University Libraries announces data visualization sessions for spring 2020

January 15, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Starting Jan. 30, the Research Informatics and Publishing department at Penn State University Libraries will offer data visualization sessions highlighting services such as data analytics and visualization and geospatial data and mapping. The sessions will take place at Pattee Library, with remote viewing available online via Zoom. 

These sessions are aimed at introducing the resources and expertise available at the Libraries in these areas. Participants will explore the available software tools for data analysis and visualization and gain hands-on experience by working with a sample data set.

Sessions are free and open to all Penn State faculty, staff and students.

Additional information about the Libraries' resources and one-on-one consultation for data visualization is available via the Research Data Services webpage.

Data Analytics and Visualization

  • Data Visualization with Tableau — Thursday, Jan. 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Introduction to Databases: MS Access and Excel — Thursday, Feb. 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Business Analytics with MS SQL Server and Business Intelligence (BI)/SSIS, SSAS, SSRS — Thursday, March 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Data Visualization with Power BI Desktop — Thursday, April 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m.       

All sessions held in W312A Pattee Library, with online access via Zoom.

These sessions are designed to provide an overview of data analytics, as well as explore some commonly used software tools for demonstrating data analysis and visualization based on a sample data set. Advance registration is recommended but not required.

For additional information, or if you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Xuying Xin, certified Tableau desktop specialist, at

Maps and Geospatial Analysis

  • Getting to Know Geospatial Data and Mapping — Wednesday, Feb. 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Both sessions will be held in W13 Pattee Library, with online access via Zoom.

This session will introduce participants to geospatial data from U.S. and international sources, along with information on geospatial software access at Penn State, including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS ArcMap, and ArcGIS Pro. Participants will receive a brief introduction to geospatial data techniques and analysis. Additional resources will be provided to help participants get started using geospatial software in projects. Resources from these Maps and Geospatial guides will be highlighted: Global Partners: International Geospatial DataArcGIS OnlineArcGIS Pro, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

For additional information, or if you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Tara Anthony, GIS specialist, at

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Last Updated January 15, 2020