Remote Research Webinar Series

Enabling Remote Research Seminar Series

The University Libraries, in collaboration with Penn State Information Technology, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), and the Office of the Associate CIO for Research, is presenting a series of free webinars to assist Penn State researchers with shifting their research from onsite to offsite.

The Enabling Remote Research Seminar Series highlights various University services and infrastructure to support remote research, including strategies for remote project management, data transfer, analytics, GIS, citation management, data management, visualization, cloud computing, and high-performance computing (HPC). All sessions will be held via Zoom (links included below for each session). Additional resources for remote research may be found at

Choosing a Citation Manager: Which One Should I Use?

May 26, 2020, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Instructor: Ellysa Cahoy,

Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero... which citation manager is right for your research workflow? We'll discuss the benefits of each of these tools, and will share strategies to help you decide which tool to adopt for citation management.

Public Cloud Services for Researchers

May 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom

Instructors: Derek Morr,, Zach Przybilla,

This session will give an overview of available public cloud services and available consulting for Penn State researchers. (AWS, Azure and Google Cloud).

ICDS Remote Research Computing Services

June 3, 2020, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Instructor: Justin Petucci,

This session will overview the services that ICDS provides to PSU researchers through our Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ACI). ICDS-ACI serves as the backbone of our traditional HPC system including our web based graphical portal access, our High Performance Research Cloud (HPRC), scientific gateways, and storage services. In addition, non-ACI services such as advanced technical consulting with the Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers (RISE) team and access to XSEDE computational resources through our on staff Campus Champions will be discussed. This webinar will highlight how researchers can get started using our systems and services remotely and where to turn for additional resources and training.

Data Analysis and Visualization with Tableau and Power BI

June 10, 2020, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom

Instructor: Xuying Xin,

This session will introduce participants to data analysis and visualization tools, Tableau and Power BI, from loading data to analyze and visualize data plus free learning resources.

Working with Core Facilities Remotely

June 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom

Instructors:  Wilson Diaz and Jim Taylor

Digital Security Best Practices for Conducting Research Remotely,

June 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom

Instructors:  Natalie Mansell, Kyle Crain, and Joe Gridley


Past Workshops

Statistical Software Choices: Get Your Data Analysis Done at Home

May 20, 2020, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Instructor: Lizhao Ge, and Maurie Kelly,

“What analytic tool should I use for my statistical data analysis?” This should be a question that you need to think about as early as when you are writing your project proposal. It is mainly because 1). Software cost, 2). Time to learn, 3) Capability of modeling, 4). Accessibility (last but not the least, especially during this all-remote time). This webinar will provide a brief overview of widely used statistical software packages, including SPSS, STATA, RStuido, Minitab, JMP, SAS and Mplus.

This session will also cover how researchers can share their data via the Data Commons, and will cover a brief introduction to the Data Commons and provide guidance for sharing data.

Active Data Management

May 19, 2020, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom

Instructor: Briana Ezray,

This session will give an overview of best practices and tools for actively managing data.

Managing and Organizing Citations with Mendeley

May 12, 2020, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Instructor: Ellysa Cohoy,

We'll go from start to finish with Mendeley -- citation management software that can help you organize your citations and maximize your research productivity.

Remote Options for Computation and Storage

May 6, 2020, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Instructor: Greg Madden,

This session will discuss non-location-constrained options for computation and storage.

Zotero: Collect, Organize, Cite, and Share

April 28, 2020, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Instructor: Jeff Knapp,

Using Zotero to organize your research.

Working Remotely with Geospatial Data and Mapping Projects

April 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Instructor: Tara Anthony,

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. A highlight of online geospatial resources available to researchers and students will be included. Additional resources will be provided to help participants manage geospatial projects remotely.

Organizing and Managing Remote Teams

April 14, 2020, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Instructors: Greg Madden, and Brendan Bagley,