Seton Hall To Begin Humanitarian Mapping

Seton Hall University Libraries is excited to announce that students can now join Humanitarian Mapathons—coordinated mapping events with a humanitarian purpose, such as the mapping of areas that are highly subject to natural disasters—as another community service opportunity at Seton Hall.

With an OpenStreetMap and a Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team account (HOT), students will be able to volunteer in humanitarian mapping activities along with a group leader. Group leaders will be able to select regions of the world that lack mapping data and coordinate so that students can collaborate virtually for map completion. Additionally, students will be able to check on their individual contributions by accessing the “My Contributions” tab in their personal accounts.

On March 5th, the Diplomacy Leadership Cohort participated in the first SHU humanitarian mapping session. Lauren Diawatan, a Diplomacy undergraduate student, joined the session and later said that humanitarian mapping helped her make a difference. She also noted that she never realized before “how online mapping could make an impact on directing resources and assistance.”

Besides its humanitarian purpose, humanitarian mapping also has the added benefit of enhancing students’ digital literacy, which makes this service opportunity a perfect fit for classes that seek to discuss the ethical, economic, or legal issues surrounding open-source data. As explained in Bloomberg, the access to geospatial data before OpenStreetMap was difficult and significantly limited to government agencies, however, nowadays, there is already more than five million registered users that can contribute to mapping several parts of the world.

Faculty and students who are interested in running or participating in a Mapathon can reach out to Lisa DeLuca at  with inquiries or requests.

Data Services Group

University Libraries launched its Data Services Group in Fall 2019.  Librarians and a Data Support Specialist are available to provide training in data management, specific tools like Stata, SPSS and R, Survey Research Methods for Qualtrics and Data Management for Seton Hall University students, faculty, staff, and administrators.  For further information, please view the Data Services website.  Part of the Data Service mission is to provide access to data sources including ICPSR.


SHU Data Services Group Hosted 2021 Love Data Week

Seton Hall University Libraries’ new Data Services Group, hosted its Love Data Week 2021 virtually this February 8th-12th. This year’s theme for the LDW at SHU was “Diversity and Inclusion in Data.”

During the week, the Data Services Group offered several sessions, ranging from Tableau Dashboards, Using Power BI to Identify Diversity in Your Workplace, Using Excel to Build an Optimal Investment Portfolio, and much more. The sessions counted with high levels of participation from University Libraries staff, SHU faculty & administrators, external guests, as well as undergraduate and graduate students.

Additionally, thanks to the University Libraries’ partnership with ICPSR, an international consortium that allows SHU students and faculty to access several secondary datasets, Love Data Week even had international attendees join its session on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on data sources. The session described how students can use ICPSR to discover data sources related to several communities.

Joseph Kajon, a sophomore Mathematics major, said he really enjoyed the experience of attending the Tableau Dashboards session. “As someone interested in the field of Data Science, I really appreciate having these resources available to learn more about how to efficiently use data.” He also added that he enjoyed “seeing how data is relevant to all fields, not just STEM related. Overall, LDW was a great experience and strengthened my interest in data.”

Faculty and students who were unable to attend the sessions can assess the recordings and presentation materials below. All are encouraged to learn about Research Data Services now offered by University Libraries, including data management, collection, and storage options. In addition, SHU students and faculty can request software access to aid their research based on the list of software supported at SHU in the Data Services Guide.

R: ggplot |Recording | Presentation

Using PowerBI To Identify Diversity in Your Workplace | Recording | Presentation

Using Excel to Build an Optimal Investment Portfolio| Recording

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Data Sources in ICPSR | Recording | Presentation

Algorithm Bias and Data Ethics | Recording | Presentation

Tableau Dashboards | Recording

Data Narrative Assignment Workshop | Recording | Presentation

Facts & Figures Zet Forward | Recording | Presentation

Douglass Day Conversations| Presentation

For future workshops, stay connected with us and be sure to check the Data Services Group’s Class Calendar.

Data Manipulation in Stata

Course name: Data Manipulation in Stata

Date and Time: 10/6/2020 [see Data Services calendar]

Location: online/ Microsoft teams

Software : Stata [Available for SHU students and faculty]


This workshop aims to provide basic understanding of data manipulation in Stata.

By the end of this workshop participants are expected to know how :

  • Import and export different data format in Stata
  • Clean and recode data in Stata
  • Create and compute a new variables from an existing variables
  • Run descriptive analysis in Stata

Please view the Data Services Stata webpage prior to class to request Stata access and download class materials.

Register for this event