Starting next week, University of Houston Libraries will offer a series of one-hour workshops for faculty, staff, and students to hone their skills on a variety of research tools.
Taught by Wenli Gao, data services librarian, the workshops will be hands-on to get participants quickly familiar with the tools for use in their own research. All workshops will be held in the MD Anderson Library, room 106R.
Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a tool for working with semi-structured datasets. It allows you to explore data, easily find facet patterns within data, and enable simple detection of data inconsistencies. It also offers quick clean-up and transformation options. In this workshop, participants will learn how to perform common data cleaning functions and use GREL (Google Refine Expression Language) for more advanced cleaning needs.
Introduction to ArcMap
This workshop will provide an overview of how ArcGIS software can help you analyze or visualize digital data that has a locational component. Participants will become familiar with the ArcGIS interface. In this hands-on session, participants will create a simple map, edit the layout, and export the map into different formats. It will also introduce learning resources to explore more GIS.
Introduction to Tableau
In this workshop, participants will use Tableau Public to create interactive data visualizations. It will cover an overview of the program and provide hands-on experience creating basic charts and maps, as well as creating interactive web-based visualization dashboards. It will also discuss publishing to the Tableau Public web server.
Online mapping with ArcGIS online
In this workshop, participants will learn basic terminologies for GIS and identify opportunities to apply GIS in your work. Participants will also learn how to use ArcGIS online to create a map with lines, points, and polygons. We will use real data to create a Houston hurricane evacuation map and see where City of Houston’s non-emergency service calls were received to report flooding during Hurricane Harvey. We will also add demographic data to the map and identify areas that need more assistance during the evacuation.
- Tuesday Oct. 2 at 11am Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
- Thursday Oct. 11 at 2pm Introduction to ArcMap
- Tuesday Oct. 16 at 11am Introduction to Tableau
- Thursday Oct. 25 at 2pm Online mapping with ArcGIS online
- Monday Oct. 29 at 11am Data Cleaning with OpenRefine
- Wednesday Nov. 7 at 2pm Introduction to ArcMap
- Monday Nov. 12 at 11am Introduction to Tableau
- Wednesday Nov. 28 at 2pm Online mapping with ArcGIS online