Probably the most interesting and useful things (to me) explored on Day 1 of the workshop were Gapminder and Mendeley.

Mendeley is something I really need to help organize my research. I was saving papers in random folders on my drive with a system that made sense at one time, at least until it very messy. Mendeley allows tagging and exploring similar papers and generally much better organization. We also explored GapMinder. This appears to be a very fun and useful tool for data visualization. I appreciate how it allows one to interact with the data and explore relationships.