Training Archive

A Survey of Pennsylvania Spatial Data

This session provides an introduction to spatial data resources from Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA), Pennsylvania Imagery Navigator, Penn Pilot, and the Pennsylvania Atlas. The navigation of these applications and their possible uses is discussed.

Presenter: Tara LaLonde

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A Tour of Statistical Packages

A look at the uses and functionality of 6 of the statistical packages available to Penn State researchers: JMP, Minitab, R, SAS, SPSS, and Stata.

Presenter: Stefanie Austin

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A World of Census Data

This session will explore the wealth of census data from around the world that are available to Penn State researchers as well as from free sources outside of the library’s collection.  Our discussion will discuss limitations such as language, format and reporting.      

Instructor: Stephen Woods, Social Science Librarian

 

Basic Statistics in Microsoft Excel

Instructor: Stefanie R. Austin, Statistical Information Specialist, Data Learning Center

Microsoft Excel is a widely-used spreadsheet software that often doubles as a data warehouse. In some cases, because of its familiarity, many have turned to it for data analysis for research, business assessment, personal, and other needs. In recognition of this, in this hands-on workshop we will learn what options are available for performing basic statistical procedures in Excel. In addition to using Excel’s foundational functionality, we will also explore and compare free Add-ins available for statistical analysis. The session will include an overview of the various tools as well as provide examples. Limitations will also be discussed. Participants may bring data of their own, but we will also provide sample data to explore.

Pre-requisites:

  • Basic working knowledge of Excel: entering data, use of functions, sorting & filtering, cell formatting, etc.
  • Understanding of elementary statistics (don’t need to know all the details): types of variables, basic graphs, descriptive statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, linear regression, etc.
  • “Nice to know” (don’t need to know to follow along!): some intermediate/advanced statistics & Excel

Webconference option: Meeting@PennState

Box and Other Storage Solutions at Penn State

Penn State is moving away from network drive solutions to more cloud-based storage solutions. This session provides an overview of the services available focusing on Box at Penn State along with other providers. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various services and what is the best solution for various needs at the Libraries.

Presenter: Ryan Johnson, Libraries' IT Training Coordinator

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Common Pitfalls in Statistics

This seminar reviews common pitfalls users make when using basic statistics to analyze their data. These pitfalls are made often by both amateurs and professionals alike, and sometimes stem from a vicious cycle of learning and then passing along incorrect or incomplete information. We look at how these pitfalls came to be, their implications in research, and how users can avoid them. Examples are used to illustrate concepts.

Presenters: Stefanie Austin, Yao Xiong, Michelle Pistner

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Data Learning Center Overview and Future Initiatives

Learn how the University Libraries Data Learning Center assist students, staff, and faculty in transforming data into information! This session will introduce you to the services and staff of the Data Learning Center. We will provide you with insight into how our service interactions work and our relationship to other units both within and external to the library.

Presenters: Stephen Woods, Nathan Piekielek, Tara LaLonde, Stefanie Austin

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Data Visualization: An Introduction

This session provides an introduction to data visualizations. Topics discussed include charts, tables, graphs, map types, and select visualization applications.

Presenters: Stefanie Austin and Tara LaLonde

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Data-Planet

This session provides an overview of Data-Planet, reviews how the repository is put together and made searchable, highlights our two platforms: Ready Reference and Statistical Datasets, and performs several searches to show the power of Data-Planet searches and analytic tools with data visualization. Subject librarians who are frequently interested in Date-Planet include business, economics, criminal justice, education, political science, social science, government documents, environmental science. There are also some health statistics as well. 

Presenter: Amanda L. Mottorn, MLIS, Sales Representative, Data-Planet

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Designing an Effective Survey

This seminar provides basic tips for designing an effective survey. The design stage is crucial when conducting survey research, regardless of size or scope of study, because it drives the quantity and quality of data received. We discuss the importance of this stage in research followed by general advice on creating effective surveys. Examples are included to illustrate concepts.

Presenters: Stefanie Austin and Yao Xiong

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Exploring Public Policy with Congressional and Legislative Insight

This session will provide a demonstration of the relationship between ProQuest's Congressional, providing access to publications back to 1789, and Legislative Insight, a legislative history service offering full-text PDF versions of publications generated by the United States Congress during the legislative process from 1929 to the present.

Following the training there will be a 1/2 hour demonstration of new products from ProQuest. These include:

  • Historical Statistical Abstracts fully-digitized with accessible Excel files.
  • International Data Sets
  • Executive Orders

Presenter: ProQuest representative

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Finding Data Sets for Research in ICPSR

This session will introduce users to data archives in the social sciences with a primary focus on using ICPSR. You will learn strategies for searching and retrieving data sets as well as other necessary documentation. We will provide a discussion of file formats, elements of a code book, and other tools for evaluating the relevance of a data set.

Presenter: Stephen Woods

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Focus on ArcGIS Online: Web mapping tool for interdisciplinary applications

This session will provide participants with an introduction to ArcGIS Online, a web mapping application, which can be used to communicate many spatial research interests across the disciplines. Participants will work with a sample dataset for Centre County, PA to learn the functionality of ArcGIS Online web maps and applications.

Format: Presenter with computers for participants to walk through exercises with sample data

Presenter: Tara LaLonde

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Fundamentals of Mapping

GIS Undergraduate Bednar Intern Presentation

Learn how to leverage maps for answering reference questions and assisting users with research and data analysis. Participants are introduced to and instructed in using ArcGIS Explorer Online, an online mapping platform.

Presenter: Greg Milbourne

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Getting your Map Project Started!

Instructor: Tara LaLonde, GIS Specialist

Description: This session will provide an overview of key elements and decision factors for the inclusion of a map and/or spatial component in a project related to a class assignment, thesis, and/or individual research. Elements discussed will include project planning principles, spatial thinking concepts, and more. Session will present items to consider in relation to mapping and working with geospatial data.

Objectives:

  • Considerations of project process groups in relation to a map project
  • Resources to seek out to learn more about working with spatial data, map design, and geospatial analysis, and managing a geospatial project
  • Factors to consider when starting a map project

Introduction to SimplyMap and PolicyMap

Learn about these two online mapping tools. This session explores what data is available in these products as well as some of the mapping tools. It also introduces some of the tools that allow you to analyze and evaluate the data through visualization and tables.

Presenter: Stephen Woods

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Mapping Applications: Getting to Know SimplyMap, PolicyMap, and Social Explorer

PolicyMapSimplyMap, and Social Explorer are mapping applications available by subscription via the University Libraries. These web-based mapping platforms enable the user to use, visualize, and create map outputs in multiple formats. Each product has data unique to the platform and multiple display options. This workshop consists of a series of presentation slides highlighting the key features, data sources, and display capabilities of each mapping application. Following the presentation materials, participants will complete a hands-one portion to gain experience navigating each application. Participants are encouraged to create a map using each application at the end of the session.

Objectives

  • Navigation of SimplyMap, PolicyMap, and Social Explorer
  • Understanding of the process to select and display data
  • Understanding of where to locate information on data sources
  • General symbology of map outcome possibilities
  • Understanding of map and graphic output export and sharing options

Presenter: Tara LaLonde

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Publishing social science data: your other publication

Instructor: Stephen Woods, Social Science Librarian

Description: This session will provide an overview of the process for publishing social science data in ICPSR a premier data archive.  You will be introduced to Nesstar Publisher and Collectica tools that will assist you in describing your data using DDI a core meta-data standard for social science data.  There will also be a brief introduction to Open ICPSR a data archive solution contrasting it with fee-based solutions.  Woven throughout this session will include show-tell of data discovery solutions that utilize elements of data description to highlight ways a researchers data can potentially be discovered.  

Also available via Meeting@PennState, Adobe Connect: https://meeting.psu.edu/ul-dlc

Reaching New Heights with Elevation Models

GIS Undergraduate Bednar Intern Presentation

This session will introduce and acclimate people to elevation models and how they can be used. Starting with a look at what elevation models are, a presentation of their various uses and other data layers that can be created from them will be given. This session is for anyone with an interest in using elevation models.

Presenter: Jordin Cramner, Bednar GIS Intern

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Text Analysis using R: An Introduction

Text analysis refers to the process of extracting information from text using a blend of statistical, computational, and linguistic techniques, and can be useful for qualitative research.  In this hands-on workshop we will explore the basics of text analysis using R, free-open source software for statistical computing and graphics.  Participants may bring content of their own, but we will also provide sample files to explore.

We are offering in-person and remote options as separate sessions to better serve both groups of participants.  Remote participants are encouraged to download and install R before the session by visiting www.r-project.org.

Instructor:  Stefanie R. Austin, Statistical Information Specialist, Data Learning Center

 

The Penn State Census Research Data Center: A Unique Resource for Penn State Researchers

Penn State’s Census Bureau Research Data Center provides researchers with a secure connection to restricted-use data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Center for Health Statistics. It is a vital resource for research at the University in fields including, but not limited to, economics, demography, geography, statistics, sociology, and health services.

Presenter: Chris Galvin

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Web Mapping: Focus on ArcGIS Online

This session provides an introduction to ArcGIS Online, a web mapping application which can be used to communicate many spatial research interests across the disciplines. Participants will explore applications created with ArcGIS Online and work with a sample dataset for Centre County, PA to learn the functionality of ArcGIS Online web maps and applications. See examples from the ArcGIS Online Gallery (http://www.arcgis.com/home/gallery.html).

Objectives:

  • Provide an introduction to mapping terms and topics
  • Demonstrate how incorporating a map can enhance understanding of relationships and enhance project presentation
  • Demonstrate the mapping capability for multiple disciplines
  • Provide users with ability to gain hands-on experience creating a web map with provided data

Instructor: Tara LaLonde, GIS Specialist