Research Commons Workshops

Highlighted Service of the Week

IRB Consultations

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-11am, Wednesdays 1-3pm

Schedule a Consultation:

The Office of Responsible Research Practices holds office hours to help researchers, including graduate and undergraduate students, who are preparing Behavioral and Social Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions and exemption requests. Sessions are intended to help students and their advisors navigate IRB forms policies and review procedures.

Events and Workshops

GIS for the Rest of Us (Workshop)


Thursday, August 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has revolutionized our ability to visualize and display information connected to locations. Whether you have used Google’s free tools to find aerial photos of your neighborhood, have searched for a friend’s address using the county auditor’s website, or researched the likelihood of your business flooding during a major storm event, GIS tools are at work. This half-day workshop is designed for:

– Researchers from All Disciplines New to GIS
– K-12 Educators
– Informal Educators
– Members of the Non-Profit Community
– Community Members Who Want to Learn More

A team of instructors will provide an overview of GIS and mapping tools from Google, Esri, and Tableau and showcase examples of how GIS can be used for research and education. Breakout sessions will provide training for various levels of experience. Participants are highly encouraged to bring their own devices.

Direct questions to Josh Sadvari at or 614-292-5828. This program is offered through a partnership between the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, and the University Libraries at The Ohio State University.

GIS for Research I: An Introduction to GIS Concepts and Data (Workshop)


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be a powerful research tool for solving problems in and across a wide range of disciplines. If your research question has a geographic component, GIS data and tools can be integral to informing your analysis and communicating spatial patterns to your audience. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Be introduced to key concepts for using GIS in research
  • Learn more about common GIS data formats
  • Explore OSU Libraries’ and public databases where GIS data can be retrieved

BYOD – Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets for hands-on participation, and our presenter will be available afterward for consultations.

Who: OSU Faculty, Staff, and students from all disciplines
When: Thursday, September 6, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library