Illinois 150: The 21st Century University and Research for the Public Good

Join us on April 10-12 for Illinois 150, the concluding research event of the sesquicentennial celebration. This conference will bring together experts in health care; food, energy and water systems; technology; criminal justice; and other areas critical to individual and collective well-being to ask, “What does it mean for research to serve the public good in the 21st century?”

Full details available on the OVCR website

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing Registration Extended

Designed to train the next generation of supercomputer users, the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) is scheduled for its sixth year in the Chicago area from July 29 – August 10. Deadline extended to March 15.


Doctoral students, postdocs, and computational scientists interested in attending ATPESC can review eligibility and application details on the website.

There are no fees to participate in ATPESC. Domestic airfare, meals, and lodging are also provided. Application deadline extended: March 15, 2018. Continue reading

Women in IT Networking at SC applications

WINS – Call for Participation – SC18 – Dallas, TX

The Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program is now accepting applications for the 2018 program. Awardees will receive funding to participate as a SCinet team member during the SC18 conference in Dallas, Texas. Interested and qualified women are encouraged to apply. Please feel free to distribute this information to your networks and contacts.

Access the 2018 WINS Application from the WINS website:

Application deadline: March 23, 2018 at 11:59pm AoE

Award notifications will be sent by mid to late May 2018


WINS is a three year National Science Foundation-funded program that awards up to five early to mid-career women from diverse regions of the U.S. research and education community IT field to participate in the ground-up construction of SCinet, one of the fastest and most advanced computer networks in the world. WINS is a joint effort between the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Full text of the official 2018 WINS Call for Participation (CFP) is on the website.

Director’s Panel: Reflections on the University of Illinois Press at 10

Wednesday, February 14, 3 – 5 p.m., Main Library, room 106

A Director’s Panel will discuss the Press’s decades-long commitment to supporting scholarship on social justice issues and publishing underrepresented voices and histories. The panel will be followed by a reception. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the public history exhibit in the North-South Corridor and talk with the University of Illinois Press staff and library staff who helped bring the exhibit to life. Continue reading

NSF-sponsored Workshop to Focus on Data Lifecycle Training

For today’s graduate and post-doctoral students, conducting research often starts by trying to make sense of the many tools, technologies, and work environments used in data-intensive research and computing.

NSF Cyber Carpentry Workshop: Data Lifecycle Training

July 16-27 at University of North Carolina

Travel and accommodations provided. Applications due March 15.

The NSF Cyber Carpentry Workshop: Data Lifecycle Training is a two-week summer workshop aimed at helping graduate students understand the many aspects of the data-intensive computing environment. Even more important, the workshop will focus on bridging the gap between domain scientists and computer and information scientists so that data-intensive research is quicker, less complicated, and more productive. Continue reading

Free Survey Research Methods Webinars

The Survey Research Laboratory is offering three webinars on survey research methodology during the spring semester: Introduction to Survey Sampling, Introduction to Questionnaire Design and Survey Response Rates: Uses and Misuses. The webinars are free to university faculty, staff and students; however, registration is required. All webinars begin at noon.

More info and registration is available at

Challenges and opportunities for modeling cultural data collections

Date: Friday 26 January, 4pm-5pm, room 126 IS
Speaker:  Katrina Fenlon, iSchool Postdoctoral Research Associate
Topic: Toward sustainable platforms for digital humanities research: Challenges and opportunities for modeling cultural data collections
* Abstract:
Scholarship is producing increasingly diverse digital artifacts as researchers across disciplines seek to share new forms of evidence in new ways. In tandem, our digital cultural inheritance is growing and diversifying rapidly. These developments pose urgent and interrelated problems for libraries, archives, and museums, as institutions charged with stewarding our scholarly and cultural records. Underlying these challenges is a fundamental question: how can we most effectively represent different kinds of collections as flexible, sustainable platforms for research and learning by different communities? This talk describes a multimodal study of one kind of collection, the thematic research collection, as a model for understanding the evolution of digital scholarship at the intersection of humanities research and digital cultural heritage.

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Spring Savvy Researcher Training Schedule Released

The library’s spring schedule for the Savvy Researcher Workshop series has been released.

Join us for 50 minute, hands-on workshops that will help you improve your research and information management skills.

Digital Humanities-related sessions include:

  • Building Digital Exhibitions with Omeka
  • Digital Publishing with Scalar
  • Basics of Data Visualization
  • Introduction to Text Mining Concepts and Sources
  • Topic Modeling Theory and Practice
  • Messy Data? Clean it up with OpenRefine!
  • Making Scanned Text Machine Readable through Optical Character Recognition
  • Using the DPLA (Digital Public Library) Primary Resources for Research
  • GIS for Research I: Introduction to GIS Concepts, Software, and Data
  • GIS for Research II: GIS Research, Data Management, and Visualization

For more details and registration:

All sessions held in the Main Library, Room 314 unless otherwise noted.

Attend XSEDE’s HPC Training Sessions to expand your knowledge of Big Data!

We would like to call your attention to upcoming events being held at NCSA:
  • February 7-8 – Big Data – Registration is open now
  • March 6 – GPU Programming Using OpenACC – Registration will be open after the conclusion of February’s workshop
Throughout the year, the Blue Waters and Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) projects, led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), support a variety of interdisciplinary training sessions, workshops and webinars to assist researchers in expanding their computational and data analytics knowledge and providing skills to advance their research.
The training sessions are offered as hands-on workshops that provide a convenient way for researchers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies of current interest in high performance computing (HPC).


Registration is free and required. The sessions are scheduled for 10 AM until 4 PM Central Time in Room 1030 of the NCSA building at 1205 W. Clark St. in Urbana. RSVP on Facebookto receive regular updates.
There are also numerous self-paced tutorials on a variety of topics.
A complete list of training resources are available here:
Blue Waters offers a regular webinar series.  All of the sessions are recorded and freely available on YouTube.  The Blue Waters webinar schedule for 2018 will be announced in January and posted here.
If you need assistance finding relevant training sessions, contact us and we’ll work with you to help address your needs –
The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data and expertise. People around the world use these resources and services — things like supercomputers, collections of data and new tools — to improve our planet. XSEDE is supported by the National Science Foundation.