Register at https://library.rice.edu/donuts
This free workshop series sponsored by Fondren Library will provide hands-on training in the basics of organizing, documenting, analyzing, and visualizing your data. Come learn and enjoy free donuts!
- Using Excel to Manage and Analyze Data, Friday, June 8 or Friday, June 29, 10-11:30 a.m.
- How to Manage Your Data, Friday, June 15, 10-11 a.m.
[pdf of slides]
- The Absolute Basics of Jupyter Notebooks, Friday, July 6, 10-11 a.m.
- Intro to Effective Data Visualization, Friday, July 20, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
- Introduction to Supercomputing, Friday, August 3, 10-11 a.m.
Workshops will take place in the Fondren Library Collaboration Space (basement of Fondren).
Using Excel to Manage and Analyze Data
Friday, June 8 or Friday, June 29
Do you have data that you need to organize or analyze? This short course will cover techniques for organizing, importing, manipulating and summarizing your data using advanced Excel features such as data lists, pivot tables and functions. It will also provide tips for using Excel productively. Use of these Excel features will help you to organize, visualize and gain insights from your data.
How to Manage Your Data
Lisa Spiro and Clinton Heider
Friday, June 15, 10-11 a.m.
Drowning in data? Not sure how to organize and back it up? This hands-on, interactive workshop will share tips for effectively organizing, documenting and storing research data. Participants will walk away with ideas for completing a data management plan, naming and organizing files, and safely storing data.
The Absolute Basics of Jupyter Notebooks
Friday, July 6, 10-11 a.m.
Every day, thousands (if not more) programmers, statisticians, data scientists, information professionals, and journalists use Jupyter Notebooks, an open-source web app that presents live code augmented with visualizations and narrative text. Jupyter Notebooks are perfect for teaching coding, or telling an unusual story aided by numbers and graphs. In this short course, we introduce the Juypter setting and present the rock-bottom basics of starting your first Notebook.
Intro to Effective Data Visualization
Friday, July 20, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
In this workshop we will review current research in visual perception and cognition and relate these concepts to best practices for data visualization. Participants will also have the opportunity to evaluate sample visualizations and apply what they learned during a hands-on visualization exercise.
Introduction to Supercomputing
Friday, August 3, 10-11 a.m.
This brief workshop will introduce you to the basic concepts of supercomputing and walk you through a humanities use-case based on JSTOR data. You will learn the difference between HPC and HTC, how to log into Rice’s supercomputing clusters, how to schedule a job, how to monitor resource usage, and the basics of concepts like message passing and load-balancing.
These courses are not part of the Data and Donuts series but are relevant for those working with data.
DMC Short Courses
- 101 – Excel 101, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 10:00am to 11:00am
- 201 – Advanced Excel, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 10:00am to 11:30am
GIS Data Center Short Courses
- Introduction to GIS Data Management, Monday, February 5, 2018 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm or Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
General Data Management Workshops
- Cleaning Messy Data with Open Refine (on request– contact email@example.com)
One of the major components of research is collecting and understanding data. In the past, this was primarily a concern for the sciences, but as the so-called Information Age continues to produce vast amounts of knowledge, the ability to acquire, ‘clean’ and synthesize data becomes a necessity for researchers of all disciplines. This short course presents a beginner-level introduction to such techniques using Open Refine (formerly Google Refine), a powerful open-source tool for cleaning messy data.
- How to Manage Your Data (on request– contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Drowning in data? Not sure how to organize and back it up? This hands-on, interactive workshop will share tips for effectively organizing, documenting and storing research data. Participants will walk away with ideas for completing a data management plan and storing/ backing up their own data.
- Writing an Effective Data Management Plan (on request– contact email@example.com)
Nearly all federal agencies now or will soon require grant applications to include data management plans (DMPs), and many grant panels are placing greater emphasis on these plans in evaluating proposals. How can you write a data management plan that will pass muster with funding agencies and will ensure that your datasets are easy to find, use, preserve and share? In this hands-on session, co-facilitated by representatives from the Office of Proposal Development and Fondren Library, participants will critique a few sample data management plans and identify elements of effective ones. We will also demonstrate the DMPTool (an online template for creating DMPs) and highlight some key data management resources at Rice.
We are also happy to provide customized training sessions for research groups and centers.
Online Training Materials
Claire Osgood (Kinder Institute’s Urban Data Platform team), Data Management Seminar (November 2017)
- Data Management Overview
- Data Management Architecture
- Data Management Processing
- Data Management Quality Assurance/Quality Control
- Data Management Audit Trail
- Data Management Documentation
- Data Management Resources
- CEHI Naming Conventions Guidance
- CEHI Statistical Analysis Guidelines
- Example Codebook 1
- Example Codebook 2
- Example Processing Document
- Program Checks
Data and Donuts Workshops, Fall 2017
- Organizing and Sharing Data [slides]
- Finding, Accessing and Citing Data [slides]
- Storing, Backing Up and Archiving Data [slides]
- Cleaning Data with Open Refine [workshop materials]
- Using Spreadsheets to Manage and Analyze Data [slides, handout]
- Data Management Essentials slides (pdf)
- How to Manage Your Data slides, June 2017 (pdf)
- Writing an Effective Data Management Plan slides, March 2016 (pdf)
- How to Succeed in Managing Research Data [aimed at graduate students, but broadly relevant], November 2015 (pdf)
Other Relevant Workshops
We also recommend these training resources:
- University of Minnesota Data Management Course
- Penn State Data Management Plan Tutorial
- DataOne Primer on Data Management
- New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum
Request a Workshop
To request additional workshops or consultation services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.