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Jekyll and GitHub Pages

November 10th, 2017

in African Studies Library; Astronomy Library; Mugar Memorial Library; Music Library; Pickering Educational Resources Library; Science and Engineering Library; Stone Science Library

If you are interested in setting up a free website that is easy to maintain and preservable you will want to attend this session. Using the Programming Historian's lesson "Building a static website with Jekyll and GitHub Pages" this session will provide you with the basic tools needed to build... Read the rest of this entry »

Boston University Libraries Seeks University Librarian

November 9th, 2017

in Astronomy Library; Frederick S. Pardee Management Library; Mugar Memorial Library; Music Library; Pickering Educational Resources Library; Science and Engineering Library; Stone Science Library

As Robert Hudson has announced his retirement, the Boston University Libraries seek our next University Librarian. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply. If you know of someone who would be an exceptional candidate, please encourage them to apply or, alternately let us know. Details of how to apply and a full... Read the rest of this entry »

Counting and Mining Research Data with Unix

November 3rd, 2017

in African Studies Library; Astronomy Library; Mugar Memorial Library; Music Library; Pickering Educational Resources Library; Science and Engineering Library; Stone Science Library

Working with large data sets in numerous files requires rethinking how you approach your initial analysis. Using the Programming Historian lesson "Counting and Mining Research Data with Unix" this session will give you a few tools to analyze your data sets in a way that simply cannot be done using... Read the rest of this entry »

Using Wget for automated downloading

October 27th, 2017

in African Studies Library; Astronomy Library; Mugar Memorial Library; Music Library; Pickering Educational Resources Library; Science and Engineering Library; Stone Science Library

Downloading files from websites is a routine part of research today. However, too many researchers spend precious time clicking and downloading items one at a time. Wget is a command line tool researchers can use to automate downloading files from websites, archives, and other online sources. This session will use... Read the rest of this entry »

Introduction to the Shell

October 20th, 2017

in African Studies Library; Astronomy Library; Mugar Memorial Library; Music Library; Pickering Educational Resources Library; Science and Engineering Library; Stone Science Library

The shell, or command line, is likely the most powerful (and intimidating) tool on your computer. It is probably the most underutilized too. This workshop is designed to help you "get to know your" shell. We will be using the Software Carpentry lesson "The Unix Shell" to learn: + What the... Read the rest of this entry »

Jupyter Notebooks

October 13th, 2017

in African Studies Library; Astronomy Library; Mugar Memorial Library; Music Library; Pickering Educational Resources Library; Science and Engineering Library; Stone Science Library

Jupyter Notebooks are probably one of the coolest things ever developed - if you're interested in research, coding, and sharing your work. With Jupyter Notebooks you can write code (both simple and complex), document as well as distribute your work, and post it online. In this lesson you'll learn: + Jupyter... Read the rest of this entry »

Pandoc and Markdown

October 6th, 2017

in African Studies Library; Astronomy Library; Mugar Memorial Library; Music Library; Pickering Educational Resources Library; Science and Engineering Library; Stone Science Library

Transform your writing using Pandoc and Markdown! In this workshop you'll learn the basics of writing in Markdown - a simple and powerful markdown language - and how to convert your text to html, pdfs, and more using Pandoc. Using these two tools you'll find a new freedom for writing... Read the rest of this entry »

OpenRefine: Numbers, Scripts, and Exports

September 29th, 2017

in African Studies Library; Astronomy Library; Music Library; Pickering Educational Resources Library; Science and Engineering Library; Stone Science Library

Our second session on OpenRefine will continue with Data Carpentry's OpenRefine lesson and will cover: + Examining numbers in OpenRefine + How to document data cleaning in OpenRefine + Applying scripts to our data sets + Exporting our work from OpenRefine Join us in Mugar Library's Estin Room (room 302) at 12:30. Space is limited. Read the rest of this entry »

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (October 11th)

September 25th, 2017

in African Studies Library; Astronomy Library; Frederick S. Pardee Management Library; Mugar Memorial Library; Music Library; Pickering Educational Resources Library; Science and Engineering Library; Stone Science Library

Join us for a community Wikipedia editing event, as we update and create articles in the world’s largest crowdsourced encyclopedia. No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary! We’ll provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and a pizza lunch. When: Wednesday, October 11, 12-2:00pm Where: Thurman Center (lower level of GSU), Makechnie... Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Started with OpenRefine

September 21st, 2017

in African Studies Library; Astronomy Library; Music Library; Pickering Educational Resources Library; Science and Engineering Library; Stone Science Library

OpenRefine (originally Google Refine) is a free, open source tool with powerful features to help you clean and transform your data. Following Data Carpentry's OpenRefine lesson this introduction to Open Refine will cover: + What OpenRefine is and why you should use it + OpenRefine's major features + How to launch OpenRefine and... Read the rest of this entry »