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The Researcher's Toolkit Workshop Series

Modified: February 29, 2016

The Researcher's Toolkit is a technology workshop series designed to help Northwestern researchers improve scholarly productivity and efficiency in the areas of programming, data analysis, scientific computing, data management, publication skills, and GIS. There are two upcoming workshops in February, which will be held at in The Garage - Workspace beginning at noon. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

This workshop series is hosted in collaboration with the Northwestern University Library and Northwestern University Information Technology.

Introduction to Parallel Computing - February 10 

Instructor: Pascal Paschos, Senior High Performance Computing Specialist, Research Computing Services, Northwestern Information Technology

The topic initiates the audience into the concepts of parallel computing. Topics include distributed versus shared memory computing, domain decomposition, multiprocessor architectures and hybrid programming techniques. We will also discuss current and emerging parallelism implementations in popular programming and scripting languages (C/C++, Python, Matlab, R, Scala and Julia).

*NOTE:  This talk will begin one hour later than most workshops due to room scheduling.

When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Garage - Workspace See map.

Register to attend.

ICPSR Resources for Social Science Research and Teaching - February 24

Instructor: Anne Zald, Librarian, Research and Learning Services, Northwestern University Library

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the largest social science data archive in the world. ICPSR data cover topics including sociology, political science, economics, demography, education, childcare, health care, crime, minority populations, aging, terrorism, substance abuse, mental health, public policy, and international relations. 

In addition to datasets and codebooks, ICPSR offers excellent research and teaching tools such as the Social Science Variables Database (SSVD) for online exploratory analysis of datasets, data labs for teaching research methods, and guidelines for writing data management plans. In this workshop, you will learn how you can utilize all of these resources to enhance your research and teaching.

This workshop will introduce:

  • How to effectively search, download, and begin analysis of datasets 
  • How to use ICPSR’s web-based tools and resources
  • Information about beginning and advanced summer classes in quantitative methods/statistics
  • Opportunities for students (internships and paper competitions) 

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Garage - Workspace See map.

Register to attend.