Events and training

La Trobe researchers and research students have access to a wide range of specialised courses, from beginner through to advanced levels in High-Performance Computing, Excel for research, data management and visualisation, cleaning and exploring data, and more. There is no cost to La Trobe researchers and research students for the majority of these courses.

Many of these workshops are presented by our partners, Intersect Australia Limited.

Research Education and Development (RED), in collaboration with the Library, have an extensive workshop and seminar program listed on their website.

**New for 2017 - Digital Research Drop ins - First Tuesday of the month

2017 Courses

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Various dates

Manage your data for research success - Keep your research data safe. Learn about La Trobe's research data management requirements. Understand the global context in which research data management expectations are changing.

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Wednesday 21/06/17

Excel Fu for Researchers - Do you have large amounts of data that is messy, incomplete and contains errors?  During this workshop you will learn how to use Excel to import, sort, filter, copy, protect, transform, summarise, merge, and visualise research data.

B Book here
Thursday 22/06/17

Software Carpentry - Introduction to Matlab - MATLAB is an incredibly powerful programming environment with a rich set of analysis toolkits optimized for solving engineering and scientific problems.

Built-in graphics make it easy to visualize and gain insights from data and a vast library of prebuilt toolboxes lets you get started right away with algorithms essential to your domain.

B Book here
Tuesday 27/06/17

Software Carpentry - Introduction to programming with Python - This one day workshop is aimed at researchers and research students who would like to start learning to code in the Python programming language, a popular language for scientific computing.

M Book here
Wednesday 28/06/17

Regular Expressions on Command - Would you like to use regular expressions with the classic command line utilities find, grep, sed and awk? These venerable Unix utilities allow you to search, filter and transform large amounts of text (including many common data formats) efficiently and repeatab

MBook here
Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th July

Introduction to Unix for HPC - High-Performance Computing (HPC) allows you to accomplish your analysis faster by using many parallel CPUs and huge amounts of memory simultaneously. This 2-day course will introduce you to the Unix environment and show you how to transfer your data onto, and run software on HPC infrastructure.

MBook here
Tuesday 18/07/17

Nectar Research Cloud - Find out what cloud computing is, how it works, how it can benefit your research and what types of service Nectar offers. This course will provide hands-on instructions on how to launch an instance on the Cloud, connect to it, configure it and set up storage so that it can be accessed from the instance and remotely from the office computer.

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Thursday 27/07/17

Advanced HPC - Parallel Programming - This intensive full-day course introduces different parallel programming methods: OpenMP as a widespread method for a shared memory programming model and MPI as the standard for a distributed memory programming model. It is targeted at C and Fortran programmers

MBook here

Tuesday 08/08/17

Software Carpentry with R - R is quickly gaining popularity as a programming language of choice for statisticians, data scientists and researchers. It has an excellent ecosystem including the powerful RStudio development environment and the Shiny web application framework. However, getting started with R can be challenging, particularly if you've never programmed before. That's where this introductory course comes in.

MBook here

Tuesday 15/08/17

Software Carpentry - Introduction to Unix Shell - Do you want to unlock powerful computing resources beyond the desktop, including virtual machines and High Performance Computing? Unix can enable repetitive tasks to be automated and it comes with a swag of handy tools that can be combined in powerful ways to help with your research.

MILBook here
Wednesday 16/08/17

Software Carpentry - Introduction to programming with Python - This one day workshop is aimed at researchers and research students who would like to start learning to code in the Python programming language, a popular language for scientific computing.

MILBook here

Thursday 17/08/17

Excel Fu for Researchers - Do you have large amounts of data that is messy, incomplete and contains errors?  During this workshop you will learn how to use Excel to import, sort, filter, copy, protect, transform, summarise, merge, and visualise research data.

MILBook here
Friday 25/08/17

Using Databases and SQL - Do you need a better way to store your structured research data? Structured Query Language (SQL) is the standard means for reading from and writing to databases. Databases use multiple tables, linked by well-defined relationships, to store large amounts of data without needless repetition while maintaining the integrity of your data.

Moving from spread sheets and text documents to a structured relational database will reward you many times over in speed, efficiency and power.

MBook here
Tuesday 05/09/17

Excel Fu for Researchers - Do you have large amounts of data that is messy, incomplete and contains errors?  During this workshop you will learn how to use Excel to import, sort, filter, copy, protect, transform, summarise, merge, and visualise research data.

MBook here
Thursday 14/09/17

Powerful text searching and matching with Regexes - Regular Expressions (regexes) are a powerful way to handle a multitude of different types of data. They can be used to find patterns in text and make sophisticated replacements. Think of them as find and replace on steroids. Come along to this workshop to learn what they can do and how to apply them to your research.

MBook here
Tuesday 26/09/17

Regular Expressions on Command - Would you like to use regular expressions with the classic command line utilities find, grep, sed and awk? These venerable Unix utilities allow you to search, filter and transform large amounts of text (including many common data formats) efficiently and repeatab

MBook here

More workshops - watch this space!

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Office365 and One Drive, Delve and Sway - This session will help you to understand the capabilities of Office 365, how to access the apps and apply them to your research or work.

To be announced later in the year
 
Cleaning and Exploring your data with Open Refine - Do you have messy data from multiple inconsistent sources, or open-responses to questionnaires? Do you want to improve the quality of your research data by refining it and using the power of the internet? Open Refine is the perfect partner to Excel. It is a powerful, free tool for exploring, normalising and cleaning datasets. In this course you'll work through the various features of Refine by working on a fictional but plausible humanities research project.
 
To be announced later in the year

Data visualisation with Google Fusion Tables - This course is ideal for researchers who work with large data sets and want to convey their research outcomes clearly and persuasively in a visual manner. By creating a heat map by merging geospatial data and crime statistics, participants will gain skills in visualisation that they can apply to their research.

To be announced later in the year
Data Carpentry - information available soon.To be held in Q4

Powerful text searching and matching with Regexes - Regular Expressions (regexes) are a powerful way to handle a multitude of different types of data. They can be used to find patterns in text and make sophisticated replacements. Think of them as find and replace on steroids. Come along to this workshop to learn what they can do and how to apply them to your research.

To be held in Q4

Software Carpentry - Introduction to version control with Git - Have you mistakenly overwritten programs or data and want to learn techniques to avoid repeating the loss? Version control systems are one of the most powerful tools available for avoiding data loss and enabling reproducible research.

To be held in Q4