The Data Labs, TTS Research Technology, Digital Design Studio (DDS)Tisch LibraryGinn Library and Hirsh Health Sciences Library provide a variety of short workshops for Geospatial Technologies, Statistics, Data Analysis and Management, Data Visualization, Design, and Digital Humanities. Please contact the Data Lab Support email list at DataLab-support@elist.tufts.edu if you would like to schedule a specialty workshop.


Medford Campus Workshops
Medford Campus Workshops

1.   Introduction to Basic Linux

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Date: January 24, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 574 Boston Ave. room 114
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Linux environment and Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! 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 have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster .

No previous Linux experience is required. Please bring your own laptop.

2. Intro to GIS using ArcMap

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Date: Monday, January 28, 2019 from 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist, TTS

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 in ESRI ArcMap.

3.  A Gentle Introduction to R

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Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Data Science Specialist, TTS

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.

4.  Introduction to Tufts HPC Cluster

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Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 574 Boston Ave. room 114
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! This workshop is a brief introduction of the structure of the Tufts HPC cluster (different nodes, different partitions, storage options, and available software,.etc), 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. If you don’t have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster . Basic Linux knowledge is required. If you are not familiar with Linux, please check out our “Introduction to Basic Linux Workshop”. Please bring your own laptop!

5.  Organizing your Digital Stuff

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Date: Monday, February 4, 2019 from 10 am – 11 am
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian, Tisch Library

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.

6. You Probably Won’t Break It: A Gentle Overview of Data and Programming

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Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 11am – 12pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Room 203
Taught by Kristin Lee,  Research Data Librarian, Tisch Library  and Ari Gofman, Social Sciences Data Librarian, Tisch Library

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.

7. Embrace the do file: Stata Basics

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Date: Thursday, February 7, 20119 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Data Science Specialist, TTS

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.

8.   Introduction to Basic Linux

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Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 574 Boston Ave. room 114
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Linux environment and Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! 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 have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster . No previous Linux experience is required. Please bring your own laptop.

9. Visualizing Text: Getting Started with Text Analysis

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Date: Monday, February 11, 2019 from 11 am – 12 pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Annie Swafford, Digital Humanities Specialist, TTS

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.

10. Privacy & Security for Artists and Activists

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Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 10:30am – 12pm
Location: Tisch Library Room 223 (LTC)
Taught by Chelcie Rowell, Team Lead for Digital Scholarship, Tisch Library

You have a right to exist safely in digital spaces. Although we have to rely on outside parties for technology to access these spaces, there are tons of helpful tools and strategies that allow you to take greater control of your digital life and mitigate the risk of malicious threats. During this workshop, we’ll walk through common areas of digital life such as web browsing, private data, and smartphones to show you different ways that you can implement as much or little security as you’re comfortable with. Thanks to Hack*Blossom’s DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity for this workshop description!

11. Big Data on High Performance Compute (HPC) Clusters using Python and Spark

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Date: Tues. Feb. 12, 2019 – Wed. Feb. 13, 2019 from 11:00am – 5:00pm,
Location:574 Boston Ave, Room 114

12. Introduction to Tufts HPC Cluster

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Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 574 Boston Ave. room 114
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! This workshop is a brief introduction of the structure of the Tufts HPC cluster (different nodes, different partitions, storage options, and available software,.etc), 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. If you don’t have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster . Basic Linux knowledge is required. If you are not familiar with Linux, please check out our “Introduction to Basic Linux Workshop”. Please bring your own laptop!

13. Data Carpentry Social Science Workshop

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Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 & Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 10 am – 4 pm
Location: Tisch Library Room 302
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian, Ari Gofman, Social Sciences Data Librarian, Kyle Monahan, Data Science Specialist, and Berika Williams, Emerging Technologies and Web Librarian

Tufts Libraries and Tufts Technology Services are pleased to present a Social Science Data Carpentry workshop covering Organizing Data in Spreadsheets, OpenRefine, and R on the Tufts Medford Campus. Data 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 designed with discipline-specific research in mind and are used world-wide. No previous experience with any of the tools being taught is expected and you don’t have to be a social scientist to attend.  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.

More information is available at https://nesclic.github.io/2019-02-15-tufts/.

14. Intro to Web-Mapping Using ArcGIS Online

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Date:Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 10am – 11am
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist, TTS

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.

15.  Working with Messy Data in OpenRefine

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Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 from 1 pm- 2 pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian, Tisch Library

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.

16.   An Introduction to GIS in QGIS

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Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 from 12pm – 1pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist, TTS

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.

 17.  Thinking through Sound: Sound Recording & Editing

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Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Digital Design Studio (DDS), Tisch Library 3rd Floor
Taught by Kim Forero-Arnias, Digital Media Specialist, Tisch Library

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

18. ePADD Workshop: Email Archives – Yours and Mine

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Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 from 10 am – 12pm
Location: Tisch Library 223
Taught by Margaret Peachy, Digital Archivist, Tisch Library

Join Digital Collection and Archives (DCA) staff to learn how to use a tool developed by Stanford, ePADD, to easily conduct research in email collections held by DCA and other archival repositories. You will also learn how you can use ePADD to save, organize, find, and perhaps eventually donate your own email to an archives.

19.  Web Scraping with Python

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Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 from 2pm – 3pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Annie Swafford, Digital Humanities Specialist, TTS

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.

20. Training in OpenACC/GPU Programming: From the Desktop to the High Performance Compute (HPC) Cluster

Date: Tues. Mar. 05, 2019  from 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) 119
Address: 574 Boston Ave Medford, MA 02155

21. Beyond Google Docs: Collaborative LaTex Writing in Overleaf

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Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Ari Gofman, Social Sciences Data Librarian, Tisch Library

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.

22. Can I use this stuff? Rights and licensing for digital projects

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Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 11 am – 12 pm
Location: Tisch Library Room 223 (LTC)
Taught by Andrea Schuler, Digital Collections Librarian, Tisch Library

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.

23. Marketing your Scholarship with GitHub Pages

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Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Tisch Library Room 223 (LTC)
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian and Chelcie Rowell, Team Lead for Digital Scholarship, Tisch Library

Creating a website to showcase your research interests and outputs is one of the most powerful ways you can establish yourself in your field. During this workshop, you will become familiar with GitHub Pages, a super easy—and super sustainable—platform for developing your scholarly online presence.

24.  Field Data Collection using GPS Handheld Units

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Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist, TTS

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.

25. Intro to GIS using ArcMap

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Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist, TTS

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 in ESRI ArcMap.

26. An Intro to LabArchives Digital Research Notebook Workshop

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Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Tom Phimmasen, Senior Data Consultant, TTS

Designed to replace paper notebooks, a LabArchives Digital Notebook can be used to document ideas, notes, research, experiments, and procedures. They are designed for intuitive use, ease of search, copying and versioning. They support collaboration with many users and includes access controls. In this workshop you will be provided an overview of the LabArchives Digital Research Notebooks. We will go over the feature tools and show you the benefits of moving from a paper to a Digital Notebook. Computers will be provide during the training session but feel free to use your laptop. And your Tufts account is required to log into the LabArchives Digital Notebook solution.

27. LabArchives Advanced Workshop

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Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from  11:30 am – 1 pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Tom Phimmasen, Senior Data Consultant, TTS

In this workshop, we will explore advance sharing with group management and widgets to create customized forms for data entry. Focused items are creation of research group specific forms and database for Chemical Inventory and Freezer Box.  Computers will be provide during the training session but feel free to use your laptop. And your Tufts account is required to log into the LabArchives Digital Notebook solution.

28. Data Visualization & Tableau

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Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 3 pm – 4 pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Data Science Specialist, TTS and Ari Gofman, Social Sciences Data Librarian, Tisch Library

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.

29.   Introduction to Basic Linux

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Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 574 Boston Ave. room 114
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Linux environment and Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! 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 have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster . No previous Linux experience is required. Please bring your own laptop.

30.  ArcGIS Pro: The New and Improved ArcMap

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Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 from 2pm – 3pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist, TTS

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!

31. Bioinformatics for RNA-Seq

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Date: Monday, April 1, 2019 AND Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 9 am – 12 pm
Location: Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) Room 117
Taught by Rebecca Batorsky, Senior Bioinformatics Specialist, TTS

High throughput RNA sequencing allows genome-wide investigation of gene expression and regulation. However, designing an experiment and choosing the right tools for analysis can be challenging. This two-day course aims to teach the basics of obtaining and analyzing RNA-seq data: Experiment design, quality control, alignment and visualization of reads and differential expression analysis. Analysis will be done with tools available on the Tufts High Performance Compute Cluster and example code and tutorials will be available at https://sites.tufts.edu/biotools/tutorials/.”

32.  Big Data on High Performance Compute (HPC) Clusters using Python and Spark

Date: Tues. Apr. 02, 2019 – Wed. Apr. 03, 2019 from 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) 119
Address: 574 Boston Ave Medford, MA 02155

33.  An Intro to Python and Jupyter Notebooks for Data Analysis

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Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 10:30 am – 12 pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Lenny Paritsky, Manager, Data Consulting, TTS

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 through the Data Lab. If you already have some data that you would like to explore, there will be time to do so at the end, so please feel free to bring it along (preferably in Excel or CSV format). Sample datasets will also be provided.

34.  Introduction to Tufts HPC Cluster

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Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 574 Boston Ave. room 114
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! This workshop is a brief introduction of the structure of the Tufts HPC cluster (different nodes, different partitions, storage options, and available software,.etc), 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. If you don’t have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster .

Basic Linux knowledge is required. If you are not familiar with Linux, please check out our “Introduction to Basic Linux Workshop”. Please bring your own laptop!

35. Data Visualization & Tableau

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Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 from 1 pm – 2 pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Data Science Specialist, TTS and Ari Gofman, Social Sciences Data Librarian, Tisch Library

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.

36.  Natural Language Processing with NLTK in Python

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Date: Monday, April 8, 2019 from 10 am – 11 am
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Annie Swafford, Digital Humanities Specialist

Want to find names or places mentioned in hundreds, thousands, or millions of texts? Want to find particular adjectives in tweets to learn how people feel about an event or topic? This workshop will teach you the basics of NLTK in Python, using the novel Frankenstein as an example, to help you learn what you can do with a computer and a lot of words.

37. Video Editing in Adobe Premiere

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Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Digital Design Studio (DDS), Tisch Library 3rd Floor
Taught by Kim Forero-Arnias, Digital Media Specialist, Tisch Library

In this workshop you will learn editing tools and strategies using found media with the aim of understanding different ways one could approach the footage. We will cover media management, starting a new project, importing, editing techniques, and exporting. Demo media will be provided.

38. Introduction to Basic Linux

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Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 574 Boston Ave. room 114
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Linux environment and Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! 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 have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster . No previous Linux experience is required. Please bring your own laptop.

39.  Unlocking Qualitative Data with Nvivo

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Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 from 2 pm – 3 pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Data Science Specialist, TTS and Ari Gofman, Social Sciences Data Librarian, Tisch Library

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40.  Software Carpentry – Tufts Medford Campus

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Date: Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10 am – 5pm
Location: Tisch Library, Room 302

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.

Information and Registration is available at https://nesclic.github.io/2019-04-12-tufts/.

41.  Research Data Management

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Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 3 pm – 4pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian& Lenny Paritsky, Manager, Data Consulting, TTS

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.

42. Principles of Poster Design

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Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Digital Design Studio (DDS), Tisch Library 3rd Floor
Taught by Ari Gofman, Social Sciences Data Librarian and Kylie Burnham, Digital Media Specialist, Tisch Library

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.

43.  Introduction to Tufts HPC Cluster

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Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 574 Boston Ave. room 114
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! This workshop is a brief introduction of the structure of the Tufts HPC cluster (different nodes, different partitions, storage options, and available software,.etc), 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. If you don’t have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster . Basic Linux knowledge is required. If you are not familiar with Linux, please check out our “Introduction to Basic Linux Workshop”. Please bring your own laptop!

44.  Story Maps: Not your Average Presentation

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Date: Friday, April 19, 2019 from 2 pm – 3 pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist, TTS

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!

45. High Performance Compute (HPC) Multicore/Multinode MPI Programming in C and Fortran

Date: Mon. May 06, 2019 – Tues. May 07, 2019  from 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) 114
Address: 574 Boston Ave Medford, MA 02155


Boston Campus Workshops


Boston Campus Workshops:

1.   PubMed: The Basics

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Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Amy LaVertu, Research & Instruction Librarian, Hirsh Health Sciences Library

This workshop will introduce you to PubMed.  We will review the content of this database, planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

2.   PubMed: Advanced

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Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Amy LaVertu, Research & Instruction Librarian, Hirsh Health Sciences Library

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3.  Intro to GIS using ArcMap

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Date: Monday, February 4, 2019 from 12pm – 1:30pm, Office Hours: 130 – 230pm
Location: Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist & Data Lab Manager, TTS

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 using health data.

4.   Introduction to Basic Linux

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Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 1pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Linux environment and Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! 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 have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster . No previous Linux experience is required. Please bring your own laptop.

5.   Approaching the Lit Review: Part 1

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Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 12 pm – 1 pm
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Amy LaVertu, Research & Instruction Librarian, Hirsh Health Sciences Library

In this workshop, you will learn how to approach the literature review.  Topics covered include: database selection, constructing effective searches, limiting articles to relevant studies, and tools for keeping track of results.

6.  Building Interactive Visualizations with Tableau

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Date: Monday, February 11, 2019 from 12pm – 1:30pm; Office Hours: 1:30 pm – 2:30pm
Location: Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Data Science Specialist, TTS

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 and interactive visualizations.

7.   Approaching the Lit Review: Part 2

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Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 12 pm – 1 pm
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Amy LaVertu, Research & Instruction Librarian, Hirsh Health Sciences Library

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8.   Intro to Web Mapping Using Health Data | ArcGIS Online

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Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist, TTS

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 health data 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.

9.   Introduction to Tufts HPC Cluster

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Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist

If you are new to Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! This workshop is a brief introduction of the structure of the Tufts HPC cluster (different nodes, different partitions, storage options, and available software,.etc), 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. If you don’t have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster . Basic Linux knowledge is required. If you are not familiar with Linux, please check out our “Introduction to Basic Linux Workshop”. Please bring your own laptop!

10.  EndNote: The Basics

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Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Amy LaVertu, Research & Instruction Librarian, Hirsh Health Sciences Library

This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the citation management program EndNote.   EndNote allows you to create a library of references, attach and read PDFs, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents.  This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

11.  Embrace the do file: STATA Basics

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Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 from 11:30am – 1 pm; Office hours 1 – 2pm
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Data Science Specialist, TTS

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.

12.  EndNote: Advanced

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Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Amy LaVertu, Research & Instruction Librarian, Hirsh Health Sciences Library

This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the citation management program EndNote.   EndNote allows you to create a library of references, attach and read PDFs, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents.  This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

13.  Intro to R: Part 1

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Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Berika Williams, Emerging Technologies and Web Librarian, Hirsh Health Sciences Library

R is an open source programming language used to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. Researchers and health professionals can use it to convey complex information in a manner that is easy to understand.  The flexibility of R allows large amounts of data to be processed and represented in ways that spreadsheet programs cannot.  This introductory, hands-on workshop provides a brief overview of how R works and what it is capable of. No prior experience with R or programming languages is required.

14.  Introduction to Basic Linux

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Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Linux environment and Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! 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 have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster . No previous Linux experience is required. Please bring your own laptop.

15.   Visualizing Data in R

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Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Berika Williams, Emerging Technologies and Web Librarian, Hirsh Health Sciences Library

R is an open source programming language used to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. In this hands-on workshop, users will be introduced to R packages used for data visualization. This session includes data visualization exercises utilizing a sample data set.  Prior experience with R or completion of the Hirsh Library’s “Introduction to “R” open workshop is recommended but not required.

16.   Statistics in R: Intermediate Level

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Date: Monday, March 25, 2019 from 12pm – 1:30pm ; Office hours 1:30 – 2:30pm
Location: Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Data Science Specialist, TTS

This workshop is designed for students who have taken a statistics course and have been introduced to R in the past. It is designed to work through writing and running more advanced code in R to complete intermediate statistical analyses such as linear regression models. This is not an introduction workshop to statistics or R.

17.   An Intro to LabArchives Digital Research Notebook Workshop

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Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 10:00am – 12pm
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Tom Phimmasen, Sr Data Consultant, TTS

Designed to replace paper notebooks, a LabArchives Digital Notebook can be used to document ideas, notes, research, experiments, and procedures. They are designed for intuitive use, ease of search, copying and versioning. They support collaboration with many users and includes access controls. In this workshop you will be provided an overview of the LabArchives Digital Research Notebooks. We will go over the feature tools and show you the benefits of moving from a paper to a Digital Notebook.Computers will be provide during the training session but feel free to use your laptop. And your Tufts account is required to log into the LabArchives Digital Notebook solution.

18.   LabArchives Advanced Workshop

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Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Tom Phimmasen, Sr Data Consultant, TTS

In this workshop, we will explore advance sharing with group management and widgets to create customized forms for data entry. Focused items are creation of research group specific forms and database for Chemical Inventory and Freezer Box.  Computers will be provide during the training session but feel free to use your laptop. And your Tufts account is required to log into the LabArchives Digital Notebook solution.

19.  Introduction to Tufts HPC Cluster

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Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist

If you are new to Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! This workshop is a brief introduction of the structure of the Tufts HPC cluster (different nodes, different partitions, storage options, and available software,.etc), 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. If you don’t have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster . Basic Linux knowledge is required. If you are not familiar with Linux, please check out our “Introduction to Basic Linux Workshop”. Please bring your own laptop!

20.    An Intro to Python and Jupyter Notebooks for Data Analysis

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Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 from 12pm – 1:30pm; Office Hours: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
Taught by Lenny Paritsky, Manager, Data Consulting, TTS

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 through the Data Lab. If you already have some data that you would like to explore, there will be time to do so at the end, so please feel free to bring it along (preferably in Excel or CSV format). Sample datasets will also be provided.

21.  Poster Design Tips | Microsoft Publisher Tricks

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Date: Monday, April 1, 2019 from 12pm – 1pm; Office hours 1pm – 2pm
Location: Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist, TTS

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!

22.   Bioinformatics for RNA-Seq

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Date: Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 9 AM – 12 PM
Location: Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
Taught by Rebecca Batorksy, Senior Bioinformatics Specialist, TTS

High throughput RNA sequencing allows genome-wide investigation of gene expression and regulation. However, designing an experiment and choosing the right tools for analysis can be challenging. This two-day course aims to teach the basics of obtaining and analyzing RNA-seq data: Experiment design, quality control, alignment and visualization of reads and differential expression analysis. Analysis will be done with tools available on the Tufts High Performance Compute Cluster and example code and tutorials will be available at https://sites.tufts.edu/biotools/tutorials/.


Grafton Campus Workshops

Grafton Campus Workshops

1.   Introduction to Basic Linux

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Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Webster Family Library Rm 106
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Linux environment and Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! 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 have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster .

No previous Linux experience is required. Please bring your own laptop.

2.  Introduction to Tufts HPC Cluster

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Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Location: Webster Family Library Rm 106
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist

If you are new to Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! This workshop is a brief introduction of the structure of the Tufts HPC cluster (different nodes, different partitions, storage options, and available software,.etc), 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. If you don’t have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster .

Basic Linux knowledge is required. If you are not familiar with Linux, please check out our “Introduction to Basic Linux Workshop”. Please bring your own laptop!

3. Introduction to Basic Linux

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Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 from 10:30 am – 12 pm
Location: Webster Family Library Rm 106
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist, TTS

If you are new to Linux environment and Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! 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 have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster .

No previous Linux experience is required. Please bring your own laptop.

3. Introduction to Tufts HPC Cluster

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Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 from 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Location: Webster Family Library Rm 106
Taught by Delilah Maloney, High Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist

If you are new to Tufts HPC cluster, this is a great place to start! This workshop is a brief introduction of the structure of the Tufts HPC cluster (different nodes, different partitions, storage options, and available software,.etc), 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. If you don’t have a cluster account yet, please fill out the following form at least one week previous to the workshop: Request account for Research Computing Cluster .

Basic Linux knowledge is required. If you are not familiar with Linux, please check out our “Introduction to Basic Linux Workshop”. Please bring your own laptop!

4. An Intro to LabArchives Digital Research Notebook Workshop

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Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Webster Family Library Room 106
Taught by Tom Phimmasen, Sr Data Consultant, TTS

Designed to replace paper notebooks, a LabArchives Digital Notebook can be used to document ideas, notes, research, experiments, and procedures. They are designed for intuitive use, ease of search, copying and versioning. They support collaboration with many users and includes access controls. In this workshop you will be provided an overview of the LabArchives Digital Research Notebooks. We will go over the feature tools and show you the benefits of moving from a paper to a Digital Notebook.

Computers will be provide during the training session but feel free to use your laptop. And your Tufts account is required to log into the LabArchives Digital Notebook solution.

5.   LabArchives Advanced Workshop

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Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 from  2 pm – 4 pm
Location: Webster Family Library Room 106
Taught by Tom Phimmasen, Sr Data Consultant, TTS

In this workshop, we will explore advance sharing with group management and widgets to create customized forms for data entry. Focused items are creation of research group specific forms and database for Chemical Inventory and Freezer Box.

Computers will be provide during the training session but feel free to use your laptop. And your Tufts account is required to log into the LabArchives Digital Notebook solution.


Other Speciality Workshops Include:

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Introduction to GIS for Health Researchers
  • Introduction to Socio-Economic GIS
  • Introduction to GIS Applications to Human and Animal Health, Vet. School
  • Introduction to GIS for Humanitarian Assistance
  • Introduction to GPS
  • Introduction to Google Earth
  • GIS for Water Resources
  • Historical Applications of GIS
  • Building Digital Archives with Omeka
  • Finding and Re-Using Data
  • Spatial Analysis using QGIS: Intermediate Level
  • Nulls Aren’t Negative: Reproducibility and the Open Science Framework
  • Georeferencing Historical Maps
  • Web Scraping & NLTK
  • Video Editing with iMovie
  • Basic Image Editing In Photoshop
  • InDesign – Making posters the better way