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!
Workshops This Month And Beyond
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.
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!
Want to apply computational analysis to texts you've found online? Come learn web scraping--the process of extracting data (tables and texts of all kinds) from websites, then analyze your data with NLTK, a natural language processing toolkit for Python. Learn how to compute word frequencies, concordances, average sentence length, and more! Previous experience with Python is recommended but not required.
Want to learn how to make really attractive posters, but don’t have the time to learn InDesign. Do you know how to use PowerPoint and Word already? Then publisher is the perfect platform for you! This workshop will discuss design concepts and go over tips and tricks for using Microsoft Publisher. You’ll be making stunning posters in no time!