Introduction To Basic Linux Workshop

This is designed to be an introductory level workshop on Basic Linux (the command line environment and some useful commands).

**Required** This is a hands-on workshop and we will be using Tufts HPC cluster for demonstration purposes. If you don't already have access to Tufts HPC cluster, please go to https://research.uit.tufts.edu/ and fill out the "Request account for Research Computing Cluster" Form at least 2 days before the workshop.

No previous Linux experience is required.

Location: 
Tisch Library Mark Lab
Date: 
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Data Lab Instructor: 
Susi Remondi

Today's
Hours

7:45am - 1:00am

Workshops This Month And Beyond

All Workshops

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Interested in getting started with data analysis, coding, or just want to get more comfortable with your computer? Join us for a gentle introduction to the tools available for different tasks you might be learning about. This session will have no prerequisites or expected knowledge – show up as you are and feel comfortable asking whatever questions you have. 

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 8:30am to 9:30am
Location: 574 Boston 310

Ronak Shah, the Higher Education Research area manager from NVIDIA, is visiting Tufts (Medford Campus) on Friday Jan. 31st. He researchers accelerate their journeys in artificial intelligence, computational science, embedded computing, and more with NVIDIA parallel accelerated computing platform CUDA, libraries, software, and systems.

The following topics will be covered in this talk:

  • Architectures for Deep Learning
  • NVIDIA Technologies for Researchers:
    • Inter-GPU communication optimization
    • Containerized applications and frameworks
    • IO performance optimization
  • (tentative) RAPIDS Overview – GPU Accelerated Machine Learning

Please come and join us:
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Friday 01/31/2020
Location: Room 310, 574 Boston Ave. Medford (CLIC)

We look forward seeing you there!
Research Technology, TTS

 

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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 will 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. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

This is a hands-on workshop designed to get you started with the programming language Python and the Jupyer Notebook environment. We will provide a whirlwind overview of what Python is, why you might want to use it, and how to do so. Then we'll dive into programming basics and discuss:

  • Basic command-line syntax and using Python in the terminal
  • Creating and running your own Python scripts
  • The Anaconda distribution and the Jupyter Notebook environment
  • What are variables and how to use them
  • Different data types available in Python
  • Various data structures and how to manipulate them
  • What are functions and how to write them
  • The usage of loops and conditionals
  • The functionalities of various Python libraries and how to import them

Absolutely no previous programming experience is assumed and computers will be provided through the Data Lab. This workshop is most suitable for those who have not worked with Python before and are looking to use it for simple scripting and data analysis. Attendees will leave with a strong foundation of basic Python upon which to build more advanced skills.

Due to popular demand, this workshop will also be offered at the following times:

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Come learn about efficient ways to craft your data science resume. We'll review how to list different tools/software and prioritize projects, classes and work experience. We'll also see some different examples of excellent resumes and discuss do's and dont's for resume design. Be sure to bring your resume as we will have time for peer review of resumes to apply what we learned!

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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 symbologizing data, querying attribute tables, and creating a final map product for publication using the desktop software for ESRI ArcMap. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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.

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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, style 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. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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 19, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

The workshop will cover the basic functions of Omeka, starting with creating a digital collection of artifacts and other primary sources. We will examine how item descriptions, or metadata, can invite users to interact with artifacts individually and in context with each other. Finally, we will explore storytelling techniques that can be used to contextualize Omeka collections and transform them into digital scholarly exhibits.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

We will learn the fundamental techniques for loading, cleaning, and gaining meaningful insights into large bodies of text using the Python library NLTK. Specific applications will include stemming, analysis of word frequencies, and simple characterization analysis using adjective-character cooccurrence frequencies. Bonus material will include an introduction to syntactic parsing to analyse the complexity of political speeches. And don't worry, it's easier than you think!

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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 will cover introductory GIS concepts using QGIS. In this intro workshop, you’ll learn how to stylize layers, make selections, set your projection, and create a final map composition in QGIS.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

An interactive session on elements and principles of poster design. These principles are applicable regardless of what software you design in (or even non-digital design), such as the easy-to-use, free, web-based application Canva.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

Description Pending

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. We’ll equip you with the knowledge and lingo to begin your podcast journey. After this orientation, you will know:

  • Differences between podcasting and radio
  • Who’s making, distributing, and listening to podcasts
  • How to recognize different podcast styles
  • The seven steps of producing a podcast — including gear, software, and setting up your RSS Feed
  • What support Tisch Library’s Digital Design Studio can offer you
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Want to download lots of info from a website, but copy and paste won’t cut it? This workshop will teach you the basics of web scraping, or extracting text from a website with the programming language Python, and the libraries requests and BeautifulSoup, using web scraping texts from Project Gutenberg as an example.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

This is designed to be an introductory level workshop on Basic Linux (the command line environment and some useful commands).

This is a hands-on workshop and an account on the HPC cluster is required**.

No previous Linux experience is required.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

It’s easy to get so excited about our idea for a podcast that we coast on our own enthusiasm and forget that our podcast will live or die based on listeners’ enthusiasm. During this workshop, we will listen closely to examples of podcasts and critique their efficacy. Then participants will work in small groups to reconceptualize the idea for one of the podcasts we listen to. We’ll close out our time together with small groups pitching the idea for their newly imagined podcast.

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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.

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

This is a hands-on workshop designed to get you started with the programming language Python and the Jupyer Notebook environment. We will provide a whirlwind overview of what Python is, why you might want to use it, and how to do so. Then we'll dive into programming basics and discuss:

  • Basic command-line syntax and using Python in the terminal
  • Creating and running your own Python scripts
  • The Anaconda distribution and the Jupyter Notebook environment
  • What are variables and how to use them
  • Different data types available in Python
  • Various data structures and how to manipulate them
  • What are functions and how to write them
  • The usage of loops and conditionals
  • The functionalities of various Python libraries and how to import them

Absolutely no previous programming experience is assumed and computers will be provided through the Data Lab. This workshop is most suitable for those who have not worked with Python before and are looking to use it for simple scripting and data analysis. Attendees will leave with a strong foundation of basic Python upon which to build more advanced skills.

Due to popular demand, this workshop will also be offered at the following times:

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

This workshop is a brief introduction of the structure of the Tufts HPC cluster, as well as the basic usage of its scheduler “SLURM”.

This is a hands-on workshop and an account on the HPC cluster is required**.

Basic Linux knowledge is required. If you are not familiar with Linux, please check out our “Introduction to Basic Linux Workshop”.

**REQUIRED** Workshops utilize the Tufts High Performance Computer Cluster. If you don’t already have access to Tufts HPC cluster, please go to https://research.uit.tufts.edu/ and fill out the “Request account for Research Computing Cluster” Form at least 2 days before the workshop.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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!

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

You will be guided through several methods for automatically assessing the positive or negative sentiment in a piece of text. The methods will range from simple binary classification based on a “bag-of-words” approach to more sophisticated linear regression. The workshop will use the scikit-learn Python library. The workshop will also feature a brief conceptual overview of more nuanced methods of classifying text not just as positive or negative, but into more nuanced sentiment categories.

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

Description Pending

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Learn to systematically organize, code, and interpret qualitative data – data that is words, images, texts, video and more - using NVivo

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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. No GIS experience required.

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Description Pending

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Tisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203

This course will cover some examples of using the Tufts High Performance Compute Cluster (HPC) to manipulate Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data.

Topics covered include quality control, read alignment, variant calling and visualization.

It is recommended to take the “Introduction to Linux” and “Introduction to Tufts HPC” workshops in preparation for this class. An account on Tufts HPC Cluster is required, see below for instructions**.

**REQUIRED** Workshops utilize the Tufts High Performance Computer Cluster. If you don’t already have access to Tufts HPC cluster, please go to https://research.uit.tufts.edu/ and fill out the “Request account for Research Computing Cluster” Form at least 2 days before the workshop. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

April 1st is Census Day 2020, the day of reference for the entire census. We will discuss filling out the census as a participant, the 2020 census more broadly, and explore recent & historical census data through a variety of tools like Social Explorer and IPUMS. Participants will learn about  different types of census data, how the census is used in a variety of contexts, as well as debates and challenges. 

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

ESRI ArcGIS has much more to offer than just ArcMap! Come for a quick overview and demo of the many ESRI applications including StoryMaps, ArcGIS Online, WebApp Builder, Insights, Community Analyst and ArcGIS Pro. The options are limitless! 

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Ever find yourself doing the same mundane task over and over again? Whether it be organizing files, fixing typos, or updating data points, our lives are filled with boring repetitive tasks that waste hours of our precious time. But what if your computer could do them for you? Come and learn how to use Python to harness the full capabilities of your computer and make it do the things you would rather not. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic batch scripting and command-line syntax
  • Creating and running Python scripts from the terminal
  • Running Python interactively via Jupyter Notebook
  • Different ways to use loops and conditionals
  • Recursive directory traversal
  • Reading, writing, and modifying files
  • String manipulation and regular expressions
  • List comprehension and map-functions
  • Application programming interfaces (APIs)

Basic familiarity with Python is assumed. Computers will be provided through the Data Lab. If you have never used Python before, you are strongly encouraged to attend an introductory Python workshop prior to this one at one of the following times:

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

With TimelineJS you can create a visually attractive timeline incorporating images, audio, video, maps, and other media. Created by the Knight Lab at Northwestern University, the tool is primarily intended for journalists but can be used in many disciplines and is particularly useful for introductory digital humanities projects. During this workshop, we will look closely at example timelines — discussing what works and what doesn't — and then work together to create our own timeline putting a modern-day issue into historical context. Throughout the workshop, we'll critically examine the possibilities and the restrictions for advancing an argument in the timeline format.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Interested in exploring an online tool for simple, collaborative scientific and technical writing? Learn how to use Overleaf to make the process of writing, collaborating, and publishing scientific documents in LaTeX quicker and easier. Overleaf is a browser-based editor that allows direct code editing and a Rich Text formatter that does the work for you. Collaborate with colleagues, find templates for major journals, and format bibliographies. 

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Tired of Excel and it’s limited capabilities? Want to learn how to use Python and Jupyter Notebooks to analyze and visualize big data? Come and embark on a 90-minute journey that will set you on the path to becoming a true data scientist. We will work hands-on with real datasets and cover the following:

  • The Anaconda distribution for data science
  • Jupyer Notebook and Google Colab environments
  • Essential Python packages for data science (NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, etc)
  • Installing new packages using virtual environments
  • Importing and exporting different datasets
  • Good data management practices
  • Cleaning, grouping, filtering, and analyzing data
  • Long vs wide data formats
  • Creating and tweaking various visualizations

Basic familiarity with Python is assumed. Computers will be provided through the Data Lab. If you have never used Python before, you are strongly encouraged to attend an introductory Python workshop prior to this one at one of the following times:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

An interactive session on elements and principles of poster design. These principles are applicable regardless of what software you design in (or even non-digital design), such as the easy-to-use, free, web-based application Canva. This session will focus on design strategies for scientific conference posters.