Workshops and Brown Bag Seminars

March 28, 2017

With Spring here on the horizon and Old Man Winter letting go, we hope that you'll take advantage of these upcoming opportunities! Please feel free to pass this note along to your colleagues whom you think might benefit from this information! 

Wed, 3/29: Brown Bag: Just Enough Unix
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Cotting House 107, HBS
Learn practical Unix commands for navigating the file system, customizing your environment to work more efficiently, and interacting with our & any other compute grid resources. 

Fri, 3/31: Workshop: Version Control with Git Desktop
9:30 am - 12:30 pm, IQSS, 1737 Cambridge Street (CGIS Knafel), 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. Learn this powerful but simple GUI tool to eliminate file clutter (e.g., "mydoc.v1.doc", "mydoc.v2.doc", ...) and collaborate with others effortlessly. 

Fri, 4/7: Workshop: Introduction to the Unix Shell
9:30 am - 12:30 pm, IQSS, 1737 Cambridge Street (CGIS Knafel), Room K018
The Unix shell is 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. This hands-on will start you on a path towards using these commands effectively.

Wed, 4/12: Brown Bag: A Gentle Introduction to Databases
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Cumnock Hall 101B, HBS
This seminar will outline the benefits and drawbacks of using databases, and demonstrate a few examples of how to obtain, sort, filter, and summarize data that takes a matter of seconds. Finally, we'll show how you can use databases in external programs, including Excel, R, Python, and Stata. It's gentle, we promise!

Wed, 4/19 & 4/26: Workshop: Introduction to R
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm , Hawes Hall 203, HBS
Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets, create R objects, install and load R packages, conduct basic statistical analyses, and create common graphical displays. This workshop is done in two parts (two consecutive Wednesday evenings).