Libraries announces fall 2021 data analytics and visualization workshops

September 09, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Beginning Sept. 24, the Research Informatics and Publishing department at Penn State University Libraries and the Cloud Services team at Penn State will offer a series of virtual sessions on data analytics and visualization. Sessions will highlight tools for business analytics (Power BI, Tableau) and cloud platforms for big data analytics (Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services).

The goal of these sessions is to introduce resources and expertise in these areas that are available through the University Libraries and Cloud Services in partnership with Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Participants will explore available software tools and platforms with hands-on examples. A drop-in office hour will be offered after each workshop for those interested in discussing specific applications for their research projects. 

Sessions are free and open to all Penn State faculty, staff and students. Advance registration is recommended; registration links are provided below for each session.

Data Analytics and Visualization Sessions

The introductory sessions are designed to provide an overview of the tools and explore their commonly used features for data modeling and data analysis and visualization. Demonstrations based on sample data sets will be provided for all sessions. 

Data Visualization Best Practices will provide an overview of best practices for transforming your data into effective visualizations. The Big Data Analytics workshops will introduce each cloud platform and its tools for big data analytics and machine learning, followed by hands-on practice.

For additional information about the workshops, contact Cindy Xin, certified Tableau desktop specialist and Power BI trainer, at

Research Informatics and Publishing provides guest lectures and one-on-one consultations for those seeking help with data analytics tools for their class or research projects. Appointments can be made at the Data Learning Center’s Consultation Services web page. 

The Advanced Analytics and Visualization Digital Lab, accessible remotely via, provides software tools such as Power BI, Tableau, MATLAB, Minitab, Python, Stata, SPSS, SAS and ArcGIS. 

For more information about University Libraries data visualization resources, visit the Research Data Services web page. For cloud services available to the Penn State community, visit

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated September 10, 2021