Digital Scholarship Workshops, Spring 2018
Workshops take place from 11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 418a of the Central Library.
The purpose of these workshops is to introduce students, faculty, and staff members at Vanderbilt University to new tools and techniques in the field of scholarly communications and digital scholarship. All are welcome! No need to RSVP. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selecting an Appropriate Database for Your Digital Project
January 19: Fundamentals of Relational Databases
Relational databases are easily built and expandable to highlight natural relationships between data sets. This workshop will include information about the ideal structure of relational databases and provide a short introduction to Structured Query Language (SQL).
January 26: Fundamentals of Graph Databases
Graph databases are wonderful tools for analyzing and visualizing networks. This workshop will demonstrate how to load CSV data into Neo4j and to analyze it with the query language, Cypher.
February 2: Fundamentals of Document Databases
If you have lots of heterogeneous data, then document-oriented databases may be your solution. In this short workshop, we will show you how to set up Cloudant, a hosted version of CouchDB, and to query it using the map/reduce paradigm.
Building the Right Interface for Your Digital Project
February 9: Introduction to Interactive Data Analysis with R & Shiny
Serve out your statistical analyses in a polished, user-friendly web app. This session will focus on how to build an R script and launch a Shiny app complete with user interface (UI) and server.
February 16: Creating Reliable Interfaces with Elm
Are you looking for a simple language for building your interface? Learn how Elm makes developing front-end interfaces easier and more reliable.
February 23: Visualizing Information with D3.js
Editing Wikimedia: Beyond the Basics
March 16: Editing Wikipedia
Learn tips and tricks for evaluating and creating Wikipedia articles. These simple rules of the road will help you join the editing community and get your articles through Wikipedia’s peer review process.
March 23: Editing Wikimedia Commons
Presentations and papers are always more interesting with images and audio. In this session, learn how you can use Wikimedia Commons for your creative scholarly projects and also how to contribute your own media files.
March 30: Editing Wikidata
Wikidata collects the facts from across the Wikimedia universe and makes them available in a single database. Learn how you can contribute to and query information in Wikidata.