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

Monday, January 27, 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. 

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. 

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.

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!

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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:

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: