Workshop Descriptions

Descriptions of current workshops

ArcGIS Online - An Introduction (http://utoronto.maps.arcgis.com/)

Participants will learn the basics of this online mapping and GIS platform.  Topics covered will include: Geocoding, Symbology, Scale Dependencies, Map Labeling, Popup Management, etc.

ArcGIS Pro - An Introduction (https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/)

Participants in this workshop will learn the basics manipulating, visualizing and analyzing geospatial datasets in Esri's newest desktop software.  Topics covered will include:  A tour of ArcGIS Pro; Loading and Manipulating; shapefiles and geodatabases; Symbology; Cartography; Spatial and Attribute Joins; Querying; Summarized Statistics; Subsetting; Clipping; Erasing and Buffering; Geocoding. Participants will also work through solving a problem using GIS analysis tools.

Constellate: A new platform to learn text analysis

Are you interested in analyzing large bodies of texts, or teaching text analysis in your class? Join us to learn about Constellate, a new tool for text analysis. Constellate provides tools for building a large dataset, using items from JSTOR and other collections, cleaning it, analyzing it using a range of tools, and visualizing the results. For advanced users, or those wishing to learn Python, the platform also offers customizable Python scripts along with hands-on tutorials. This session will introduce users to Constellate, show how to create a dataset and visualizations, and then will touch on some of the advanced options.

For more information about Constellate, including instructions on how to access it with full access, see our guide to Constellate.

Data Visualization - An Introduction (Part 1 – Theory and Critique)

Through a combination of lecture and activities, this workshop will use a data visualization workflow model to introduce participants to best practices and guidelines for designing effective visualizations and evaluating visualizations. There will then be an activity to apply best practices by working in small groups to critique visualizations. For more information on Data Visualization, including topics covered in the workshop, and services offered by the libraries, see our Data Visualization GuideOnline self-paced course (Self-enroll with your UTORID. If you don't have one, contact us)

Data Visualization - An Introduction (Part 2 – Practice with Tableau)

Through a combination of lecture and activities, this workshop will introduce participants to a common data visualization tool, Tableau Desktop. Participants will learn to create a variety of visualizations such as a line graph of profits over time by product category, a box plot of iris petal widths by species, and a stacked bar graph of word frequencies in Romeo and Juliet. For more information on Data Visualization, see our Data Visualization GuideOnline self-paced course (Self-enroll with your UTORID. If you don't have one, contact us)

Digital Humanities Tools: Digital Scholar Lab

This workshop introduces the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, a platform that allows users to discover and create collections of digitized texts from the Gale Historical Collections, run a variety of statistical analyses on them, and visualize the resulting data. Participants will learn how to use the Digital Scholar Lab and get an overview of text mining through a combination of a lecture and a hands-on demonstration. Note: No prior experience required, though attendees must have a Gmail address.

Finding Canadian & International Microdata

This workshop will introduces you to individual-level social science survey data from Canadian and international sources. We will cover search strategies and techniques and there will be hands-on time for exploring and discovering data of interest to your own research. Workshop Files

Finding Canadian Statistics

This workshop will introduce you to sources of Canadian statistics, with a focus on tools for discovering Statistics Canada data, including Data Tables (formerly known as CANSIM), the CHASS Census Analyser, and the Map & Data Library catalogue. It will cover search strategies and techniques and allow hands-on time for exploring and discovering data of interest to your own research. Workshop Files

Geoprocessing Lidar Data with ArcGIS Desktop

This workshop will cover using ArcGIS to process Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) data. Attendees will learn to reclassify classified data, extract building heights, generate shorelines, create a tree canopy, and create digital terrain models and digital surface models. Note: A good understanding of GIS principles and a working knowledge of ArcGIS 10.x is expected.

Getting Started with Python in ArcGIS Desktop

This workshop introduces the student to Python programming using the arcpy site package for ArcGIS Desktop. Learn how to use ArcToolBox geoprocessing tools to clip and project data. Use a for loop and if statement for geoprocessing. Run standalone python programs. NOTE: Attendees must have a working knowledge of ArcMAP 10.x and ArcToolBox.

Infographics - An Introduction

Through a combination of lecture and activities, this three-hour workshop will introduce participants to best practices and guidelines for designing effective infographics and evaluating them. For the final part of the workshop, participants will get a chance to go through the entire design process of an infographic, from determining the story, sketching the layout, choosing appropriate data visualizations, selecting fonts and colours, and finally using a common online infographic creation tool called Piktochart, to implement the design and create a finished infographic. For more information on Data Visualization, including topics covered in the workshop, and services offered by the libraries, see our Data Visualization GuideWorkshop Files

Network Analysis and Visualization Using Gephi - An Introduction (Part 1)

A network is a way of specifying relationships among a collection of entities. Networks come up in a variety of situations; for example, they can describe relationships between characters in literary works, how authors cite each other in a particular discipline or how people interact on social media. Through a combination of lecture and activities, this 2-hour workshop will provide an introduction to network analysis and visualization using a free, open-source tool called Gephi. For our examples, we will be starting with smaller networks, looking at relationships between characters in the play Romeo and Juliet, and movie actors that work together on the same films. Workshop Files

After taking this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize networks and situations that call for network visualization and analysis
  • Use appropriate terms to describe networks
  • Understand network data formats, and format data for use in Gephi
  • Use Gephi to load, visualize, analyze, and publish network graphs

Introduction to NVivo 12 (Windows Version)

Qualitative research involves working with qualitative data sources, such as interview transcripts, reports, photos, and diaries. NVivo is a data management and analysis tool that helps work with these types of materials. This 2.5-hr online workshop will provide an introduction to using NVivo 12 for Windows.

Through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities, participants will be able to

  • Understand how NVivo can be used in qualitative research
  • Use NVivo to load information, code documents, make notes, use cases, conduct queries, and export information
  • Know where to go for more help with NVivo

UofT Libraries provides a free 1-year license for NVivo. To obtain a license key, fill out our request form.

Introduction to NVivo 12 (Mac Version)

Qualitative research involves working with qualitative data sources, such as interview transcripts, reports, photos, and diaries. NVivo is a data management and analysis tool that helps work with these types of materials. This 2.5-hr online workshop will provide an introduction to using NVivo 12 for Mac.

Through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities, participants will be able to

  • Understand how NVivo can be used in qualitative research
  • Use NVivo to load information, code documents, make notes, use cases, conduct queries, and export information
  • Know where to go for more help with NVivo

UofT Libraries provides a free 1-year license for NVivo. To obtain a license key, fill out our request form.

A Friendly Introduction to Python for Absolute Beginners 

Interested in learning to program but don't know where to start? This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the basic concepts of one of the world's most popular programming languages, Python! This introduction to Python will include concepts such as data types, variables, operators and loops. You will also learn how to use Jupyter Notebooks to read and write code. This workshop will establish a foundation to start exploring Python, and help to get rid of any nervousness you might have about learning to code. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask any questions and practice as we go!

This workshop is designed for absolute beginners with no previous experience with programming.

QGIS - An Introduction to Open Source Geographic Information Systems

Participants in this workshop will learn the basics manipulating, visualizing and analyzing geospatial datasets in open source desktop GIS software, QGIS.  Topics covered will include:  A tour of QGIS; Loading and Manipulating; shapefiles and other datasets; Symbology; Cartography; Spatial and Attribute Joins; Querying; Summarized Statistics; Subsetting; Clipping; Erasing and Buffering; Geocoding. 

R - An Introduction

This is a hands-on workshop that introduces the R statistical programming language using RStudio. The topics covered are importing, exploring and modifying a dataset. It is most suitable for new R users or users looking to review their knowledge in R. Offered as an online self-paced course (Self-enroll with your UTORID. If you don't have one, contact us) and also as a live online session - see the "upcoming events" listing above for schedule information.

R - Intermediate

PART 1. This workshop introduces users to statistical methods using R in RStudio. In particular, it covers t-tests, ANOVA, correlation and linear regression. 

PART 2. This workshop introduces users to intermediate data processing tools using R in RStudio including reshaping data files, loops, ggplot2 and R Markdown.

Please note that users do not need to attend Intermediate R part 1 to attend part 2 because they cover different topics.

SPSS - An Introduction

This workshop provides an introduction to using SPSS to perform common data management and basic statistical analysis tasks. Participants will work through hands-on exercises in SPSS, and will learn to import spreadsheets, manage and edit data, create charts and other visualizations, and run descriptive statistical tests. Note: this workshop will not cover advanced statistical concepts, but participants will be provided with suggested resources for additional skills development. Workshop Files

Stata - An Introduction

In this hands-on workshop, students will learn how to read, explore, manipulate and combine data in Stata as well as run some common statistical analyses. It is suitable for new Stata users and Stata users looking to develop their familiarity with common Stata syntax.

Story Maps (https://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/)

This workshop is an introduction to Esri's Story Maps platform.  Participants will learn to build three popular Story Map types, Tour, Cascade and Journal. Participants will load original spatial data along with Social Media data to create interactive Story Maps.  Participants will also learn the basics of using ArcGIS Online.

Text Analysis Tasting Menu: A Sampling of Available Tools

Are you interested in analyzing large bodies of texts, or teaching text analysis in your class? Not sure what tools are available for you to use? Join us to learn about some of the major tools for text analysis at the University of Toronto. This “Tasting Menu” workshop will introduce participants to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, Constellate, Proquest TDM Studio Visualizations and Workbench, and the Hathi Trust Research Centre’s Algorithms and Data Capsule. 

This session will include a brief introduction to each tool, outlining the type of interface and what collections are included. It will provide an overview on how to access each tool and create an account. Via a live demo, participants will learn how to build a custom dataset for analysis, upload their own texts or code, select and run analyses, export results, and, when possible, collaborate on projects with others. 

This workshop will also include an introduction to text analysis, and tips on how to select the appropriate tool for your use case. A summary table will be distributed to attendees, along with links to further resources for those wishing to explore a particular tool in more detail.

    Working with Messy Data in OpenRefine

    This workshop will provide an introduction to OpenRefine, a powerful open source tool for exploring, cleaning and manipulating “messy” data. Through hands-on activities, using a variety of datasets, participants will learn how to explore and identify patterns in data, normalize data, transform and reshape data, and more. Online self-paced course (Self-enroll with your UTORID. If you don't have one, contact us). Workshop Files

    Descriptions of past workshops

    Bits and Bytes presentation series

    Presented by the Map & Data Library. For more information, see the Bits and Bytes page. 

    Getting started with Collaborative Archive & Data Research Environment (CADRE)

    More information on CADRE: https://mdl.library.utoronto.ca/cadre

    ArcGIS Desktop 10.5

    In this workshop, attendees will learn the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Hands-on activities will cover loading, manipulating, and visualizing geospatial datasets using Esri's ArcGIS software, working towards creating digital maps.

    Excel: Beyond the Basics (for Windows)

    Learn to create simple charts and graphs, simple calculations, and pivot tables using Microsoft Excel. This works hop also includes an introduction to macros. 
    Prerequisite: You must be comfortable using a computer and navigating desktop programs on your own. This workshop is best suited to students who are familiar with other Microsoft Office software such as Microsoft Word. Note: This workshop will be for Windows only.

    Exploratory Data Analysis Using Python (Part 1)

    This hands-on workshop in Python covers reading, describing, and filtering data, as well as conducting basic summary analyses, using the pandas package and Jupyter Notebooks. Workshop attendees do not need any experience with programming or Python/pandas, but must be familiar with tabular data and have a basic understanding of different types of data (quantitative/qualitative variables). We will be using software installed on computers in the MDL Lab and a sample data set that includes categorical, binary, text, and numerical data.

    Exploratory Data Analysis Using Python (Part 2)

    This is the second of two workshops on exploratory data analysis using Python, and you must have completed Exploratory Data Analysis Using Python (Part 1), or be familiar with reading, describing, filtering, and summarizing data using the pandas package.

    This hands-on workshop in Python uses the pandas package and Jupyter Notebooks to group data, work with text formats, recode data, and create new variables. We will be using software installed on computers in the MDL Lab and a sample data set that includes categorical, binary, text, date, and numerical data.

    SimplyAnalytics

    SimplyAnalytics is a web-based mapping, analytics, and data visualization application for creating maps, charts and report using demographic, business, health and marketing data. This session will show you how to create custom maps for projects and presentations, as well as generate reports and download data to support your research.

    Spatial Analytics: An Introduction to Insights for ArcGIS

    In this workshop, attendees will be given an overview of the new tools available from Esri that will enable them to answer questions they didn't know to ask from their data, quickly delivering powerful results via Insights for ArcGIS. Insights for ArcGIS is Esri’s new web-based, data analytics workbench for exploring and visualizing spatial and non-spatial data. Through a combination of lecture and activities, attendees will also gain hands-on experience via a worked example containing freely available data from open sources.

    Urban Modelling with CityEngine

    Are you interested in learning more about geodesign, 3D modelling, rule-based planning and interactive 3D urban analysis?

    This hands-on workshop will guide you through the basics of setting up a CityEngine project, modelling out streets and buildings, and publishing your content online.

    The session will cover:

    • Introduction to CityEngine interface and application
    • Importing spatial and non-spatial data
    • Visualizing urban forms through off-the-shelf rules
    • Performing real-time shadow and view analyses