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Training and Learning

Northwestern IT Research Computing Services collaborates with campus partners to offer members of the Northwestern research community opportunities to develop data and computing skills, as well as learn about the services and resources that support research activities on campus.

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Current Events

During this time of social distancing, we will continue to provide researchers with opportunities to learn new computational skills through live online workshops and online learning resources.


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April
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Quest Introduction

Wednesday, April 22 | 10-12pm | Remote

* This workshop will be taking place on Zoom. You must register to recieve the link.

New to  Quest or looking to improve your familiarity with it? Come get an overview of the system, learn how to submit jobs, and get familiar with best practices. All researchers are welcome to attend, but you’ll need an active  Quest allocationto participate interactively, which will help you get the most out of the workshop. See the  About Quest page for more information on getting an allocation.

Things you’ll learn in this workshop:

  • What is Quest? How is it structured?
  • Connect to Quest
  • Transfer files to Quest
  • Find and use software on Quest
  • What is parallel computing?
  • Submit a job to Quest

Prerequisites:  Familiarity with the command line; see our  Online Resource Guide for options to learn basic command line skills.

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April
22
2020

R: Data Visualization with ggplot2 - Chicago

Wednesday, April 22 | 1-4PM | Remote

* This workshop will be taking place on Zoom. You must register to recieve the link.

ggplot2 is one of the most popular R packages – for good reason. It’s a data visualization framework that logically associates features of your data with elements of the plot. Once you’ve learned the basic ggplot2 syntax for making a plot, you can adapt it to easily make new visualizations with different plot types. ggplot2 makes plotting multiple data series with different lines or marker types straightforward, and it lets you create multiple plots for different groups in your data with one command. Whether you’re creating data visualizations for data exploration or publication, come learn why The New York Times and FiveThirtyEight both use ggplot2.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of R

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DataCamp Online Courses

Access to DataCamp is available for researchers interested in learning or improving their skills with R, Python, SQL, spreadsheets, command line, and git through interactive, self-paced courses. Space is limited, and access is granted quarterly.

For more information and a link to the registration page, see DataCamp Access.

Safari Books Online

Northwestern University Libraries provides access to Safari Books Online. This includes many popular books on programming, software development, and other technology topics. It also includes online tutorials. Students, faculty, and staff can register for an account with a Northwestern email address; access the link from the Northwestern network or VPN.

LinkedIn Learning

Northwestern offers access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly lynda.com) courses for students, faculty, and staff. Courses cover a wide range of technology and business topics including databases, programming, and data analysis.

For more information, see the Human Resources LinkedIn Learning page.

Northwestern R User Group

The R User group meets monthly to learn more about R and network with others using the R statistical computing environment. All members of the Northwestern University community using, or interested in using, R at all experience levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Upcoming meetings and more information.

Text Analysis Working Group

The Text Analysis Working Group is a group of Northwestern students, postdocs, faculty, and staff who meet regularly to learn computational text analysis skills together. Participants from all fields are welcome.

Upcoming meetings and more information.

Last Updated: 20 March 2020

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