This semester, our data and digital scholarship workshops will be offered online. We hope you can join us! Please register for workshops to receive a Zoom link.

“Think Globally, Act Locally” – Explore Data Sources on Greenhouse Gas (GHG)
Wednesday, September 15, 2-3 pm
In this workshop, we will consider the following data sources on GHG emissions.

  1. CO2 emissions with a focus on two of EPA’s GHG programs, including Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) and Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. By examining the source of GHG emissions by industry and geographic locations, you will obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the GHG emission data.
  2. More importantly, in the later part of the workshop, we will also consider a number of local GHG related data sources, such as annual greenhouse gas emissions produced by the City of Boston, and different emissions scenarios.
  3. Other data sources related to GHG emissions and global warming, such as public opinion survey data (e.g. Gallup Analytics) and international statistics database (e.g., Statista, OECD Statistics).

Working with GHGRP Survey Data Using Excel
Wednesday, September 29, 2-3 pm
Microsoft Excel is the powerful, widely used and most popular spreadsheet software, which has become the professional standard in offices across the globe for pretty much anything that requires management of large amounts of data.
In this workshop, we will illustrate examples using data from the GHG Reporting Program. Through hands-on exercises such as identifying records with certain conditions, matching data from multiple resources, and transforming data structures, you will perform a variety of data processing tasks in Excel, including Sort & Filter, conditional formatting, applying formulas, Pivot tables, and VLOOKUP.

Visualization with Tableau
Wednesday, October 6, 2- 3 pm
Tableau is a data visualization and analytics software that enables users to connect to a variety of data sources and explore the data in a simplified way. In this workshop, participants will get an introductory, hands-on learning experience of Tableau. We will look at and discuss different visualization types, use cases, and most common tasks you might perform when using environmental data on global warming in Tableau. Through hands-on exercises, you will explore a data visualization project to see how it was made, discover the Tableau interface and learn how to use the software

Introduction to Digital Exhibits
Thursday, October 14, 10-11am
This online workshop will answer the questions: What are digital exhibits? Why create them? How do I begin the exhibit creation process? What skills do I need? What tools are available? As part of the tools discussion, attendees will be introduced to Omeka Classic, a popular and easy-to-use exhibit platform. While the workshop is only an hour, the instructor will be available after its conclusion to address any remaining questions. 

Introduction to the digital exhibition platform
Tuesday, October 19, 11-12 pm

This online workshop will introduce the opensource platform, a IIIF storytelling tool from the University of Saint Andrews that allows for the creation of simple digital exhibitions using materials that are available from a variety of online collections (items in the Burns Library Digitized Collection and David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, for example). After looking at a few example projects, we will work through creating our own simple exhibition using materials from the Burns Collection. No prior experience is necessary. 

Introduction to Creating and Using GIS Data
Monday, November 1, 10-11am
This online workshop will provide an introduction to common GIS terminology and data types, including vector- and raster- type data. In addition, we will create our own simple vector data (points) in Excel/Google Docs using the best practices for organizing spatial data with its necessary attributes. Finally, we will import this dataset into the free ArcGIS online to create a simple map. No previous knowledge of GIS is assumed. It may be useful to create a free ArcGIS online account in advance.

Performing Text Analysis in JSTOR
Wednesday, Nov 3, 2-3 pm
The demand for text data analysis is growing exponentially. By utilizing Constellate, JSTOR’s Text & Data Mining (TDM) platform, users will have access to an online platform where they can learn text analytics, build datasets across multiple content sources, as well as visualize and analyze their datasets. In this workshop, we will

  1. go through the workflow of extracting texts from Constellare using text data under the category of Environment studies;
  2. learn basic concepts in text analysis, such as JSON format, stop-words, N-grams, and term frequency;
  3. conduct term frequency analysis on the extracted data and create your own wordcloud in Python Jupyter Notebook.

Easy interactive maps with Tableau
Monday, Nov 8, 1 – 2 pm
Mapping data is one of the many ways Tableau helps people see the information in relevant, insightful ways to make better decisions. In this workshop, participants will learn how to analyze environmental data geographically, how to plot the global CO2 emission data on a map in Tableau, and what types of maps can be created in Tableau