The Maps, Data & Government Information Centre offers a range of workshops each term on a variety of topics, including Data Visualization, GIS procedures and workflows, Research Data Management (RDM), statistical programming and customized workshops for classes. 

Faculty wishing to receive workshops tailored to specific courses should contact Tracy Sallaway, Research Data Services Librarian &  Head, Maps, Data & Government Information Centre.  Please request workshops before start of term to allow for scheduling and adequate preparation time.

Registration is now open for our Fall 2023 workshop series!  

All workshops are held in person in our Data Visualization Lab, Bata Library (BL) 402.

Introduction to Mapping and Data Visualization

Join this workshop to learn key procedures required to create a map layout in ArcGIS Pro software. We'll discuss where and how to obtain spatial data, how to explore and transform data for a map, apply symbology, and create a map layout with map surrounds (legend, north arrow, scale bar, source information, etc.).  Open to all disciplines; no prior experience is required.

Date/Time Registration Link
Tuesday September 26th 
10:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Thursday November 9th 
10:00 - 11:50 a.m.


Getting Started with R

Have you always wanted to learn R programming but aren’t sure where to start? Or do you just need a refresher? Join this introductory workshop to learn the fundamentals of R programming to complete tasks in R and RStudio. We’ll explore how to write and interpret R code by installing and loading packages, how to use functions, how to create different data types and structures, and where to find help resources. No prior programming knowledge is necessary.

Date/Time Registration Link
Thursday October 5th 
9:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Wednesday November 1st  
1:00 - 2:50 p.m.


Working with Data in R

Join this workshop to learn how to load, view, manipulate, and export data in R or RStudio. We will explore how to import and export common file types like text (TXT), comma-separated values (CSV) and Excel (XLSX). We’ll also learn how to manipulate data by combining data sets, sub-setting and re-arranging rows and columns, creating new columns, and altering existing columns in data sets. This workshop is designed for users with some experience in R who would like to become proficient with new tools and packages.

Date/Time Registration Link
Thursday October 12th 
9:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Wednesday November 22nd  
1:00 - 3:50 p.m.


Managing Research Data: Introduction, Tools, and Resources

Join this workshop to learn about new direction in Canadian research data management (RDM) and related impacts to researchers. We’ll discuss Trent University’s new RDM strategy and explore tools to help you create a data management plan, deposit research data in a trusted repository, establish DOIs for open access or anonymous peer review, and set options for securing and sharing research data. Open to all disciplines; no prior experience is required.

Date/Time Registration Link
Thursday October 19th 
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
Tuesday November 28th  
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.