The Los Angeles Region Imagery Acquisition Consortium (LARIAC) Program is a collaborative acquisition program for digital aerial imagery data which has included the participation of 30+ Los Angeles County departments, 40+ municipal governments, and many other public agencies1.
Eva Horna Lowell and Sean O’Fallon, graduate students in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, are researching ant nest behavior in the Pinter-Wollman Lab at UCLA. Initially, their goal was to study the differences in ant nests exposed to various environmental conditions using wax casts of the tunnels. However, because the tunnels were so intricate and delicate in nature, the casts kept breaking, making it necessary to approach the problem in a different way.
Amanda Robin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, researching behavior and locomotion of wild squirrels. In 2019, Amanda and her team equipped wild California ground squirrels (Otospermophilus Beecheyi) with motion-sensitive collars. These collars allowed them to record accelerometer data at 100 values per second as the squirrels moved through their environment.
Our center provides a series of GIS support to faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as staff who need help. In most GIS related consultations, we use tools/software, such as QGIS and R studio, to do the mapping and data analysis. QGIS stands for Quantum Geographic Information Systems. It is a free and open-source desktop GIS application. R studio is an integrated development environment for R, a programming language. Both QGIS, R studio and R are free to the public.
A graduate student from Asian Languages and Cultures sought help to analyze ancient Buddhist texts semantically, including extracting the meaning of the texts, and comparing the similarity between different texts quantitatively. The goal of this consultation was to document experience using Python and to work with an ancient Chinese Buddhist dialect. This required some basic analysis on several dozen text documents with a twist.
Please join us in congratulating Julia Wood, a Statistics & Digital Humanities undergraduate student who recently transitioned into her new role as the Data Infrastructure Assistant within UCLA Library's Data Science Center.
Let's give a warm welcome to Jessii Chun, the new Assistant Technical Writer at UCLA Library's Data Science Center (DSC). Currently, Jessii is a Master's student studying Data Science Engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.
What goals do you have for this year as DSC's new Assistant Technical Writer?
Happy New Year’s from the Data Science Center! Take a look at some of our book recommendations for the year. Whether you want to learn technical skills or have an interest in the social impacts of the growing data science community, there are books listed below for you.