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Data Studio Upcoming Events


Robert E. Kennedy Library

    • Art, Science and the Natural World - The Seaweed Specimen, a STEM+Art discussion with Josie Iselin, artist and Ruta Saliklis, SLOMA Exhibition and Development Director
    • February 6, Friday, 11am-12pm, Library 111C

    Josie Iselin, photographer, writer and book designer based in San Francisco, will sit down with Ruta Saliklis, Director of Exhibitions and Development at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, to talk about her work in the context of the burgeoning STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) movement, which incorporates the arts into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects.

    This conversation is offered in partnership with the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art where Ms. Iselin currently has a stunning exhibition of seaweed portraits on view from January 2 to March 1, 2015: "Intertidal Heroes" a poetic and compelling tribute by the artist to undersea life and the wonder and mystery it evokes.

    Iselin takes the traditional pressed seaweed specimen -- invaluable to scientists and beloved by collectors -- into a contemporary portrait format using a flatbed scanner. Her work is a nexus where art, the natural world, and science converge.

    Iselin earned a bachelor’s degree in visual and environmental studies from Harvard College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University.

    The event will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 6, in Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library Room 111C. This is the second STEAM (STEM+Art) presentation hosted by the Data Studio at Kennedy Library.

    Faculty, students and community members are welcome; light refreshments will be served. Please visit for additional information on the event. Please contact: Jeanine Scaramozzino at 805-756-5677 or for additional information

    • Where does all geospatial data go?, a presentation by Jon Jablonski, Head of the Map and Imagery Laboratory at UCSB
    • February 12, Thursday, 11am-12pm, Library 111C

    Jon Jablonski, Head of the Map and Imagery Laboratory at UCSB will present, "Where does all geospatial data go?" at Kennedy Library on Thursday, February 12, 11am-12pm, in 111C. Jablonski has a graduate degree in Geography from University of Oregon and in Information Science from University of Washington. His work revolves around the management of large bodies of worldwide spatial information and practical applications of geodata. He will discuss the status of building geospatial libraries for storage, discovery, and access in academia, specifically UCSB’s efforts to spatially enable the new Alexandria Digital Research Library. He will go on to describe his research on how people form Information Places—informal, ad hoc grounds for information seeking and transfer. Most specifically, how Chinese youth use mobile communications technologies that lead both to more personal freedom and political friction. Faculty, students and community members are welcome and light refreshments will be served. For questions, contact Jeanine Scaramozzino at ext. 6-5677 or


    • Sharing your information in the mobile world: What do you gain and what do you lose?, Gary Price, INFOdocket co-editor
    • Data Studio Open House Date TBD, April, Thursday, 10:30-11am Reception, 11am-12pm Presentation, Library 111C/111H

      Data Studio Overview

      Discover - Explore - Create - Share

      Data plays an increasingly important role in scholarly and professional communication. Data literacy, discovery and reuse are growing in importance as skills that will support effective problem solving, innovation, collaboration and other activities across a wide array of disciplines and professions.


      The root of the word “polytechnic” comes from the Greek work techne, meaning craft, art or skill. “Poly” (meaning “many”) suggests instruction in many technical arts or applied sciences. The Data Studio fosters a polytechnic atmosphere, providing a collaborative environment that can inspire students to discover techniques for working with information in new and dynamic ways. Just as designers and artists produce original work in studios, Cal Poly students use the Data Studio to create and interact with data in creative, innovative and even beautiful ways.


      The resources in the Data Studio give students access to a wide variety of data and allow them to use that data in novel ways. Students can tailor the Data Studio furniture and hardware to their liking to best promote effective teamwork. Through instruction, collaboration and hands-on experience, students are able to direct their own learning and explore familiar topics in new ways.


      “Impossible” challenges can often be met through wise use of quality data. Having the right data and the right analytical and visualization tools and using them effectively calls for critical thinking and creative solutions. The resources in the Data Studio give students the skills and capacity to meet the challenges of the future and create innovative resolutions: Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy in action.


      Using tools in the Data Studio, students are learning to communicate their information in new ways. The creative space encourages involvement with data in a deeper and more profound way than most students and researchers have experienced before. A shared space encourages students to share their ideas and visions and become part of a larger data-savvy community.


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