The Tufts Data Lab provides a variety of short workshops for GIS, Statistics, and Data Visualization.
Please contact the GIS Support email list at DataLab-support@elist.tufts.edu if you would like to schedule a specialty workshop.
Additionally, Tisch Library hosts many different workshops as well, some of which we have included on this page.


Geospatial Workshops

1.   Intro to GIS using ArcMap (Registration Required)

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Monday, September 18, 2017 from 1pm – 2:30 pm
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 stylizing data, querying attribute tables, and creating a final map product for publication.

2.   Field Data Collection using GPS Handheld Units

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Monday, September 25, 2017 from 2pm – 3:30pm
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.

3.   ArcGIS Pro: The New and Improved ArcMap

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Monday, October 2, 2017 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!

4.   Survey123: Using your Smart Phone to Collect Data

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Friday, October 6, 2017 from 2pm – 3:30pm
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 create an online survey with Survey123, collect data using their smart phones, view and analyze the data in ArcGIS Online and download the data into ArcMap!

5.   An Introduction to QGIS for GIS Users

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Friday, October 13, 2017 from 1pm – 2:30pm
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 is ideal for students who have introductory knowledge of ArcGIS, and are comfortable applying GIS principles to a new GIS software. In this intro workshop, you’ll learn how to stylize layers, make selections, set your projection, and create a final map composition.

6.   Spatial Analysis using QGIS: Intermediate Level

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Friday, October 27, 2017 from 1pm – 2:30pm
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 is ideal for students who want to learn how to perform spatial analyses using more advanced raster tools and plugins in QGIS.

7.   Intro to Web-Mapping Using ArcGIS Online

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Friday, November 3, 2017 from 2pm – 3pm
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. This workshop requires an introductory understanding of GIS.

8.   Story Maps: Not your Average Presentation

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Monday, November 13, 2017 from 1pm – 2pm
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!

9.   Mapping Open Data with R

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Monday, November 20, 2017 from 1pm – 2pm
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Statistics & Research Technology Specialist, TTS

Know the basics of R already? Add a few lines of code to create beautiful, visually engaging maps for your next project! This workshop will walk you through the basics of loading and manipulating open statistical and geospatial data in RStudio to create high-quality maps. You will create chloropleth maps of USA and Massachusetts using American Community Survey (ACS) data, world development indicators from the World Bank, and maps of point density and elevation. Familiarity with data frames, installation of R packages, and geospatial data (shapefiles, rasters, projections) highly recommended!

Other GIS 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

 

Stats & Data Workshops

1.   Intro to Statistics using Stata

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Friday, September 22, 2017 from 1pm – 2pm
Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Statistics & Research Technology 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.

2.   Personal Information Management

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Friday, September 29, 2017 from 2 – 3pm
Data lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian, Tisch Library

3.   Finding Data Sources

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 2:30pm – 4pm
ERC Classroom, Room 220, Tisch Library
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian, Tisch Library

4.   Working with Messy Data

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Monday, October 16, 2017 from 3:00- 4:30
Data lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian, Tisch Library

5.   Intro to Statistics in R

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Friday, October 20, 2017 from 2pm – 3pm
Data lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Statistics & Research Technology 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.

6.   Intro to Python

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Monday, October 23, 2017 from 1pm – 2pm
Data lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Statistics & Research Technology Specialist, TTS

This workshop is designed to get you started with Python. We provide an overview of the Python language using the Jupyter notebook web application. We will go through loading data, importing other functionality through packages, and visualizing data in Python. This workshop is suitable for those who have not worked with Python before. No previous experience is required for this session.

7.   Overview of Research Data Management

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Monday, October 30, 2017 from 3pm – 4:30pm
Data lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian, Tisch Library

8.   Intro to Data Visualization

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Monday, November 6, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30PM
Data lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian, Tisch Library

9.   Visualizing Text: Getting Started with Text Analysis

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 10am – 11am
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.


Fletcher Workshops

1. Introduction to Stata

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  • Thursday 9/07 Introduction to Stata 5:00-7:00pm (Janet Kim)
  • Monday 9/11 Introduction to Stata 4:00-6:00pm (Juan Taborda)
  • Wednesday 9/13 Introduction to Stata 5:30-7:30pm (Juan Taborda)
  • Thursday 9/14 Introduction to Stata 4:00-6:00pm (Janet Kim)
  • Tuesday 9/19 Introduction to Stata 10am-12pm (Juan Taborda)
  • Monday 9/25 Introduction to Stata 4:00-6:00pm (Juan Taborda)
  • Thursday 10/05 Introduction to Stata 10:00am-12:00pm (Juan Taborda)

2.   Data Management

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  • Wednesday 9/20 Data Management 5:00-7:00pm (Janet Kim)
  • Thursday 9/21 Data Management 10:00am-12:00pm (Juan Taborda)
  • Wednesday 9/27 Data Management 5:00pm-7:00pm (Janet Kim)
  • Wednesday 10/11 Data Management 4:00-6:00pm (Janet Kim)
  • Wednesday 11/15 Data Management 4:00-6:00pm (Janet Kim)


Design Workshops

1. InDesign: Basics

Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab
Date: TBD

 

2. SketchUp: Basics

Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab
Date: TBD