Scholarly Seminars offered by Heard Library, Spring 2016

Kate Stuart
January 8, 2016 

Workshop Series (Spring 2016)
11:00am-12:00pm, 418A, Central Library


Text Mining with the R tm Package

Friday, January 8

Cliff Anderson

  • This workshops teaches the basics of text mining or the large-scale analysis of textual corpora. If you have interest in finding and visualizing patterns in textual corpora, this workshop will help you get started. In particlar, we’ll show you how to use the tm: Text Mining Package in R. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a corpus, conduct common transformations on words, and to create and visualize term document matrixes.

Annotating the Web with Genius and

Friday, January 15

Ed Warga

  • A web annotation is an online annotation associated with a web resource. With a Web annotation system, a user can add, modify or remove information from a Web resource without modifying the resource itself. The annotations can be thought of as a layer on top of the existing resource, and this annotation layer is usually visible to other users who share the same annotation system. In such cases, the web annotation tool is a type of social software tool (Wikipedia). We will explore the concept of web annotation and discuss its use in digital research. We will try out a few different tools for web annotation and evaluate their usefulness for inclusion in participants’ research workflows.

GitHub as an Educational Technology

Friday, January 22

Ramona Romero

  • Among other things, GitHub is a social network for computer programmers. But GitHub is also a fantastic educational technology. In this session, we’ll introduce you to git, the distributed version control system that powers GitHub. We’ll show you how to set up an account with GitHub and collaborate with others on projects. You will learn the basics of Markdown, the simple markup language used to communicate on GitHub. We’ll talk about the uses of GitHub in the classroom, the sciences, and the digital humanities. If you’re brave, we’ll even get into advance topics like branching and forking. By the end of the session, you’ll be ready to create repositories and collaborate with scholars around the interwebs.

Data Publication with Figshare

Friday, January 29

Morgan Daniels

  • The datasets underlying research findings are increasingly acknowledged as valuable scholarly products. Through data publication, researchers can give more visibility to their work while making data available to others for reuse. This workshop will address data publication from the researcher’s perspective, including benefits to researchers and best practices for sharing datasets. Participants will learn how to submit a dataset to Figshare, a versatile online tool for data publication.

Minecraft as an Educational Technology

Friday, February 5

Cliff Anderson & Lindsey Fox

  • Minecraft is among the most popular video games ever. Minecraft is deceptively simple to play, but offers an enormously malleable game environment. In this session, we’ll show you how to write Minecraft mods (or modifications) using open source toolkits. Beyond teaching you how to write simple mods to alter the Minecraft game environment, we’ll talk about potential uses for Minecraft as an educational technology.

Cleaning Up Your Data with OpenRefine

Friday, February 12

Morgan Daniels

  • Cleaning and preserving a dataset makes it more available for long-term use and sharing with interested colleagues (and can help you meet funding agency requirements for data management!) In this session, we’ll explore the tool OpenRefine and use it to work with a sample dataset. We’ll also talk about simple ways to preserve your research data.

Building Digital Collections with Omeka

Friday, February 19

Carla Beals and Ed Warga

  • Participants will learn how to build digital exhibits using the Omeka content management system. Omeka can be used for a variety of projects including digital archives, exhibits, and collections; digital humanities projects; course sites; and student projects. This workshop offers: examples of digital collections built on the Omeka platform; hands on experience building a digital collection in Omeka; and ideas for web hosting.

Digital Curation with Pinterest and Historypin

Friday, February 26

Mary Anne Caton

  • If you're dealing with the web, you face the problem of information overload. How do you collect and organize your scholarly interests, particularly collections of images? We'll teach you how to get started with digital curation using two platforms, Pinterest and Historypin.Digital curation is not just about organizing images of cats and your favorite vacation spots. By the end of this workshop, you'll know how to use these curation tools to advance your scholarly work.

Markup Languages for Digital Humanities

Friday, March 18

Cliff Anderson & Suellen Stringer-Hye

Fundamentals of Cartography

Friday, March 25

Lindsey Fox

  • Cartography combines both the science and the aesthetic of making maps. Cartography is essential to the dissemination of geographic information. In this workshop, we will cover the fundamentals of cartography while discussing the place it takes in the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Exploring Altmetrics with ImpactStory

Friday, April 1

Rick Stringer-Hye

  • Altmetrics is the study and use of non-traditional scholarly impact measures that are based on activity in web-based environments. As scholarship increasingly moves online, these metrics track associated interactions and activity to generate fine-grained data, allowing researchers and policy makers to create a higher resolution picture of the reach and impact of academic research. In this workshop, ImpactStory, one of the leading open source Altmetrics services, will be demonstrated.

Managing Your Citations with Zotero

Friday, April 8

Chris Benda

  • Zotero is an open source bibliographic management system that stores citation information and lets you use it in documents. (Translation: say goodbye to your citation nightmares.) This workshop will introduce Zotero, give participants a chance to start using it to build a library of references, and point to developer tools, like Web APIs, that allow you to use citation data creatively.

Network Analysis and Visualization with Cytoscape

Friday, April 15

Lindsey Fox & Suellen Stringer-Hye

  • Cytoscape is an open source platform for analyzing and visualizing network data. While originally developed to support biological research, you can use Cytoscape to explore any kind of network graph. We'll show you how to get started using Cytoscape to analyze simple data sets from a number of different domains, ranging from the natural sciences to the digital humanities.