Posts Tagged 'Data Analysis'

Introducing StatLab! — The UVa Library’s Applied Statistical Consulting Service

Need help with data analysis or statistical methods?  Have a question about how to use statistical software?  Wondering what’s the  best statistical method for your research or project?  Get the help you need at the University of Virginia Library‘s StatLab!  StatLab offers individual consultations and FREE workshops.  Learn more at

StatLab Announcement

GIS Workshop: Georeferencing Paper Maps

Tuesday, November 1
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Alderman Library Electronic Classroom

Do you like old maps?  Would you like to find the real-world location of features you see on old maps?  Maybe overlay old maps with new maps to see what’s changed over time?  Georeferencing makes paper maps geo-smart so they play nicely with Google Earth, ArcGIS, and other geo-software for visualization and analysis.  You’ll leave this hands-on session with georeferencing skills and tools to geo-enable any paper map.

Introduction to NVivo

SLab and ITS Software Workshop: Introduction to NVivo

Wednesday, October 26
2:00 p.m.
Curry Library Innovation Commons

This workshop will explore principles and techniques of qualitative analysis using NVivo from QSR International. Instructor: Nancy Kechner.

Making Maps Online

GIS Workshop: Making Maps Online with GeoCommons

Tuesday, October 25
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Alderman Library Electronic Classroom

GeoCommons is a free online alternative to ArcGIS or Google Fusion Tables for mapping and analyzing your data. We’ll walk through the steps to upload data, make a map, and use the new GeoIQ analysis tools. If you prefer Mac or PC, Firefox, Chrome, or IE, you’ll learn to use new tools to make and share your maps with the world.

Digital Humanities Speaker Series: Lev Manovich

How to Compare One Million Images?  Visualizing Patterns in Art, Games, Comics, Cinema, Web, and Print Media

Lev Manovich
Professor, Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego
Director,  Software Studies Initiative, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2)

Tuesday, October 18
4:00 p.m.
Scholars’ Lab Common Room
Alderman Library, 4th  Floor
Reception immediately follows.


The explosive growth of cultural content on the web including social media, and the digitization work by museums, libraries, and companies make possible a fundamentally new paradigm for the study of cultural content.  We can use computer-based techniques for data analysis and interactive visualization employed in sciences as well as the artistic techniques developed in media and digital art to analyze patterns and trends in massive visual data sets.  We call this paradigm Cultural Analytics.

In 2007 we have established Software Studies Initiative ( at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and California Institute for Telecommunication and Information (Calit2) to begin putting this vision into practice.  I will show examples of our research including visualization of art, film, animation, video games, magazines, graphic design and other visual media.  I will also discuss how working with massive cultural data sets – such as one million manga pages – forces us to question most basic concepts of cultural analysis which we normally take for granted.

Dr. Manovich’s talk is co-sponsored by IATH, SHANTI, and the Scholars’ Lab

Scholars’ Lab Workshops

GIS Workshop: Making Your First Map with ArcGIS10

Tuesday, October 11
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Alderman Electronic Classroom

The session gives you a basic overview of ESRI’s desktop GIS, ArcMap, and map making.  By the end of the session, you will have a basic understanding of the ArcMap interface, know how to add data layers to an ArcMap project, and know the basic parts of a map.


SLab and ITS Software Workshop – Eye Candy: Exploring Interesting Visual Displays of Data

Wednesday, October 12
Curry Library Innovation Commons

This workshop is designed to introduce users to data visualization. Instructor: Nancy Kechner.

For more information contact the Scholars’ Lab at 434-243-8800 or send a message online at

Are You Research Ready?

The following article is reposted from the January 6,2001 issue of UVa Today Online News:

Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering Helps Make Students and Faculty ‘Research-Ready’

January 6, 2011 — Major research is increasingly complex, collaborative, cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional. Identifying the functions of genes, determining the effects of human activity on long-term climate, calculating the innumerable scenarios of how atoms behave in physics experiments, better understanding how market fluctuations affect economies – all require the use of massive computing resources, and the ability to make use of that power.

“Research is changing drastically. Everything is computerized in the sciences these days. There is a deluge of data that must be analyzed,” said Andrew Grimshaw, director of the University of Virginia Alliance for Computational Science and a professor of computer science in the Engineering School. “The problem is, researchers who are highly skilled in their scientific disciplines may not have the computing skills needed to cope with a rapidly growing data load.

“They need help.”

That is where UVACSE comes in. With a core staff of five computing professionals and a cadre of highly-trained graduate students, UVACSE is helping scientists and scholars across Grounds to better use computing resources to perform complex data analysis, to build and run computer models, and to make use of computer clusters at U.Va. and at computing centers nationwide.

In the last three years, UVACSE staff members have worked with dozens of faculty researchers and graduate students to customize their capabilities for high-end research projects. Several U.Va. researchers are now tapped into some of the most important research sites and databases in the world, including national centers located in Tennessee, Illinois and Texas.

Even data-heavy visual projects in the arts and humanities sometimes require big computing power, said David Germano, associate professor of Tibetan and Buddhist studies in the College of Arts & Sciences and director of SHANTI, the Sciences, Humanities & Arts Network of Technological Initiatives, UVACSE’s sister organization.

“UVACSE has in a short time had a transformative impact on U.Va. by providing strategic resources and support for initiatives across Grounds pursuing research goals that are computationally intensive,” Germano said.

“We’re here to de-mystify computing.” Grimshaw said. “We’re saying to researchers across Grounds, ‘Come to us with your computing challenges and we’ll dedicate some staff expertise and time to you, and we can even facilitate arrangements with the national centers.'”

Using a consulting approach through its “Tiger Teams,” UVACSE offers free assistance, in which technical staff members work with researchers to optimize their capabilities for high-end computing, tailored to specific research problems. Thus far, UVACSE has provided Tiger Team assistance to more than 30 science and science-related projects in several disciplines.

“We provide intensive user support, a focused concentrated effort, to get people quickly through a particular problem and to solve it within a limited time duration,” Grimshaw said.

To compete nationally and internationally with peer institutions, Grimshaw said U.Va. researchers must make full use of the highly capable computing resources available at the University and through connections and collaborations with other universities and national laboratories.

Increasingly, major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. departments of Energy and Defense are awarded to research teams capable of doing big science with proven high-speed computing capabilities. These capabilities enable and enhance collaborations among highly creative individuals working together to solve the toughest problems facing humanity.

Additionally, collaborations that result in large grants can become economic multipliers for the University and are essential to the continuing economic development of the Commonwealth of Virginia in high-tech fields of industry.

UVACSE resulted from a grassroots effort, beginning more than a decade ago with an ad hoc task force of faculty members from the Engineering, Arts & Sciences and the School of Medicine, all of whom were conducting complex investigations requiring high-end computing. A second task force five years later produced a plan and obtained $250,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation. With further funding from the Office of the Chief Information Officer, UVACSE became an entity, a resource with a staff and a mission to provide computing education and outreach through individual consultations and the management of shared computing resources across Grounds.

“We are here to help our faculty, students and research staff be fully ‘research-ready’ and proficient in computing skills so U.Va., as an institution, can adapt to the new realities of the complex research environment and compete well with our peer institutions,” Grimshaw said.

Astronomer John Hawley, one of the early advocates for a computing resource center, notes that since 2000, the speed of the fastest supercomputer has grown by nearly a factor of 10,000.

“This increase in computational power creates unprecedented opportunities for new ways to solve some of the most important and challenging research problems,” Hawley said. “But the capabilities of these computers now greatly exceed the ability of the average researcher to utilize them effectively. UVACSE creates a collaborative environment where those with discipline-specific knowledge can work with experts in algorithms, programming, data management and visualization. Researchers can focus on what they know best while collaborating with people who know the details of computing.”

For examples of research projects assisted by UVACSE, visit here and click on “exemplar Tiger Team projects.”

— By Fariss Samarrai, Senior News Officer, (434) 924-3778,

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