Training

Data and Donuts Series

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).

Workshop Descriptions:

Using Excel to Manage and Analyze Data

Monica Rivero

Friday, June 8 or Friday, June 29
10-11:30 a.m.

Fondren Collaboration Space

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.

Fondren Collaboration Space

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

Scott Carlson
Friday, July 6, 10-11 a.m.

Fondren Collaboration Space

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

Anneli Joplin
Friday, July 20, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Fondren Collaboration Space

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

John Mulligan
Friday, August 3, 10-11 a.m.

Fondren Collaboration Space

 

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.

The Data and Donuts series is inspired by similar workshops at University of Texas and Colorado State.

Related Courses

These courses are not part of the Data and Donuts series but are relevant for those working with data.

DMC Short Courses

https://library.rice.edu/requests/dmc-short-course-registration

  • 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

https://library.rice.edu/classes-events/?field_event_type_tid=2

  • 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 researchdata@rice.edu)
    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 researchdata@rice.edu)
    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 researchdata@rice.edu)
    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)

Slides

Resources

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]

General Workshops

Other Relevant Workshops

Online Training

We also recommend these training resources:

Request a Workshop

To request additional workshops or consultation services, please contact researchdata@rice.edu.