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The Researcher's Toolkit

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. Workshops are open to all members of the Northwestern community.  They are aimed at a beginner level accessible to researchers from all fields and backgrounds.

This workshop series is hosted in collaboration with the Northwestern University Library and Northwestern University Information Technology.  All workshops are held on the Evanston campus in Mudd Library. There is no cost to attend, but please register

Feel free to bring your lunch with you!

Spring 2019 Workshops

Data Sharing for Open Access

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 12-1pm, Mudd Library, Small Classroom 2124
Instructors: Cunera Buys and Sara Gonzales, Northwestern University Libraries
This session will offer the background, tips, and techniques needed to prepare research data for sharing and to make the process of submitting shared data to repositories as easy as possible. Participants will learn about IRB’s recommendations for data sharing, tools to clean and prepare data for sharing, leveraging data deposits for citations, and how to find and select reputable and impactful repositories for data sharing. No laptop is required.



Effectively Managing Your Online Scholarly Identity

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 12-1pm, Mudd Library, Small Classroom 2124
Instructor: Steve Adams, Northwestern University Libraries
What will reviewers, search committees, and colleagues find if they Google you? Will they find profiles that reflect your current work and interests, or neglected LinkedIn and ResearchGate accounts? If you have a common name, will they know which you is you?  Effectively managing your scholarly identity can make you and your work more accessible and insure that you are getting credit for the work you produce. The session will cover a broad array of strategies for refining your scholarly identity, such as registering with ORCiD, joining social networks for scholars like Mendeley and ResearchGate, and updating institutional websites and professional networking profiles. Bring your computer to this working session and begin the process of refining your scholarly presence online.



Working with Large Datasets

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 12-1pm, Mudd Library, Small Classroom 2124
Instructor: Matthew Rich, Research Computing Services
Are you working with data too big for spreadsheets or your laptop and not sure what to do next? Is it taking forever to analyze your data and you're looking for ways to speed things up? In this workshop we will present strategies and tools that will help you manage and analyze data at large scale (think tens of gigabytes up to terabyte-sized data). We will discuss compression, data transfer and storage, tools, general approaches to data analysis, and decisions and tradeoffs to consider.



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Last Updated: 7 May 2019

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