Fall Quarter 2017 Events

Digital Scholarship Lunch @ Collaboratory

Bring your lunch and join us at the UCSB Library Collaboratory (2nd Floor, Mountain Side) to learn more about our services and resources. We'll provide dessert.

Meet the Rift!

Friday, September 29, noon

Come meet immersive Virtual Reality. We now have a pair of Oculus Rift headsets, Blender, and the Unity Engine for 3D development work. Google Earth now has 3D StreetView. Play with a knockoff of WALL-E. 

What's in a Tweet?

Friday, October 13, noon

This orientation to Twitter data will provide background for social media research, and include an overview of Collaboratory resources for exploring Twitter. 

Qualitative Methods Group / NVivo Webinar

Friday, October 27, noon

Join fellow qualitative data researchers for a live NVivo webinar. NVivo streamlines video, audio, and text analysis. Bring your questions, and your ideas for a series of cross-disciplinary qualitative methods events. 

Transitioning to ArcGIS Pro

Thursday, November 9, noon

Many GIS data management processes are built into ArcGIS Desktop and spatial researchers’ brains. We will present the basics of keeping track of your data in ArcGIS Pro, and highlight differences between Desktop and Pro.

 

Collaboratory Workshops

Introduction to Twitter Data

Saturday, November 18, 9am to noon

Details & registration coming soon.

 

Previous Events

Spring Quarter 2017

Software Carpentry Workshop 

Thursday-Friday, April 20-21, 2017

Special Location: Library Classroom 1312 (1st floor, Mountain side)

Software Carpentry's 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. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

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SQL Workshop

Saturday, May 20, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm: Data Science at UCSB, FACTOR (Female Actuarial Organization), and inertia7.com will present a SQL workshop to help with understanding basic functionalities of SQL within a MySQL context.

 

Winter Quarter 2017

Reproducible Data Research: It's complicated

Join us on January 25th at 4pm in the Collaboratory for a presentation by two of UCSB's data scholars, Ben Best and Laila Sakr, for a lively discussion about the complications of conducting research in today's environment.

 

Fall Quarter 2016

Social Media Data for Research

This series of 4 workshops will demonstrate a number of approaches to working with social media data.  Attendees will gain hands on experience with a range of methods and tools. Faculty, staff, and students at all levels are welcome.  

Please make sure to register for each session you plan on attending.
 

Collecting Twitter Data

Date: Tuesday, 10/4, 10:30-noon
Instructor: Shari Laster

Description: Are you interested in using social media data in your research? Often the first step entails figuring out how to collect social media data. In this workshop you will learn how to use a simple command line tool called twarc to collect Twitter data. 

Registration required. Space is limited to 18 (2 per workstation) 

Working with JSON Twitter Data using JQ 

Date: Monday, 10/17, 10:30-noon 
Instructor: Thomas Padilla

Description: Increasingly both cultural heritage organizations and corporations like Twitter provide access to data in the JSON (javascript object notation) format. Many popular tools for analyzing this data ask for data in the CSV (comma separated values) format. In this workshop you will learn how to use a simple command line tool called jq to create subsets of Twitter data in the CSV format. 

Registration required.  Space is limited to 18 (2 per workstation)

Mapping Social Media Data

Date: Thursday, 11/3, 10:30-noon
Instructors: Jon Jablonski and Tom Brittnacher

Description: A great deal of social media data is richer than it appears. For example, photos on Instagram and tweets on Twitter often include geospatial information. In this workshop you will learn how to create interactive web maps of social media data using CartoDB and ArcGIS Online. 

Registration required. Space is limited to 18 (2 per workstation) 

Sharing Social Media Data

Date: Monday, 11/14, 10:30-noon

Instructor: Thomas Padilla

Description: So you’ve engaged in a bit of social media study. How can you share that data and data you might generate in the course of studying it? In this workshop you will learn about approaches to sharing data and places where you can provide persistent access to it.  

Registration required. Space is limited to 18 (2 users per workstation)

 

Introduction to GIS using ArcMap

Want to learn the basics of GIS?  Need to make a map of your research results, but don't know where to start?  This hands-on workshop will give you experience working with common mapping and spatial analysis techniques.

Dates: Thursday, 10/20. Monday, 11/7, 9:00-noon (please note: these 2 workshops are identical)

Instructors: 10/20: Jon Jablonski. 11/7: Tom Brittnacher

This is a 3-hour introduction to digital spatial data in which you will learn to:

  • Visualize spatial data in a geographic information system
  • Perform proximity analysis
  • Explore different ArcGIS tools for spatial analysis, including creating choropleth maps
  • Identify several common formats of spatial data
  • Learn about data resources available to you at the UCSB Library
  • Produce maps to print or share online

No prior GIS knowledge is required for this workshop.

 

Spring Quarter 2016

Introduction to Stata

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 10:30am to Noon

Learn to navigate the Stata/SE interface, load and clean up data, and do basic regressions in Stata using sample ACS data. This class is capped at 10 users to ensure hands-on support.

 

Graduate Student Exhibit & Open House

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 3p – 5p

Come to the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory to find out about the new resources offered by the UCSB Library to facilitate data driven research- including new data sources, software, tools, and other support. Graduate student projects and data visualizations will be displayed, with select researchers available to discuss their projects.  

Data visualization by Lisa Han

 

Software Carpentry Workshop 

Friday-Saturday, April 15-16, 2016

Special Location: Library Classroom 1312 (1st floor, Mountain side)

Software Carpentry's 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. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

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Introduction to GIS using Esri's ArcGIS

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 11a – 1p

Want to learn the basics of GIS?  Need to make a map of your research results, but don't know where to start?  

MIL and the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory (IRC) will be hosting a 2-hour hands-on workshop on Tuesday April 19, 11:00am -1:00pm in the IRC. The workshop will be taught by Spatial Data Librarian Jon Jablonski.

Register online.

This is an absolute beginner's introduction to digital spatial data in which you will learn to:

  • Visualize spatial data in a geographic information system
  • Explore different ArcGIS tools for spatial analysis, including overlay analysis and choropleth mapping
  • Identify 7 common file formats used with spatial data 
  • Learn about data resources available to you at the UCSB Library
  • Produce a map to print or share online

No prior GIS knowledge is required for this workshop.  Limited to 18 participants.  Must be a UCSB student, faculty, or staff member.

Visual Provocations: Data, Culture, and Praxis

Event: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 5p
Exhibition & Reception: April 28 – June 12, 2016 

Visual Provocations presents a rich visual exploration of contemporary trends in data, culture, and aesthetics. Created by an interdisciplinary group of six graduate students at UC Santa Barbara, Visual Provocations begins from a shared interest in media praxis, a knowledge production framework that joins the disciplinary commitments of critical media studies with a conceptual art practice in film and media production. In this iteration, students have produced data visualizations to generate new understandings of how culture is made, lived, and contested in the digital moment. Drawing on data that describe a range of topics from recent trends of independent media production to the emergence of global activist networks, the exhibited creative works illuminate otherwise elusive alliances, ruptures, and infrastructures that appear, often unexpectedly, within a variety of cultural sites.