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.

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.

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.

Your Pitt Box account provides unlimited online/cloud storage and allows individual files, up to 15 GB, to be uploaded. In this class you will learn how to access your Box account, upload files, streamline your workflow with Box Drive, share files and folders (with or without password protection), plus more.

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.

HSLS Coffee breaks are 30-minute classes on a focused topic.  Coffee will be provided.  This coffee break focuses on the easy creation of publication-ready scientific illustrations using a drag-and-drop, web-based, HSLS-licensed software--ePath3D.

Do you have a specific question regarding your research data?   Stop by our Data drop in session for a one-to-one consult. We can answer questions about: the Pitt Data Catalog, describing your data, writing a data management plan, identifying appropriate data repositories, locating existing datasets for reuse, and more....  Registration not required.

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.

You've collected your data. Now what? In this class we will discuss the basic principles of data visualization and demonstrate a variety of visualization tools that you can use to establish the significance of your data.

HSLS Coffee breaks are 30-minute classes on a focused topic.  Coffee will be provided. You already conduct literature searches with PubMed and read free full-text articles from PubMed Central (PMC), so why try Europe PMC?

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 look at transforming that data into summary tables and charts. You will work through data examples to create pivot tables and pivot charts, apply conditional formatting to your tables and sheets, and prepare your figures for use in other programs.

HSLS Coffee breaks are 30-minute classes on a focused topic.  Coffee will be provided. “What's in a name?”  When you create a new file, do you give much thought to the name you save it as? This coffee break 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.

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

Have you shared your data in an open-access repository or to accompany a publication? Are you interested in sharing data with potential collaborators, but you need to maintain control over who can access it? Come share your experiences in this drop-in session and learn about a new data-discovery platform from the Pitt HSLS team that can help you increase the visibility of your datasets without necessarily making them public.

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.

This workshop, presented by Pitt CRC consultant Fangping Mu, will introduce the R and Bioconductor environment on the HTC cluster. The hands-on session will use Rstudio server on Open Ondemand.

Please bring a laptop to this session.

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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.