Data GIS Blog
Last fall Duke University released its newest file sharing service known as Duke’s Box. By partnering with Box.com, Duke offers a cloud-storage service which is intuitive, secure, and easy to use. Login with with your NetID, share files with colleagues, and have confidence this cloud storage is compliant with all laws and regulations regarding data privacy and security.Simple to Use
Duke’s Box is similar to other cloud-based file storage services which support collaboration, productivity, and synchronization. You can drop and drag files, identify collaborators and set permissions (read, edit, comment, etc.) But unlike some services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, Duke’s Box enables you to be in compliance with data privacy and security. Additionally, you can synchronize data across your devices, at your discretion and subject to Duke’s Security & Usage Practice restrictions
You may have used OIT’s NAS (Network Attached Storage) file storage service known as CIFS. Duke’s Box is easier to use although it provides services for slightly different use-cases. For example, CIFS might be more useful if accessing large files (e.g. video files that are larger than 5 GB). However, CIFS doesn’t enable collaboration or sharing. Depending on your needs you may still want to use your departmental or OIT NAS. Either way, you can use both file storage services and each service is free.
Check out this 5 minute quick-start video:50 GB of Space by Default
You are automatically provisioned 50 GB of space, but you can request more if you need more. See the FAQ for details.
Individual file size limitations are throttled to less than 5 GB. This means Duke’s Box may be less than ideal for sharing very large files. NAS services may be more appropriate for large files as the time to download or synchronize large files can become inconvenient. But for many common file sharing cases, Duke’s Box is ideal, fast and convenient.Documentation, Restrictions & Use
While you can store many types of files, there are best practices and restrictions you will want to review. For example, Duke Medicine users are required to complete an online training module prior to account activation.
- Security and Use, including more detail on Terms of Service, and example Data Types — including military and space data, FERPA, HIPAA, etc.
- Duke’s Box Usage Practices
- OIT’s FAQ
- Your Duke’s Box “Read Me” folder. OIT has done a great job of providing quick and convenient documentation located right where you need it. See the READ ME folder after you logon to Duke’s Box.
One of the many use-cases for Duke’s Box is a more convenient way for you to share your data with us. As you know we welcome questions about data analysis and visualization. We know describing data can be difficult while sharing your dataset can clarify your question. But sharing your data via email consumes a lot of resources — both yours and ours. Now there’s a better way; please share your data with us via Duke’s Box.Steps for Sharing Your Data with DVS Consultants
- Log into Duke’s Box (Use the blue “continue” button)
- Open your “home” folder
- Put your data in the “sharing” folder
- Use the “invite people” button (right-hand sidebar)
- Using a consultant email address, invite the DVS Consultant to see your data. (Don’t worry if you don’t have our email yet. When you start your question at askData@duke.edu, an individual consultant will be back in touch.)
This semester, Duke is proud to host the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit, visiting from Indiana University. Places & Spaces is a 10-year effort by Dr. Katy Börner (director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center) to bring focus to visualization as a medium of scholarly communication.
The exhibit includes 100 maps from various disciplines and cultures and highlights myriad visualization techniques that have been used to communicate science to a broader public. The maps are divided among three spaces on campus: The Edge (newly opened on the first floor of Bostock Library), Smith Warehouse (on the second floor of Bay 11), and Gross Hall (on the third floor).
To celebrate the opening, Dr. Börner will visit Duke on January 21st and 22nd. She will give a keynote presentation on Wednesday, January 21, at 4pm, in the Edge. A reception will follow.
Additional events next week and throughout the semester will celebrate the exhibit and promote ongoing visualization work at Duke. All events are open to the public!Upcoming events
Wednesday, January 21
- Digital Scholarship Series opening session – Manifest Data, by the S-1 lab
3-4pm in the Edge
- Opening keynote by the exhibit’s curator, Dr. Katy Börner, and reception
4-6pm in the Edge
Thursday, January 22
- Screening of Dr Börner’s film Humanexus
12-1pm in 266 Smith Warehouse Bay 10
Friday, January 23
- Uncharted: Mapping the Spaces Between Disciplines (half-day conference)
9:45am-3pm in 217 Perkins
- Visualization Friday Forum – Exhibit tour in the Edge
12-1pm in the Edge
Please contact Angela Zoss (email@example.com) with any questions or suggestions. We hope you can join us in celebrating and enjoying this exhibit!
Data and Visualization Services is happy to announce our new Data and Visualization Lab in Duke Libraries new Edge research space. Located on the first floor of the Bostock Library, the Brandaleone Family Lab for Data and Visualization Services offers a dedicated space for researchers working on data driven projects.
The lab features three distinct areas for supporting data driven research.Data and Visualization Lab Space
Our lab space features twelve high end workstations with dual monitors with the latest software for data visualization, digital mapping, statistics, and qualitative research. All of the machines have two dedicated displays to encourage collaborative work and data consultations. Additionally, all twelve machines have a dedicated power port located conveniently under the edge of the table for powering a laptop or usb powered device.Bloomberg Professional “Bar”
Since the launch of our Bloomberg terminals, we have seen a steady increase in both individual and team based usage of Bloomberg financial data. Our three Bloomberg Professional workstations are now located on a dedicated “bar” across from our lab machines. The new Bloomberg zone will facilitate collaborate work and provide a base for groups such as the Duke University Investment Club and Duke Financial Economics Center.Consult and Collaborative Space
Our third lab space provides a set of four rolling tables for small groups to collaborate or for projects that don’t require a fixed computing space. An 85″ flat panel display near this zone features data visualizations and other data driven research projects at Duke.Come See Us!
With ample natural light, almost 24/7 availability, and a welcoming staff eager to work with you on your next data driven project. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming year!
Calling all Duke undergrad and grad students! Have you worked on a course or research project that included some kind of visualization? Maybe you made a map for a history class paper. Maybe you invented a new type of chart to summarize the results of your experiment. Maybe you played around with an infographic builder just for fun.
Now is the time to start thinking about submitting those visualizations to the Duke Student Data Visualization Contest. It’s easy — just grab a screenshot or export an image of your visualization, write up a short description explaining how you made it, and submit it using our Sakai project site (search for “2015 DataVis Contest”). The deadline is right after finals this fall, so just block in a little extra time at the end of the semester once you’re done with your final assignments and projects.
Not sure what would work as a good submission? Check out our Flickr gallery with examples from the past two years.
Not sure if you’re eligible? If were a Duke student (that is, enrolled in a degree granting program, so no post-docs) any time during 2014, and you did the work while you were a student, you’re golden!
Want to know more about the technical details and submission instructions? Check out the full contest instruction site.