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Data Services Classes and Customized Trainings

Classes Available on Request or Customized Training for your Group

To request a class, please contact HSLS Data Services.

This class is intended for those who have already take the Exploring and Cleaning Data with OpenRefine class or have an understanding of the basic functions and layout of OpenRefine. Topics covered will include data reconciliation, web scraping, and html parsing.
Introduction to Python through Jupyter targets users of any experience level. If you have experience with another programming language or have never programmed at all, this workshop will get you off the ground running. This workshop approaches Python as a tool to complete data science tasks. Attendees will walk through Python at their own pace covering: types, operators, data structures, loops, flow control, comprehensions, and dealing with files. If you finish the introductory material you can continue to learn about Pandas. Pandas is a Python library which contains useful data structures for completing common data science tasks.

In this workshop, attendees will work at their own pace to learn basic data science tasks in Pandas. Pandas is a fantastic Python package which provides data structures and analysis tools for data science tasks. The workshop will cover the data structures, selection, mapping functions, reductions, statistics, input/output, pivot tables, grouping, and time-series data. Basic knowledge of Python is required. Attendees should be familiar with the syntax, using lists, and basic knowledge of lambdas.

This class will teach basic command line skills to (1) access the Center for Research Computing (CRC) high throughput computing cluster via the Unix shell, (2) create and manage directories, (3) edit files using text editor, and (4) access CRC-installed open source bioinformatics software such as FastQC, STAR, HISAT, and MACS.

What is a Data Management Plan? This session will answer that question, as well as describe the steps to creating a DMP, tools that can help with DMP development, and post-award management issues. University of Pittsburgh-specific guidelines and support resources will also be shared.

Many funders, publishers, and institutions require researchers to make their research data public, but practical challenges can act as a barrier to sharing data, especially in the health sciences. This hands-on workshop will guide participants through the data sharing process, from initial study design to data deposit. Exercises will prompt participants to think through issues of data documentation, reuse value, and promotion of their own research projects.

This workshop will focus on LabArchives, the Electronic Research Notebook selected by the University of Pittsburgh. We will cover how to get started using it, including planning strategies, access, lab notebook creation and organization, adding and editing entries, linking, and sharing data.

Microsoft Excel is a commonly used program to record and store datasets with headings, rows, and columns. In this class, we will explore data with sorting and filtering functions, and transform data into summary tables. You will work through data examples to create pivot tables, apply conditional formatting, and prepare your figures for use in other programs.

OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful, free, open source, tool for working with messy tabular data. It runs offline in a web browser and allows for reproducibility in data cleaning. This hand-on workshop will walk participants through how to create a new project, explore the data through sorting, filtering, and faceting functions, complete basic data cleaning such as splitting or combining cells and clustering to find and fix inconsistent data entries, and creating JSON scripts.
“What's in a name?” When you create a new file, do you give much thought to the name you save it as? This class focuses on best practices for naming files so that they are easily found, understood, and sharable in the future.

Learn how to keep your data safe AND preserve it for future use by following a few simple rules. File formats, file-naming conventions, repositories, storage options and more will be discussed.

In this hands-on workshop, learn how to manage your work with the version control system Git. Git helps keep your files safe from accidental deletion, tracks who made what change when, and lets multiple people work on the same project without overwriting each other's work. We'll cover using Git from the Unix shell and through Github online. No previous experience with the command line is necessary, although some basic knowledge is recommended.

This workshop will cover the basics of R programming for data analysis and graphics using R Studio. Upon completion participants will be able to:

In this follow up session we will review the hands-on exercise questions distributed in the previous week's Introduction to R class.

Registration is not required.

To attend, use the same Zoom link you received upon registration for the original class.

In this class, learn the fundamentals of keeping your data secure and organized through brief introductions to the core areas of data management: file storage and organization, file documentation, data preservation, and data publication and/or data sharing. This class is intended for graduate students and researchers who are working on long-term research projects, or for anyone who wants to make sure their personal files are safe for the long-term.

You've collected your data. Now what? In this class we will learn how to use Tableau to demonstrate the significance of your data.

Need to find a dataset to act as a control for your study? Or do you want to reuse open access data? This class will offer tips for locating and citing data and include hands-on exercises to explore directories of data repositories and data journals.

Do you have data that require bioinformatics analysis?  Are you concerned about scientific rigor and reproducibility? Come learn about the “4 C’s” available to Pitt researchers: Core facilities, Collaboration with bioinformaticians, Coding, and Commercially-licensed tools.  Make an informed decision on the best option(s) for your data needs.

Need to find a dataset to act as a control for your study? Or do you want to reuse open access data? This workshop offers tips for locating and citing data, and includes hands-on exercises to explore directories of data repositories and data journals.

Learn how to advertise your data in the Pitt Data Catalog to help increase the reproducibility of your research, without having to make it completely public.
The Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center (WPRDC) maintains Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh’s open data portal. To date it host over 300 data datasets including those from public sector agencies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations such as the Port Authority, Housing Authority, and BikePGH. Come hear how you can use these open datasets, the tools and tutorials created by the WPRDC, and explore opportunities to work with the Data Center.
Learn the basics of version control and how it helps keep your work safe and reliable. We’ll cover how Github, Google Drive, and Box track the changes you or your collaborators make to uploaded files, and how that can help make your research more reproducible.

Do you want to track and organize your projects more efficiently, especially in a remote or distributed environment? Are you writing code or manuscripts with others and need to know who did what, when? In this class, learn the basics of version control and how it helps keep your work safe and reliable. Then we'll dive into Github to see how it tracks the changes you or your collaborators make to uploaded files, and how that can help make your research more reproducible.

Have you ever seen a README for a piece of software? It's a simple text document that tells you who made a program, what it does, and how to run it. Learn how to write a great README for your code, data, or even file organization system.

Did you know that for each minute of planning at the beginning of a project, you will save yourself roughly 10 minutes of headache later? This session will provide practical tips for organizing, naming, documenting, storing and preserving your data.