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Gear Up for Research Computing

Are you using computing in your research?  Do you have questions about Stanford's complex array of computing resources?  Join Stanford Libraries and the Stanford Research Computing Center for our annual Gear Up for Research event:

Gear Up for Research Computing

Tuesday, February 26, 9:45 am to 2:45 pm

Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Sciences Building

Register at: https://library.stanford.edu/projects/gear-research/winter-2019

students attending the workshop

Learners give high marks to coding skills workshop

January 28, 2019
by Amy E. Hodge

Last week, Stanford Libraries hosted our 10th two-day Carpentries workshop (I think -- I'm starting to lose count!). These workshops are designed to teach foundational coding and data science skills to graduate students, post-docs, research staff -- really, anyone on Stanford's campus who is doing research and needs to develop computational skills to help them get their tasks done more efficiently and less painfully. 

This workshop focused on the open source tools of shell, Git, and R, and focused on tasks like automation, version control, and modular programming. We had a fabulous all-female instructor team that included the Libraries' Claudia Engel, Mary-Ellen Petrich from LOCKSS, and Melissa Ko, lecturer in the Thinking Matters program. Our instructors were assisted by helpers John Borghi, Max Czapanskiy, Edgar Vivanco, and Amy Hodge.

The Carpentries (and the Libraries, for that matter) are very interested in assessment so that we can check how good a job we're doing. Fourteen of the nineteen attendees at our workshop filled out our survey at the end of the event, and here's what they had to say:

Graph of pageviews

SDR Deposit of the Month: Dissertation on AI breakthrough makes leaderboard

Occasionally I review the analytics for content published via the Stanford Digital Repository to see what is currently trending. Upon returning to my Lathrop desk in January after the recent winter break, I checked in and discovered that a dissertation submitted last month by student Danqi Chen had enjoyed a whopping 2,736 pageviews in just four weeks since it was published on December 11, 2018. That is an extraordinarily impressive number!

Julie Sweetkind-Singer

Assistant Director of Geospatial and Cartographic Services
Head of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections
(650) 725-1102

DMP Tool / Amy Hodge

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