Data & Digital Services Workshops - Spring 2016


Data & Digital Services Workshops are designed to promote awareness, build skills, and educate the University of Idaho campus community on issues associated with research and learning in the information age.



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1 April 20

10am-12pm
Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon This workshop will provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to fact-check and enhance current Wikipedia articles related to the University of Idaho by using archival materials and special collections found in the Library. Wikipedia edit-a-thons improve and generate content using and linking back to the institutional holdings at the library, demonstrating how open educational materials can be used, revised, and redistributed while engaging with the unique collections at the University of Idaho. The event is open to the public and no specialized knowledge or Wikipedia editing experience is required. A brief overview of the basics of Wikipedia editing will be given at the start of the edit-a-thon. We will have library resources and a list of suggested topics on hand. More event information.

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Rm 212a
Erin Stoddart

Amy Thompson

Darcie Riedner

Annie Gaines
2 Mar 30

11:00am-12:00pm
Leveraging Web of Science for Research Success Come look under the hood of Web of Science, a powerful research tool. Learn how to generate citation maps, conduct cited reference searching, integrate your results with Endnote Web, conduct research analysis, and other methods of enhancing your research prowess.

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Library
Rm 212a
Nancy Sprague

Rick Stoddart
3 Mar 23

12:00-1:00pm
Meaningful metrics and what to do with them Although the impact factor can sometimes be a useful tool to measure journal prestige and impact, this metric has come under considerable criticism due to its limitations, misuse, and inaccuracy. With impact factors no longer credible, what other metrics are available, and how should they be used? This workshop will go over the basics of metrics and altmetrics, discuss current trends and limitations of metrics, and explore various scholarly metrics tools.

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Rm 212a
Annie Gaines
4 Mar 9

10-11am
Introduction to Qualtrics Survey Software Survey much? Come learn about Qualtrics a power online survey tool suitable for research and data-gathering. Qualtrics is available to University of Idaho staff, faculty, and students. This session will be an introduction to Qualtrics and will provide a basic overview of Qualtrics features including how to create a basic survey and the different question types. We will learn about skips and display logic. We will also cover some different options for distributing survey and reporting out.

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Rm 212a
Rick Stoddart
5 Mar 2

3:30-4:30pm
Introducing Jupyter Notebook for Python and R Jupyter Notebook (http://jupyter.org/) is a powerful tool for writing, using, and sharing code, perfect for academic teaching and learning. For researchers using Python and other languages, it is an efficient interface to iteratively explore data, present live code to students, or share data driven visualizations with colleagues. If you are just getting started with programming, it is also a great interactive environment for learning and prototyping code. This workshop will introduce the unique features that code notebooks offer to researchers and students. Participants will learn how to install and use Jupyter with the IPython and R kernels. Intended for: students, faculty, and staff interested in learning about code notebooks, sharing code, or learning to code. Complete beginners interested in learning about programming with Python are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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Rm 212a
Evan Williamson
6 Feb 19

2:30-3:30pm
Communicating Your Research Through Story Maps Story Maps are a new method of communicating spatial information by combining narratives, images, videos, and other forms of digital content around maps. They have proven effective in providing a low barrier to telling a compelling map-oriented story. Using ArcGIS Online - available to all at UI - we will show you how to access and create a Story Map using both shared online data as well as how to upload your own. No GIS background is necessary to get started, although it can be helpful.

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Rm 212a
Jeremy Kenyon

Bruce Godfrey
7 Feb 17

2:30-3:30pm
Digital Humanities 101 We’ll look at the basic concepts and history that have gone into developing the field of digital humanities. Then we’ll examine some basic tools for creating maps, timelines, and other useful visualizations.

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Rm 212a
Devin Becker
8 Feb 11

11:00-12:00pm
LexisNexis – Business Learn about this premier general reference tool that provides access to news, business, and legal information from one interface. This seminar focuses on business resources and Company Dossier.

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Library
Rm 212a
Rick Stoddart
9 Feb 10

10:00-11:00am
Keeping Current with Research Keeping current with the latest research in your field can be a challenge. In this workshop, you’ll learn strategies and tools – including how to set up email alerts, rss feeds, social media, and scholarly networks – to help you stay up-to-date on your topic.

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Library
Rm 212a
Beth Canzoneri
10 Feb 3

2:30-4:00pm
Data Visualization 101: Concepts and Tools Visual Analytics (VA) and Information Visualization are booming interdisciplinary fields grappling with new methods to interact with and comprehend complex data. Informed by theories of interactive design, human perception, and statistical computation, VA tools enable researchers to ask new questions and transform abstract information into meaningful representations. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the underlying concepts of visualization and VA, as well as present several VA tools freely available for academic use. It will include a demonstration of Tableau Desktop, a powerful and flexible visualization software used in many industries. Participants will be provided with further resources to explore the field and find software with free academic licenses. Intended for: students, faculty, and staff with an interest in exploring data and creating visualizations. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop.

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Rm 212a
Evan Williamson
11 Feb 1

12:00-1:00pm
LexisNexis – Academic Learn how this premier general reference tool that provides access to the most news, business, and legal information available from one interface. Newly redesigned with a simplified, single-search box and improved search options, this research tool provides streamlined access to the credible information students and faculty need. Whether the search is on a current hot topic in the news, financial information of a specific company, or a following of a judgment on a case, LexisNexis Academic has it all.

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Library
Rm 212a
Rick Stoddart
12 Jan 28

9:00-10:00am
LexisNexis – Legal Research Learn how this premier general reference tool that provides access to a comprehensive, credible news, business, and legal information from one interface. This webinar will focus on legal and criminal justice resources within LN Academic.

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Rm 212a
Rick Stoddart
13 Jan 27

1:00-2:30pm
Citation Management Do you email articles to yourself on a regular basis? Or do you use a Google doc to keep a running list of interesting books, articles and websites? There is a better way to manage your citations! Come learn about the free, web-based citation managers: Zotero, Endnote Web and Mendeley. You can use citation managers to quickly and easily create ordered lists of what you find online or in the library. Use them for research or for your personal life! Once you master the use of a citation manager, your life will be that much more organized. The workshop will run as follows: Zotero (1:00-1:30), Endnote Web (1:30-2:00), Mendeley (2:00-3:30). Feel free to come to all three presentations or just drop in! Participants will have the opportunity to set up their own free citation manager accounts with the help of the workshop organizers, Rick and Annah.

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Library
Rm 212a
Annah Hackett

Rick Stoddart
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