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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

Introduction to Computer-Assisted Text Analysis

This workshop will provide an introduction to computer-assisted text analysis, and introduce participants to Voyant, an online text analysis tool. This workshop is aimed at those humanities scholars who are uncertain as to why or how they would use digital tools in their scholarly practice, or those who are interested in the possibilities of computer-assisted text analysis but are unsure where to start or what it can produce. We will cover these fundamental questions, and then participants can try their hand at using a digital tool – the online text analysis software Voyant – to produce some analyses and data visualizations.

Note: Please bring your fully charged laptop to this workshop.

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The Digital Humanities Café (DH Café) presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.

Upcoming Workshops

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

Be the Master of Your Files in SFU Vault: Tips for File Management and Synchronization

As with backups, people often realize the importance of file management when it's too late. In this workshop, participants will learn principles and concrete tips to manage files like a pro. Directory structure and naming conventions, for instance, can go a long way in alleviating the frustration associated with searching for a specific file. Participants will be introduced to SFU Vault cloud storage service to synchronize files between different computers. This way, you will never forget a file at home, and the file redundancy means you are less likely to lose data in case of a computer crash. We'll be comparing SFU Vault with other similar services such as Dropbox and Google Drive in terms of speed, capacity, versioning, and file sharing. Come to this workshop and become a master of your files in SFU Vault!

Note: Please bring your fully charged laptop to this workshop.

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The Digital Humanities Café (DH Café) presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1525

TEI: Learning the Basics

Note: This workshop is offered through ARC (Advanced Research Computer) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. It also takes place at UBC, Vancouver. Please check out their website for more information and to register.

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This workshop will provide students with the basics of text encoding for digital humanities

  • Illustrate applications of TEI
  • Explain what the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is
  • Describe the main components of the TEI-XML scheme
  • Apply the basic elements of TEI-XML to encode a literary text using the oXygen XML Editor
  • Find online resources to continue learning about TEI and text encoding for digital humanities

This workshop will introduce you to text encoding in the context of digital archives and digital humanities. After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Explain importance of text encoding for digital humanities
  • Illustrate applications of TEI
  • Explain what the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is
  • Describe the main components of the TEI-XML scheme
  • Apply the basic elements of TEI-XML to encode a literary text using the oXygen XML Editor
  • Find online resources to continue learning about TEI and text encoding for digital humanities

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm Vancouver, Koerner Library, University of British Columbia, Rm 216

EAL/ESL

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Learning

2016-2017 CARMA Webcast Presentations

The CARMA Consortium Webcast Program is an annual program established to provide university faculty, graduate students, and other researchers with advanced training in research methods and data analysis.

With SFU Library's membership, all SFU faculty and students are eligible to view, as a group, a series of ten live webcast lectures presented by nationally recognized methodologists. These lectures are developed at an introductory and advanced doctoral student level and will typically include an introduction to the topic as well as a consideration of current technical issues. Emphasis is placed on the application of the research method technique.

Upcoming Webcast Presenters and Topics include:

  • Friday February 24: Dr. Nathan Podakoff, The University of Arizona, "Method Variance"
  • Friday February 24: Dr. Dan Newman, The University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, "Measurement Problems"
  • Friday April 7: Dr. Keith Markus, The City University of New York, "Testing Casual Hypotheses"
  • Friday April 7: Dr. Louis Tay, Purdue University, "Construct Validation"

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Transcription: tools, strategies, support

If you work with audio or video recordings, you may find yourself immersed in the world of transcription. Bring your experiences or your curiosity to this session.Facilitators will demonstrate transcription hardware (foot pedals)  and software (Dragon Naturally Speaking) available in the Research Commons and will discuss what has worked for them.  Experiences with for-fee transcription services, coding your transcriptions, and managing your data may also be discussed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Research data management

Open Data, Open Access


The Tri-Agencies have adopted a policy on open access publishing and are moving toward implementing research data management and data deposit requirements. This term, SFU adopted its Open Access Policy building on the Tri-Agency requirement that peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from funding by CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC must be made freely accessible within 12 months of publication. SFU's Open Access policy recommends that researchers deposit their scholarly articles with the SFU Library.  To support SFU researchers in managing their data, the SFU Library has developed a suite of resources and services.  Please join us in conversation and learn more about how the Library can support your open access and research data management activities. Bring your questions!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 1425
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Surrey, Podium 3, Rm 3595

Research programming

Deep learning with Caffe

Deep learning has emerged has one of the most important applications in the word today, image classification being one of its primary uses. Image classification is used in robotics, autonomous vehicles, IOT devices etc. In this workshop we will learn the basic principles underlying deep learning networks, how they are implemented, and, how to visualize a trained network. We will use Caffe, which is a popular deep learning tool and apply it to an image database.

Please note that this workshop assumes you have basic Python knowledge.

Bring your own laptop.

Software requirements:

TBA.

More information can be found on the SciProg page

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, March 28, 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, April 11, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Forget about RMarkdown: welcome to org mode!

Org mode is an extremely powerful emacs package. It is a great tool for

  • organizing ideas and drafting plans
  • writing text for export to latex, pdf, html and many other formats
  • writing text with embedded code for literate programming (much more powerful that RMarkdown)
  • writing papers or your thesis
  • making beamer presentations

If you have never used emacs before, come to our Introduction to emacs workshop before coming to make sure you already have an understanding of emacs.

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, April 25, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Research software

Citation Management

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
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

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
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

GIS

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Python

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Qualitative Data Analysis

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
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

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
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Harbour Centre, Lab 1350

R (Software)

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Statistics

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Visual Analytics

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Scholarly communication

Open Data, Open Access


The Tri-Agencies have adopted a policy on open access publishing and are moving toward implementing research data management and data deposit requirements. This term, SFU adopted its Open Access Policy building on the Tri-Agency requirement that peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from funding by CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC must be made freely accessible within 12 months of publication. SFU's Open Access policy recommends that researchers deposit their scholarly articles with the SFU Library.  To support SFU researchers in managing their data, the SFU Library has developed a suite of resources and services.  Please join us in conversation and learn more about how the Library can support your open access and research data management activities. Bring your questions!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 1425
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Surrey, Podium 3, Rm 3595

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!

Spring Semester 2017 [January 9 to April 7]

Burnaby Campus
Mondays, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7000
(no session on February 13)

Vancouver Campus

Thursdays, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre:
        Rm HC 2245 March 16, March 30, April 6
        Rm HC 2250 March 23
 Fridays, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm HC 2105

Workshops

Please register for the following writing workshops:

Extended Write Right 7: Academic Presentation as Celebration: Sharing Your Passion

This workshop is the 7th and final installment of an extended graduate workshop series aimed at offering proactive and comprehensive support to help you improve your relationship with the writing process. This workshop is focused on the skills required to enjoy presenting your scholarly research for a variety of audiences. What differentiates this workshop from a number of others focused on presentation skills is the emphasis on presentation as an opportunity to celebrate and share your passion about your work. Maintaining a connection to your passion is a crucial component of healthy graduate student life! We will begin with an information session (approx 1-2 hours) focused on scholarly presentation as a unique genre of performance and will then explore a number of techniques that graduate students can use to infuse their writing-for-presentation with a sense of celebration.

The remainder of the time will be an opportunity for participants to apply these skills in planning and writing their own presentations. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be present throughout this practice time to address any follow-up questions that may arise.

As the culminating session for the extended workshop series, this event will also be an opportunity for us to celebrate the community of practice that we have developed over the course of the semester.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Thesis Boot Camp

This multi-day boot camp is for SFU graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis or dissertation.

Here's your opportunity to dedicate three days to making serious progress on your dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, snacks and lunches, you will benefit from structured time, dedicated space, professional advising and peer support—all motivating factors in that final push towards completion of your dissertation or thesis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7000, Research Commons

Thesis

Thesis Boot Camp

This multi-day boot camp is for SFU graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis or dissertation.

Here's your opportunity to dedicate three days to making serious progress on your dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, snacks and lunches, you will benefit from structured time, dedicated space, professional advising and peer support—all motivating factors in that final push towards completion of your dissertation or thesis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7000, Research Commons

Thesis Template and Resources

This demonstration introduces you to the Thesis Submission process and the Thesis Template. It will begin with an introduction to required copyright permissions from the Copyright Office at SFU, followed by a review of the overall submission process (including deadlines and supporting documentation). Additionally, SFU Library's research data specialists will give instruction on how to preserve and, if appropriate, share research data for future uses.

The technical part of the workshop will follow, where you will be walked through the resources on the website and the functionality of the thesis template.

Students are encouraged to bring their own computer and thesis document(s) to work along with the facilitator during the workshop.

Learn how to:

  • request copyright permissions
  • write in the MS Word template-based file
  • format your text using styles
  • bring text in from other documents
  • insert figures, images, and auto-numbered captions
  • generate the Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, etc.

If you’ve begun writing, send your document to theses@sfu.ca in advance of the workshop; one might be used in demonstrating the Library’s thesis template. After the session, the formatted document will be returned in which the student can continue his/her work.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons