You Probably Won’t Break It – A Gentle Overview of Data & Programming 

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. 

Location: 
Tisch Library Mark Lab
Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Today's
Hours

7:45am - 1:00am

Workshops This Month And Beyond

All Workshops

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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 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, September 18, 2019 - 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 the visualization and storytelling tools that can be used to contextualize Omeka collections and transform them into digital scholarly exhibits.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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.

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

An interactive session on elements and principles of poster design. While these principles are applicable regardless of what software you design in (or even non-digital design), we’ll make use of the easy to use, free web-based application Canva.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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!

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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, 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, October 1, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: CLIC 114

Click here to register with XSEDE: 

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC), Tufts is offering a two day Big Data workshop. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform.

Location: Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) 114, 574 Boston Ave Medford, MA 02155 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 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.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: CLIC 114

Click here to register with XSEDE: 

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC), Tufts is offering a two day Big Data workshop. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform.

Location: Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) 114, 574 Boston Ave Medford, MA 02155 

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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.

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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.

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

In this workshop you will learn studio and field recording tools and strategies to build a short project through exploratory listening.

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

Learn about new web-based tools that help make attractive posters! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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.

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)

In this workshop you will learn audio editing tools and strategies to build a short project. We will use GarageBand but skills are translatable to software such as Audition and ProTools. We will cover basic media management, starting a new project, importing, editing techniques, basic effects, and exporting. Demo media will be provided.

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Are you planning to incorporate images, text, data, or other material created by someone else into a project, and wondering what’s allowed? Are you interested in learning more about your rights to your own work? This workshop will provide an introduction to copyright, Fair Use, and licenses in order to facilitate creating and sharing your project.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 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.

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

This workshop is a breif introduction of the structure of the Tufts HPC cluster, as well as the basic usage of it's scheduler "SLURM". 

**Required** This is a hands-on workshop and we will be using Tufts HPC cluster for demonstration purposes and practices. 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.

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

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Just when you finally get ArcMap down, they develop a new platform for ArcGIS! A new ribbon based and map centric product, ArcGIS Pro has all the tools you’ve come to know and love, plus it’s easier to use than ArcMap (once you get used to it). Come learn the future ESRI… you might like it more than you think! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

This is a hands-on workshop designed to get you started analyzing data using Python and Jupyter Notebooks. We will provide a whirlwind overview of what Python is (and isn't) and why you might want to use it to look at your data. Then we'll dive into some programming basics and discuss:

  • What are variables and how do I use them?
  • What other data structures are available?
  • Essential Python packages for data analysis (NumPy, Matplotlib, Pandas, and more) and how to import them
  • The basics of visualization with Matplotlib
  • How do I import my data?

No previous programming experience is required for this workshop, and computers will be provided at the Mark Lab.

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: CLIC 114

Registration Link: Coming Soon

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC), Tufts is offering a two day OpenMP workshop. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenMP. This event will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: CLIC 114

Registration Link: Coming Soon

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC), Tufts is offering a two day OpenMP workshop. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenMP. This event will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

Twitter data is all the rage when it comes to cutting edge social science research. But getting it and using can be a little tricky. You will come out of this workshop with a good grasp of the different tools for accessing Twitter data and the pros and cons of each. The workshop will include a walkthrough of at least one popular method for accessing data from Twitter, as well as a brief demonstration of some ways you might want to analyse the data for different types of research questions.

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

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. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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, November 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Tisch 302

Information and Registration is available at: https://tufts-carpentries.github.io/2019-11-15-tufts/.

Tufts Libraries and Tufts Technology Services are pleased to present a Software Carpentry workshop covering the Unix shell, Git, and Python on the Tufts Medford Campus. Software Carpentry workshops, part of the larger Carpentries organization (https://carpentries.org), are designed to teach foundational coding, and data science skills to researchers. The lessons are used world-wide. No previous experience with any of the tools being taught is expected. The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.If you have any questions please contact Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian at Tisch Library, at kristin.lee@tufts.edu.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Tisch 302

Information and Registration is available at: https://tufts-carpentries.github.io/2019-11-15-tufts/.

Tufts Libraries and Tufts Technology Services are pleased to present a Software Carpentry workshop covering the Unix shell, Git, and Python on the Tufts Medford Campus. Software Carpentry workshops, part of the larger Carpentries organization (https://carpentries.org), are designed to teach foundational coding, and data science skills to researchers. The lessons are used world-wide. No previous experience with any of the tools being taught is expected. The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.If you have any questions please contact Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian at Tisch Library, at kristin.lee@tufts.edu.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Tisch 302

Information and Registration is available at: https://tufts-carpentries.github.io/2019-11-15-tufts/.

Tufts Libraries and Tufts Technology Services are pleased to present a Software Carpentry workshop covering the Unix shell, Git, and Python on the Tufts Medford Campus. Software Carpentry workshops, part of the larger Carpentries organization (https://carpentries.org), are designed to teach foundational coding, and data science skills to researchers. The lessons are used world-wide. No previous experience with any of the tools being taught is expected. The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.If you have any questions please contact Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian at Tisch Library, at kristin.lee@tufts.edu.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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, November 21, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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!

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Tisch 302

Information and Registration is available at: https://tufts-carpentries.github.io/2019-11-15-tufts/.

Tufts Libraries and Tufts Technology Services are pleased to present a Software Carpentry workshop covering the Unix shell, Git, and Python on the Tufts Medford Campus. Software Carpentry workshops, part of the larger Carpentries organization (https://carpentries.org), are designed to teach foundational coding, and data science skills to researchers. The lessons are used world-wide. No previous experience with any of the tools being taught is expected. The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.If you have any questions please contact Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian at Tisch Library, at kristin.lee@tufts.edu.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: CLIC 114

Click to Register: coming soon

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC), Tufts is offering a two day Big Data workshop. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform.

Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) 114, 574 Boston Ave Medford, MA 02155

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: CLIC 114

Click to Register: coming soon

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC), Tufts is offering a two day Big Data workshop. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform.

Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) 114, 574 Boston Ave Medford, MA 02155

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Tisch Digital Design Studio (DDS)
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 574 Boston 310

This course will cover some examples of using the Tufts High Performance Compute Cluster (HPC) to manipulate Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data. Tufts HPC hosts many different tools and datasets to facilitate analysis of sequencing data. Basic knowledge of Linux and an account on Tufts Compute Cluster are required. To get an account go to: https://research.uit.tufts.edu/.  For tips on getting started with Linux or questions on this course, email tts-research@tufts.edu

Location: 574 Boston Ave. Room 310