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

Scholarly Commons Interest Groups 2/9

Scholarly Communications Interest Group

Friday, February 9, 12-1pm, 106 Main Library

“A Boon or a Trap?: ResearchGate,, SciHub, and for-profit “free” platforms for sharing research”

Join us for a brownbag discussion

Here are some recent articles that will inform our discussion:

Research IT Portal Seeks Usability Testers

Help us shape the Research IT Portal!

The Technology Services Research IT team is designing a new service portal that will connect researchers with technology and training across the Urbana campus, and we could use your help. As we are preparing the service portal, we want to check in with researchers, grad students, and staff across campus, so the tool we end up creating is useful to you.

Our usability team is conducting a small study next week (the week of Feb 5) to evaluate the new Research IT Portal.

The sessions will take place at our lab in the Digital Computer Lab at 1304 W. Springfield Ave. in Urbana and will take no more than 1 hour. We will be compensating participants with gift cards from Starbucks or Espresso Royale.

If you would be interested in volunteering or know someone who might be, please email the Research IT Portal Team

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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Second NCSA Faculty Fellows meeting Friday, Jan. 26

NCSA will host an Idea Acceleration Workshop on Friday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m.-noon in the NCSA atrium for Illinois faculty members and researchers interested in becoming a 2018-2019 Faculty Fellow. This speed matchmaking event will help potential fellowship applicants find NCSA staff and other researchers with whom to collaborate and build successful proposals.

For more information visit the NCSA website.

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.

Resilient City Prize Added to February Hackathon

A USIgnite grant was awarded for a collaboration among the city of Champaign, HackIllinois, iSchool, Midwest Big Data Hub, and Technology Services to develop a “resilient city” prize category at the February HackIllinois. Participants will be using municipal data to address challenges as described by city officials.

Further information about the Hackathon will be forthcoming.

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.

Training: Intermediate High Performance Computing Administration

Intermediate Workshop

August 13-17, 2018

Yale University, New Haven, CT

If you have some experience as an HPC system administrator and want to expand your skills, this is the workshop for you! In just five days you will:

  • Strengthen your overall knowledge of HPC system administration
  • Focus in depth on file systems and storage, HPC networks, and job schedulers
  • Get hands-on training and discuss real-life stories with experienced HPC administrators

Those who have attended an Introductory LCI workshop in the past are especially encouraged to attend!

More information: