Research Informatics and Publishing Training & Event Opportunities


Data Analytics & Visualization: Relational Database – MS Access

Late January; date and time TBA
Location: W312A (Digital Lab) and via Zoom.

This workshop is an introduction to relational database: a set of related tables from which data can be extracted in many different ways using the standard structural query language (SQL). This session focuses on MS Access, a basic database system with graphic user interface (GUI) and development tools. Participants will be given a dataset to work with to explore the tools available in Access for creating database, tables, forms, reports and queries. Information for additional resources and tools for data analytics and visualization are available in the Data Analytics & Visualization Guide.

Advanced Registration is recommended.

Presenter: Xuying Xin, Data Analyst, Research Informatics and Publishing.


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,


Past Events


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,