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Research Commons - Workshops for graduate students & postdoctoral fellows

The Research Commons is pleased to offer you a range of workshops. Register for upcoming workshops. Search by date in our workshops calendar.

If you do not see the topic(s) you are interested in and/or would like a specialized workshop for yourself and a group of colleagues, send a request to research-commons@sfu.ca.

SFU values diversity and is committed to inclusion. If you believe you require any disability related accommodations in order to fully access and participate in our workshops and/or events, please contact us directly at library-workshops@sfu.ca. Please contact us as soon as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL)

Digital Humanities

You mean I produce data, too? Managing research objects in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Since the Tri-Agencies, (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR) released their Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, there have many questions about researcher responsibilities for data management and data sharing. This hands-on workshop, focusing on research objects like photos, text, audio/visual, spreadsheets and more, will guide participants through the research data lifecycle and data management planning using DMP Assistant, an online data management tool.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Open Publishing as Open Pedagogy: Creating a Course Journal using Open Journal Systems

In this session, you will be introduced to SFU's free, open source Open Journal Systems publishing application and discuss how it has been used to facilitate open pedagogical practices in the classroom. Participants will come away with practical ideas to get your students writing, peer-reviewing, and publishing in the open.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

EAL/ESL

Pronunciation for Academic & Professional Settings

This non-credit course is designed for graduate students for whom English is an additional language. The workshop provides the rules, learning strategies, and contextualized practice in the stress, rhythm, and melody of English words, phrases, and discourse.  Students will also practice giving presentations and receive on-going feedback from peers and the instructor. There is no fee for the workshop, but the required textbook costs $40.  Required textbook: Speech Craft: Discourse Pronunciation for Advanced Learners, by Laura Hahn and Wayne Dickerson. Textbooks will be distributed the first day of class.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Harbour Centre, Rm 2520

Learning

Managing Up: The Student-Supervisor Relationship

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss:

  • how to maximize your relationship with your supervisor,
  • develop a clear sense of your rights and responsibilities as a student (and those of your supervisor and others involved in your graduate program),
  • solve common problems that sometimes beset the supervisory relationship.

Speakers at the workshop may include:

Dr. Jeff Derksen, Associate Dean, Students, Dean of Graduate Studies
Roshane Miller, Advocate, SFU Graduate Student Society
Laura Reid, Ombudsperson
 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 12:45pm to 1:45pm Surrey, Galleria 5, Rm 5100

Research data management

Introduction to GitHub

GitHub is a website and hosting service that is celebrated in tech circles. Did you know that it's useful for non-programmers? In this hands-on workshop, we'll be covering the fundamentals of GitHub including repositories, version control, project management, wikis, and Gist. The content is designed for novice users; all learners are welcome. Come to discover how this digital tool can improve collaboration in your research projects.  To participate in this workshop, you must bring a laptop (preferred) or a tablet. You may be contacted with software installation instructions prior to the event.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

You mean I produce data, too? Managing research objects in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Since the Tri-Agencies, (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR) released their Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, there have many questions about researcher responsibilities for data management and data sharing. This hands-on workshop, focusing on research objects like photos, text, audio/visual, spreadsheets and more, will guide participants through the research data lifecycle and data management planning using DMP Assistant, an online data management tool.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Version data

Git is a version control system that enables reproducible research and collaboration in teams. In this workshop, novice users will be introduced to Git on the command line. Topics include: creating a repository, tracking changes, exploring history, using GitHub, and handling conflicts.

The lesson is produced by Software Carpentry.

Registrants will be contacted prior to the event with installation instructions.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Clean data

Do you work with research data in spreadsheets? If so, this workshop is designed for you! We’ll be covering the best practices for Data Organization in Spreadsheets, according to Data Carpentry. Then we’ll look at formatting values, fixing dates, merging/splitting columns, and more. By the end, you’ll be prepared to take your spreadsheets to the next level.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Data Cleaning Using R

It is said that cleaning/cleansing data takes 80% of data analysis process. Data cleaning must be repeated for every new data in every project. Typically, data sets obtained from a real world problems violate the standards of clean data in different ways and analyzing data without cleaning is impossible. In the process of cleaning data, we try to remove every possible problem in data and organize the values in a standard manner.

In this workshop, we aim to focus on small but main aspects of data cleaning including:

  • Importing and exporting data without having problems like:
  • Column headers are values, not variable names
  • Changing type of data
  • Multiple variables are stored in one column
  • Detection and localization of errors like:
  • Missing values and imputation
  • Special values
  • Outliers
  • Duplicates

Note: Please bring your own fully charged laptop with the latest version of R and RStudio installed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Share Data / Find Data

Are you interested in increasing the visibility of your research? This workshop will help you describe your data for long term access and findability.   As a bonus, we'll also show  you how to find data relevant to your research.

Some of the tools we'll be looking at are DataCite, Abacus, ICPSR and Radar.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Cryptoparty: Full disk encryption

Ain’t no party like a Cryptoparty! The theme of this event will be “full disk encryption”. Bring your own device (BYOD) and ideas to share with the group. IT Services will be present to advance the discussion and provide guidance to prospective encrypters. Users of all operating systems and external storage devices will be welcome.

Full disk encryption is one of the most powerful tools for users to protect their digital information.

 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

Secure data

Protect your research data by following strong security practices. This workshop will cover topics including: cloud storage, full disk encryption, threat modelling, communication and file sharing, account security, two-factor authentication (2FA), and digital preservation.

Learn how to keep data secure with SFU resources.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

De-identify data

De-identification enables sharing of data for secondary purposes. Changes may be made to the data and controls can be put in place to manage risk.

This workshop will introduce a risk-based methodology for de-identification that is appropriate for various academic disciplines. Topics include: in/direct identifiers, risk thresholds and measurement, plausible attacks, techniques (generalization, suppression, and subsampling), documentation, equivalence classes, and k-anonymity.

The workshop uses content from an eBook available through SFU Library:

Emam, K. E., & Arbuckle, L. (2013). Anonymizing Health Data: Case Studies and Methods to Get You Started. Sebastopol, CA, USA: O’Reilly Media, Inc. Retrieved from http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/9781449363062

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Research programming

Applications of Regular Expressions

In a past workshop, regular expressions were introduced as a powerful tool for searching, parsing and extracting virtually anything from free-form text. In this workshop, we will go one step further and explore various applications of regular expressions. We will focus on tools that are readily available to everyone, namely the command-line utilities grep, sed and awk.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Random Forests in scikit-learn: Classifying Cancer Types

Machine learning classifiers are a powerful tool for determining to which category novel data belongs given some training data. This workshop explores the basics of using the scikit-learn Python library with some toy cancer datasets.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to emacs


Come and discover the power of emacs - a text editor that can do absolutely everything for you, except maybe your laundry. No previous knowledge of emacs required.

Bring your own laptop.

Software requirements:

You will need emacs installed on your laptop. More instructions to come.

Please check the SciProg page for more information.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to Bash

Scared of the command line? Overcome your feat and attend this introductory workshop on the Bash shell! You will learn how to navigate your file system and automate tasks to make your life easier.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Research software

Citation Management

Migrating from RefWorks to Zotero

Ready to migrate from RefWorks to Zotero? This 90 minute interactive workshop is for you! Bring your laptop: we will walk you through every step of the migration, from exporting your RefWorks references to operationalizing Zotero.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Migrating from RefWorks to Mendeley

Ready to migrate from RefWorks to Mendeley? This 90 minute interactive workshop is for you! Bring your laptop: we will walk you through every step of the migration, from exporting your RefWorks references to operationalizing Mendeley.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

GIS

Introduction to Web GIS

Designed for researchers who are new to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this 2-hour workshop will introduce the basics of web-mapping technology using Google Maps and Google Fusion Tables.

Web GIS enables users to create rich, interactive maps and provides insight via the spatial representation of data.

Topics will include:

  • finding coordinates
  • adding GIS layers
  • working with Google Maps
  • understanding map mashups, and
  • analyzing your map

The workshop assumes attendees have no previous experience with GIS.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Python

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Qualitative Data Analysis

The Nuts and Bolts of NVivo for Windows

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

The Nuts and Bolts of NVivo for Mac

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Notes:
1. This workshop is for NVivo for Mac. The Windows interface is significantly different. Please check here for NVivo for Windows workshops being offered.
2. Please bring your own Mac laptop preloaded with the latest version of NVivo.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Making Literature Reviews a Breeze (almost) with NVivo for Windows

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix.

What will you achieve from this course? At the end of this, you will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas.

It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo or who have taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

Doing More with NVivo for Mac

Need help moving forward with your qualitative data analysis? If you've had some experience with bringing in documents and coding them, you’re ready to move on to analyzing your material. In this hands-on workshop, Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators will walk you through the visualizations and queries that are available in NVivo for Mac and may be able to address other topics depending on the needs of the group.
 
This workshop is suitable for those who have some experience with NVivo or who have already taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop.
 
This is a BYOL workshop: Bring Your Own Laptop, with the latest version of NVivo for Mac installed on it.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Doing More with NVivo for Windows

Need help moving forward with your qualitative data analysis? If you've had some experience with bringing in documents and coding them, you’re ready to move on to analyzing your material. In this hands-on workshop, Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators will walk you through visualizations and queries using sample data and may be able to address other topics depending on the needs of the group.

This workshop is suitable for those who have some experience with NVivo or who have already taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

Making Literature Reviews a Breeze (almost) with NVivo for Mac

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix.

What will you achieve from this course? At the end of this, you will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas.

It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo or who have taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

Note: You will need to bring your own fully charged Mac laptop, loaded with the latest version of NVivo.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

The Nuts and Bolts of NVivo for Mac - for Faculty

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Notes:
1. This workshop is open only to SFU faculty.
2. This workshop is for NVivo for Mac. The Windows interface is significantly different. Please check here for NVivo for Windows workshops being offered.
3. Please bring your own Mac laptop preloaded with the latest version of Nvivo installed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

The Nuts and Bolts of NVivo for Windows - for Faculty

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, October 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

Different Approaches to Coding in NVivo

'Coding' is a way of organizing all the references to a specific concept, theme, person, place, or other idea into one 'node'. The way you approach coding may vary, depending on methodology and data. Come find out about the tools that NVivo offers for different approaches. This workshop is suited to both PC and Mac users (although it will be held in a PC lab and not all coding functions are available in Mac).

Participants should have some familiarity with NVivo.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

What Comes After Coding in Nvivo?

In this workshop, you will learn strategies for reviewing your coding (e.g., merging nodes to create broader themes or ‘coding on’ from larger nodes to create more specific categories), analyzing your data (e.g., moving beyond codes to develop themes), and using various queries/ visualizations to identify patterns and investigate hunches. Unfortunately, there is not magic button in NVivo that will complete your write-up for you; however, there are several tools that NVivo offers to facilitate the writing process. Come and learn what these are.

This workshop is suited to both PC and Mac users (although it will be held in a PC lab and not all features are available in Mac). Participants should have some familiarity with NVivo.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

R (Software)

Introduction to R for Non-Science Majors

This workshop is designed for non-science students interested in the statistical computing program R. No prior knowledge of R is required. Often data outside of the sciences includes textual data, such as a corpus or series of surveys. In this workshop we’ll learn how to process textual data in R, as well as the basic skills to start analyzing it. Specific topics covered include the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages), data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists), and the beginnings of simple data analysis (built-in statistical packages, elementary statistics, etc.).

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:30am to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 2020

Develop narratives with your R code using R Markdown

You may have heard of the term literate programming. It's actually been around since 1984 when it was coined by Donald Knuth. Essentially, the idea of literate programming is the interweaving of code and documentation. R Markdown goes one step further and incorporates the output of your code such as figures and tables, allowing you to develop a narrative for your analysis. You can now generate fully reproducible high-quality reports of your analyses and easily share them with others. This workshop will introduce how to get started with incorporating R Markdown into your workflow.

For a quick demo of what you can achieve in R Markdown, check out this quick 1-minute video: http://rmarkdown.rstudio.com/lesson-1.html

Time and Place

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Data Cleaning Using R

It is said that cleaning/cleansing data takes 80% of data analysis process. Data cleaning must be repeated for every new data in every project. Typically, data sets obtained from a real world problems violate the standards of clean data in different ways and analyzing data without cleaning is impossible. In the process of cleaning data, we try to remove every possible problem in data and organize the values in a standard manner.

In this workshop, we aim to focus on small but main aspects of data cleaning including:

  • Importing and exporting data without having problems like:
  • Column headers are values, not variable names
  • Changing type of data
  • Multiple variables are stored in one column
  • Detection and localization of errors like:
  • Missing values and imputation
  • Special values
  • Outliers
  • Duplicates

Note: Please bring your own fully charged laptop with the latest version of R and RStudio installed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Statistics

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Visual Analytics

An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers or students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

Requirements:

  • No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.
  • Participants will need to bring their own laptop preloaded with the latest version of Tableau Public

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Harbour Centre, Room TBA

Scholarly communication

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Writing

Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space (drop-in)

The Graduate Open Writing Lab is for all graduate students who want the time and a quiet, dedicated space to work on their writing. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be available for consultations and to answer questions.

Registration not required - please drop in!

Summer Semester 2017 [May 12 to August 4]

Note: Open Writing Lab will resume in the summer semester starting May 12

Burnaby Campus
Mondays, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7000
(no session on May 22 and July 3]

Vancouver Campus
Fridays, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm HC 2105

Workshops

Please register for the following writing workshops:

Extend your reach: Writing and publishing across disciplines

In this day long workshop, you will learn more effective ways to convey and communicate your research to multiple audiences and colleagues across disciplines. The day begins with a workshop on plain-language writing, including an overview of contexts that promote or strongly encourage plain language. After lunch (included), the emphasis shifts to the publishing process, strategies for assessing potential publication venues, and reaching wider audiences. Approaches to developing your research narrative will also be discussed, with a focus on tools for privacy, social media, and auditing and building your online academic portfolio. You’ll have opportunities to write and share your work with peers, and will take away practical strategies for conveying knowledge to a variety of readerships. 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Thesis

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.