VKC Library Workshops

VKC Library offers a variety of workshops, events, and other outreach programming focusing on data, visualization, tools, software, government information and collections housed within VKC Library and other libraries. The workshops are intended for both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.

NEW SERVICE - Open Hours on Fridays 1 - 3pm, VKC Library, MMR  
Join us on Friday’s starting September 27th for weekly open hours.
Get help with data, visualization, and use our space for research! These open hours are a compliment to our workshop series and are a great opportunity to continue the discussion from those sessions. Sign up for reminder email and more info about these open hours.

Space is limited and you must RSVP.

***Please note you must bring your own laptop to these workshops.*** All workshops will be held in VKC MMR.

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Upcoming Workshops:

Finding Los Angeles Neighborhood Data  
August 27th, 11-12pm
Instructor(s): Eimmy Solis, Andy Rutkowski

VKC MMR
RSVP

Find neighborhood statistics and data via USC Libraries databases (Social Explorer and SimplyAnalytics) and publicly available tools like the Census American Factfinder [which is transitioning to Data.Census.Gov] and open data portals like City LA.

Theme(s): Finding Data, Visualizing Data
Learning Objective: Participants will understand how to navigate databases and open source data portals to find neighborhood statistics, data and maps.

Keywords: statistics, data, mapping

 

Maps 101:  Intro to Social Explorer, PolicyMap, and SimplyAnalytics 
August 28th, 2 - 3pm
Instructor: Andy Rutkowski

VKC MMR
RSVP

Did you know that USC Libraries subscribes to 3 powerful mapping platforms that offer instant access to a wide range of data from sources such as, census, government agencies, and marketing firms? Moreover, each platform has sophisticated yet amazingly easy ways to produce maps that can be used for presentations and reports. In this workshop we will go over and compare each platform highlighting availability of data and mapping functionalities. Take advantage of these tools while you are a USC student!

Learning objective: Understand what data is available via these platforms and learn how to create maps and tables that can be used for research, reports, and presentations.

Keywords: data, mapping

 

Data 101
Thursday, August 29, 2019, 11-12pm
Instructor: Eimmy Solis

VKC MMR
RSVP

This interactive workshop will cover the basics of all things data, including the data life cycle, terminologies, public versus restricted data, research methods, data management and overview of statistical software available at USC.

Theme(s): Finding Data

Learning Objective: Participants will understand the data lifecycle and how to access public data and data and research resources available through USC Libraries.

Keywords: data, open access, datasets

 

Introduction to OpenRefine
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 11-12pm
Instructor: Eimmy Solis

VKC MMR
RSVP

Have you ever spent hours cleaning a large dataset with excel? This workshop will provide an introduction to OpenRefine, a powerful open source tool for exploring, cleaning and manipulating “messy” data. This workshop will have several hands-on activities and a laptop is required to attend.

Theme(s): Cleaning and Preparing Data

Learning Objective: Participants will learn how to explore and identify patterns in a dataset; normalize data using facets and clusters; manipulate and generate new textual and numeric data; and transform and reshape datasets.

Keywords: datasets, data, open source

 

US Census: Past, Present and Future
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 11-12pm
Instructor: Eimmy Solis

VKC MMR
RSVP

Where can I find USA data? Most likely the answer will be the US Census! This workshop will provide an overview of the history of the census and historical census resources. It will also provide information on the transition of census tools such as the end of American Factfinder to its new platform, data.census.gov. Lastly, get a sneak peek to the Census 2020 form and the possible implications of the first ever-online census in the United States.

Theme(s): Finding Data

Learning Objective: Participants will learn the history of the census and explore publicly available census resources and tools and library databases.

 

Census with R
Thursday October 17th, 2019 11-12:30pm
Instructor: Andy Rutkowski

VKC MMR
RSVP

Learn about how to use R to download and visualize census data using the census.gov API.

Theme(s): Finding and Analyzing Data

Learning Objective: Participants will learn how to access census data using R Studio. In addition, you will learn about how to visualize and make maps with that data.

 

 

Past Workshops:

 

Mapping and Data at your Fingertips! An introduction to SocialExplorer, PolicyMap, and SimplyAnalytics - Monday, Jan 14, 2019, 1pm - 2pm 
VKC MMR
RSVP

Did you know that USC Libraries subscribes to 3 powerful mapping platforms that offer instant access to a wide range of data from sources such as, census, government agencies, and marketing firms? Moreover, each platform has sophisticated yet amazingly easy ways to produce maps that can be used for presentations and reports. In this workshop we will go over and compare each platform highlighting availability of data and mapping functionalities. Take advantage of these tools while you are a USC student! 

Theme(s): Finding Data
Keywords: data, open access, datasets

Introduction to Data Sources - Thursday, Jan 17th, 2018, 12:30pm - 1:30 
VKC MMR
RSVP

Having trouble finding the data you need for your project? This workshop will describe the data landscape and give you tools to learn how to efficiently find data sources to suit your needs.
Learning Objective: Participants will understand how to access publically available data as well as data available through USC Libraries.
Keywords: data, open access, datasets

StoryMaps: What are they and how to get started making them! - Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2019, 11:00am - noon 
VKC MMR
RSVP

Do you think your research might be a candidate for a storymap? Come learn more about how to engage, inspire, and connect with others through a storymap. We will walk through some example storymaps and break down the elements that are needed for you to make your own. We will focus on ESRI’s StoryMap platform but we will also take a look at two other popular alternatives StoryMap.JS and Odyssey.JS. 

Theme(s): Visualing Data
Learning Objective: Understand basic elements of a storymap. Learn about different tools and methods for making a storymap.
Keywords: storymaps, ArcGIS Online, Odyssey.js, StoryMap.js

Finding Los Angeles Neighborhood Data - Thursday, Jan 24th, 2019, 11:00am - noon 
VKC MMR
RSVP

Find neighborhood statistics and data specifically for Los Angeles via USC Libraries databases (Social Explorer and Simplyanalytics) and publicly available tools like the Census American Factfinder and open data portals like City LA.

Theme(s): Finding Data, Visualizing Data
Learning Objective: Participants will understand how to navigate databases and open source data portals to find neighborhood statistics, data and maps.
Keywords: statistics, data, mapping

Introduction to OpenRefine (Part 1) - Tuesday March 19th, 2019, 10:00pm - 11:30 
VKC MMR
RSVP

Have you ever spent hours cleaning a large dataset with excel? This workshop will provide an introduction to OpenRefine, a powerful open source tool for exploring, cleaning and manipulating “messy” data. This workshop will have several hands-on activities and a laptop is required to attend.

Theme(s): Cleaning and Preparing Data
Learning Objective: Participants will learn how to explore and identify patterns in a dataset; normalize data using facets and clusters; manipulate and generate new textual and numeric data; and transform and reshape datasets.
Keywords: datasets, data, open source

OpenRefine using GREL (Part 2) - Wednesday March 20th, 2019, 10:00am - 11:30 
VKC MMR
RSVP

This workshop will focus on OpenRefine’s special language called ‘GREL’ (General Refine Expression Language). GREL is Regular Expressions for OpenRefine and will be used to manipulate datasets. This workshop will have several hands-on activities and a laptop is required to attend. It is recommended to attend ‘Introduction to OpenRefine’ (Part 1) prior to attending this workshop.

Theme(s): Cleaning and Preparing Data
Learning Objective: Participants will understand how to use GREL to manipulate datasets in OpenRefine.
Keywords: datasets, data, opensource, regular expressions

Introduction to Python: From Basics to Real-World Datasets 
Tuesdays in February - 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26  all workshops from 11am - noon  

VKC MMR
RSVP

This four-part series will provide a great introduction to working with data in Python. From the basic Python environment, to wrangling data using the Numpy package, to plotting with Matplotlib and Seaborn, to more advanced data manipulation using real-world datasets. Check RSVP for more detailed workshop descriptions.

Theme(s): Cleaning and Preparing data, Visualizing data
Learning Objectives: Develop basic literacies in using Python in order to work with data.
Keywords: python, data, datasets

2018
Introduction to Data Sources - Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018, 10am-11 

VKC MMR
RSVP

Having trouble finding the data you need for your project? This workshop will describe the data landscape and give you tools to learn how to efficiently find data sources to suit your needs.
Learning Objective: Participants will understand how to access publically available data as well as data available through USC Libraries.
Keywords: data, open access, datasets

Finding Government Data to Support Social Justice - Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018, 10am - 11
VKC MMR 
RSVP  (Love Data Week)

Want to have hard proof to fight for a social cause? Learn about the data that is collected by the federal government on issues like gay marriage, guns, immigration and homelessness. Gain skills on how to navigate complex online government resources to effectively campaign for your cause.
Learning objective: Participants will be able to independently find publicly available government data to support a social cause and raise awareness of a particular issue.
Keywords: government data, social justice, data

Research Data Management - Wednesday, March 7th, 10am - 11
VKC MMR
RSVP

Learn how to manage your data and discover tools, such as the Open Science Framework, to organize, promote, and preserve your data for future use.
Learning objective: Participants will learn strategies and tools on how to efficiently collect, document, preserve, share and reuse data.
Keywords: data, data management

Digital Mapping Ecosystems - Thursday, March 8th, noon - 1:30
VKC MMR 
RSVP

Do you have a mapping project that you want to put online? Learn more about how you can use CARTO, Mapbox, and Github to create and manage your own online digital project.
Learning objective: Understand the basic functionality of these platforms and how they can be used together. Walk away with a basic digital infrastructure in which you can plug-in your own research project.
Keywords: digital mapping, digital humanities, web-mapping, open source

Visualizing Los Angeles - Wednesday, March 14th, 10:00am - 11:30 and Wednesday March 21st, 10:00am - 11:30
VKC MMR
RSVP - March 14th
RSVP
- March 21st

In this workshop we will learn more about archival datasets offered through USC and other libraries that are focused on Los Angeles, such as the Los Angeles Time Photo Archive (UCLA), the Wayne Thom Photography Collection (USC), and the Robin Dunitz Mural Collection (USC). Using Palladio and Tableau we will explore these datasets, learning more about them as research data and in turn we will learning more about the tools and what they offer in terms of analysis and visualization.
Learning objective: Learn about various Los Angeles related datasets. Understand the basics steps of preparing data so that it can be used in different software. Learn how to visualize data in Palladio and Tableau.
Keywords: data visualization, Los Angeles, archives, collections as data

Focus on QGIS - Thursday, March 15th, noon - 1:30 and Thursday, March 22nd, noon - 1:30
VKC MMR
RSVP  - March 15th
RSVP - March 22nd

This workshop is a basic introduction to QGIS. We will take several datasets, walk through the process of joining them to Los Angeles area geography, and then visualize them. No prior experience with QGIS is necessary.
Learning objective: Learn basic functionality of QGIS. Be able to find, identify, and use relevant GIS data for research.
Keywords: QGIS, GIS, mapping, shapefiles, spatial join

Introduction to Data Sources - Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 11am-12pm 
VKC MMR
RSVP

Having trouble finding the data you need for your project? This workshop will describe the data landscape and give you tools to learn how to efficiently find data sources to suit your needs.

Learning Objective: Participants will understand how to access publically available data as well as data available through USC Libraries.
Keywords: data, open access, datasets

Introduction to OpenRefine - Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 10:30am - noon
VKC MMR
RSVP

Have you ever spent hours cleaning a large dataset with excel? This workshop will provide an introduction to OpenRefine, a powerful open source tool for exploring, cleaning, and manipulating "messy" data. This workshop will have several hands-on activities and a laptop is required to attend.

Learning Objective: Participants will learn how to explore and identify patterns in a dataset; normalize data using facets and clusters; manipulate and generate new textual and numeric data; transform and reshape datasets.
Keywords: datasets, data, open source. 

Finding Los Angeles Neighborhood Data -  Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 11-12pm
VKC MMR
RSVP

Find neighborhood statistics and data via USC Libraries databases (Social Explorer and Simplyanalytics) and publicly available tools like the Census American Factfinder and open data portals including Los Angeles Open Data. 

Learning Objective: Participants will understand how to navigate databases and open source data portals to find neighborhood statistics, data and maps. 
Keywords: statistics, data, mapping

Mapping with CARTO and Mapbox, Thursday, September 13, 2018, 11-12:30pm
VKC MMR
RSVP

This workshop will walk you through how to use Carto and Mapbox together to create interactive and compelling maps using a variety of data. 

Learning objective: Understand the basic functionality of these platforms and how they can be used together. Understand how to use and find GIS data. Walk away with a basic digital infrastructure in which you can plug-in your own research project. 

Keywords: digital mapping, digital humanities, web-mapping, open source

 

Homelessness: Finding Data and Using it to Promote Policy Change - Thursday, September 20, 2018, 11:30-12:30pm
Montgomery Ross Fisher Building (MRF) Hamovitch, 1st Floor
RSVP

Want to learn how to find and integrate data from sources such as foster care and healthcare systems to investigate the risk factors of homelessness and promote policy change? Gain skills on navigating data resources to effectively approach the social work grand challenge to end homelessness. Learn about basic mapping and visualization tools that will help you explore the data that you find. 

Learning Objective: Participants will be able to independently find and use data to address the social work grand challenge End Homelessness and promote policy change in that area.
Keywords: statistics, data, homelessness, healthcare, housing

Visualizing Los Angeles with Tableau, Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, 11-12:30pm
AFA Merendino Room
RSVP
 

In this workshop we will learn more about archival datasets offered through USC’s Digital Library, including the Wayne Thom Photography Collection, the Architectural Teaching Slide Collection, and the Robin Dunitz Mural Collection. Using Palladio and Tableau we will explore these datasets, learning more about them as research data and in turn we will learning more about the tools and what they offer in terms of analysis and visualization. *Please note this workshop takes place at the Art and Architecture Library’s Merendino Room.

Learning objective: Learn about various Los Angeles related datasets. Understand the basics steps of preparing data so that it can be used in different software. Learn how to visualize data in Palladio and Tableau.
Keywords: data visualization, Los Angeles, archives, collections as data

Introduction to SPSS - Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 11am - 1pm
VKC MMR
RSVP

This workshop will provide a basic overview of SPSS. Participants will understand how to access SPSS and how it compares to other statistical software like STATA, R, etc. Participants will learn how to import a file and view data; analyze data; and create basic graphs. This workshop will have hands-on activities and a laptop is required to attend. Required: Please have SPSS already installed on your computer before attending the workshop. 

Learning Objective: Participants will comprehend how to access SPSS and import data for analysis.
Keywords: statistics, dataset, statistical package

Introduction to R and data visualization - Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, 11am - 1pm
VKC MMR
RSVP

This workshop will be a basic introduction to using R for data visualizations.

Learning Objective: Be able to use R for basic data visualizations. 
Keywords: R, Rstudio, data visualization