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


FALL 2014

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

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

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