Past Events

  • 2018 Apr 20

    Introduction to Programming for Researchers (Apr. 20)

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS Knafel room K018

    This workshop is oriented to researchers who want to learn the basics of programming for their work, from executing simple commands to writing new functions. With hands-on exercises in Python and examples in R, Bash and C), researchers will learn the programming notions common to the most popular computer languages, to apply them in their own research. Those starting to evaluate the programming needs for their project are more than welcome!

    The duration of the workshop is 2,5 hours. The workshop takes place in a computer lab where everything is already setup. If you don't...

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  • 2018 Mar 23

    Introduction to Web Scraping With Python (FULL)

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    K018, CGIS Knafel building, concourse level

    Web scraping is a method of extracting and restructuring information from web pages. This workshop will introduce basic techniques for web scraping using the popular Python libraries BeautifulSoup and Requests. Participants will practice accessing websites, parsing information, and storing data in a CSV file. This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to web scraping, but have some familiarity with Python or have attended the Introduction to Python workshop.

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  • 2018 Mar 09

    Structured Data, Databases, and SQL (FULL)

    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    K018, CGIS Knafel building, concourse level

    Collecting, analyzing, and managing data is the bread-and-butter of any research project, and standard tools like Microsoft Excel are the go-to apps as they're omnipresent and easy to use. But these start to show their limitations when one needs to handle tens of thousands of rows or merge data from multiple sources. Using a relational database, such as SQLite, can meet this gap and is the logical next step for bigger data projects.
     
    This class will discuss the fundamentals of structured data, introduce you to using SQLite (...

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  • 2018 Mar 09

    Introduction to Python (FULL)

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    1737 Cambridge St., CGIS Knafel Building, Room K018 (Concourse Level)

     

    This workshop introduces the basic elements of Python, a general purpose programming language commonly used for data cleaning, analysis, visualization, and other applications. Participants will learn how to use the language as well as how to set up a development environment for Python on their personal computer. This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to programming. No experience is required.

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  • 2018 Mar 02

    Version Control with Git/GitKraken (Mar 2nd, 9:30 - 12:30)

    9:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    K018, CGIS Knafel building, concourse level

    Version control software allows you to save “versions” of files -- scripts, text files, web pages, data, etc. -- which show the changes that were made to the files over time, and allows you to backtrack if necessary and undo those changes. The ability alone – of being able to compare two versions or reverse changes, makes it fairly invaluable when working on larger projects. Even more so when collaborating in research groups.

    This hands-on workshop will take you through the steps of using Git via the GUI GitKraken and Github, to track changes, revert to older...

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  • 2018 Feb 23

    Introduction to Stata (FULL)

    9:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    K018, CGIS Knafel building, concourse level

    This class will provide a hands-on introduction to Stata. You will learn how to navigate Stata’s graphical user interface, import data, calculate descriptive statistics and manage data and value labels. This workshop is designed for individuals who have little or no experience using Stata software.

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  • 2018 Feb 09

    Data Science Tools -- an overview (Feb 9th, 9:30 -- 12:30)

    9:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    K018, CGIS Knafel building, concourse level

    What programming languages are popular for statistics and data science? What tools are useful for working with those languages? Should I learn R or Python, or stick with something easier like Stata? If you've asked yourself these or similar questions, this workshop is for you!

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  • 2018 Jan 17

    DataFest 2018

    Wed - Thu, Jan 17 to Jan 18, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

    Please, join us for two exciting days of workshops on collecting, analyzing and storing data! Click https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/datafest2018/register to register!

    DataFest is a two-day workshop held during J-term and developed by data practitioners and researchers from across the university. Hosted by the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), the purpose of the workshop...

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  • 2017 Oct 27

    Structured Data, Databases, and SQL

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    K018, CGIS Knafel building, concourse level

    Collecting, analyzing, and managing data is the bread-and-butter of any research project, and standard tools like Microsoft Excel are the go-to apps as they're omnipresent and easy to use. But these start to show their limitations when one needs to handle tens of thousands of rows or merge data from multiple sources. Using a relational database, such as SQLite, can meet this gap and is the logical next step for bigger data projects.

     This class will discuss the fundamentals of structured data, introduce you to using SQLite (a lightweight database available on all most computing platforms), and teach you the basics of querying and summarizing data with SQL. Meeting these objectives could open new opportunities for research and help you with your research data management goals.

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