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.  Intro to GIS using ArcMap (Registration Required)

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Date: TBD
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.  A Gentle Introduction to R

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Date: TBD
Location: 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.

3. Working with Messy Data

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Date: TBD
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.

4. XSEDE Workshop: Big Data on High Performance Compute (HPC) Clusters using Python and Spark

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Date: TBD
Location: Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) Room 114, 574 Boston Ave, Medford

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC), the spring season continues, up next at Tufts is “Big Data on High Performance Compute (HPC) clusters using Python and Spark”. Seats will go fast, so sign up early and join the Research Technology (RT) staff for two excellent days of free training. These workshops are sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded eXstreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

5.  Visualizing Text: Getting Started with Text Analysis

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Date: TBD
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.

6.  Organizing your Digital Stuff

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Date: TBD
ERC, Tisch Library Room 223
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.

7.  Field Data Collection using GPS Handheld Units

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Date: TBD
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.

8.  Embrace the do file: STATA Basics

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Date: TBD
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.

9.   Mind-Mapping

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Date: TBD
Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Annie Swafford, Digital Humanities Specialist, TTS

Stuck outlining a paper? Want to brainstorm an art project? This workshop will provide an introduction to free, web-based tools to visually plan and explore an idea. No programming experience required.

10.  Intro to Web-Mapping Using ArcGIS Online

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Date: TBD
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.

11.  Research Data Management

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Date: TBD
Data lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian& Lenny Paritsky, Sr. Research Technology Specialist

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.

12.  Data Visualization & Tableau

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Date: TBD
Data lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Statistics & Research Technology Specialist, TTS and Alli 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.

13.  An Introduction to QGIS for GIS Users

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Date: TBD
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.

14.  Programming in Python

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Date: TBD
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.

15.  Introduction to Citation Management

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Date: TBD
Location: Tisch Library Room 223
Taught by Elliot Brandow, Team Lead Social Sciences and Jen Ferguson, Team Lead, Arts & Humanities

Learn about Tufts-supported software and tools for organizing your reading list and how to integrate these tools into your research and writing. If you’ve heard of EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero but never gotten around to checking them out this is your chance!

16.  Story Maps: Not your Average Presentation

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Date: TBD
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!

17.  Building Digital Archives with Omeka

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Date: TBD
Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Annie Swafford, Digital Humanities Specialist & Chris Barbour, Curator of Rare Books & Humanities Collections, Tisch Library

Do you have historical photographs you want to display? Rare texts you want to digitize? Want your students to create digital exhibits? Come learn how to use Omeka, a free, open-source tool for making digital archives and museum exhibits! No programming or web design experience necessary!

18.  Finding and Re-Using Data

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Date: TBD
Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Alli Gofman, Social Sciences Data Librarian, Tisch Library

Data is an important part of research in any discipline, and mashing up data from different sources can help make innovative and creative discoveries; but where can you get the data from? How do you know if it is worth using? In this workshop we will look at places to find data, what to look for when you find it, and how you can make sure that credit is given to the creators!

19.  Spatial Analysis using QGIS: Intermediate Level

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Date: TBD
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.

20.  Nulls Aren’t Negative: Reproducibility and the Open Science Framework

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Date: TBD
Data lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Kristin Lee, Research Data Librarian& Kyle Monahan, Statistics and Research Technology Specialist

21.  Introduction to Citation Management

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Date: TBD
Location: Tisch Library Room 223
Taught by Elliot Brandow, Team Lead Social Sciences and Jen Ferguson, Team Lead, Arts & Humanities

Learn about Tufts-supported software and tools for organizing your reading list and how to integrate these tools into your research and writing. If you’ve heard of EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero but never gotten around to checking them out this is your chance!

22.  Georeferencing Historical Maps

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Date: TBD
Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Annie Swafford, Digital Humanities Specialist, TTS and Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist, TTS

Want to plot points on a historical map, but not sure where to start? Come learn how to align historical maps with satellite imagery.

23.  Web Scraping & NLTK

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Date: TBD
Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
Taught by Annie Swafford, Digital Humanities Specialist, Kyle Monahan, Statistics and Research Technology Specialist and Allen Ross, DH Student Assistant

Want to apply computational analysis to texts you’ve found online? Come learn web scraping–the process of extracting data (tables and texts of all kinds) from websites–then analyze your data with NLTK, a natural language processing toolkit for Python. Learn how to compute word frequencies, concordances, average sentence length, and more! Previous experience with Python is recommended but not required.

24.  Poster Design Tips & Tricks for Microsoft Publisher

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Date: TBD
Data Lab, Tisch Library Room 203
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!

Design Workshops – Digital Design Studio (DDS)

 1. Video Editing with iMovie

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Date: TBD
Location: Mark Lab, Basement Floor of Tisch Library
Taught by Marc Raila, Digital Media Technologist, Tisch Library

2. Basic Image Editing In Photoshop

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Date: TBD
Location: Mark Lab, Basement Floor of Tisch Library
Taught by Marc Raila, Digital Media Technologist, Tisch Library

3. InDesign – Making posters the better way

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Date: TBD
Location: Mark Lab, Basement Floor of Tisch Library
Taught by Marc Raila, Digital Media Technologist, Tisch Library


Boston Campus Workshops

Boston Campus Workshops:

1.   EndNote: The Basics (HHSL)

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
9 AM – 10 AM
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!

2.   Approaching the Lit Review (HHSL)

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
9 AM – 10 AM
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.

3.   PubMed: The Basics

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
9 AM – 10 AM
Taught by Christina Heinrich, 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.

4.  Embrace the do file: STATA Basics (Data Lab)

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Friday, September 21, 2018 in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
10 AM – 11 AM (Office hours: 11 AM – 12 PM)
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.

5.   Intro to R (HHSL)

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Tuesday, September 25th in Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
9 AM – 10 AM (Office hours: 10 AM – 11AM)
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.

6.   Programming in Python: An Introduction (Data Lab)

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Wednesday, September 26th in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
10 AM – 11 AM (Office hours: 11 AM – 12 PM)
Taught by Lenny Paritsky, Sr 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.  Building Interactive Visualizations with Tableau (Data Lab)

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Monday, October 1, 2018  in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
1 PM – 2 PM (Office hours: 2 PM – 3 PM)
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Statistics & Research Technology 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.

8.  Visualizing Data in R (HHSL)

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
9 AM – 10 AM (Office hours: 10 AM – 11AM)
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.

9.   EndNote: The Basics (HHSL)

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
9 AM – 10 AM
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!

10.  Intro to GIS using ArcMap (Data Lab)

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Sackler 514 (Big Lab)
12 PM – 1:30 PM (Office Hours: 1:30 – 2:30 PM)
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.

11. Approaching the Lit Review (HHSL)

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
9 AM – 10 AM
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.

12. Statistics in R: Intermediate Level (Data Lab)

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
10 AM – 11 AM (Office hours: 11 AM – 12 PM)
Taught by Kyle Monahan, Statistics & Research Technology 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.

13. PubMed: The Basics

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
9 AM – 10 AM
Taught by Judy Rabinowtiz, Interlibrary Loan and Scholarly Communications 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.

14. Story Maps: Not your Average Presentation (Data Lab)

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 in Sackler 510 (Little Lab)
11 AM – 12 PM (Office Hours: 12 PM – 1 PM)
Taught by Carolyn Talmadge, Senior GIS Specialist & Data Lab Manager, 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 content including video and sound files. 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!


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