Computing and Research Services Workshops

Training in Computer and Statistical Techniques is an important service available to IBS researchers and support staff. For information on upcoming workshops contact Jani Little.


Workshop: Wednesday, Jan 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, IBS Computing Lab, Room 150
Introduction to NVivo
Kristi Jackson, Query Inc.
This session for beginners will provide a hands-on experience of importing, coding, memoing and linking in text files (interviews), as well as exporting the results. Depending on the needs of the group, we will also choose two other data types to code (photographs, pdf files, web pages, survey monkey, etc.)
Registration is required and is restricted to people who have had very little or no experience using NVivo.
Registration and Workshop Materials
Sponsored by Computing and Research Services
Workshop: Wednesday, Jan 7, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, IBS Computing Lab, Room 150
NVivo, Beyond the Basics
Kristi Jackson, Query Inc.
This session will begin with an open forum for advanced coding questions (e.g., coding as a team, customizing the node list, using queries to code). Then we will import demographic (or any nominal, ordinal or interval value) data for the purpose of comparing subpopulations. We will run at least 3 of the 7 queries.
Registration is required and is restricted to people who took the Introduction to NVivo earlier in the day or have had previous experience using NVivo.
Registration and Workshop Materials
Sponsored by Computing and Research Services
Workshop: Wednesday, Jan 14, 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM, IBS Computing Lab, Room 150
Getting Started with R
Philip Pendergast, Computing and Research Services, IBS
This workshop will introduce participants to the R statistical programming language with an emphasis on data types, importing data, manipulating data (merging/sorting/subsetting/saving), performing simple statistical functions, and graphing. No prior experience with R is required to attend. Participants may bring their own data sets to work with, but a simple practice dataset will also be provided.
Registration is required.
Registration and Workshop Materials
Sponsored by Computing and Research Services
Workshop: Thursday, May 14, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, IBS Computing Lab, Room 150
Building a Website
Nancy Thorwardson, Computing and Research Services, IBS
A personal website is one of the key components in creating and maintaining an online professional identity. This workshop will be an active, webpage-building session in which each participant will create a website using the Google Sites web-building tool.
Registration is required.
Registration and Workshop Materials
Sponsored by Computing and Research Services

Workshop: Thursday, Jan 9, 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon, IBS Computing Lab, Room 150
Spatial Data Analysis Using GeoDa
Frank Witmer, Research Associate, Institutions Program & Computing and Research Services, IBS
Registration and Workshop Materials
Workshop sponsored by Computing and Research Services.
Wednesday May 14, 12:30-1:30 PM, IBS Room 155B
Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation in the Social Sciences
Frank Witmer, Institutions Program and Computing and Research Services, IBS
What are agent-based models? How do they work? What types of questions are they best suited to address? Which software should you use to create one? This presentation will introduce agent-based modeling and simulation and address these questions in the context of the social sciences.
Presentation slides
Sponsored by CUPC and CRS
Workshop: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:00 noon, IBS Computing Lab, Room 150
Introduction to the IBS Computational Server, Flash
Frank Witmer, Research Associate, Institutions Program & Computing and Research Services, IBS, and Jeremy Johnson,System Administrator, Computing and Research Services, IBS
Registration and Workshop Materials
Workshop sponsored by Computing and Research Services.
Workshop: Friday, Oct 10, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, IBS Computing Lab, Room 150
Applied Bayesian Analysis for the Social Sciences
Philip Pendergast, Graduate Statistics Advisor, Computing and Research Services, IBS
Come discover the basics of Bayesian Analysis. What is it? Why and how would I use it? What are the advantages? We'll do some basic application using the user-friendly "MCMCpack" package in R. All skill levels are welcome, though some familiarity with basic data management and statistical concepts such as regression is recommended. Bayesian Analysis offers an alternative framework for conducting quantitative research. It addresses many of the logical and practical issues that we have with traditional statistics (e.g. arbitrarily using p<.05, null hypothesis testing, dealing with small sample sizes, meeting strict data assumptions). Increasingly, social scientists are using it to address research questions that cannot be answered with classical methods.
Workshop Materials
Workshop sponsored by Computing and Research Services.
Workshop: Monday, Oct 20, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, IBS Computing Lab, Room 150
Constructing Your Online Professional Identity
Caroline Sinkinson, Instruction Librarian; Alison Hicks, Liaison Librarian; Liz Lawrence, Graduate Assistant; Stefanie Mollborn, Associate Professor
What are the key parts of an online professional identity? If you want to create a basic online professional identity, what should you do first? What do you need to do to maintain that identity over time? You will learn the answers to these questions. During this hands-on workshop, you will also set up your own professional profiles in Google Scholar, ResearchGate, OrcID, academia.edu, CU Scholar, and CU's VIVO system. Registration is REQUIRED (see link below) and enrollment is limited. Once registered you will be given a few instructions to prepare for this "hands on" workshop.
Workshop Materials
Sponsored by Computing and Research Services at the Institute of Behavioral Science and CU Libraries
Friday, Oct 24, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM, IBS Room 155B
ICPSR Resources for Enhancing Research and Teaching
Jani Little, Director CRS; Andrew Johnson, Research Data Librarian; Juliann Couture, Research Librarian
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains the largest social science data archive in the world. Learn more about ICPSR collections and how to access them. In addition, ICPSR offers excellent research and teaching tools such as the Social Science Variables Database (SSVD), online exploratory analysis of large and cumbersome datasets, data labs for teaching research methods, and the most USEFUL guidelines for writing data management plans.
Presentation Slides
Sponsored by CRS

Wednesday and Thursday, January 9 and 10, 2013, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, IBS Computer Lab, Room 150
Introduction to R
Frank Witmer, Research Associate, Institutions Program, IBS
Registration and Workshop Materials
Workshop sponsored by CUPC and Computing and Research Services.
Workshop: Saturday, May 4, 9:30 to 11:30 AM, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, IBS Computing Lab Rm 150
Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets (fsQCA)
Prof. Charles C. Ragin, Chancellor's Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine
Registration and Workshop Materials
Workshop sponsored by CUPC and Computing and Research Services.
Workshop: Tuesday and Thursday, May 14 and 16, 2013, 10:00-12:00 AM and 1:00-3:00 PM, IBS Computing Lab, Room 150
GIS Basics
Frank Witmer, Research Associate, Institutions Program, IBS
Registration and Workshop Materials
Workshop sponsored by CUPC and Computing and Research Services.
Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013, 9:00am - 12:00 noon, IBS Computing Lab, 150
Introduction to Nvivo 9
Kristi Jackson (QUERI, Inc)
Registration is required for attendance at this workshop. Please contact Jani Little to register.
More information about Nvivo
Workshop sponsored by Computing and Research Services.


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