Volume 3, Issue 10, October 26, 2016
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Finding a Sense of Place with GIS

Although IDRE Technologist Yoh Kawano has spent more than two decades working with geographic information systems (GIS) – technology designed to help visualize, analyze, and interpret data – he said when he first arrived at UCLA he had no prior knowledge of GIS. It was only when he took a class on the subject while pursuing a master's degree in urban planning that he became acquainted with, developed an interest in, and later went on to pursue a career in GIS as a research coordinator at UCLA's Institute for Digital Research and Education.

As an organizer of GIS Day 2016 at UCLA on November 16, Kawano hopes to offer an opportunity for both those who have never used GIS before and those who consider themselves experts to come together for a day of artwork, speakers, and mapping. Read more here

News & Publications

The Hacker Web Project: Exploring the Dark Side of the Web

The new celebrity doesn’t exist on the big screen or even the silver screen—hackers exist on your personal computer screens. The topic of hacking has blown up on the international stage and even received considerable attention in the current presidential election after presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman’s emails were hacked and later shared across the Internet.

On Wednesday, November 9 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Charles E. Young Grand Salon at Kerckhoff Hall, Dr. Hsinchun Chen, founder and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Arizona, will speak to the growing interest in the subject of hacking. In the Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE)-sponsored lecture “The Hacker Web Project: Exploring the Dark Side of the Web,” Chen will speak about his National Science Foundation-funded Hacker Web Project.
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IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

The Hacker Web Project: Exploring the Dark Side of the Web

November 9, 2016
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM 
Kerckhoff Hall - Charles E. Young Grand Salon

Abstract: In this talk I will review our highly-acclaimed NSF-funded Hacker Web research, which develops advanced data, text, and web mining techniques to explore the international underground hacker community. Selected researching identifying key hackers, important hacker assets, and emerging threats to the carding community will be presented. Via collaboration with the intelligence community and the industry, we have also developed tools and datasets for assisting the law enforcement and security analytics community. Register here

For more project information, see:
For recent NSF press information, see:
GIS DAY 2016

November 18, 2016
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM 
Research Library (Charles E. Young) Research Commons

Abstract: Join us for a celebration of mapping and GIS featuring a TEDxUCLA Salon, a GIS showcase of projects, a UCLA Geography Aerial Photo Exhibit, and much more. 

UCLA's GIS Day is hosted by the UCLA Library and the Institute for Digital Research and Education. Our partners include the Department of Geography, Luskin School of Public Affairs, Center for Digital Humanities, and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. In addition, this year we are holding a special TEDxUCLA Salon as part of GIS Day and a Mapathon. Thanks to TEDxUCLA and for helping us facilitate these events!

GIS Day is a world wide event that showcases real-world applications of GIS. The UCLA Library is joining the nationwide celebration of GIS Day 2016, an international effort designed to showcase real-world applications of geographical information system (GIS) used in different disciplines and application domains. 

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. At UCLA we will showcase projects using GIS in different topical areas and disciplines in the Research Commons on the first floor of the Charles E. Young Research Library. Register here

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

Introduction to R

November 8, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CLICC Classroom C

R is a powerful statistical package that runs on many platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, and Unix. This class is designed for people who are just getting started using R. The students in the class will have a hands-on experience using R for statistics, graphics, and data management. The R class notes do not contain any of the computer output. The class notes are not meant to be an R textbook or a reference manual. However, it is possible for individuals to use the class notes to help in learning R even if they don't enroll in the workshop. Register here

IDRE Stat Consulting Group

The goal of the UCLA IDRE Statistical Consulting Group is to help UCLA faculty, staff, and graduate students perform top-notch research, with the greatest emphasis on data analysis related to grants and publications, but also including dissertation research. We provide advice and resources to enable you to develop and/or extend your statistical computing skills, helping you to independently use common statistical packages for the analysis of your research.

Walk-in consulting is in Math Sciences 4919. See our online schedule for days and hours.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

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