Research Informatics and Publishing Training & Event Opportunities


Past Events (2019 and 2020)


Data Visualization with Power BI Desktop

Thursday, Apr. 23, 2:00-3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

These sessions are designed to provide an overview of data analytics, as well as explore some commonly used software tools for demonstrating data analysis and visualization processes based on public sample datasets. Information about online resources, University Libraries' resources, and one-on-one consultation is available via the Research Data Services web pages. Registration in advance is recommended, but not required.

Contact:  Xuying Xin, Data Analyst (Certified Tableau Desktop Specialist),

R Workshop Series

For this workshop series, we will be using all open-source, easily and freely downloadable software programs. Before coming to the workshop, you will need to download R and RStudio. Install R before installing RStudio. Contact: Briana Ezray ( Additional information

R Workshop Series Schedule
Date Workshop Title Session 1 Session 2
February 18, 2020 Introduction to R and Data Wrangling 12 - 2 p.m. 5 - 7 p.m.
February 27, 2020 Data Management and Research Reproducibility using R 12 - 2 p.m. 5 - 7 p.m.
March 3, 2020 Data Visualization in R 12 - 2 p.m. 5 - 7 p.m.

Data Analytics and Visualization

Introduction to Databases - MS Access & Excel

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2:00-3:30 p.m., W312A Pattee Library, and via Zoom.

Business Analytics with MS SQL Server & Business Intelligence (BI)/SSIS, SSAS, SSRS

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2:00-3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Getting to Know Geospatial Data and Mapping

Wednesday, February 19, 3:00-4:30 p.m., W13 Pattee Library and via Zoom.

Wednesday, February 26, 3:00-4:30 p.m., W13 Pattee Library and via and via Zoom.

This session will introduce participants to geospatial data from US and international sources, along with information on geospatial software access at Penn State including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS ArcMap, and ArcGIS Pro. This session will provide a brief introduction to geospatial data techniques and analysis. Additional resources will be provided to help participants get started using geospatial software in projects. Resources from these Maps and Geospatial guides will be highlighted: Global Partners: International Geospatial Data, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Contact:  Tara Anthony, GIS Specialist,

Data Visualization with Tableau

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2:00-3:30 p.m., W312A Pattee Library, and via Zoom.

A Research Software Developer’s Toolkit

[Late November, Early December – Date and time TBA)], Institute for  CyberScience Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI), 224 Computer Building

This workshop is oriented toward the unique concerns of software development in the context of academic research. It aims to provide a synoptic overview and venue to discuss aspects of research software development such as citation, software publishing, reproducibility, documentation, and code reuse. The workshop does not assume familiarity with a specific programming language or a particular disciplinary background. It is tailored to researchers of all ranks and disciplines who develop software in the course of their work, who aim to promote the reuse of their code by the broader research community, and who are interested in advancing software as a scholarly (i.e. citable) product.

Specific practices and platforms covered in the workshop include: OSI licenses, tools for supporting reproducibility (BinderHub, ReproZip); repositories for creating citable software packages (Zenodo, ScholarSphere), code documentation standards (CodeMeta), and more.

Advance registration is requested.

Presenter: Seth Erickson, Software Curation Librarian,

Geospatial Online:  Overview of ArcGIS Online

Thursday, September 26, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., 211A Pattee Library and via Zoom (

This session is an introduction to ArcGIS Online, a web mapping application that is used to communicate many spatial research interests across disciplines. Participants will explore applications created with ArcGIS Online and work with a sample dataset. Learn about additional products as part of the ESRI Geospatial Cloud authorized through your ArcGIS Online account. More information on ArcGIS Online is available on the Maps and Geospatial: ArcGIS Online guide.

Presenter:  Tara LaLonde, GIS Specialist,

Launch your Geospatial Projects:  Foundations and Searching for Geospatial Data

Thursday, October 3, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., 211A Pattee Library and via Zoom (

This session will provide an overview of geographic information systems (GIS) concepts, geospatial data, geospatial software, and an introduction to geospatial analysis topics relevant for multiple disciplines. This session will also focus on searching geospatial data resources using library resources and additional data sources. Examples of resources and data for this session are available in the Maps and Geospatial: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Guide.

Presenter: Tara LaLonde, GIS Specialist,

Geospatial Analysis:  ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro

Thursday, October 10, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., 211A Pattee Library and via Zoom (

This session will highlight the use of introductory geospatial processes in ArcGIS ArcMap and ArcPro software. This informational session introduces and utilizes key software terminology, along with examples of the functionality within the software. Maps and geospatial examples will be provided in an interdisciplinary manner for participants. More information is available in the Maps and Geospatial: ArcGIS Pro guide and the Maps and Geospatial: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Guide.

Presenter: Tara LaLonde, GIS Specialist,

Introduction to Data Visualization

Monday, October 28, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., 315 Pattee Library and via Zoom (

This session will highlight services from multiple areas of Research Informatics and Publishing, including statistical, geospatial, scientific, and software data visualizations. Presenters will introduce software applications provided by this department, consultation services, such as ArcGIS, ArcMap, ArcPro; JMP, RStudio, Adobe Illustrator as well as MS SQL Server/BI, Tableau, and Interactive Visualizations using Jupyter Notebooks, BinderHub, Zenodo, and ScholarSphere. A tour of the Digital Lab of Research Informatics and Publishing will follow after the session for those who are interested.

Tara LaLonde, GIS Specialist,
Lizhao Ge, Statistical Information Specialist,
Briana Ezray, Research Data Librarian - STEM,
Xuying Xin, Data Analyst,
Seth Erickson, Software Curation Librarian,

Penn State GIS Day

Tuesday, November 12, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Penn State GIS Day strives to bring together those who work with GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps, and location-based research to foster greater geospatial awareness on campus, within the community, and beyond. Visit the Penn State GIS Day website for more information.

Contact: Tara LaLonde, GIS Specialist,