Art History (BA).

Partners

In providing our services, we support and in turn are supported by other groups on campus. Within the library we are part of CLEAR, and work closely with the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), Social Science librarians, and the Open Sciences Librarian who coordinates research data management. Outside the library we collaborate with Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4), the Population Studies Training Center (PSTC), and the Data Science Initiative (DSI).