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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 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

 

Using NVivo for Humanities Research

Does your research involve a large number of texts, different media, or even different types of files? Do you find it difficult to find and visualize trends in your research? Do you want to be able to do this without learning how to code? Come learn how NVivo can help you perform large-scale qualitative analysis without having to learn how to code! NVivo is a software package available through the SFU Library that helps with the organization and analysis of unstructured data. In this two-hour workshop, we will walk through what kinds of research questions NVivo can help you answer, work together on a sample project, and begin exploring some of the possibilities NVivo represents for your own research.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

Introduction to Spatial Data in Humanities: The Spatial Elements of Textual Analysis

Many humanities researchers have some form of geographical information included in their research, such as objects, images, or texts from or about a particular place; narratives about a person’s movement or a place’s change over time; or information about networks of people or organizations. Whether places and spaces are at the heart of your research or are a part of it, mapping can help answer research questions and generate new ones by visualizing your data in new ways. It can help tell a story about place or space. This two-part workshop series will help humanities researchers map their place-based research with ArcGIS.

The Spatial Elements of Textual Analysis
The first workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of getting started mapping with ArcGIS. We will discuss how to extract data from your research, get it ready for analysis, and upload it into ArcGIS. The workshop will help humanities researchers explore and map the spatial elements of their research with ArcGIS.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • extract data from their research;
  • get their data ready for spatial analysis;
  • upload data into ArcGIS Online;
  • use some basic mapping techniques with ArcGIS Online.

Software: ArcGIS Online (participants will not need their own computer)

Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets

Creating Story Maps
The second workshop will cover spatial analysis - the potential applications of your geographic information. We will demonstrate the analytic functions included in ArcGIS and discuss how to create context for your spatial data. We will also introduce Story Maps, an app that helps turn place-based information into narratives with a combination of maps, images, and text. Note: for this workshop, we will assume that you have already attended the first workshop or are comfortable with the material covered there.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • create a Story Map;
  • extract spatial context from text.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Introduction to Spatial Data in Humanities: Creating Story Maps

Many humanities researchers have some form of geographical information included in their research, such as objects, images, or texts from or about a particular place; narratives about a person’s movement or a place’s change over time; or information about networks of people or organizations. Whether places and spaces are at the heart of your research or are a part of it, mapping can help answer research questions and generate new ones by visualizing your data in new ways. It can help tell a story about place or space. This two-part workshop series will help humanities researchers map their place-based research with ArcGIS.

The Spatial Elements of Textual Analysis
The first workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of getting started mapping with ArcGIS. We will discuss how to extract data from your research, get it ready for analysis, and upload it into ArcGIS. The workshop will help humanities researchers explore and map the spatial elements of their research with ArcGIS.

Software: ArcGIS Online (participants will not need their own computer)

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • extract data from their research;
  • get their data ready for spatial analysis;
  • upload data into ArcGIS Online;
  • use some basic mapping techniques with ArcGIS Online.

Creating Story Maps
The second workshop will cover spatial analysis - the potential applications of your geographic information. We will demonstrate the analytic functions included in ArcGIS and discuss how to create context for your spatial data. We will also introduce Story Maps, an app that helps turn place-based information into narratives with a combination of maps, images, and text. Note: for this workshop, we will assume that you have already attended the first workshop or are comfortable with the material covered there.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • create a Story Map;
  • extract spatial context from text.

Software: ArcGIS Online (participants will not need their own computer)

Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

    Introduction to Twitter bots with Tracery

    Using the Tracery story-grammar generation tool, participants will learn how to turn simple JSON lists into full-fledged Twitter bots like @Gastwon, (https://twitter.com/gastwon) @TaySEliot (https://twitter.com/tayseliot) or even @SoftLandscapes. (https://twitter.com/softlandscapes). No programming experience is necessary.

    Please bring a fully charged laptop.

     

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    EAL/ESL

    Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners

    Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners is a co-curricular course offered by the Student Learning Commons (SLC) and has been carefully designed to help you succeed as a multilingual learner of English. 

    The course combines grammar for academic purposes, critical thinking, and academic writing for university. The syllabus focuses on developing an appropriate academic voice to help you express yourself correctly and appropriately in academic writing as a member of the SFU academic community.  Students will do regular in-class writing, learn how to develop a critical stance, and write a research paper  and a give a presentation.

    The course is not formally graded, but you will complete several reading and writing tasks, all of which will be graded and used to provide personalized feedback. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

    The required workbook is Grammar for Academic Purposes by Steve Marshall. Students have the option of purchasing the online version ($23.95) or the book ($32.95; on the first day of class I make an order for the number of students who would like a book and books will arrive in a few days).

    Fall 2018 Term

    September 19-November 30, 2018

    Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 AM-12:20 PM

    Library Room 7200

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, September 21, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, September 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, October 26, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 2, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 23, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 30, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

    Communication Skills

    Drop in to ask to practice your English conversation, get help with your presentation, or improve your grammar.  Communications skills is a weekly workshop facilitated by EAL Peer Neha A., a graduate student pursuing a Masters degree in Teaching English as an Additional Language.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Friday, September 21, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, September 28, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, October 5, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, October 12, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, October 19, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, October 26, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, November 2, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, November 16, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, November 23, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, November 30, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3020, SLC (Student Learning Commons) Office

    Let's Talk!

    Let's Talk! is a weekly workshop that gives students for whom English is an additional language an opportunity outside of class to improve their English conversation skills, learn strategies for academic success, and have fun meeting people.

    Participants will develop their conversation and listening skills through a variety of topics, such as stereotypes, slang and idioms, social media, Canadian and global culture, presentation skills, pronunciation, and story-telling.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
    Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390

    Pronunciation for Social, Academic, & Professional Settings

    This co-curricular short-term course provides the rules, learning strategies, and contextualized practice in the stress, rhythm, and melody of English words, phrases, and discourse. Students will also learn how a Canadian accent differs from American, British, and Australian varieties of English by analyzing popular TV shows.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
    Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
    Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
    Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
    Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
    Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
    Harbour Centre, Rm 2280

    Learning

    Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

    Research data management

    Introduction to Health Statistics

    This presentation covers health related statistics including:

    • CCHS- annual component and mental health,
    • Canadian Survey of Disability,
    • Aboriginal Peoples Survey,
    • vital statistics,
    • CHMS,
    • Canadian Cancer Registry,
    • General Social Survey- Caregiving & Care Receiving,
    • Census of Population.

    We will also talk about data dissemination (aggregate data and microdata/PUMF).

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

    Introduction to Business Statistics

    The first part of the presentation covers various resources related to business statistics, ie,  retail, wholesale, import & export, Canadian business counts, household spending, financial statistics, and 2016 Census results on population, demography, income, education and labour force status. The second part of the presentation would be a website navigation on how to find those resources on our website, then wrap up by a Q & A.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    What is the Open Science Framework (OSF)?

    The OSF is a free, open-source web app that manages research projects at all stages of the research lifecycle. It is used for documentation, file storage, versioning, collaboration, and it connects the various tools researchers currently use. The OSF is produced by the Center for Open Science (COS) and has over 60,000 users across various academic disciplines. Attend the workshop to learn more and explore the OSF.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Monday, September 24, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

    Find Data / Share 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, the Abacus Dataverse Network, ICPSR, Radar (SFU's Research Data Repository), and the new Google Dataset Search.

     

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Friday, October 5, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

    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
    Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

    Data De-Identification

    De-identification is the process of removing or masking information from a dataset that could be used to personally identify an individual. This process is fundamental in enabling the sharing and re-use of data for secondary research purposes. The possibility of individual identification from given data is determined by disclosure risk, and this risk is an important consideration when collecting, analysing, and sharing research data. De-identification can balance the risk of disclosure with the increased research value of a shared dataset.

    This workshop will touch on issues related to sharing sensitive data and offers practical suggestions on how such data can be made ready for re-use. Topics include how to assess disclosure risk, direct and indirect identifiers, risk thresholds and measurement, and how to reduce disclosure risk in various academic disciplines with techniques such as generalization, suppression, and subsampling. Examples will be used to illustrate disclosure risk and protection methods.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Friday, October 5, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

    Research programming

    Intro to Bioinformatics with R

    This workshop covers an introduction to Bioinformatics with R. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn about packages such as Bioconductor https://www.bioconductor.org/ as well as SeqnR.

    Requirements:

    • Bring your own fully charged laptop
    • Software installation and other technical requirements are listed in this information page. Please check this page to ensure that you have everything installed prior to attending the workshop

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

    Introducing Interactivity into Jupyter Notebooks

    In this workshop participants will have an opportunity to explore the use of Jupyter widgets and learn how the use of widgets supports teaching, learning and sharing information via introducing interactivity to Jupyter notebooks.

    Requirements:

    • Bring your own laptop
    • This workshop will use one of syzygy.ca's servers so no installations are required. Knowledge of basic Python is required. Comfort using Jupyter notebooks is recommended, but participants are encouraged to attend if Jupyter is a new concept.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    A taste of parallel programming with Chapel

    Chapel is a relatively new high-level programming language for shared- and distributed-memory machines. It combines the ease-of-use of Python and the speed of C++ and is the perfect language to learn the basics of parallel programming, whether you are trying to accelerate your computation on a multi-core laptop or on an HPC cluster. In this one-hour hands-on introduction I will go over several of Chapel's high-level abstractions.

    Requirements:

    All attendees will need to bring their laptops with a remote ssh client installed (on Windows, the free edition of https://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/download.html is recommended; on Mac and Linux, no need to install anything). No need to install Chapel -- we'll play with it on a cluster, and guest accounts will be provided by the instructor.

    Please check this page for any updated information.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    Introduction to Data Visualization – Examples by Tableau and d3.js

    This talk is designed for students and working professionals who are interested in techniques for data visualization and have no such background before. The focus of the talk will be the introduction to data visualization, from the view of visual perception and cognition, and some simple examples of data visualization with Tableau and JavaScript (d3).

    Requirements:

    • A laptop
    • Prerequisites: Download Tableau. (Student can download the Tableau for free through the official website: https://www.tableau.com/academic/students). Please do this prior to attending the workshop.

    Please check this page for any updated information.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    Eigenface Facial Recognition

    In this workshop participants will learn about human facial recognition and use MATLAB to explore which faces in a database are similar to theirs. We will introduce EigenFaces and the mathematics used to compute facial similarity including principal component analysis and singular value decomposition.

    Requirements:

    • This workshop will use MATLAB. Installation of MATLAB is required but participants with no knowledge of the language may still be able to follow if they are familiar with other programming languages.
    • Participants will also need to bring a smart phone with a camera

    Please check this page for any updated information.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008

    Programming with Python

    Python is a popular language for scientific computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well.

    This 2-day hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. 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.

    Participants will need to bring their own computer/laptop. Instructions on installing Python and other necessary information will be sent out to participants closer to the workshop date.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
    Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
    Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

    Research software

    Citation Management

    Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

    GIS

    Introduction to Python

    Python is a popular language for scientific computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well. In fact, almost everyone who uses Python likes it so much they get upset about having to learn any other programming language.  This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. This workshop uses curricula from Software Carpentry, whose mission is to help researchers get more work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing.  It also provides a good technical basis for the two-day GIS workshop which will follow, which is an introduction to automated geoprocessing using Python to perform analysis with ArcGIS. Given this, you might be able to do St. Patrick one better, and with the power of Python, drive the snakes back into Ireland!

    Software requirements:

    Participants will need to bring their own computer. Instructions on installing Python and other necessary information will be sent out to participants closer to the workshop date.

    Prerequisite:

    This workshop is designed for people with no background in Python.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

    Geoprocessing in ArcGIS

    The analysis of place-based (or spatial) data requires a basic understanding of how to process the data. For example, what are the routes taken by Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna) during winter migration and where do their routes overlap with predator territory? If we have data on the locations of Anna’s hummingbird and their predators, we could process their network (or routes) and then analyze the overlap with predator territory.

    Researchers in various disciplines will find this workshop helpful as an introduction to basic geoprocessing tools and workflow automation in ArcGIS. In this workshop, participants will learn to run basic and advanced geoprocessing tools using Python and an automated workflow process tool called Model Builder. During the workshop, participants will:

    • explore different data formats that work with ArcGIS;
    • use tools to their full extent in ArcMap;
    • learn about kernel density analysis;
    • automate geoprocessing tools; and
    • use Python in IDLE and in ArcMap.

    Software requirements:

    Participants will need to bring their own computer, running the Windows operating system. This workshop requires the use of ArcGIS Desktop, which is available for download and can be installed on Windows operating systems only. Instructions on installing ArcGIS Desktop and other necessary information will be sent out to participants closer to the workshop date.

    Prerequisite:

    This workshop assumes prerequisite knowledge of the Introduction to Python (Day 1) material or its equivalent. Please contact data-services@sfu.ca if you are not planning to attend Day 1 and would like clarification on the prerequisites.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    Geoprocessing in ArcGIS with Python

    Researchers often have to analyze many individual datasets separately using the same process. For example, maybe you need to convert 100 CSV files into shapefiles and create buffers with increasing increments around them, in each one. Sometimes even working spatial analysts don’t have access to premade tools that can run this analysis; in which case, they need to create the tool themselves to automate most of this processing.

    Almost all uses of GIS involve a repetition of work, and this creates the need for methods to automate, document, and share multiple-step procedures known as workflows. Geoprocessing allows you to automate your GIS tasks and perform spatial analysis and modeling. This workshop will guide participants in the creation of custom geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS using Python. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • create a geoprocessing workflow in ArcGIS Model Builder;
    • create a geoprocessing workflow using Python code;
    • run basic geoprocessing and shapefile editing tools using Python code; and
    • code a single tool that can be used in ArcMap to run the entire workflow.

    Software requirements:

    Participants will need to bring their own computer, running the Windows operating system. This workshop requires the use of ArcGIS Desktop and Python. ArcGIS Desktop is available for download and can be installed on Windows operating systems only. Instructions on installing ArcGIS Desktop and other necessary information will be sent out to participants closer to the workshop date.

    Prerequisite:

    This workshop assumes prerequisite knowledge of the Introduction to Python (Day 1) and Geoprocessing in ArcGIS (Day 2) materials or their equivalent. Please contact data-services@sfu.ca if you are not planning to attend Day 1 or Day 2, and would like clarification on the prerequisites.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    Advanced GIS: Raster Data Analysis

    Raster data is continuous, pixelated data. For example, aerial photographs, LIDAR data, and digital elevation models store information as raster data. In contrast, vector data is discrete and is stored as geometric objects: points, lines and polygons. The tools available to you, and the kind of analysis you can conduct, with raster data are different than those for vector data. This session will focus on working with raster data in ArcGIS.

    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • distinguish between different types of raster data;
    • work with digital elevation models (DEMs);
    • explore raster surface data (hill shade, contour, aspect data);
    • create and work with mosaic datasets.

    Software: ArcGIS Desktop 10.6 (participants will not need their own computer)

    Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

    Advanced GIS: Vector and Tabular Data Analysis

    Vector data is discrete data stored in points, lines and polygons. The tools at your disposal and the kind of analysis you can conduct with this type of data is different than those for raster data. This workshop will deepen your knowledge of attribute tables that accompany vector data. You will learn to add new data in an existing table, import data from an Excel worksheet, join two tables together, convert a list of X-Y coordinates to a shapefile, and create simple SQL-queries.

    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • edit and add information to an attribute table;
    • import Excel tables and X-Y coordinates into ArcMap;
    • formulate queries;
    • join data from two separate sources;
    • and, explore spatial patterns in data.

    Software: ArcGIS Desktop 10.6 (participants will not need their own computer)

    Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

    Mapping Census Data

    This workshop will cover two very practical skill areas for ArcGIS users:

    • finding Canadian Census data that is accessible to university researchers,
    • and mapping it using ArcGIS software.

    This workshop will guide you through tips for mapping large amounts of census data quickly and for working with spatial patterns and relationships among census variables.

    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • find and choose Census data required for their research;
    • extract relevant Census data from Census files;
    • understand the census spatial units;
    • map census data using census spatial units.

    Software: ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Desktop (participants will not need their own computer)

    Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

    Introduction to Spatial Data in Humanities: The Spatial Elements of Textual Analysis

    Many humanities researchers have some form of geographical information included in their research, such as objects, images, or texts from or about a particular place; narratives about a person’s movement or a place’s change over time; or information about networks of people or organizations. Whether places and spaces are at the heart of your research or are a part of it, mapping can help answer research questions and generate new ones by visualizing your data in new ways. It can help tell a story about place or space. This two-part workshop series will help humanities researchers map their place-based research with ArcGIS.

    The Spatial Elements of Textual Analysis
    The first workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of getting started mapping with ArcGIS. We will discuss how to extract data from your research, get it ready for analysis, and upload it into ArcGIS. The workshop will help humanities researchers explore and map the spatial elements of their research with ArcGIS.

    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • extract data from their research;
    • get their data ready for spatial analysis;
    • upload data into ArcGIS Online;
    • use some basic mapping techniques with ArcGIS Online.

    Software: ArcGIS Online (participants will not need their own computer)

    Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets

    Creating Story Maps
    The second workshop will cover spatial analysis - the potential applications of your geographic information. We will demonstrate the analytic functions included in ArcGIS and discuss how to create context for your spatial data. We will also introduce Story Maps, an app that helps turn place-based information into narratives with a combination of maps, images, and text. Note: for this workshop, we will assume that you have already attended the first workshop or are comfortable with the material covered there.

    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • create a Story Map;
    • extract spatial context from text.

    Upcoming Workshops

    Dates Location
    Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

    Introduction to Spatial Data in Humanities: Creating Story Maps

    Many humanities researchers have some form of geographical information included in their research, such as objects, images, or texts from or about a particular place; narratives about a person’s movement or a place’s change over time; or information about networks of people or organizations. Whether places and spaces are at the heart of your research or are a part of it, mapping can help answer research questions and generate new ones by visualizing your data in new ways. It can help tell a story about place or space. This two-part workshop series will help humanities researchers map their place-based research with ArcGIS.

    The Spatial Elements of Textual Analysis
    The first workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of getting started mapping with ArcGIS. We will discuss how to extract data from your research, get it ready for analysis, and upload it into ArcGIS. The workshop will help humanities researchers explore and map the spatial elements of their research with ArcGIS.

    Software: ArcGIS Online (participants will not need their own computer)

    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • extract data from their research;
    • get their data ready for spatial analysis;
    • upload data into ArcGIS Online;
    • use some basic mapping techniques with ArcGIS Online.

    Creating Story Maps
    The second workshop will cover spatial analysis - the potential applications of your geographic information. We will demonstrate the analytic functions included in ArcGIS and discuss how to create context for your spatial data. We will also introduce Story Maps, an app that helps turn place-based information into narratives with a combination of maps, images, and text. Note: for this workshop, we will assume that you have already attended the first workshop or are comfortable with the material covered there.

    By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • create a Story Map;
    • extract spatial context from text.

    Software: ArcGIS Online (participants will not need their own computer)

    Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

      Intro to Geospatial Data with R

      The lessons in this workshop will cover how to open, work with, and plot vector and raster-format spatial data in R.

      Additional topics include:

      • working with spatial metadata (extent and coordinate reference systems),
      • reprojecting spatial data,
      • and working with raster time series data.

      By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

      • import and export raster and vector data from R;
      • analyze and edit raster and vector data;
      • explore spatio-temporal data in R.

      This full-day workshop will follow the Data Carpentries' syllabus.

      Prerequisites:

      Software requirements:

      • Participants will need to bring their own laptops with the most recent version of R and Rstudio installed. For installation instructions and to download the data used in this lesson, see the workshop homepage.

      Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1415

      Python

      Introduction to Python

      Python is a popular language for scientific computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well. In fact, almost everyone who uses Python likes it so much they get upset about having to learn any other programming language.  This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. This workshop uses curricula from Software Carpentry, whose mission is to help researchers get more work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing.  It also provides a good technical basis for the two-day GIS workshop which will follow, which is an introduction to automated geoprocessing using Python to perform analysis with ArcGIS. Given this, you might be able to do St. Patrick one better, and with the power of Python, drive the snakes back into Ireland!

      Software requirements:

      Participants will need to bring their own computer. Instructions on installing Python and other necessary information will be sent out to participants closer to the workshop date.

      Prerequisite:

      This workshop is designed for people with no background in Python.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

      Geoprocessing in ArcGIS

      The analysis of place-based (or spatial) data requires a basic understanding of how to process the data. For example, what are the routes taken by Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna) during winter migration and where do their routes overlap with predator territory? If we have data on the locations of Anna’s hummingbird and their predators, we could process their network (or routes) and then analyze the overlap with predator territory.

      Researchers in various disciplines will find this workshop helpful as an introduction to basic geoprocessing tools and workflow automation in ArcGIS. In this workshop, participants will learn to run basic and advanced geoprocessing tools using Python and an automated workflow process tool called Model Builder. During the workshop, participants will:

      • explore different data formats that work with ArcGIS;
      • use tools to their full extent in ArcMap;
      • learn about kernel density analysis;
      • automate geoprocessing tools; and
      • use Python in IDLE and in ArcMap.

      Software requirements:

      Participants will need to bring their own computer, running the Windows operating system. This workshop requires the use of ArcGIS Desktop, which is available for download and can be installed on Windows operating systems only. Instructions on installing ArcGIS Desktop and other necessary information will be sent out to participants closer to the workshop date.

      Prerequisite:

      This workshop assumes prerequisite knowledge of the Introduction to Python (Day 1) material or its equivalent. Please contact data-services@sfu.ca if you are not planning to attend Day 1 and would like clarification on the prerequisites.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      Geoprocessing in ArcGIS with Python

      Researchers often have to analyze many individual datasets separately using the same process. For example, maybe you need to convert 100 CSV files into shapefiles and create buffers with increasing increments around them, in each one. Sometimes even working spatial analysts don’t have access to premade tools that can run this analysis; in which case, they need to create the tool themselves to automate most of this processing.

      Almost all uses of GIS involve a repetition of work, and this creates the need for methods to automate, document, and share multiple-step procedures known as workflows. Geoprocessing allows you to automate your GIS tasks and perform spatial analysis and modeling. This workshop will guide participants in the creation of custom geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS using Python. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

      • create a geoprocessing workflow in ArcGIS Model Builder;
      • create a geoprocessing workflow using Python code;
      • run basic geoprocessing and shapefile editing tools using Python code; and
      • code a single tool that can be used in ArcMap to run the entire workflow.

      Software requirements:

      Participants will need to bring their own computer, running the Windows operating system. This workshop requires the use of ArcGIS Desktop and Python. ArcGIS Desktop is available for download and can be installed on Windows operating systems only. Instructions on installing ArcGIS Desktop and other necessary information will be sent out to participants closer to the workshop date.

      Prerequisite:

      This workshop assumes prerequisite knowledge of the Introduction to Python (Day 1) and Geoprocessing in ArcGIS (Day 2) materials or their equivalent. Please contact data-services@sfu.ca if you are not planning to attend Day 1 or Day 2, and would like clarification on the prerequisites.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      Programming with Python

      Python is a popular language for scientific computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well.

      This 2-day hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. 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.

      Participants will need to bring their own computer/laptop. Instructions on installing Python and other necessary information will be sent out to participants closer to the workshop date.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
      Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
      Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

      Qualitative Data Analysis

      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. You can download NVivo and the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you are unable to get past the authentication page, then please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
      Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am Surrey

      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
      Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am Surrey, Galleria 3, Lab 3130
      Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm Harbour Centre, Lab 1350

      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
      Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

      Using NVivo for Humanities Research

      Does your research involve a large number of texts, different media, or even different types of files? Do you find it difficult to find and visualize trends in your research? Do you want to be able to do this without learning how to code? Come learn how NVivo can help you perform large-scale qualitative analysis without having to learn how to code! NVivo is a software package available through the SFU Library that helps with the organization and analysis of unstructured data. In this two-hour workshop, we will walk through what kinds of research questions NVivo can help you answer, work together on a sample project, and begin exploring some of the possibilities NVivo represents for your own research.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm 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, November 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      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).

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

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      R (Software)

      Introduction to R (2-day workshop)

      This two day workshop introduces the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications. No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.

      The topics covered include:

      • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
      • simple commands to get you started,
      • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
      • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

       As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.

      Requirements:

      • Participants need to bring a laptop with the latest versions of R and RStudio installed.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
      Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
      Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

      Text Mining in R

      Text mining techniques can be applied to various data sources (e.g., newspaper articles, emails, online discussion posts, etc.) to efficiently extract useful data for different research purposes. For example, health science researchers may be interested in investigating a frequency of a particular disease name mentioned in a large set of newspaper articles. Educational researchers, on the other side, may wish to extract and categorize students' opinions from discussion forum in a high enrollment course. R offers a comprehensive set of functionalities for text mining. In this workshop, you will learn how to implement basic methods for preprocessing textual data, metadata management, a creation of term-document matrices over the collection of textual documents, sentiment analysis, text tokenization, word relationship extraction and text visualization.

      Note: Workshop participants will need to bring their own laptops, with R and RStudio installed prior to attending the workshop.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

      Introduction to R for Non-Science Majors (2-day workshop)

      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.).

      Note: Workshop participants will need to bring their own laptops, with R and RStudio installed prior to attending the workshop.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
      Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
      Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

      Statistics

      Introduction to Health Statistics

      This presentation covers health related statistics including:

      • CCHS- annual component and mental health,
      • Canadian Survey of Disability,
      • Aboriginal Peoples Survey,
      • vital statistics,
      • CHMS,
      • Canadian Cancer Registry,
      • General Social Survey- Caregiving & Care Receiving,
      • Census of Population.

      We will also talk about data dissemination (aggregate data and microdata/PUMF).

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

      Introduction to Business Statistics

      The first part of the presentation covers various resources related to business statistics, ie,  retail, wholesale, import & export, Canadian business counts, household spending, financial statistics, and 2016 Census results on population, demography, income, education and labour force status. The second part of the presentation would be a website navigation on how to find those resources on our website, then wrap up by a Q & A.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      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
      Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
      Monday, October 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

      Doing more with 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 is designed for researchers who are already familiar with Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

      You will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to:
      • connect multiple datasets to the same Tableau workbook;
      • use advanced analysis features, like reference lines, trend lines and calculated fields;
      • and  create interactive charts and graphs.

      Requirements:

      This workshop is aimed at researchers who have prior experience with Tableau. The Research Commons workshop "An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization" is a recommended pre-requisite. 
       
      Participants will need to bring their own laptop preloaded with the latest version of Tableau Public.
       

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
      Monday, October 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

      Scholarly communication

      Get credit for your work: Build a sustainable online CV with ORCID

      • Are you looking to reduce the amount of manual data entry required when you submit a manuscript, apply for a grant, or update your CV?
      • Are you tired of receiving emails from online networking sites, asking you to pay for premium services?
      • Do you want to ensure that you get credit for all of your work?

      Then this workshop is for you.

      We will introduce ORCID (the Open Researcher and Contributor ID), a free, open, not-for-profit organization that provides authors with a unique numeric identifier to distinguish themselves from other researchers and automatically link their professional publications and activities. ORCID iDs persist throughout an author's scholarly career and ensure consistent, reliable attribution of their work.

      Bring your laptop and a copy of your CV: this interactive workshop will cover the basics and benefits of getting started with ORCID.

      Participants will leave with:

      • an ORCID iD,
      • a newly created online CV,
      • and an understanding of how to automatically keep their profile up-to-date.
       

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
      Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      Preparing to Publish

      Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

      A few questions this session will help to answer:

      • How does the publishing cycle work?
      • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
      • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
      • What rights can you retain to your published research?
      • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      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!

      Fall Semester 2018 [September 7 to December 3]

      Burnaby Campus
      Graduate Open Writing Lab  - Mondays, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7010
      (no sessions October 8 and November 12)

      Vancouver Campus
      Graduate Open Writing Lab - Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre - Room HC 7400

       

      Writing Workshops

      Please register for the following writing workshops:

      Write Conversations: Creative Writers' Workshop

      Journal articles, conference papers, and books aren't the only platforms for the expression of academic knowledge. In fact, creative writing about big and complex ideas and can be a valuable way to reach beyond academia and explore new perspectives. This workshop presents a constructive space to share your creative work and to listen to the work from across the disciplines. Feel free to bring pieces of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction to share with other participants, or come ready to freewrite during the workshop. The format is pretty loose, so you can determine which activities will be most useful.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Monday, September 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      Write Conversations: Critical Research, Reading, and Writing

      This workshop will begin with a discussion of strategies for critical reading and note-taking and then explore how these skills contribute to critical writing for a literature review. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Friday, September 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

      Write Conversations: Lay Language

      Lay language is needed in order to convey technical and advanced ideas in ways that are more effective than “dumbing it down”. You may be preparing a grant or fellowship proposal, writing for online purposes or fine tuning your “job talk”— all of which require you to translate your work and research to persons outside of your core field of study.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Monday, October 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      Write Conversations: Academic Writing? What’s that?

      This write conversations session is an informal dialogue about how academic writing is different from other types of writing (e.g., magazines, newspapers, proposals and technical reports). Topics on understanding your field and scholar-based audiences will be discussed as well.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Friday, October 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      SSHRC Doctoral Proposal Writing

      In the first half of this workshop, participants will learn about the application process and requirements, eligibility mistakes, evaluation criteria, tips and tricks for your bibliography and citation as well as common mistakes to avoid.

      In the latter half of the workshop, participants will learn how proposal writing differs from other types of graduate writing.  A facilitator will review some of the basic elements of proposal writing and how to make a persuasive argument to your readers. They will help you think about:

       

      • your audience and the needs of your audience,
      • the critical messages that you want to convey,
      • and finding an engaging hook.

      Participants should bring their in-progress proposals and any other supporting material they would like to work on. Light refreshments will be served.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

      Write Conversations: What's Your Research Question?

      It is important to know what your research question is prior to writing your dissertation. Fully understanding what THE question is will help you make conceptual links and focus your reading and research.  How does one come up with a research question? What is a good research question?  Is the research question same thing as a hypothesis?  Join this Write Conversations session to find out.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Monday, October 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      Write Conversations: Dressing Up (or Down) Your Writing: Audience, Purpose, and Style

      This workshop will begin with a discussion about the need to consider audience, purpose, and style in writing. We will then explore “style,” including word choice, sentence structure, tone, and voice, and how these aspects impact your writing. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

      Writing a Winning Business Plan

      What is a business plan? What is its purpose? What sections do I need? What elements are key to an effective executive summary?  This workshop is designed for anyone with little to no experience with writing an effective and persuasive business plan.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Monday, October 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      Preparing to Publish

      Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

      A few questions this session will help to answer:

      • How does the publishing cycle work?
      • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
      • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
      • What rights can you retain to your published research?
      • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      Write Conversations: Going with the Flow: Cohesion and Coherence

      This workshop will begin with a discussion focused on how we can communicate the logical progression of our ideas. We will explore a number of ways to develop a clear, compelling, and logical argument from the beginning, through the middle, to the end of a piece of scholarly writing. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Friday, October 26, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

      Write Conversations: Presenting with E.A.S.E. - Oral Presentations

      Are you presenting to a scholarly audience at a conference in a room with 300 or more people? Maybe, you'll be presenting in a seminar, a workshop or to your colleagues? There are best practices for making your presentation Engaging, Actionable, Simple and Entertaining. Sign up for this workshop and learn some presentation skills from a 2013 TEDx speaker.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Monday, October 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      Critical Thinking for Critical Writing

      Critical writing depends on critical thinking. However, we often get caught up in reading sources solely for content or information, neglecting critical reflection on authors’ reasoning, style, and argumentation, which then prevents our writing from being as critical or analytical as it should be. This workshop will help graduate writers rethink how to approach sources and their own writing for successfully engaging in academic discourse!

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

      Write Conversations: The Work We Do After the Work We Did: Editing, Revising, and Proofreading

      This workshop will begin with a discussion on the differences between revising, editing, and proofreading as well as their importance in the writing process. We will explore a number of revising, editing, and proofreading techniques employed by successful writers. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

      Write Conversations: Writing for Collaboration in the Sciences

      This write conversations session is an informal dialogue about writing styles, specifically for the purpose of creating collaborative relationships between scientists. Laboratory research depends on collaborative ideas and technologies to make advances. This session will focus on writing styles for letters, proposals, and emails to potential collaborators both in academia and industry.

      Upcoming Workshops

      Dates Location
      Monday, November 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

      Thesis

      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
      Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
      Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons