Past Events

  • 2017 Dec 12

    Compute Grid Training

    Registration Closed 2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    TBD
    This mandatory training for new grid users will cover both basic and advanced concepts and resources of the compute grid. This training is only for those who already have an account. If you would like to get set up with an account, please email research@hbs.edu

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  • 2017 Nov 09

    Compute Grid Training

    Registration Closed 2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    TBD
    This mandatory training for new grid users will cover both basic and advanced concepts and resources of the compute grid. This training is only for those who already have an account. If you would like to get set up with an account, please email research@hbs.edu

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  • 2017 Oct 27

    Structured Data, Databases, and SQL

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    Collecting, analyzing, and managing data is the bread-and-butter of any research project, and standard tools like Microsoft Excel are the go-to apps as they're omnipresent and easy to use. But these start to show their limitations when one needs to handle tens of thousands of rows or merge data from multiple sources. Using a relational database, such as SQLite, can meet this gap and is the logical next step for bigger data projects.
     
    This class will discuss the fundamentals of structured data, introduce you to using SQLite (a lightweight database available on all most...

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  • 2017 Oct 20

    Version Control with Git

    1:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    Version control software allows you to save “versions” of files -- scripts, text files, web pages, data, etc. -- which show the changes that were made to the files over time, and allows you to backtrack if necessary and undo those changes. The ability alone – of being able to compare two versions or reverse changes, makes it fairly invaluable when working on larger projects. Even more so when collaborating in research groups.

    This hands-on workshop will take you through the steps of using Git via the GUI GitKraken and Github,...

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  • 2017 Oct 20

    Automating work with the Unix shell

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    The Unix shell (command line) has been around longer than most of its users have been alive. It has survived so long because it’s a power tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few keystrokes. More importantly, it helps them combine existing programs in new ways and automate repetitive tasks so they aren’t typing the same things over and over again. Use of the shell is fundamental to using a wide range of other powerful tools and computing resources (including “high-performance computing” supercomputers). These lessons will start you on...

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  • 2017 Oct 17

    Compute Grid Training

    Registration Closed 2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    TBD
    This mandatory training for new grid users will cover both basic and advanced concepts and resources of the compute grid. This training is only for those who already have an account. If you would like to get set up with an account, please email research@hbs.edu

    Registration: 

  • 2017 Oct 13

    Introduction to Using APIs with Python

    1:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    An application programming interface (API) is a tool that allows computers to communicate and share information. For social scientists, APIs can be useful for accessing data or services from firms, organizations, or government agencies. This workshop will introduce the use of APIs to obtain data from sources such as Survey Monkey, Twitter, or Data.gov. This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to working with APIs, but have some familiarity with Python or have attended the Introduction to Python workshop.

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  • 2017 Oct 13

    Introduction to Web Scraping with Python

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    Web scraping is a method of extracting and restructuring information from web pages. This workshop will introduce basic techniques for web scraping using the popular Python libraries BeautifulSoup and Requests. Participants will practice accessing websites, parsing information, and storing data in a CSV file. This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to web scraping, but have some familiarity with Python or have attended the Introduction to Python workshop.

    Workshop Preparation

    Computers with Python pre-loaded are...

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  • 2017 Oct 06

    Introduction to Python

    1:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018

    This workshop introduces the basic elements of Python that are commonly used for data cleaning, analysis, visualization, and other applications. Participants will also learn how to set up a "development environment" for Python on their personal computer. This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to programming. No experience is required.

    Workshop Preparation

    Computers with Python pre-loaded are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you with to use your own laptop, please install the Anaconda distribution...

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