Classes

IAPril 2010: EndNote Web

Posted April 16th, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Wednesday, April 21, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

EndNote web is a web-based product available to MIT users as part of the Libraries’ subscription to Web of Knowledge. Come learn how to use Endnote Web to manage your citations, create bibliographies and more.

Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

IAPril 2010: EndNote Basics

Posted April 9th, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Friday, April 16, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please pre-register for this session.

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Research Techniques for Writers and Editors

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by mit-admin


WHEN: Friday, April 9, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

Learn how to use the Libraries’ resources and databases to research your own articles or find past articles written about MIT. This workshop will show you how to connect from your desktop to a wealth of online resources licensed to MIT, such as LexisNexis, Factiva, Proquest, historic newspaper databases and more. The experts at the Libraries will show you best techniques. This workshop is tailored to MIT communications professionals, or those with an interest in journalism and science writing.

Contact Anita Perkins with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Ga-Ga for Google

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Friday, April 9, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

Take the popular search engine to a new level. Learn basic searching as well as tips and tricks that will make you truly love Google.

Contact Georgiana McReynolds with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks & Zotero

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 5 – 6pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?

Please pre-register for this session.

Contact Mat Willmott with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Managing Research Data 101

Posted April 2nd, 2010 by mit-admin


WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132

For researchers struggling to manage their data, basic strategies will be provided for:

  • best practices for retention and archiving
  • effective directory structures and naming conventions
  • good file formats for long-term access
  • data security and backup options
  • metadata, tagging, and citation
  • other relevant issues

Contact Amy Stout with any questions.

IAPril 2010: Using the Institute Archives to Research MIT History

Posted March 25th, 2010 by mit-admin

WHEN: Friday, April 2, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: Institute Archives, 14N-118

Ever wonder how to find out more about the history of MIT, locate the thesis of a famous MIT alum, or get historic background information on an MIT department, lab or program?

Many answers can be found in MIT’s Institute Archives, keepers of MIT’s administrative records, faculty papers, theses, and MIT publications dating back to the 1800s. With MIT’s 150th anniversary approaching, this is a particularly timely workshop for MIT communicators.

Contact Nora Murphy with any questions.

Check Out the Complete Listing of IAPril 2010 Sessions

Posted March 16th, 2010 by mit-admin

All sessions take place in the Digital Instruction Resource Center (DIRC), 14N-132, with the exception of the Institute Archives session on April 9, which will take place in 14N-118.

Pre-registration is required for some, but not all sessions. See below for details.

Using the Institute Archives to Research MIT History
Friday, April 2, 1 – 2pm
14N-118, Institute Archives

Ever wonder how to find out more about the history of MIT, locate the thesis of a famous MIT alum, or get historic background information on an MIT department, lab or program? Many answers can be found in MIT’s Institute Archives, keepers of MIT’s administrative records, faculty papers, theses, and MIT publications dating back to the 1800s. With MIT’s 150th anniversary approaching, this is a particularly timely workshop for MIT communicators.

Managing Research Data 101
Thursday, April 8, 12 – 1pm

For researchers struggling to manage their data, basic strategies will be provided for:

  • best practices for retention and archiving
  • effective directory structures and naming conventions
  • good file formats for long-term access
  • data security and backup options
  • metadata, tagging, and citation
  • other relevant issues

Managing Your References: Overview of Endnote, RefWorks and Zotero
Thursday, April 8, 5 – 6pm

Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages (EndNote, RefWorks & Zotero) allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?

Please pre-register for this session.

Ga-Ga for Google
Friday, April 9, 12 – 1pm

Take the popular search engine to a new level. Learn basic searching as well as tips and tricks that will make you truly love Google.

Research Techniques for Writers and Editors
Friday, April 9, 1 – 2pm

Learn how to use the Libraries’ resources and databases to research your own articles or find past articles written about MIT. This workshop will show you how to connect from your desktop to a wealth of online resources licensed to MIT, such as LexisNexis, Factiva, Proquest, historic newspaper databases and more. The experts at the Libraries will show you best techniques. This workshop is tailored to MIT communications professionals, or those with an interest in journalism and science writing.

EndNote Basics
Friday, April 16, 12 – 1pm

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references. Learn how to find and use information more effectively in our hands-on workshop.

Please pre-register for this session.

EndNote Web
Wednesday, April 21, 12 – 1pm

EndNote web is a web-based product available to MIT users as part of the Libraries’ subscription to Web of Knowledge. Come learn how to use Endnote Web to manage your citations, create bibliographies and more.

Zotero Basics
Friday, April 30, 12 – 1pm

Zotero is a free, open-source program for Firefox that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your citations and files. With one click, you can save PDFs and citations for most articles, then cite them in Word or OpenOffice. Make a searchable PDF library, and find out how to publish dynamic bibliographies and collaborate by using group collections. In this hands-on session, learn tips and tricks on how to use Zotero more efficiently to save you time and energy. Bring a laptop or use one of our computers.

Please pre-register for this session.

Please contact Anita Perkins with questions about any of the IAPril 2010 sessions.

IAP 2010: Finding and Using Historical Newspapers

Posted January 25th, 2010 by mit-admin

Whether for research or for fun, reading historical newspapers gives us a fascinating view of the past. This hands-on workshop will show you how to find and use newspapers (online and otherwise) going back as far as the 17th century. Focus will be on U.S. papers, though international papers will also be covered.

If you need to gather facts and primary sources for papers and reports, want background information for a creative writing project, or are just curious how much the critics liked your favorite classic book or movie, this session is for you! Bring your Boston Public Library card number, if you have one.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Michelle Baildon with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: RefWorks Basics

Posted January 20th, 2010 by mit-admin

RefWorks is a web-based resource designed to help you organize references and create a bibliography. RefWorks allows you to search, retrieve relevant citations, easily cite references as you write your paper, and build your bibliography. It allows users to create individual or group accounts.

WHEN: Thursday, January 21, 4:30 – 5:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Anita Perkins with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 25 – 29

Posted January 19th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Introduction to R

Practically Genomic

Rotch Library Film Series

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS

EndNote Basics

Managing Research Data 101

LabLife Tutorial

Middle East Blogsphere: Who Are They? Where Are They Archived?

GIS Model Builder for Programmers

Regression Using Stata

Demystifying Fair Use – An Interactive Workshop for Users of Copyrighted Content

Linked Data

Cool Tools for Science & Engineering Research

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to SAS

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Graphics in Stata

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 18 – 22

Posted January 13th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 18 through Friday, January 22. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Using NCBI’s BLAST

Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

EndNote Basics

Introduction to Stata

Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

ModelBuilder for beginners

Career Research: Targeting and Researching Employers

A Sampling of Interesting Images from Rotch Visual Collections

Introduction to Spatial Statistics using GIS

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Rotch Library Film Series

Patent Searching Fundamentals

Mapping and Using US Census Data

Cool Tools for Science and Engineering Research: Meet the Developers!

RefWorks Basics

Data Management in Stata

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Introduction to Company and Industry Research for Engineers and Scientists

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS

The International Music Score Library Project and the future of digital repositories

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: All Sessions for Week of January 11 – 15

Posted January 8th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Check out all of the MIT Libraries IAP events for the week covering Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 15. Also check out the complete listing for all of our sessions.

Rotch Library Film Series

Power Up!: Strategies for Getting Energy Information

Power Up with Maps! GIS and Energy Resources

Bioinformatics Software Tool: BIOBASE

Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Managing Research Data 101

Course Reserves Overview

Publishing Smart: A Hands-on Workshop on Journal Quality Measures and Publisher Copyright Policies

Basics of Obtaining a Patent

Bioinformatics for Beginners

Protocols and Methods: Recipes for Successful Research

Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition

Using Wikipedia to Create Meaningful Learning Experiences

EndNote Basics

Power-up!: Energy Industry Resources

BrainNavigator Demo: Interactive Atlas & 3D Brain Imaging Software

Writing and Formatting Your Thesis: Don’t Let WORD Get You Down

Making Your Own Videos for the Web & MIT TechTV

Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center

Tips & Techniques for Searching for Images Online

Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research

NOTE: Some sessions have limited availability or may require advance sign-up requirements. If you have further questions, please see individual listings for appropriate contact information.

IAP 2010: Career Research: Targeting and Researching Employers

Posted January 8th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Looking for prospective employers? Preparing for a job interview? MIT Libraries can help!

First, we’ll learn how to target potential employers– established companies, start-up firms — by field of interest and by location. Then, we’ll use MIT Libraries’ resources to research potential employers and uncover information that can aid our career decisions and our interview preparations. This will be a hands-on workshop. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop if possible, as seating space exceeds the number of available PCs.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Alex Caracuzzo with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Learn Statistical Software (Stata, R, and SAS)

Posted January 7th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Looking to gain skills in working with statistical analysis software packages?  The following classes will be taught by the Harvard-MIT Data Center (HMDC) Statistical Consultant during IAP.  Note: there will be time at the end of each session for individual assistance, so feel free to bring your research questions.

WHERE: All statistical software workshops held in 1-115.

SPACE IS LIMITED. TO REGISTER, CONTACT Katherine McNeill.

Introduction to Stata

Get an introduction to Stata, the statistical analysis software package commonly used at MIT. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and analyze datasets. Novices welcome!

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20th, 10am-1pm

Data Management in Stata

Learn techniques for data management using Stata. Perform hands-on exercises and learn how to create cross-sectional, time-series, and panel datasets from several data files.  Topics include importing data into Stata, labeling data and variables, converting data from string to numeric format, appending and merging datasets, and collapsing and reshaping a dataset. Prerequisite: a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop).

WHEN: Friday, January 22nd, 10am-1pm

Introduction to R

Get an introduction to R, the open-source system for statistical computation and graphics available on Athena. With hands-on exercises, learn how to import and manage datasets, create R objects, and generate figures. Novices welcome!

WHEN: Monday, January 25th, 10am-1pm

Regression Using Stata

This hands-on class will provide a comprehensive introduction to estimating the linear regression model using ordinary least squares in Stata. Topics for the class include multiple regression, dummy variables, interaction effects, hypothesis tests, and model diagnostics. Prerequisites include a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop), the linear regression model, and the ordinary least squares estimation.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27th, 10am-1pm

Introduction to SAS

Get an introduction to SAS, a powerful statistical software package available on Athena. With hands-on exercises, explore SAS’s many features and learn how to import, manage, and analyze data. Novices welcome!

WHEN: Thurssday, January 28th, 10am-1pm

Graphics in Stata

This hands-on class will provide a comprehensive introduction to graphics in Stata. Topics for the class include graphing principles, descriptive graphs, and post-estimation graphs. Prerequisite: a general familiarity with Stata (such as taking the Intro. workshop).

WHEN: Friday, January 29th, 10am-1pm

Can’t make these times? Attend these workshops at Harvard or view the slides on your own.

Check out other Social Science Data Services IAP sessions as well as the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Using Wikipedia to Create Meaningful Learning Experiences

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

The purpose of this session is to provide an understanding of how Wikipedia can be used to create meaningful learning experiences.

As a result of participating in this activity, participants will understand why it is important for academia to contribute to this body of literature, and how to add a reference to a Wikipedia article.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 10 – 11:15am

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Barbara Williams with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Linked Data

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

A current internet buzzword is “linked data”. The idea of linked data is closely aligned with the goal of exposing rich data sources on the web, and it represents a next step in efforts to build a semantic web. How is linked data different from the links in hypertext? How can it be applied to the publication of MIT’s scholarly research data and the integration of MIT’s content management systems (for example,Stellar, OCW, and DSpace)? What is its relation to Semantic Web technologies like RDF, OWL, and URIs?

This session will answer these questions and discuss current linked data applications. We will consider how linked data principles may be applied to the publication of MIT’s scholarly research data and how MIT organizations can collaborate to create, publish, and share linked data.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, 2 – 3pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Robert Wolfe with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: A Sampling of Interesting Images from Rotch Visual Collections

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Join the staff of Rotch Visual Collections for an hour devoted to exploring recent acquisitions – all of which are located in Dome, MIT’s digital repository.

Images to be shown and discussed include recent additions to the Aga Khan Visual Archive; images of modernist architecture in India by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn (donated to the Society of Architectural Historians SAHARA project); photographs from retired architecture professor Maurice Smith’s teaching collection; images of Boston, Chicago, and the Southwest seen from the air, taken by noted photographer Alex MacLean of Landslides Aerial Photography; Augustus Pugin’s etchings from his influential 1836 book of architectural criticism, “Contrasts, or a parallel between the noble edifices of the 14th and 15th edifices and similar buildings of the present day,” and historical maps.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 2 – 3pm

WHERE: Rotch Library conference room, 7-238

Contact Jolene de Verges with any questions or see the RVC Research Guide for more details.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Cool Tools for Science & Engineering Research

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

With so many tools on the web, how do you find the really good ones to help with your work?

In this session, we’ll show a variety of online and mobile tools to help you keep current on the latest research in your field, manage your references, and share information easily with colleagues at MIT and around the world. Tools highlighted will include RSS feeds, Mendeley, WebNotes, Scivee, PubGet, and QUOSA.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Remlee Green with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

IAP 2010: Demystifying Fair Use – An Interactive Workshop for Users of Copyrighted Content

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

This session is for anyone who wants to know more about Fair Use, which allows for reuse of copyrighted content, whether in publications, student work, or for personal use.

Offered by an intellectual property specialist in the General Counsel’s office and the copyright contact in the MIT Libraries, the session will explain Fair Use in US copyright law, and provide an opportunity for attendees to apply the concept to real and hypothetical cases. There will be ample time for individual questions.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, 1 – 2:15pm

WHERE: 1-150

Contact copyright-lib@mit.edu for more information.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: LabLife Tutorial

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

LabLife provides free lab management software to biologists.

Learn how LabLife can help you organize your lab materials, coordinate lab ordering, analyze DNA sequences, and more! Also, meet the MIT alums behind the software.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 12:30 – 1:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 20 participants.

Contact Amy Stout with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Middle East Blogsphere: Who Are They? Where Are They Archived?

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Who are the main bloggers in the Middle East?

How are they changing the culture of communication in the region?

Where are the blogs archived?

Come and hear this exciting presentation that shows the dynamics of change in the Middle East in blogsphere.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: Rotch Library conference room, 7-238

This session is limited to 15 participants and advance sign-up is required. Please contact Omar Khalidi with questions or to sign up.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Practically Genomic

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Genomics, microarrays, and massively parallel applications such as next generation sequencing have made biology research a highly quantitative field. As a result, many biologists face the challenge of mastering computers and computational methods. Our sessions are designed to begin the process.

We will provide an overview of some of the bioinformatics tools and methods mandated by modern biological research. Practical examples will be used to introduce powerful aspects of the Unix operating system, Perl, R, Excel and MySQL. We will also instruct attendees on the usage of bioinformatics tools for genomics, phylogenetics and microarray data analysis. Topics to be covered include the UCSC genome browser, GALAXY, Argo, GenePattern, Bioconductor, ClustalX, and a variety of functional annotation methods.

NOTE: Enrollment is limited to 20 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are requested to attend all sessions. Please see this page to prepare for the sessions (links, presentations, data, downloads, etc.).

WHEN: Monday, January 25, Wednesday, January 27, and Friday, January 29, 11am – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Charlie Whittaker or Courtney Crummett with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

IAP 2010: Introduction to Company and Industry Research for Engineers and Scientists

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

You may be a skilled investigator on the topic of science or engineering, but what do you know about business research? This session will introduce you to library-supported databases that cover company and industry information. We will use hands-on exercises to demonstrate strategies for researching two key components of a business plan: competitors and industry trends.

WHEN: Friday, January 22, 12 – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Stephanie Hartman with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Cool Tools for Science and Engineering Research: Meet the Developers!

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


Learn about new tools to support your research, collaboration, and personal knowledge management. Three developers will demonstrate their applications.

QUOSA Information Manager can help streamline your literature management. Search for articles and retrieve one or many PDFs in a single step from PubMed, Web-of-Knowledge, and other databases. Organize and manage your existing article PDF collections, and share them with your group in real time.

WebNotes Academic is the world’s first research tool that allows you to annotate PDF documents and web pages, all seamlessly while online.

ResearchGATE is a scientific network that connects researchers. Find research partners, collaborate with scientists and explore journal articles.

WHEN: Thursday, January 21, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: 2-105

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Patent Searching Fundamentals

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

While you won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world and know how to obtain patent text and diagrams.

The session will be a hands-on practicum that will help de-mystify the patent literature and expose attendees to key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web.

No pre-registration, but space is limited so come early!

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 5 – 6pm & Thursday, January 21, 12 – 1pm (duplicate session)

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Darcy Duke with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Workshops

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

MIT GIS Services will be offering a series of workshops to introduce the MIT community to Geographic Information Systems and the world of Digital Mapping. All workshops will combine lectures about concepts with hands-on exercises.

MIT GIS Services are cooperatively supported by the MIT Libraries, the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT), and MIT Information Services & Technology (IS&T).

WHERE: All sessions take place in the DIRC (14N-132), with the exception of the Python session (see below), which takes place in the Rotch Library, 7-238.

NOTE: Advance sign-up is required by January 19 for several sessions – see notes below.

Check out the GIS website for copies of presentations, exercises and more. Also check out the MIT Libraries’ complete listing of IAP offerings.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Learn the basics of visualizing and analyzing geographic information and creating your own maps in a GIS. Learn to work with data from the MIT Geodata Repository, analyze the data and create maps that can be used in reports and presentations. Registration is required and this workshop is only open to people with MIT kerberos accounts.

WHEN: Friday, January 15, 2 – 4pm & Tuesday, January 19, 2 – 4pm (duplicate session)

ModelBuilder for beginners
Learn to build graphic models of your GIS processes. ESRI’s ModelBuilder helps you to visualize the process you use and makes it easy to document your work for thesis or for publication. We will create models to automate processes learned in the ‘Site Selection’ workshop. This session is targeted toward beginners.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 10:30-11:30am

Introduction to Spatial Statistics using GIS
Have you ever wondered if your data is dispersed or clustered? Are there patterns? This workshop will introduce participants to basic statistical tools that can be used to analyze spatial data. While we will primarily use ArcGIS, we will also briefly discuss alternative software for analyzing spatial data. A basic knowledge of statistics and GIS (especially ArcGIS) is helpful. Registration is required and this workshop is only open to people with MIT kerberos accounts.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 2 – 4pm

Mapping and Using US Census Data
The US Census holds an enormous amount of demographic information dating back to 1790. New and interesting relationships can be observed when looking at census data on a map. Come learn about what is in the US Census and how to use some of the tools available for mapping it.

WHEN: Thursday, January 21, 2 – 4pm

Site Selection – Making Spatial Decisions Using a GIS
Learn to select a new project location based on a variety of data types and perform analysis using tools provided in ArcGIS. Pre-requisite: Participants should take the Introduction to GIS or have previous experience using ArcGIS.

WHEN: Friday, January 22, 2 – 4pm

Using Elevation Data and Hydrographic Tools in a GIS
Learn to read a topographic map and how to use a digital elevation model to create contour lines and do hydrographic analysis. Pre-requisite: Participants should take the Introduction to GIS or have previous experience using ArcGIS.

WHEN: Monday, January 25, 2 – 4pm

Model Builder for Programmers
Learn to use model builder for automating complex processes in GIS. This tool is useful for increasing efficiency and documenting your work. We will create models to automate processes learned in the ‘Elevation and Hydrographic Tools’ and ‘Site Selection’ workshops. Pre-requisite: Participants should take the Introduction to GIS or have previous experience using ArcGIS.

WHEN: Tuesday, Januray 26, 2 – 4pm

Python Programming for GIS
An introduction to scripting for geographic analysis systems. Scripting in Python is an efficient method of automating analysis in ArcGIS. An understanding of programming concepts is useful; an intermediate level of ArcGIS is necessary.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, Thursday, January 28, and Friday, January 29, 9am – 12pm

Please fill out this survey, as there are several technical considerations for this class.

Contact Daniel Sheehan or David Quinn with questions about the Python session or the GIS staff for general questions about the rest of the sessions.

IAP 2010: Power Up with Maps! GIS and Energy Resources

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

Where are the power plants and the pipelines? How close are they to population centers?

In this session, MIT GIS Services will introduce you to energy maps and spatial data available, and demonstrate GIS in action on the energy front.

WHEN: Monday, January 11, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Anne Graham with any questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative.

IAP 2010: Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray

The Web of Science has changed its search interface substantially in 2008. Learn about the new citation analysis and report features which enable you to quickly find relevant articles. Also learn about other Web sites that provide citation searching, a powerful tool in finding information for research.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 12:30 – 1:30pm & Wednesday, January 27, 5 – 6pm (duplicate session)

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Michael Noga with questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

IAP 2010: Using NCBI's BLAST

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Ryan Gray


Want to know more about how BLAST works and how to use it more effectively in your research? Then this class is for you! This class will follow up on Bioinformatics for Beginners and lead into Advanced Bioinformatics, although attendance at the other sessions is not necessary.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 11 – 12am

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Courtney Crummett with questions.

Check out the MIT Libraries’ full schedule of IAP sessions.

This session is co-sponsored by the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.