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February 1, 2017

LIBR 930: Digital Research Day 

9:00am-3:30pm. SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, rooms 1400-1420.

To register, select the registration link above. **You will need to create an account if you have not taken a Continuing Studies course before.** After you have made payment, click on "Continue to Next  Step" where you will be asked to choose which sessions you will attend throughout the day. 

Note: None of the sessions below are held in a computer lab: please bring your own laptop and power cord. In some cases, you will need to install a particular software in advance.

9:00am-10:30am LaTeXThis session is an introduction to LaTeX, the standard program for writing papers in many academic fields. Regardless of your background — math or engineering, physics or linguistics — LaTeX will help you communicate your research through professionally-typeset documents. This two-hour session will cover a range of topics including: document structure, data tables, best practices, and presentation slides.   Participants in the session will have to install a LaTeX distribution beforehand ( or sign up for a service like ShareLaTeX. Instructor: Dan Fornika

9:00am-10:30am​ At the Intersection of Research and News. This panel discussion explores the hows and whys of researcher and journalist collaboration. Caitlin Havlak, Discourse Media's Director of digital and data journalism, will discuss how journalism can contribute to science communication through meaningful collaborations with experts from the research community. She will present two case studies where Discourse Media has pursued these types of collaborations.  Kurt Heinrich, SFU's Director of Communications, will help you understand the elements of news and how to develop your own key messages for your research. His talk will cover developing potential story ideas that can be proactively pitched in order to showcase your positive stories in the media -- or in other contexts like seeking funding and finding partnerships. Chris Tenove, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Ethics and Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, will talk about issues of expert-journalism collaboration, drawing on his series The War is Just a Click Away.  The session is moderated by journalist Zoe Tennant, part of the UBC Journalism School team that is bringing The Conversation to Canada. Instructors: Caitlin Havlak, Chris Tenove, Kurt Heinrich

9:00am-12:30pm 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 3h 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. Note: Those registered in the ResBaz Python 2-day workshop may find the content of this lesson redundant. If in doubt, please contact for clarification.  Note: This session runs for 2 time blocks. (Do not choose an 11:00-12:30 session if you select this one) Instructor: Jessica Gallinger

11:00am-12:30pm​ Getting Started with QGIS. Designed for students new to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this workshop will introduce basic and more advanced GIS concepts using QGIS. Please install the QGIS software ahead of time (contact Julie with any issues).  Instructors: Mehdi Aminipouri and Julie Jones

11:00am-12:30pm Qualitative Data Analysis Software (NVivo). Qualitative Data Analysis Software, like NVivo, allows researchers to organize, manage, and analyze unstructured data. Find out more about identifying patterns in text, transcripts, multimedia, social media data, and more.  In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll be introduced to NVivo's functions. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding. This workshop uses the Windows version of NVivo. Please come with NVivo 11 downloaded to your laptop. If you are a grad student, faculty member, post-doc or research team member from SFU, you can download it here;  from UBC, download it here. Instructors: Stephan Struve.

1:30-3:30pm Research Data Management. This 2 hour workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of RDM including planning, organizing data, documenting data, storing data, sharing data, and archiving data. Attendees will each choose between two streams for the last 30 min of the workshop; 1) privacy for human subjects, and 2) data wrangling in spreadsheets. Instructor: Carla Graebner and Jessica Gallinger

1:30pm-3:30pm Needling the Haystack: An Introduction to SQL and Query Languages. This workshop will provide an introduction to SQL and related query languages for people who have little to no experience using modern database backends. We'll discuss the differences in difference SQL implementations, how to efficiently retrieve data from already-existing databases that you might encounter in your job, and hopefully demystify some general concepts of querying. If you've ever had a graphical database design course, so much the better; we'll be trying to supplement but not rehash those concepts. Please bring your own laptop. Instructor: Alex Garnett

1:30pm-3:30pm​ Citation Management Software. Advanced researchers benefit from the use of citation management tools. These enable you to import, organize, share, and manage your citations and documents, as well as create correctly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of styles (APA, MLA, Chicago...). In this workshop, we will introduce two citation management tools (Zotero and Mendeley), highlight key aspects of each tool, and discuss pros and cons to help you decide what works best for your own research practice.
Instructor: Alison Moore

LIBR 936: Data Visualization with VisIt 

9:00am-4:00pm. SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room 7000.

To register, click on the registration link above. ***You will need to create an account if you haven't registered for a Continuing Studies course before.

This workshop focuses on scientific visualization using VisIt, an open source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization tool. With VisIt, users can interactively visualize and analyze 2- and 3- dimensional data defined on structured, adaptive, and unstructured meshes. VisIt users can also animate these datasets in time, and manipulate them with a variety of operators.

We will provide sample data and codes for the exercises, or you can bring your own dataset if you would like to visualize it with VisIt.

Workshop Outline:

Introduction and VisIt's GUI overview
accessing data and managing files
working with plots
working with operators
interactive tools
quantitative analysis
making it pretty
animation and keyframing
data comparison
plots, selections, exporting
overview of remote visualization resources

Who Should Attend: All disciplines and experience levels are welcome. No prior visualization experience is required. Any researcher who is interested in learning more about tools and techniques for visualizing data sets is invited to attend.

Note: Please bring your own laptop -- with VisIt installed ( prior to the workshop -- and power cord.

Instructor: Alex Razoumov

February 2, 2017

LIBR 935:  Visual Analytics: an Overview

9:00am-4:00pm. SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre
To register, select the registration link above. **You will need to create an account if you have not taken a Continuing Studies course before.** 

This workshop will cover theoretical elements of visual analytics that participants can apply during the Tableau Workshop on February 3rd or in other pursuits. Topics will include (and are not limited to):

  • What is visual analytics (VA) and why it’s valuable
  • Visual cognition: strengths and weaknesses
  • How to use visuals to best represent your data
  • Understanding the data and context
  • Analytical reasoning: strengths and weaknesses

Note: please bring your own laptop and power cord.

Instructor: Candice McGowan.

LIBR 950: Putting your Best Virtual Face Forward for Academic Success 

9:00am-4:00pm. SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room
To register, select the registration link above. **You will need to create an account if you have not taken a Continuing Studies course before.**
This day-long event provides context and practical skills for the development of your research narrative online. The day begins with a panel discussion featuring David Robinson, executive director of CAUT, Jason Priem of ImpactStory, and Juan Pablo Alperin of Publishing @ SFU on the topic of using social media for engagement and research. Next up, we look at the big picture and context for developing your academic narrative: why do you want an academic presence? How do you get your work out there? Following a light lunch (provided), the afternoon is hands-on with tools for privacy, social media, and auditing and building your online academic portfolio.  You will learn about ORCID, ImpactStory, ResearchGate, and other networking and academic profile websites. We will help you evaluate and successfully use the appropriate tools to promote your research and professional experience.
Note: please bring your own laptop and power cord.

February 2+3, 2017

LIBR 931: Programming with R 

9:00am-4:00pm. Feb. 2+3. SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre.

To register, select the registration link above. **You will need to create an account if you have not taken a Continuing Studies course before.** 

This 2-day workshop is designed for people interested in the statistical computing program R.  No prior knowledge of R is required. R is an open source software program run from the command line that is being used across disciplines to visualize and analyze data. Our objective is to provide students with the basic skills needed to start analyzing their own data. Specific topics covered include the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages), simple commands to get you started, data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists), and the beginnings of simple data analysis (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.).

Note: please bring your own laptop and power cord.

Instructors: Michelle Jones, Thea Van Rossum

LIBR 932: Programming with Python (Software Carpentry)

 9:00am-4:00pm. Feb. 2+3. SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre.
To register, select from the registration link above. **You will need to create an account if you have not taken a Continuing Studies course before.** 

Python is a popular language for scientific computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. This workshop is offered by Software Carpentry, whose mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing.

Note: please bring your own laptop and power cord. Please see this page for installation requirements prior to the workshop.

Instructors: Bruno Grande, Alex Razoumov

February 3, 2017

LIBR 945: Hands-on with Tableau for Data Visualization

9:00am-4:00pm. SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room

To register, select the registration link above. **You will need to create an account if you have not taken a Continuing Studies course before.**

Tableau allows you to easily visualize data without having to know programming. This one day workshop will give you the fundamentals to effectively analyze and visualize your data enabling you to tell stories with your data.
Hands-on with Tableau will cover:

  • Brief introduction to Data Visualization best practices
  • Getting started with Tableau:
    • Saving and publishing
    • Static charts
    • Interactive charts
    • Getting data ready for Tableau
    • Reference lines
    • Stacked bar charts
    • Area charts
    • Scatterplots
    • Treemaps
    • Highlight tables and heat maps
    • Maps
  • Brainstorming: Tableau in action

Note: please bring your own laptop and power cord.

Instructor: Chad Skelton