(CANCELLED) Spatial Data Finding

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Presenter: Stephen Balogh
Location: Bobst Library, Rm. 617, 6th Floor
Libraries: Bobst Library

This session will cover popular sources for finding spatial data, including SimplyMap, NYC Open Data, American FactFinder, and others. Students will also become familiar with the NYU Spatial Data Repository (SDR).

For an overview of class materials please visit this page.


Fair Use Week: Figuring Out Fair Use

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Presenter: April Hathcock
Location: Bobst Library, Rm. 619, 6th Floor
Libraries: Bobst Library

February 22-26 is Fair Use Week! 

Join Scholarly Communication Librarian, April Hathcock, JD, LLM, MLIS, to learn about the basics of Fair Use: What can you use? How much? When and where?

In particular we will cover sticky fair use scenarios across media and sharing platforms, from working with YouTube videos to reposting material from a popular website, from sharing articles in NYU Classes to reusing images on a personal blog.

Bring your questions and get ready to learn about Fair Use!

To get a preview of the topic, check out the NYU Copyright and Fair Use Guide. We’ll be covering these issues and much more!

Engineering Database Highlight: Knovel

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Presenter: Yu Zhang & Guest
Location: Dibner Library, LC 433
Libraries: Bern Dibner Library

Do you ever need a quick formula? A chemical or physical property?  A short overview of a process or some other technical information?  Want to review a handbook of biochemistry or energy management? Quickly find all this and more in the KNOVEL database.

This online science and engineering reference collection includes material properties, process and design information, best practices, equations, and interactive graphs and tables.

A Dibner Librarian and a KNOVEL rep will provide information and answer all your questions.

This event will be in the Bern Dibner Library on the NYU-Tandon School of Engineering campus in LC 433 on Wednesday, March 2 from 4:00pm – 5:00 PM


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Big Data Tutorial 1: MapReduce

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Presenter: Santhosh Konda
Location: Bobst Library, Rm. 617, 6th Floor
Libraries: Bobst Library

This class will provide a brief overview of what Hadoop is and the various components that are involved in the Hadoop ecosystem. There will be a hands on showcase for the users on how to use the dumbo(Hadoop) cluster to run basic map-reduce jobs. Various hands on exercises have been incorporated for the users to get a better understanding.
The pre-requisites of this class:
1. HPC user account is mandatory.
2. The user needs to have a basic knowledge of Unix and Java/python.

Introduction to QGIS

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Presenter: Stephen Balogh
Location: Bobst Library, Rm. 617, 6th Floor
Libraries: Bobst Library

An introduction to GIS/mapmaking using the open-source QGIS software, which runs natively on Mac, Windows, and Linux. This tutorial covers GIS basics, QGIS software and its interface, GIS resources at NYU, how to create a thematic map, numerous methods to visualize spatial data in a thematic map, and how to finalize and export a map in different file formats. No prior knowledge of GIS is required to attend this tutorial.

For an overview of class materials please visit this page.


Version Control with Git and Github

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Presenter: Andreas Mueller
Location: Bobst Library, Rm. 619, 6th Floor
Libraries: Bobst Library

Modern research involving data analysis increasingly uses programming to increase efficiency and allow for more effective use of data.As code becomes a more and more essential part of research activities, we need to treat it with the same care that we treat other research products. The first step towards more maintainable software development and data analysis is using version control on all research and analysis code. Git is a popular tool for tracking individual and collaborative development of code. 

This workshop introduces the basic concepts of Git version control. Whether you’re new to version control or just need an explanation of Git and GitHub, this two hour tutorial will help you understand the concepts of distributed version control. Get to know basic Git concepts and GitHub workflows through step-by-step lessons. We’ll even rewrite a bit of history, and touch on how to undo (almost) anything with Git. This is a class for users who are comfortable with a command-line interface.

Version control usually facilitates:

  • easy backup
  • easy retrieval of specific revisions
  • documentation (who did what when and why?)
  • documentation (how do I do …?)
  • easy synchronization (staying up-to-date, integrating changes between multiple developers/machines)
  • finding the changes introducing regressions (AKA bugs) efficiently

Please bring your own laptop and have install Git previous to the workshop. Also, please create a GitHub account if you don’t have one already.