SEE THE CALENDAR BELOW for our Research Data Services Team’s offerings of workshops and drop-in assistance hours – and check the Library Workshops & Events Calendar for other workshops happening this semester.


Past Events

SPRING 2016

Lecture: Sculpture and Data Visualization
Thursday, March 24
7:00 p.m.

The Welch School of Art & Design’s visiting artist and lecturer Mary Bates Neubauer will discuss her sculpture practice, data visualization and other technologies. More information>

Tableau Training Session One: Getting Started with Tableau

Tuesday, March 22
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tableau Desktop is a powerful application that analyzes data in a simple interface with many advanced visualizations. Users can quickly view their data from many different perspectives without a great deal of fuss with syntax or dialog boxes that are common in data analytics. More information and RSVP >

Careers in Medical Imaging: Presented by the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
Tuesday, March 1
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Guest speaker Dr. Lamiis Khalifa will provide insight on her journey to her career with Emory University’s Medical Imaging Program. Come join the Minority
Association of Pre-Health Students and learn more about this growing field and what steps you can take to be a part of it. All health-related majors are welcome!

Data Visualization with Tableau
Thursday, February 18
10:30 a.m. – noon

Tableau Desktop is a powerful application that analyzes data in a simple interface with many advanced visualizations. Users can quickly view their data from many different perspectives without a great deal of fuss with syntax or dialog boxes that are common in data analytics. More information and RSVP >

PantherHackers MeetingOne Recap
Monday, February 15
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

For students who can’t attend PantherHackers MeetingOne on 2/11, this is your chance to learn what PantherHackers is, what the group does, how you can become involved, and how joining PantherHackers can help you in the future.  More about PantherHackers and Scheduled Events >


FALL 2015

Startup Exchange

So you have a great business idea. How do you make it a reality? Startup Exchange can help you find the answer. Join the Startup Exchange every Monday, starting September 14 at the CURVE (Library South), for entrepreneurship workshops to help you create a network of resources to turn your ideas into a business.  Register for Startup Exchange >

PantherHackers

PantherHackers is a new Georgia State club whose mission is to spread the word about coding and innovation, and to show how powerful the two can be when put together.  PantherHackers want to empower fellow students with basic coding skills so they can learn to take on bigger and better things, get their name out there,  and even impress future employers.  More about PantherHackers and Scheduled Events >

Workshop: The Logics and Logistics of Qualitative Research

Dr. Ralph LaRossa, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Librarian Associate Professor for Sociology, Gerontology, & Data Services, will present both the theoretical-methodological “logics” and the applied-methodological “logistics” of conducting qualitative data analysis (i.e., non-statistical analysis of textual, audio, visual, and/or audiovisual sources). Dr. LaRossa will discuss the steps involved in building theoretically-rich qualitative analyses. Dr. Swygart-Hobaugh will outline the specific features of NVivo qualitative research software that complement and facilitate these analyses. More information and Registration link >

Biostatistics: The Hottest Career of the 21st Century

A talk by Matt Hayat, Ph.D., associate professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health. More information >


PAST EVENTS

The Logics and Logistics of Qualitative Research: A Framework for Exploring Concepts, Dimensions, and Relationships in Qualitative Data using NVivo Research Software

Workshop Leaders: Dr. Ralph LaRossa and Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh

In this workshop, Dr. Ralph LaRossa, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Librarian Associate Professor for Sociology, Gerontology, & Data Services, will present both the theoretical-methodological “logics” and the applied-methodological “logistics” of conducting qualitative data analysis (i.e., non-statistical analysis of textual, audio, visual, and/or audiovisual sources).  Dr. LaRossa will discuss the steps involved in building theoretically-rich qualitative analyses.   Dr. Swygart-Hobaugh will outline the specific features of NVivo qualitative research software that complement and facilitate these analyses.   There also will be opportunities for questions and discussion.  This workshop will be especially helpful for faculty and graduate students who are immersed – or about to be immersed – in a qualitative project and would like an overview on how to do qualitative analysis and how to use NVivo in the process.  Those interested in publishing qualitative work and/or applying for grants based on qualitative work will also find it helpful.

RESCHEDULED DATE: Wednesday, March 11, 11:00am-12:30pm – REGISTER HERE

Workshops, Meet-Ups, and Speakers

World Community Grid
Workshop Leader: Art Vandenberg
World Community Grid (WCG), of which Georgia State University is a contributing member,  is an effort to create the world’s largest public computing grid to tackle scientific research projects that benefit humanity. Using the idle time of computers from around the world, WCG research projects have analyzed aspects of the human genome, HIV, dengue, muscular dystrophy, cancer, influenza, rice crop yields, and clean energy.  From 1997 until his recent retirement, presenter Art Vandenberg served in various capacities in GSU’s Information Systems & Technology from Data Administrator and Director of Advanced Campus Services to IT Consultant and Chair of the SURAgrid Governance Committee.  He is the author of numerous papers and presentations, a working local artist, and champion of volunteer computing.

Wednesday, November 12,  2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

MATLAB Workshop
This Data Analysis and Visualization with MATLAB session, will cover how MATLAB can be used to visualize and analyze data, perform numerical computations, and develop algorithms. The MATLAB workshop is open to all students, faculty, and staff who are new to MATLAB. Experienced MATLAB users may also benefit from the session, as tips and tricks from the newer releases of MATLAB will also be covered.

Wednesday, October 15, 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Please register for this event here.
Full agenda

Tableau Day
Find out how to easily create visual dashboards that can help you find new ways to view and interpret your data, using Tableau. The event will feature Dan Murray, InterWorks’ Director of Business Intelligence Services and author of the the popular Tableau guidebook, “Tableau Your Data! – Fast and Easy Visual Analysis with Tableau Software.” This hands-on event is sponsored by the Center for Instructional Innovation, Decision Support Services, and the University Library’s CURVE.

Friday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Online registration for the event is full, but we always have room for a few more, so stop by CURVE for the entire event or for just one session.
Detailed Tableau Day agenda

R User Group
Meet-Up Leader: Chris Goode
Don’t Fear The Command Line! Come join us to learn how to use R, the free, open-source statistics platform. This semester we’ll be discovering how to use R to make beautiful graphs, explore data with descriptive statistics, and test hypotheses with t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, and MANOVA, all in terms of a linear regression model. If you’ve never worked with R or written syntax for a statistics program, this is the workshop for you. We will be working through a very simple textbook and figuring out how R works together. For more information, please e-mail Dr. Chris Goode at cgoode@gsu.edu

The R User Groups meets every Tuesday from 12:50 – 1:50 for both the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spatial Symposium: An Introduction to Mapping
Workshop Leaders: Amber Boll and Nicole Ryerson
With the right tools-everyone can be a cartographer! Come learn about the various web services and software you can use to visualize spatial data. We encourage you with ideas of how mapping can apply to your own research. No GIS or mapping background required.

Tuesday, September 23, 10:30am – 11:30am
Monday, September 29, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Wednesday, October 8, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Spatial Symposium: Data Collection
Workshop Leaders: Amber Boll and Nicole Ryerson
Data collection is a vital first step for making a map. During this presentation, we will walk you through how to access open source data and format your own data to input into various mapping tools. We encourage you with ideas of how mapping can apply to your own research.  No GIS or mapping background required.

Tuesday, October 14, 10:00am – 11:00am
Monday, October 20, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Wednesday, October 29, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

3D Modeling with Agisoft
Workshop Leaders: Andrew Vaughan and Robert Bryant
Creating 3D models of objects ranging from small items to large landscapes has never been easier.  Agisoft software allows you to create detailed 3D models simply by using a digital camera.  This introductory workshop will provide an overview of what is possible with Agisoft Photoscan.

Thursday, October 02, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday, October 06, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Friday, October 10, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Demographic Maps and Data Made Easy: Social Explorer
Workshop Leader: Joe Hurley
In this Social Explorer session you will learn how to quickly create demographic maps using United States census data from 1790 to 2012.  You’ll also learn how to generate tabular census data reports from the national down to the block group level.

Thursday, September 25, 10:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday, September 30, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Friday, October 17, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Friday, October 24, 10:00am – 11:00pm

Demographic Maps and Data Made Easy: SimplyMap
Workshop Leader: Joe Hurley
In this SimplyMap session you will learn how to perform a spatial and demographic analysis of various locations, such as state, city or census tract, including a radius around a location.  SimplyMap provides access to United States census data, including normalized census data from 1980 to 2010, and also business, marketing, and health data.  You’ll learn how to display your analysis on a map and how to export your data to Excel.

Monday, September 29, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday, October 2, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Monday, October 13, 3:30pm – 4:30pm (canceled)

Bloomberg Workshops
Workshop Leader: Laura Carscaddon
Curious about the Bloomberg Terminals in CURVE? This workshop will introduce you to the terminals, including how to set up a login, the kinds of information available through them, some commonly used functions, exporting information and how to get help.

Tuesday, September 30, 2:00pm -3:00pm
Wednesday, October 1, 10:00am – 11:00am
Wednesday, October 15, 10:00am – 11:00am
Thursday, October 16, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Cleaning Data with OpenRefine
Workshop Leader: Tricia Clayton
Does your data suffer from inconsistent entry patterns, misspelled words, extra spaces, and unpredictable punctuation?  This introductory session will provide an overview of OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine), a free and powerful tool for cleaning messy data in order to prepare it for analysis and visualization.  You will learn how to upload your data into a project, use facets and filters to organize and view your data, cluster and merge cells that are similarly structured, and perform simple transformations of cell values.

Friday, October 17, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Thursday, October 23, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Monday, November 3, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Student Entrepreneur Hands-On Lab
Program Leaders: Ricky Hunter and Jovonni Pharr
This 10 week program introduces students to customer discovery, business model canvas, and pitches while it helps them build a network of resources to turn ideas into a business.

Begins Tuesday, September 23, 4:30pm
Program agenda
For more information contact Ricky Hunter: runningtohelp@gmail.com

Rich Halverson: Education, Technology, and Society Speaker Series Center for Instructional Innovation Guest Speaker Series

Seven technological changes that are reshaping teaching and learning
New media technologies are reshaping how people interact and learn in and out of schools. In this talk, Rich Halverson will discuss how technologies such as social media, digital media production communities, fantasy sports, massively open online games and courses, learning management systems and mobile devices are changing teaching and learning, and how such tools and practices might be directed toward creating the kinds of learning environments we want.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
1:00-2:30
Please register for this event here.

Technologies for education vs. technologies for learners: How technologies have, haven’t and might change schooling.

Many scholars have argued that schools are immovable objects that deflect all irresistible forces for change. Other scholars suggest that since information technologies have transformed learning in the wild, they will inevitably change learning in schools as well. In this talk, Rich Halverson will consider how the accountability policies of the past decades have called for the technological transformation of the administrative aspects of schools, but have left teachers and learners literally to their own devices. Rich will talk about critical design opportunities for leaders to design learning environments to bring the power of learning technologies to teachers, learners and families as well as administrators. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
1:00-2:30
Please register for this event here.

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