Bobst Maintenance Alert: Partial Collection Closures for May 25 – May 27

The LED project team is working in several places today, May 25th through Friday, May 27th. Work zones include:
  • 8th floor, east wing. Call numbers PR4000 – PZ, Oversized H-HJ and Oversized P  CLOSED
  • 4th and 10th floor north reading rooms CLOSED

Additionally, the 8th floor east wing will be closed each day from 6 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The reading rooms will remain closed all day, May 25th-27th. Parts can expect reading rooms to re-open early next week.

The 6th and 8th floor reading rooms are currently open for users.

Patrons needing assistance with 8th floor collections can visit the Circulation Services desk. Staff members can retrieve items for  users after the floor re-opens at 4:30 p.m. today.

Tamiment Reading Room Closed May 23rd – June 17th

Due to some renovation work, the Tamiment reading room will be closed to patrons beginning Monday, May 23rd through Friday, June 17th. Tamiment will reopen for patrons on Monday, June 20th.

Starting in June, Tamiment’s summer hours will be as follows:

  • Monday- Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed

Patrons can email the Tamiment staff at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with any questions or concerns.

NYU Collaborates with Baruch CUNY to Collect GIS Data

If you read this blog regularly, you already know that we’ve been adding a lot of useful data to NYU’s Spatial Data Repository. Today, we are excited to announce our latest collection and collaboration: we’ve added the January 2016 version of Frank Donnelly’s NYC GeoDatabase as individual Shapefile layers into our collection. Those layers (26 total) are available here.

BCCUNYstacked_PMS288_PMS286_000

To understand the significance of this, it helps to know a little bit more about Frank and the GIS services at Baruch CUNY. Frank is Baruch’s GIS Librarian, he and his team have put in an amazing amount of work to collect and often immensely improve data released by NYC Planning and other public sources (you can read Frank’s blog at gothos.info). Frank’s documentation, which we’ve preserved, is impeccable and truly demonstrates the value of his efforts to preserve public data and make it more useful to GIS users of all skill levels. Sometimes the interventions are small. In the NYC Colleges and Universities layer, for instance, Frank has simply redacted locations coded as colleges and universities from the Selected Facilities and Program Sites database released on Bytes of the Big Apple each year. Others are more complex. In the Subway Complexes and Ridership file, for example, Frank and his team at Baruch have harmonized MTA ridership data and expressed it in terms of the “complex” level (see the file documentation of this methodology). Layers such as this make it immensely more convenient for users to study transit in the city.

2015 New York City Subway Complexes and Ridership   NYU Spatial Data Repository

We’re excited to extend our collaboration and add even more files created by Frank and his team. For those in the GeoBlacklight community who are curious, this collaboration represents a combination of institutional resources that we think is promising. Baruch CUNY has put in a great deal of work to develop these files but (for now) lacks the technology stack to publish data on Geoserver and maintain an independent instance of GeoBlacklight. NYU has already done the legwork, so by acquiring the files, we pledge to not only preserve the data but also to make it available to the cross-institution community. We hope that others will be able to follow suit. As always, all of metadata is available on OpenGeoMetadata.