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Events at GW Libraries

Upcoming events at GW Libraries. You may also want to look at our News & Events page for updates and activities.

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Data Management

Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop librarians Dorinne Banks and Tolonda Henderson will discuss best practices for data management and the tools, people, and resources the GW Libraries provide to help you.

Date and Time:
Friday, October 27, 2017 -
1:30pm to 2:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
 Collaborating Using GitHub

Github is a popular platform for sharing and collaborating on open-source code, data, and much more. This workshop will introduce you to using Git and Github for version control, collaboration, and showcasing your work.

Prior programming knowledge is not required, but code examples will be used. Please:
(1) Bring a laptop. If you’re bringing a Windows laptop, please install PuTTY from www.putty.org beforehand.
(2) Sign up for a free account on github.com if you don't already have one.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Build Your Skills Workshop Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Political violence image

Puzzled by political violence in Russia or the Caucasus? Looking for causes for the Ukrainian crisis? When working on a project dealing with Russia, Eurasia, Eastern and Central Europe you might find yourself in a strange world of resources where an experienced guide could be of great help. What databases to use? What terminology and subject headings to apply when searching library catalog? Are there good monographs on your subjects or you will rely mostly on articles? How to find reliable sources of refereed articles? What about primary materials in translation? Do they even exist? Should I search the...

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 219
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Researching with Specialized Collections Workshops Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
APIs

There is so much data out on the web, but who wants to copy-and-paste or scrape web pages? Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) let you explore and collect data in a reliable and efficient way. In this introductory workshop you'll learn:

  • What an API is an why you'd use one.
  • How to access an API using the Postman Chrome app. We'll explore the API for one of the many available U.S. government databases.
  • Other ways of using APIs.
  • Tips for working with APIs and how to find them.

No technical background is required. Bring a laptop if possible.

Date and Time:
Thursday, November 2, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
APIs

There is so much data out on the web, but who wants to copy-and-paste or scrape web pages? Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) let you explore and collect data in a reliable and efficient way. In this introductory workshop you'll learn:

  • What an API is an why you'd use one.
  • How to access an API using the Postman Chrome app. We'll explore the API for one of the many available U.S. government databases.
  • Other ways of using APIs.
  • Tips for working with APIs and how to find them.

No technical background is required. Bring a laptop if possible.

Date and Time:
Monday, November 6, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
National Security

This workshop will introduce the distinct and unique materials from Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections at the Global Resources Center, which include, but not limited to, internal (neibu) publications, classified military newspapers, intelligence reports and censored materials from China, Japan and Korea. Most of the materials are hard to acquire elsewhere and some are only available at GW. These materials will not only help to broaden your knowledge and support your research on East Asia’s national security in world affairs. 

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 219
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Researching with Specialized Collections Workshops Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
GIS Interface Basics

In this first of three workshops, we plan on demystifying both GIS software and how to import vector data to make a simple map. You'll learn how to navigate the interface and highlight important functions within ArcGIS and QGIS.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201) and ONLINE
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Visualizing Data with GIS Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Completing a Map

Building on Workshop 1: GIS Interface Basics, learn proper cartographic considerations and practices. The end result will be a “my first map”. Participants should have attended Workshop 1 or have experience with GIS or GIS software.

Date and Time:
Thursday, November 9, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201) and ONLINE
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Visualizing Data with GIS Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
A Walk on the R side logo

R is a programming language that is popular for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis. This workshop will introduce participants to basic R tasks such as reading data into R, analyzing data, and plotting data.

No prior programming knowledge is required, just a basic understanding of computer files and folders. Please bring a laptop to this workshop. In advance of the workshop, please install R from r-project.org and the free version of RStudio Desktop from rstudio.com. If you need help installing these, please...

Date and Time:
Friday, November 10, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Missing Maps

Join the GWU Humanitarian Mapping Society, and the Missing Maps Project for a mapathon, helping to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. 

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project who's goal is to map the most vulnerable places in the...

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Type: Public
Intro to 3D Modeling with Tinkercad

Discover the amazing possibilities of 3-D modeling in this introduction to Tinkercad, a free, browser-based CAD software. You will learn how to create 3-D models from scratch and import existing models to modify. Feel free to bring your own laptop or you can borrow a Chromebook at the workshop.This concise and hands-on introduction will last about 1 hour. No RSVP is required.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
12:45pm to 1:45pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 214
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Build Your Skills Workshop Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Spatial Analysis with QGIS

The last in the GIS Workshop Series, will highlight some of the the more advanced options available through the QGIS platform focusing on how to draw towards conclusions from data sets and work with both raster and vector data formats. Some experience required. Participants should have attended Workshops 1 & 2 or have experience with GIS or GIS software.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201) and ONLINE
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Visualizing Data with GIS Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Working with Secure Technologies

This hour long workshop will provide an introduction to tools at your disposal to keep your digital life secure and private. There is much discussion taking place about why privacy matters in digital contexts. After a brief overview about what information is being collected, by whom, and for what purpose, we’ll learn about various technologies that will help you protect your and others’ data. You’ll leave with an understanding of how to integrate secure technologies into your personal computing habits.

Date and Time:
Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Build Your Skills Workshop Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
A Walk on the R side logo

R is a programming language that is popular for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis. This workshop will introduce participants to basic R tasks such as reading data into R, analyzing data, and plotting data.

No prior programming knowledge is required, just a basic understanding of computer files and folders. Please bring a laptop to this workshop. In advance of the workshop, please install R from r-project.org and the free version of RStudio Desktop from rstudio.com. If you need help installing these, please schedule a Coding Consultation (...

Date and Time:
Thursday, November 16, 2017 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Missing Maps

Join the GWU Humanitarian Mapping Society, and the Missing Maps Project for a mapathon, helping to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. 

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project who's goal is to map the most vulnerable places in the...

Date and Time:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Type: Public

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