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This is an archive of our past training offerings. We are looking to include workshops on topics not yet covered here. Is there something not currently on the list? Send us a proposal.

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April 10, 2015 to April 17, 2015
Mike Taptich

This workshop will introduce the D3 javascript library and provide hands-on examples to create charts and maps with sample data. This is a two part workshop!

April 10, 2015
Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana

This introductory workshop will introduce attendees to the reason for using a qualitative data analysis package for the coding and analysis process.  We will begin by discussing the distinction between coding and analysis, the benefits of using a QDA package, and then view a brief demonstration of a specific program.

Workshop: R Graphics
April 9, 2015
Chris Krogslund

This 2-hour workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of graphics in R. Participants will learn how to construct, customize, and export a variety of plot types using base graphics, lattice, and ggplot2. Previous experience with R is assumed.

April 8, 2015
Susan Powell

This workshop will introduce two different web platforms for exploring and mapping US demographic data - SimplyMap and Policy Map. While there is some overlap between the different applications, each has its own strengths and unique features. For each platform I will provide a short demo, followed by some time to explore the data and visualization tools that each offers.

April 8, 2015

Christopher Moody from StitchFix will be speaking in BIDS about novel techniques in Natural Language Processing.

Workshop: Beginning Stata
April 7, 2015 to April 9, 2015
Liana Prescott

This 2-part workshop will cover (in a teaching computer lab environment, using the General Social Survey as a common dataset): 


April 7, 2015
Nick Adams

This workshop will give users a familiarity with various automated text analysis approaches including dictionary methods, classification (machine learning), TF-IDF, clustering, and topic modelling. The workshop will begin with a theoretical explanation of each approach and then provide an example derived from texts of the feminist movement.

April 7, 2015
Andrew Bertoli

This presentation will cover the basics of natural experiments, along with providing two applications involving international sporting events. Specifically, certain random features of these events allow us to tackle the longstanding question of whether international sports encourage peace or conflict between countries. The presentation will be followed by open discussion.

April 6, 2015
Juan Shishido

This workshop will cover how to add geographic coordinates to address data. This is useful for creating maps, linking to other geospatial data, or finding distances between points. We will use two open source geocoders: Photon and The Data Science Toolkit. Participants will learn how to make API calls, how to parse the data, and how to map the results.

April 3, 2015
Geoff Boeing

This workshop will cover how to create, customize, and run a web scraper using python and scrapy.  We will learn how to locate and extract data from HTML web pages using the Document Object Model.  Finally, we will learn how to visualize the scraped urban data spatially.

April 2, 2015
Dr. Michael Samuel

This workshop will cover theory and techniques for maximizing the effectiveness of figures used for visualizing information. Rather than teaching any particular visualization software, this course will teach students about the "nuts and bolts" of effective data visualization. Dr.

March 31, 2015
Terry D. Johnson

This workshop will prepare attendees to conduct effective and inclusive classes. There will be an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) pedagogy, but most of the lessons will applicable outside of STEM fields as well. Special attention will be paid to in-class techniques to improve the experience and performance of underrepresented students. 

March 30, 2015
Leora Lawton

While a doctoral degree from Cal is most helpful in securing a tenure-track position, the truth is that not everyone wants to go that route, and there aren’t enough positions for everyone who completes a PhD.  Non-academic careers offer a great deal of flexibility in terms of topic area, preferred geographic location, and compatibility with spousal careers.

March 26, 2015
Jennifer Stertzer

This talk will introduce The Papers of George Washington, a documentary editing project at the University of Virginia, and examine the ways the editors have integrated technology and innovation into the editorial process in order to make Washington and his papers widely accessible.

March 20, 2015
Dillon Niederhut

R markdown is a fast, simple, and convenient way to generate fully reproducible documents based on the R syntax that you are already using for your analyses. Are you presenting at lab meeting? You can copy and paste your .R into .Rmd, click one button, and create a presentation that can be opened on any computer with a web browser. Do you want to support reproducibility in science?

March 19, 2015
Keith Feldman

Join the Qualitative Methods Group (QMG) for a discussion with Dr. Keith Feldman on triangulating information across a range of qualitative data sources.  Dr. Feldman will share his experience with working with novels, poems, memoirs, letters, posters, speeches, performances, and policy prescriptions.


March 17, 2015
Andy Eschbacher

CartoDB.com is a versatile cloud-powered spatial database, mapping, analysis and visualization engine that facilitates the process of building spatial applications for both web and mobile devices; the platform is currently used by major news organizations, research institutions, non-profits and geospatial application developers.

March 16, 2015
Kelly Clonts

The goal of this lab is to understand basic concepts and functions of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and produce geo-coded maps (displaying data) using ArcGIS. We will go over the very basics of spatial data and coordinate systems used in GIS, and then create thematic maps with demographic data representing the Bay Area from the US Census Bureau.

March 14, 2015 to March 15, 2015
Corey Abramson

This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. The workshop begins by examining the core elements common to all CAQDA, regardless of methodological orientation, discipline/profession, or platform.

March 13, 2015
Doug Ahler

This two-hour seminar is designed to give Qualtrics beginners the skills and knowledge to successfully run online surveys and survey experiments. The seminar will cover the Qualtrics environment, question design, question blocks and survey flow, display logic, and other tools for creating respondent-friendly surveys.