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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 science and computing skills, as well as learn about the services and resources that support research activities on campus.

Workshop topics include: R, Python, data visualization, SQL, Bash, high-performance computing (HPC), and more.  Northwestern Libraries offers workshops on GIS. See the Online Training tab for links to additional free training resources available for Northwestern researchers.

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Current Events

Workshops are currently offered online.  Additional online learning resources are also available for independent learning.

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Materials Science Applications on NVIDIA GPUs



XSEDE HPC Workshop: Big Data and Machine Learning

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XSEDE HPC Workshop: Big Data and Machine Learning

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Introduction to Data Visualization

 

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GIS: Introduction to ArcPro

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Website Basics with HTML, CSS and JS 


GIS: Bivariate Mapping in GIS

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GIS: Introduction to ArcGIS Online

 

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Intermediate Quest: Scheduler, Software installs 


GIS: Georeferencing in ArcPro

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October
5
2021

Materials Science Applications on NVIDIA GPUs

NVIDIA Training

Tuesday, October 5  | 1-2pm | Online

Nearly all molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry applications are accelerated on NVIDIA GPUs. Rapid progress in both software and hardware are continuously unlocking new science of unprecedented fidelity and scale. But keeping up with all the changes in this space can be a part-time job by itself.

In this workshop, you’ll be brought up to speed on the cutting edge in molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry on GPU with a focus on newly ported features and performance optimizations.

We’ll end with a demo session, where you’ll learn how to pull pre-compiled, optimized applications from the NVIDIA NGC application catalog and deploy them on GPU nodes of the Northwestern’s high performance computing cluster, Quest. 

Prerequisites: Familiarity with computational chemistry & materials science software.

Register 

 

October
5
2021

XSEDE HPC Workshop: Big Data and Machine Learning

XSEDE Training

Tuesday, October 5 through Wednesday, October 6  | 10am-4:30pm | Online

XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, is pleased to present a two day Big Data and Machine Learning workshop. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform.

For a detailed agenda click here. 

Prerequisites: Create an XSEDE account if you do not already have one here

Register 

 

October
7
2021

Introduction to Data Visualization

Thursday, October 7  | 2:30-4pm | Online

Visualizing your data can be a highly effective way to communicate your research results to a wide variety of audiences. This workshop covers best practices in converting your data into effective charts and graphs (i.e., visualizations). We will discuss how to get started, ways to tell your data’s story visually and how to thoughtfully use all the tools at your disposal. We will also work through hands-on examples using Python and the Python package matplotlib.

This workshop will be recorded; the link to view the recording will only be shared with those who are registered on Eventbrite. 

Prerequisites: No prior Python knowledge is required, though may be beneficial

Register 

 

October
19
2021

GIS: Introduction to ArcPro

Northwestern Libraries Workshop

Tuesday, October 19  | 1-2pm | Online

ArcGIS Professional (ArcGIS Pro) is the latest desktop geospatial analysis software from Esri. ArcPro makes it easier to visualize, edit and analyze your geographic data, and this application is different from ArcMap. In this workshop, we will cover creating a project and doing some basic map-making and spatial analysis.

Prerequisites: None.

Register 

 

October
21
2021

Website Basics with HTML, CSS and JS

Thursday, October 21  | 2:30-4pm | Online

If you want to make your own website, scrape websites, develop interactive online visualizations, and/or create any web-based application, you need to know the basics of building a website. This workshop covers the essential ingredients of the web : HTML, CSS and Javascript. You will learn how, why and where to use each of these tools and how they work together. We will also work through and edit example websites on CodePen. This is a beginner workshop with no prerequisites.

This workshop will be recorded; the link to view the recording will only be shared with those who are registered on Eventbrite. Please note that workshop registration closes two hours before the workshop begins.

Prerequisites: This is a beginner workshop with no prerequisites.

Register 

 

October
21
2021

GIS: Bivariate Mapping in GIS

Northwestern Libraries Workshop

Thursday, October 21  | 1-1:45pm | Online

The workshop will focus on bivariate choropleth mapping techniques in ArcPro and/or ArcOnline.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with ArcGIS Pro or ArcGIS Online is recommended but not required.

Register 

 

October
26
2021

GIS: Introduction to ArcGIS Online

Northwestern Libraries Workshop

Tuesday, October 26  | 1-2pm | Online

ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based mapping platform that enables users within an organization to access, create and share maps, analyze and visualize data, and build web applications, and more. This workshop is targeted at new users with little to no GIS experience. We will begin with the basics of making a web map, explore the main components of the user interface and their interactions. By the end of the workshop you will have the ability to create and publish a simple web map.

Prerequisites: None.

Register 

 

October
27
2021

GIS: Georeferencing in ArcPro

Northwestern Libraries Workshop

Wednesday, October 27  | 1-1:45pm | Online

This short workshop will focus on using historic maps in your research. This workshop will use Northwestern University's digitized Map and Atlas Collection to overlay and use in ArcPro. We will also cover how to trace features on georeferenced maps.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with ArcGIS Pro or ArcGIS Online is recommended but not required.

Register 

 

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GIS: Introduction to QGIS

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Using GPUs with Python


GIS: Using Planet Satellite Photography

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Creating Interactive Figures with Bokeh+Python

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November
2
2021

GIS: Introduction to QGIS

Northwestern Libraries Workshop

Tuesday, November 2  | 1-2pm | Online

QGIS is a free and open-source cross-platform desktop geographic information system (GIS) application that supports viewing, editing, and analysis of geospatial data. This workshop is targeted at new users with little to no GIS experience. QGIS runs on both Windows and MacOS. In QGIS, we will cover the basics of QGIS along with plotting XY data from a spreadsheet. You will need to download the application and install it. It's available, for free, here

Prerequisites: None.

Register 

 

November
3
2021

Using GPUs with Python

NVIDIA Training

Wednesday, November 3  | 1-2:30pm | Online

Nearly all molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry applications are accelerated on NVIDIA GPUs. Rapid progress in both software and hardware are continuously unlocking new science of unprecedented fidelity and scale. But keeping up with all the changes in this space can be a part-time job by itself.

In this workshop, you’ll be brought up to speed on the cutting edge in molecular dynamics and quantum chemistry on GPU with a focus on newly ported features and performance optimizations.

We’ll end with a demo session, where you’ll learn how to pull pre-compiled, optimized applications from the NVIDIA NGC application catalog and deploy them on GPU nodes of the Northwestern’s high performance computing cluster, Quest. 

Prerequisites: Familiarity with computational chemistry & materials science software.

Register 

 

November
3
2021

GIS: Using Planet Satellite Photography

Northwestern Libraries Workshop

Wednesday, November 3  | 1-1:45pm | Online

Planet Labs is a private company that offers high-resolution satellite imagery. They operate a global constellation of over 200 active satellites that are constantly imaging the earth's surface over time, allowing researchers to track trends. Learn how to learn this imagery and take advantage of it in your research.

Prerequisites: None.

Register 

 

November
4
2021

Creating Interactive Figures with Bokeh+Python

Thursday, November 4  | 2:30-4pm | Online

Interactive figures allow you and others to dive in and explore your data in real time. In this workshop you will learn how to use Python’s Bokeh visualization library to construct 2D interactive figures. The majority of this workshop will be hands-on, working through example Jupyter notebooks and with time for each participant to construct a beginning interactive figure of their own with the instructor's help.

This workshop will be recorded; the link to view the recording will only be shared with those who are registered on Eventbrite. Please note that workshop registration closes two hours before the workshop begins. 

Prerequisites: Some prior python knowledge is required. If possible, please bring your own multi-dimensional data set to explore.

Register 

 

November
17
2021

Moving and Managing your Data on Quest

Wednesday, November 17  | 1-2:30pm | Online

Appropriate for all users on Quest, this remote workshop will review best practices for data transfers and data management on Quest as well as provide an overview of the research data storage landscape at Northwestern. Transferring data with Globus, Globus data sharing and Globus command line scripting for automated backups will also be demonstrated.

Prerequisites: None.

Register 

 

Dataquest Online Courses

Access to Dataquest is available for researchers interested in learning or improving their skills with R, Python, SQL, 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 Dataquest Access.

Research Computing Services Online Guides

Check out our curated lists of free, online books, exercises, tutorials, videos, and other resources for data science and programming skills.

O'Reilly/Safari Books Online

Northwestern University Libraries provides access to O'Reilly/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.

Previous Workshops

A selection of previous workshops is below. We offer many of these workshops at least once a year. If there is a particular workshop topic you're interested in, contact us to discuss options for hosting a workshop.  
 

Python

Introduction to Python
Next Steps in Python
Data Visualization with matplotlib
Pandas
Scikit-learn
Text Analysis with NLTK
Biopython
GeoPandas
Deep Learning with Tensorflow

R

Introduction to R
Tidyverse
Data Visualization with ggplot2
Shiny
Webscraping with rvest
Statistical Methods
Predictive Modeling
Social Network Analysis and Visualization
Text Analysis

Computing on Quest

Introduction to Quest
Introduction to Command Line
Bash Scripting
OpenMP
Singularity

Other Topics

Programming Concepts
Introduction to SQL
Designing and Creating Databases
Introduction to Git and GitHub
Intermediate Git and GitHub
Data Analysis with Tableau
Introduction to Data Visualization
MATLAB
Data Organization in Spreadsheets
Cloud Computing Essentials

Last Updated: 11 October 2021

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