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Research Guides

Entrepreneurship Research Workshops

This guide outlines the suite of entrepreneurship research workshops provided by the library, including Co-Curricular Record and other workshops. Workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff at the university.

Data, programming and design workshops for startups

Startup founders need to do a bit of everything. These introductory workshops in programming and design will get you started.

Please note that, as of March 12, the University recommends cancellation or postponement of all discretionary events that are not required as part of courses and academic requirements due to concerns over COVID-19. We have moved any March workshops on St. George Campus to an online platform, and will not be scheduling any new workshops for April at this time. The fine for missed workshops has been suspended for March 2020 until further notice.

Intro to Data Visualization

Data visualization is an important tool in keeping your startup competitive and relevant. It allows you to quickly examine large amounts of data, and identify trends and issues. It also lets you effectively communicate your value to potential customers, stakeholders, and investors.

Through a combination of lecture and activities, this three-hour workshop will use a data visualization workflow model to introduce you to best practices and guidelines for designing effective visualizations and evaluating visualizations.

For the final part of the workshop, you will get a chance to work with a common data visualization tool, Tableau Desktop, creating visualizations such as a line graph of average temperature by month, a tree map of population by world regions, and a stacked bar graph of word frequencies in Romeo and Juliet.

To register for an upcoming session, please visit the Map and Data Library Workshops page.

For more information on Data Visualization, including topics covered in the workshop, and services offered by Map and Data Library, see the Data Visualization Guide.

This workshop is eligible for credit in the Graduate Professional Skills program.

Instructor bio:

Kelly Schultz recently joined the Map & Data Library as their new Data Visualization Librarian. She helps faculty, staff, and students with finding data, cleaning data, data viz best practices, choosing appropriate visualization tools, etc. Kelly previously worked as a Data & GIS Librarian at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and prior to that as a subject librarian for Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Oxford. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Computer Engineering) and a Master of Information, both from the University of Toronto.

Data Resources for Entrepreneurs

Preparing a business pitch and developing a business idea requires you to have data on your target market. You need data to inform decisions on your business plan, data on your competitors, and if you want to be innovative in your industry you need data to tell you a story on performance and opportunity. Data literacy for entrepreneurs is essential. This session will help you identify your data needs, find relevant data using specialized library resources, and evaluate and synthesize data using critical thinking.  

Learning outcomes  

  • You will describe types of data in order to understand why you need data to inform your business idea.  
  • You will identify your information need and find the data that best addresses your startup research question. 
  • You will use logical judgment and critical thinking to synthesize and analyze data from multiple sources. 

This workshop is hosted by The BRIDGE and Digital Scholarship @ UTSC.

When: TBC
Location: Online via Zoom (participants will receive a link prior to session start)
Instructors: Sarah Shujah, Liaison & Entrepreneurship Librarian, UTSC & Mariana Jardim, Management Liaison Librarian, UTSC