Michigan State University
Spring 2019 MSU Library GIS Workshops
January 04, 2019 - 1:01:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Events

MSU Libraries is offering several workshops in spring on GIS and map related topics. All workshops are free and open to the public. The workshops will be held in the Main Library.

If you have questions, please contact Amanda Tickner, atickner@msu.edu

Registration information can be found here.

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“…an inexhaustible supply of iron ore of the best quality.”
December 28, 2018 - 8:23:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

The United States was eager to learn more about rumors of a potential vast wealth in iron to be had in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Copper mining was well underway and iron mining was just beginning when the Department of the Interior charged John Foster and Josiah Whitney to take a crew up there and complete a hasty geological survey of the 100,000 square mile area.

This image on the left is a small detail from a map which accompanied the 1851 report of the Iron District and it sketches out suggestions of the most prominent iron outcrops.  The vast reserves deep underground...

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The Observatory of Economic Complexity
December 13, 2018 - 10:52:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

Looking for visualizations that highlight major global trade networks? 

Want to know which country exports the most puzzles? 

The Observatory of Economic Complexity is a research and data viz tool used to explore global trade dynamics. It provides a snapshot of countries imports, exports, trade partners, products, and so on. Basically, it's a research tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange. It provides access to bilateral trade data for roughly 200 countries, 50 years and 1000 different products.


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New Books
December 12, 2018 - 3:04:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Gull Lake Library New Books   Categories: News and Events

Heckman.   Ecological Strategies Of Aquatic Insects.  Science Publishers, Inc  ©2018    Call Number:  QL 472 .H43 2018

Pardo and Pardo.   Statistical methods for field and laboratory studies in behavioral ecology.   CRC Press ©2018    Call Number: QH 541 .P365 2018 

Nienaber and Steinitz-Kannan.    A Guide to Cyanobacteria: Identification and impact.   University Press of Kentucky  ©2018    Call Number: QR 99.63 .N54 2018  

Smardon.   Revitalizing Urban Waterway...

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Report: Top Tech Trends 2019
December 05, 2018 - 2:45:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

CB Insights recently released a report outlining trends which they say will shape the technology sector in 2019.

The company which uses machine learning to mine terabytes of data and knowledge in order to help clients "see where the [tech] world is going," has identified 14 of the tech trends they'll be watching closely this year. According to CB Insights, here are just a few of the ways that technology will impact our lives in 2019:

Hyper-personalizaton: The more data collected about an individual, the more intimately companies believe they can understand and market to them...

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New Gartner Reports
November 27, 2018 - 1:24:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

What's a CDOO?

According to Gartner, "By 2022, 40% of midsize enterprises will have evolved the role of chief information officer (CIO) into chief digital operating officer (CDOO)."

As the business environment shifts and adapts through digital innovations, many roles and resources will need to be reallocated. In the next four years, Gartner predicts that the expansion of cloud services as a core for business' financial management and planning will "cause issues for 60% of organizations." 

For businesses, digital integration will be both complex and uncomfortable. ...

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What's for Christmas?
November 20, 2018 - 5:23:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

It's the week of Thanksgiving, which means it's time to start shopping!

According to the National Retail Federation, "Consumers say they will spend an average $1,007 on gifts, decorations and more this holiday season." And while many holiday shoppers will invariably wait until the last minute, online shopping and same-day delivery have made last-minute purchases even easier. 

"Confidence is near an all-time high, unemployment is the lowest we've seen in decades and take-home wages are up. All of that is reflected in consumers' buying plans" - National Retail Federation, CEO...

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Hacking Blockchain
November 12, 2018 - 3:32:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

Blockchain’s burgeoning popularity in the business world has attracted a lot of attention, but Blockchain currencies have also attracted a lot of hackers.

Cybersecurity firm CipherTrace estimates that the theft of digital currencies through the hacking of exchanges and trading platforms in 2018 amounts to $927 million. In September, hackers stole an estimated $59 million from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif. According to Reuters, Crypto exchange hacks are already 250% higher than throughout all of 2017.

"Increased fraudulent activity and attention of hacker groups to ...

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What is FinTech?
October 30, 2018 - 2:26:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News   Categories: Uncategorized

According to PwC, "Financial technology—FinTech for short— describes the evolving intersection of financial services and technology. The term can refer to startups, technology companies, or even legacy providers."

FinTech helps companies manage financial operations and processes. The term has become synonymous with all things finance; however, FinTech market segments generally encompass:

digital payments (Ex. PayPal; Google Wallet) 

alternative financing (Ex. Kickstarter; Indiegogo) 

alternative lending (Ex. LendingClub; Prosper)

personal finance (Ex....

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We Were Almost Michigania
October 29, 2018 - 8:22:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections
de Vaugondi, Etat Unis, 1785

This French-made map from 1785 was the first to bear forms of the word “Michigan” applied to a land area.  It was also one of the first to recognize the fledgling country by its chosen name, United States, here in the French, Etats-Unis.

Of the suggested names for 10 new states to be made of the Northwest Territory, only two came close to being adopted:  Michigania and Illinoia.*  

Additionally, a lake off the Mississippi River near today’s Memphis is called “Lac des Meichigamia.”  Nearby a line marks the supposed path of Ferdinand de Soto’s party more than 240 years...

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