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  • External hard drive

    Strategies for Research Data Storage and Backup

    Looking for a better way to store your data? Not sure what the difference is between Dropbox or OneDrive? Join us for a session on research data storage and backup. In this workshop, we will go over the different storage platforms available to you as a researcher, their features and drawbacks, and when to choose a particular platform. We will also consider some data backup and security principles and touch on the basics of storing and encrypting sensitive research data.

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  • Survival Analysis with R

    In this beginner-level session, learners will explore the fundamentals of survival analysis using the R statistical software. The session will cover the basics of survival analysis, including data preparation, Kaplan-Meier survival curves, Cox proportional hazard models, and parametric hazard models. Survival analysis or R expertise may not be required.

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  • Coworking space with computers

    Teaching with Digital Tools and Approaches

    From podcasts and video games to coding and data visualizations, digital tools are on the rise in the university classroom—and for good reason. When integrated well, these approaches can facilitate student-centered learning, critical literacy skills, interdisciplinary inquiry, collaboration, and more. Learn how you can integrate digital tools and approaches into your curriculum at this relaxed roundtable conversation with members of the Sherman Centre team.

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  • Stack of newspapers

    Telling Data-Driven Stories: Lessons from Journalism

    In this workshop, Roberto Rocha (Data Journalist at CBC) takes participants through the steps of creating a data-driven story, from obtaining the data, to making sense of it, to writing an outline of a final article. Each step of the way, you’ll be prompted to consider and implement storytelling elements in the service of creating a data-driven story.

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  • Pile of open books

    Text Preparation and Analysis

    Are you interested in textual analysis but unsure of where to start? This workshop introducers readers to the fundamental concepts, processes, and methodological approaches for preparing and analyzing text. Following a general introduction, participants will learn how different software packages (OpenRefine, Python) can prepare for and perform textual analysis. Participants will gain the confidence to use a variety of software and computational approaches, and a better understanding of where to find additional learning resources.

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  • Text on paper

    Textual Analysis with Voyant

    Written documents can be transformed into data for visualization, helping Humanities scholars see texts in different ways. In this tutorial, we will use the web-based application Voyant Tools to analyze and visualize the text content of documents.

    Access the 2021 and Winter 2022 online modules.

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  • I Ching and Procedurally generated trees

    The Infinite Game: ChatGPT, Procedural Generation, and Large Language Models

    Since launching in late 2022, ChatGPT has sparked an ongoing, complex conversation about large language models and artificial intelligence. But where does this cutting-edge technology come from? What are its roots–and how can they help us understand today’s software?

    This webinar by John Fink (Digital Scholarship Librarian) explores the history of procedural generation in text and games, from the I-Ching to ChatGPT and beyond. The talk will emphasize current state of the art Large Language Models like ChatGPT, including a demonstration on how to run one on a modest computer and get near-ChatGPT quality output.

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  • Data viz of biomass of life

    The Value of Visuals in Science Communication

    This virtual talk by Mark Belan (Scientific Graphics Journalist) will introduce the basics of visual perception, its benefit to science communication efforts, and how anyone can manipulate design theory to create visuals (of whatever skill level) to tell impactful, effective, and ultimately better science stories.

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  • Black and white artistic rendering of brain

    Transcending Mental Models

    Brian Southwell, Senior Director of Science in the Public Sphere at the Research Triangle Institute, delivers a two-part workshop series on translating research for audiences beyond the university. In particular, Southwell focuses on understanding how social and political opinions are formed and reformed. Audiences are not blank slates, but bring their own mental models – thoughts, ideas, opinions, experiences – to the conversation.

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  • Sunny illustrated cityscape

    Urban Heat Islands and Social Inequities: A Data-Driven Story

    In this talk, Nael Shiab and Isabelle Bouchard (CBC Journalists) present their work on urban heat islands, where they used open data and interactive data visualization to highlight social inequalities and the effects of global warming. Their report shows that immigrants and people with low income are most likely to live in the hottest urban areas, making them more vulnerable to heat waves with deadly consequences.

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  • Strings of computer code

    Version Control with Git

    This workshop will give you a solid introduction to Git. Git is software originally designed to help manage vast, decentralized software projects with hundreds of authors, but it works just as well with many things that aren’t software, like data and text. Imagine having a complete archive of your work at every stage in its development!

    Access the asynchronous learning module.

  • Set of Data Viz formats

    Visual Data Analysis with Microsoft Excel

    Data visualization is the graphical representation of information and data. This workshop will cover topics such as applications of data analysis basics for visualizations; effective designs of basic charts such as pie charts, bar charts, and scatterplots; time series analysis and visualization; and more advanced analytical displays like bar-in-bar, slope charts, dot plots, and bullet charts.

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