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January 2019

Data Skills Workshops: Open Data

January 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this interactive course you will discover, use and describe the benefits of open data. You will learn how you can use Open Data in your research. This workshop is for anyone that has little to some knowledge about open data. At the end of the workshop, you will know how to access free data after your academic career and be knowledgeable working with it! McLaughlin Library, Room 289

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S2 Speaker Series: Data, Storytelling and Social Justice

January 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The S2 Speaker Series brings together people from different fields to explore and discuss the world of digital scholarship through a variety of perspectives. Every talk will be different but the connecting piece is the use of digital tools in some capacity.  This talk will challenge you to think about the intersections of data and social justice. How can data be used to tell stories about injustice and help make the case for change? How do today’s state and corporate…

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Data Skills Workshops: Data Basics

January 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ever wonder what sort of data you will be dealing with? Do you find yourself lost when it’s time to prepare your data for analysis? In this workshop, you will be introduced to the different types of data you can collect or create as well as the various ways you can collect, describe and visualize your data before data analysis. You will also be introduced to the different ways you can make inferences about your data when you’re finally ready…

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Data Skills Workshops: Creating Data with Surveys

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Many researchers, administrators and service providers use surveys to collect data. With the tools available to us, it is easy to create and distribute a survey. However, there are a number of important issues to consider when creating a survey. What is your research question, what will you do with the data that is collected, what decisions or actions will this data guide? In this session, we will use Qualtrics - our online survey software - to explore the fundamentals…

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Data Skills Workshops: Data Visualization – Excel

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Excel is a popular tool that provides many powerful features to assist you in managing your data and help to better understand small and large datasets. While not as robust as other data visualization tools, it can be used for visualizing your data through its charting features. Come learn how to create charts using Pivot tables. Please bring a laptop for your own use during the workshop with the latest version of Excel installed. Get instructions on how to download…

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Data Skills Workshops: Data Visualization – Voyant

January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Voyant Tools is a web-based text reading and analysis environment that allows you to do a  number of straight-forward text analysis functions, including but not limited to: word counts, tag cloud creation, collocation and word trending. Voyant Tools allows one to read a single document or an enormous collection of works “from a distance”, meaning it enables the reader to extract characteristics of a corpus quickly and accurately discovering underlying themes in texts or verifying propositions against them.   McLaughlin…

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February 2019

Data Skills Workshops: Data Visualization – Tableau Part 1

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A picture is worth a thousand words! Especially when you don’t have to read the thousand words it would take to explain the patterns and trends in your data. There are many reasons why information is easier to explain, explore, and convince in a visual format. This session will provide you with some introductory theory, and basic skills to make your data come to life using Tableau. Please bring a laptop for your own use during the workshop with the…

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Data Skills Workshops: Data Analysis – SPSS Part 1

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

SPSS is a statistical software package, mainly used in the Social Sciences. It features a point and click interface which makes it easy for the user to learn. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce students to the software as well as its different functions and commands. Topics such as data entry, manipulation and description will be covered as well as the basics of statistical analysis and interpretation using SPSS. This is a great opportunity for students to learn…

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Data Skills Workshops: Data Analysis – NVivo

February 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package produced by QSR International. In this workshop, we will work on bringing your sources in, creating nodes, coding and running queries. Please bring a laptop for your own use during the workshop with the latest version of NVIVO installed. Please note: All software installation must be done before the workshop, please ensure that you followed any account creation or software installation instructions.  Out of courtesy to the class we will…

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Data Skills Workshops: Data Analysis – SAS Part 1

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Look and feel like a pro with SAS! SAS is a statistical software package that is widely used in many disciplines. In just a few hours you will be ready to impress friends and family with this easy to use software. In Part I and II of this workshop, you will learn how to: Maneuver in the SAS interface Import data Clean data Generate descriptive, exploratory and simple inferential statistics Please note that for this session, we will be using…

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Data Skills Workshops: Data Analysis – SAS Part 2

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Look and feel like a pro with SAS! SAS is a statistical software package that is widely used in many disciplines. In just a few hours you will be ready to impress friends and family with this easy to use software. In Part I and II of this workshop, you will learn how to: Maneuver in the SAS interface Import data Clean data Generate descriptive, exploratory and simple inferential statistics Please note that for this session, we will be using…

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Data Skills Workshops: Data Visualization – R

February 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The ggplot package has emerged as the go-to tool for creating visualizations in the R statistical computing environment. Designed for ease of use and flexibility, ggplot lets you quickly produce clean and professional looking visualizations. In this introductory workshop, we’ll teach you what you need to get started creating and customizing charts and graphs with R. Please bring a laptop for your own use during the workshop. McLaughlin Library, Room 289

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March 2019

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Writing Women into History

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

We all use Wikipedia. Either when clicking on the first result when questioning our favourite search engine, or as a starting place for seeking information on a new topic. But, many of us aren’t aware of the biases behind this massive collectively-written encyclopedia. Did you know, for example, that less than 20 per cent of Wikipedia editors are women? On March 28, we’ll write women into history as a late homage to International Women’s Day. At this event you will…

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