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Technology Sandbox workshops

Intro to Linux

Drawing of a penguin's face representing Tux, Linux's mascot

Speaker: Sean Cooney, Technology Sandbox Technician, Concordia University Library

Have you heard of Linux and want to know more, or you haven’t heard of Linux but the words “free operating system” spark your interest? Maybe you already know a little bit about Linux and want to learn the basics of how to use it; everyone is welcome at our Intro to Linux workshop! In this workshop we’ll cover a bit of background of who, what, when, and why, and then go into some details on the ways in which using the operating system differs from Mac and Windows. Raspberry Pi computers for using and experimenting with Linux will be provided.

Tuesday, October 9, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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3D modelling 102: OpenSCAD

3D lettering spelling OpenSCAD Intro (that was easy!) made with the software

Speaker: Sean Cooney, Technology Sandbox Technician, Concordia University Library

So you want to model things in 3D (be it for 3D printing, digital art, blueprints, or for video-game content), but you’re unfamiliar with how to do it or the software you’re using doesn’t give you the fine control you need? Come to our workshop. OpenSCAD is free, open-source software for detailed, programmatically defined, primitive based rendering software. If that sounds complicated, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and intuitive the software is once you get started.

Please bring a laptop you can install software on.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.

Thursday, October 11, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-211

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Getting started in data analytics with Python

A lot of pandas

Presentor: Varun Singhal is currently enrolled in a masters of Software Engineering. Prior to this he worked for the private sector in big data , where part of his role was delivering hands on sessions for data analytics in Python.

This is an introductory, hands on workshop were we start doing basic dataset manipulation using Python and the Pandas library. Please bring your own laptop. The workshop will be using Python 3 and the community edition of Pycharm.

Basic coding experience required, ideally in Python. OR complete 5th lesson on for code academy Python (lists and dictionairies) and you'll be fine! Need help with any of this? Drop by the Sandbox well in advance of the workshop and we can help you get ready.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.​

Tuesday, October 16, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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So You Want to Make a Podcast? - Vanier edition

Close-up of a microphone and headphones on a table

Speaker: Paige Stewart, Student Reference Librarian, Concordia University Library

Learn how to create your own podcast in this introductory and interactive workshop. We will cover all levels of production including content creation, recording, editing and promotion, as well as provide participants with a list of free resources and simple to use tools to help them get started. No previous podcasting experience is necessary.

What to bring?

  • Laptop with Audacity (free) & LAME Mp3 Encoder (free) installed
  • Headphones* (optional)
*Can be signed out by Concordia students from the Vanier Library Circulation Desk before the workshop.

Open to everyone. 90 minutes.

Thursday, November 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Vanier Library, VL-203

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Image: My Podcast Set I by Patrick Breitenbach, CC BY 2.0, https://flic.kr/p/5brkj8

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Data mining with an eye to algorithmic bias

Weka bird

This workshop will guide you through simple first steps for doing data analysis, specifically text mining with Weka. Weka is an open source machine-learning tool. We will be replicating the work of Mike Thelwall in his paper on Gender bias in machine learning for sentiment analysis. By the end of the workshop you will have applied a sentiment analysis technique to a data set with two different techniques and be able to compare the bias of each technique. From here, you are in a position to both continue using text mining to analyze data, but also to have seen a concrete example of algorithmic bias in machine learning.

This is an introductory workshop, with no coding or other pre-requisites. Please bring a laptop or sign one out from the Loans and Returns desk.

Presenter: Francisco Berrizbeitia is a developer for the Concordia Library. He currently works on applying text mining and machine learning techniques to document classification for a variety of purposes.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.​

Tuesday, November 6, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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Intro to synthesizers

Jared Wiercinski

Speaker: Jared Wiercinski, Associate University Librarian, curator of the music in the stairwell and secret DJ

In this hands-on workshop we’ll cover the basics of analogue synthesizers, with the goal of getting you playing and recording as soon as possible. We’ll briefly discuss the parts of an analog synthesizer, MIDI input and output, sync’ing to drum machines, and simple recording. You’ll also get a chance to experiment with the Library’s new synthesizer collection.

Beginners welcome and encouraged; if you are interested, this workshop is for you.

Open to everyone. 120 minutes.​

Tuesday, November 13, 2 to 4 p.m.
Webster Library, LB-205

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