Author: Jocelyn McNamara

Anselm Spoerri is a data visualization expert who has been conducting research and teaching information visualization for the last 20 years. He is a 2017 winner of the Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Award for DataVis Material Properties, an online tool he helped create for McGraw-Hill to visually explore materials and their properties....

The recent “Great American Eclipse” is a good metaphor for the “dark data” being generated and stored in federal agencies today. To view an eclipse, you need eclipse glasses—without them, you not only endanger your eyes, but you can’t see the moon traveling across the sun because the sun’s glare is too bright....

Anyone who has worked in government contracting knows that relationships can be fraught with ethical quandaries.  Three pages of a 48-page Air Force training manual on government contracts are devoted to just listing the laws, statutes, regulations, codes and directives on the topic! Is it any wonder that honest, well-meaning government employees and contractors often stay so far on the correct...

Some records management problems are bigger than others The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for example, deals with a super records management challenge for the Superfund program, administered by the Agency to clean up the country’s most contaminated land and respond to environmental emergencies. This records management burden involves: Regular coordination between multiple stakeholders: law firms, corporations, various local/state/federal government groups and others. ...

Most people likely believe that data visualization is a recent phenomenon of the computer revolution, but its roots go back to the Age of Enlightenment, the same intellectual roots of the U.S. Constitution. Far from being modern, data visualization is nearly 400 years old. The birth of data visualization and the first graphics In 1637, French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes published La...

I earned my MLS degree from the University of Maryland, which is inside the Washington DC beltway. The focus of the program was on obtaining a federal government job, yet one federal government employment option was never discussed – contracting. If you currently are pursuing your MLS/MLIS degree, or you’re a working librarian ready for change, I would like to present...

The top librarian position in the United States is arguably the Librarian of Congress. The turnover in this position is quite low, as there have only been thirteen since the role was established in 1802. That was because the role didn’t end – the Librarian could continue to serve even with a change of administration. However, recent legislation refines that. The...

Once the research is done and the data collected, the next task becomes one of reporting and communicating the findings. For that you need to capture the attention of your audience and be memorable. So increasingly, people are looking at data visualization tools for conveying their results graphically. Whether it’s a humble pie chart or a custom-designed infographic, the options...