The Tufts Data Lab provides a variety of short workshops for GIS, Statistics, and Data Visualization.
Please contact the GIS Support email list at gis-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.


GIS Workshops:

Geospatial Workshops

1. Collecting Geospatial Data in the Field: An Introduction to GPS (Registration Required)
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Dates for 2017 Spring Semester: 

      • Wednesday, April 5, 10:00am – 11:30am (Carolyn Talmadge) – Using GPS Handheld Units
      • Monday, April 3 – 10am – 11:30am (Carolyn Talmadge) – Using ArcGIS Online Survey123  (Phone App)

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  additional survey information (e.g. water quality data, emissions levels, questionnaire responses, etc). This field data can then be used for spatial analysis and visualization in ArcGIS and other open source applications, such as google earth and QGIS.

This is a fun 1.5 hour workshop where students will learn how to:

      • Plan for successful field data collection
      • Use GPS units or smart phones in the field (on the Tufts Campus) to collect spatial and survey data
      • Download and import these points into Google Earth and/or ArcMap
      • Join survey information to field points for additional visualization and spatial analysis
      • Map the collected data points and associated information in Google Earth and Google Maps (and ArcGIS for those with experience in this GIS software)

2. An Introduction to QGIS for GIS Users (Registration Required)
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Dates for 2017 Spring Semester: 

      • Intermediate Session #1: Wednesday, March 8, 10:00am – 11:30am
      • Intro Session #1: Friday, March 31, 11:00am – 12:30pm
      • Intermediate Session #2:  Friday, April 7, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Wouldn’t it be great if ArcMap was less expensive, open source, and more versatile? Never fear, QGIS is here! Quantum GIS (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. More and more NGOs and international organizations are utilizing QGIS for their mapping and data visualization needs, so now is a great time to learn this valuable software!

These two consecutive workshops are ideal for students who have introductory knowledge of ArcGIS, and are comfortable applying ArcGIS principles to a new GIS software. During these workshops, you will learn the basics of QGIS, including topics such as projections, selections,  layer styling, and map composition.

3. Mapping Open Data with R  (Registration Required)
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Dates for 2017 Spring Semester: 

      • Wednesday, March 29, 10:00am – 11:30am

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 choropleth 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!

4. Intro to Web-Mapping  (Registration Required)
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Dates for 2017 Spring Semester: 

      • Monday, April 10, 10:00am – 11:30am

In today’s day in age, static paper maps can only get you so far. Online web-maps allow viewers to engage with the spatial data in an interactive manner, allowing for more in depth analysis and story telling.  In this introductory workshop we will learn how to use versatile web mapping and geospatial analysis tools 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 a website. This workshop requires a basic understanding of GIS.

5. Story Maps: Not your Average Presentation (Registration Required)
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Dates for 2017 Spring Semester: 

      • Friday, April 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm

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, boss 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!

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 Workshops:

Stats & Data Workshops

1. Introduction to Stata – Fletcher Workshop (Registration Required)
Location: Mugar Lab, Cabot Building
Dates for 2017 Spring Semester:

    • Tuesday, January 31, 10:00am – 12:00pm  (Juan Taborda)
    • Monday, February 6, 10:00am – 12:00pm  (Juan Taborda)
    • Wednesday, March 1, 10:00am – 12:00pm  (Juan Taborda)

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 use datasets from international development to introduce some descriptive statistics commands and coding/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. This workshop is a prerequisite for Data Management in Stata.

2. Data Management – Fletcher Workshop (Registration Required)
Location: Mugar Lab, Cabot Building
Dates for 2017 Spring Semester:

    • Wednesday, February 1, 4:00pm – 6:00pm (Janet Kim)
    • Monday, February 13, 10:00am – 12:00pm (Juan Taborda)
    • Wednesday, April 5, 3:30pm – 5:30pm (Juan Taborda)

This builds upon the introductory commands introduced during Introduction to Stata. We provide an overview on how to: import and export data from non-Stata (ex. excel, csv) sources; code/recode/label data; work with omitted and missing values; and merge/append/reshape data. Introduction to Stata is required for those who are not familiar with the software. Please register early as registration will close 5 days before the workshop.

3. Linear Regression with Stata (Registration Required)
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Dates for 2017 Spring Semester:

    • Friday, March 3, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Josh Quan)

4. Linear Regression with R (Registration Required)
Location: Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Dates for 2017 Spring Semester:

    •    Friday, March 10, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Josh Quan)

Design Workshops:

Design Workshops

1. InDesign: Basics
Monday, March 6, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab

2. SketchUp: Basics
Monday, March 13, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Tisch Library Mark Lab