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STEAM Workshops: Research, Data & Tools

*These workshop have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Data Visualization Tools, Data Sources & Data Clean-Up

Monday, March 16, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
John C. Hitt Library, Room 223

Data visualization tools can be useful when considering sharing data and data analysis in visually compelling ways. Yet, understanding how to use these tools and determining which are useful for your research can be a challenge. Equally challenging is locating existing data sets and how to assess such data for clean-up when utilizing data visualization tools. This session will explore both of these aspects. The first part of this session will highlight several data visualization tools being used by UCF researchers, including ArcGIS, Leaflet, and Tableau. The second part of the session will explore data sources and discuss data clean-up considerations.


  • Sandy Avila, Science Librarian, UCF Libraries
  • Dr. Rosalind Beiler, Associate Professor of History
  • Casey Carnes, Research Assistant
  • Mia Tignor, Texts & Technology PhD Student
  • Evan Wallace, Texts & Technology PhD Student

Please bring your laptop or device for hands-on practice. An optional open lab session will be available immediately following this session.

More Information About Data Visualization Tools

  • ArcGIS: ArcGIS is a platform used to create, manage, share, and analyze spatial data. It consists of a suite of components such as ArcMap which is a program freely available to UCF affiliates via UCF Apps. ArcMap represents geographical information as a collection of layers and other elements in a map view. This presentation will include a basic introduction on how to locate GIS data through ArcMap and how to create a visually appealing map using the software, that is easily exportable for use in any outside project.
  • Leaflet: Leaflet is an open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps that is designed for simplicity, usability, and performance. Dr. Beiler and her team are using Leaflet for a digital mapping project, PRINT (People, Religion, Information Networks, and Travel), about how the communication networks of religious minorities in the late seventeenth century and early eighteenth century shaped migration flows within Europe and to North America.
  • Tableau: Tableau Public is a cloud-based visualization program that allows users to mindfully engage with data through the creation of charts, graphs, and other interactive visualizations. In addition to serving as a powerful data visualization tool, Tableau Public also provides extensive resources to faculty and students interested in the software. This session will provide a brief overview of the program and ways to engage students in data visualization projects.

Maximizing the Impact of your Data: Citation Metrics and Online Research Profiles

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Classroom Bldg. I, Room 220

Citation metrics provides useful quantitative data regarding the impact of a scholar’s research. Learning how to maximize your reach using tools like Web of Science, Google Metrics, ORCID, ResearchGate, and among others, doesn’t have to be as daunting of a task as it first appears. This session will cover information on how to evaluate citation metrics as well as provide tips on how to manage your online research profiles.


  • Ven Basco, Engineering and Computer Science Librarian
  • Sarah A. Norris, Scholarly Communication Librarian

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