Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year on topics including research, media & design, data, copyright & publishing, and how to cite sources. See below for upcoming workshops.

If you don't see a workshop on a topic you're interested in, check back at the beginning of the semester or contact us now to meet with a librarian or to suggest a topic!

Open Workshops This Month And Beyond

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

Interested in learning the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), but couldn’t get into the class? Come join us for a quick workshop and learn the basics of adding and stylizing data, querying attribute tables, and creating a final map product for publication. 

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

This workshop is designed to get you started with the statistical programming language R. We provide an overview of the R language along with the RStudio interface. During the session, we use datasets built into RStudio to introduce importing data, performing descriptive statistics and making simple visualizations to get you familiar with working in R. This workshop is suitable for those who have not worked with R/RStudio before. No previous statistical experience is required for this session. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

So you found a dataset, but it doesn’t quite work for you; now what? Never fear! We have lots of tips and tricks that you can use to clean up a messy data set, adjust the data to line up with what you already have, or just reduce the size of the dataset to only include what you need. We will look at how you can use Excel and OpenRefine to evaluate and work with your data.

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

You’ve heard of close reading, but how about distant reading? Want to learn how to visualize thematic patterns across Shakespeare’s plays? Presidential speeches? Newspaper articles? Thousands or millions of texts? This workshop will provide an introduction to some simple, free web-based tools for text analysis and visualizations that you can bring into your research and classes. No programming experience required. 

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Tisch Library 223

We all have a growing collection of digital files – documents and notes, data files, charts and graphs, pictures… the list is endless! In this workshop we will talk about strategies and tools that you can use to keep track of all of your work so that your files are easy to find and safe.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

GPS is changing the way users collect and manage geographic data. From handheld units to smart phones, GPS units make it extremely convenient to record locations in the field while simultaneously collecting survey information (e.g. water quality data, questionnaire responses, etc).  In this workshop, students will learn how to prepare a field data collection sheet, use Garmin GPS units to collect data, download the data and join survey responses, and import the results into Google Earth and Google Maps.  

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

This workshop is designed to get you familiar with the Stata. We provide an overview of Stata interface and basic functions. During the session, we introduce some descriptive statistics commands and recoding commands to help you gain familiarity with Stata syntax. This workshop is suitable for those who have not worked with Stata before or those seeking a refresher session. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

In today’s day in age, static paper maps can only get you so far. Online web-maps allow viewers to engage with spatial data in an interactive manner, allowing for more in depth analysis and storytelling.  In this introductory workshop, we will learn how to use ArcGIS Online to add layers to the map, configure pop-ups to make your map features informative, and present your map with a finished look and a nice user experience for mobile applications or embedding into websites. This workshop requires an introductory understanding of GIS.

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

Data is an essential part of your research, but keeping track of it can be tricky and data management plans are an increasingly important component of project planning. In this workshop we will talk about the tools and strategies that you can use to manage your data from collection all the way through to when you want to put it somewhere to be preserved. 

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

Charts, graphs, maps, and infographics are a great way to communicate research, but not all visualizations are created equal. In this workshop we will talk about the ways that you can create truthful and effective visualizations and look at a series of examples to see how visualizations can go terribly wrong. We will also start to work with Tableau to make attractive visualizations.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

Wouldn’t it be great if ArcMap was less expensive, open source, and more versatile? Never fear, QGIS is here! QGIS is a free, open-source software that allows you to create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. This workshop is ideal for students who have introductory knowledge of ArcGIS, and are comfortable applying GIS principles to a new GIS software. In this intro workshop, you’ll learn how to stylize layers, make selections, set your projection, and create a final map composition.

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

This workshop is designed to get you started with Python. We provide an overview of the Python language using the Jupyter notebook web application. We will go through loading data, importing other functionality through packages, and visualizing data in Python. This workshop is suitable for those who have not worked with Python before. No previous experience is required for this session. 

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: Tisch Library 223

Learn about Tufts-supported software and tools for organizing your reading list and how to integrate these tools into your research and writing. If you've heard of EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero but never gotten around to checking them out this is your chance!

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

Sick of using only PowerPoint to make presentations? Esri Story Maps are web applications that let authors combine beautiful, interactive maps with narrative text, striking images, and multimedia including video. Impress your professors, bosses or friends with these attractive and easy to use applications while bringing your story to life. Story maps can be embedded in web pages and truly up your presentation game!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

Data is an important part of research in any discipline, and mashing up data from different sources can help make innovative and creative discoveries; but where can you get the data from? How do you know if it is worth using? In this workshop we will look at places to find data, what to look for when you find it, and how you can make sure that credit is given to the creators!

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

Wouldn’t it be great if ArcMap was less expensive, open source, and more versatile? Never fear, QGIS is here! QGIS is a free, open-source software that allows you to create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. This workshop is ideal for students who want to learn how to perform spatial analyses using more advanced raster tools and plugins in QGIS. 

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library 223

Learn about Tufts-supported software and tools for organizing your reading list and how to integrate these tools into your research and writing. If you've heard of EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero but never gotten around to checking them out this is your chance!

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

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