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Digital Scholarship
and Communications

DiSC Education and Training

DiSC remains available for virtual training and consultation in group or one-on-one settings upon request. Please contact disc@vanderbilt.edu for additional information.

We will be offering the following synchronous lessons during Fall 2020. At the bottom of the page, you will also find links to our self-paced, asynchronous tutorials.

Save the Dates!

Open Access Week 2020

In celebration of Open Access Week, the Libraries will hold a conversation on access in the age of COVID. Registration information forthcoming.

Title: Access to Library Resources: Opportunities and Challenges in the Age of COVID
Date: October 23, 2020 at 12:00
Presenters:
Nancy Godleski
Robyn Weisman
Andrew Wesolek
 
Abstract
The libraries are committed to equitable access to research materials. The current pandemic has challenged us all in various ways, but our commitment to access remains unshakable. Join Nancy Godleski, AUL for Collections & Core Services, Robyn Weisman, Interlibrary Loan Manager, and Andrew Wesolek, Director of Digital Scholarship and Communications for a conversation on collection development strategies, current access options, controlled digital lending (CDL), and the transformative potential of open access publishing models, in our present situation and the future.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElc-uhrjkrEtIl4lfEwDXWWOcUDUKJ4XiW

 

Virtual GIS Day 2020

GIS Day will virtual this year and will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. All events to be held via Zoom (you must be signed in to your Zoom account to access this meeting): https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/J/97681903273

9:00-10:00, Mapping the Pandemic: Lessons from COVID-19 Data Wrangling in TN

10:00-11:00, Vanderbilt Student Showcase

1:00-2:00, Mapping the Census

 

Remote Lessons in Fall 2020

During Fall 2020, all DiSC lessons and trainings will continue virtually via Zoom.

Digital Literacies Workshop Series

Both media and scholarly outputs are shared in increasingly open, diverse ways. Indeed, this increasing production and consumption of digital media, necessitates an understanding of the cultural logics of information sharing ecologies, an understanding of how and why digital outputs are created, and our own ethical responsibilities in sharing those outputs. Just as information literacy is critically important to student success, digital literacies are critically important for life-long learners, engaged citizens, and critical consumers of open scholarship.  For additional information and scheduling, please visit the Digital Literacies Workshop Website.

Research Productivity Workshop Series

To be productive, researchers must identify relevant research, sift through and organize it to suit their scholarly purposes, and present it effectively to others. Researchers are apt to get stuck at any of these steps. This workshop series aims to give attendees concise, engaging, and practical guidance for finding, understanding, applying, and sharing research. For additional information and scheduling, please visit: Research Productivity Workshop Website.

GIS Workshop Series

These workshops cover specific topics or tools. They are self-contained and do not build on one another so you are welcome to come to any or all. Please contact Stacy-Curry Johnson for more details.

Sessions will be on the following Tuesdays from 12:10 pm to 2:00 pm.

Date  Topic
Sept 1 ArcGIS Online
Sept 22    ArcPro
Oct 6 QGIS
Oct 27 Dashboards
Nov 10 Automating GIS Processes

Python Series

These lessons allow learners to develop programming skills as part of a group of learners working through the curriculum together, or on their own and at their own pace.
 
Two cycles of beginner lessons will be offered during the fall semester. They are designed to get you started using Python in Jupyter notebooks and teach the basics of the Python language. The first cycle of six sessions takes place on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 AM and begins on September 1. The second cycle takes place on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 PM and begins on October 14.
 
A series of six intermediate lessons on handling data in Python will take place on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 AM and begins on October 13. It will cover loading data from files and working with various Python data structures including Pandas DataFrames. These lessons are appropriate for anyone who has completed the beginner lessons or who has gained basic Python skills on their own. The lessons can also be completed independently at any time.
 
For more information about all DiSC Python lessons including the schedule of sessions, visit the course website.

R Series

 These lessons allow learners to develop programming skills as part of a group of learners working through the curriculum together, or on their own and at their own pace.
 
Two cycles of beginner lessons will be offered during the fall semester. They are designed to get you started using R through the popular RStudio interface. In addition to helping beginners set up the software, it will introduce the basic R data structures and will teach the basics of manipulating data, calculating basic statistics, and making simple plots. The first cycle of six sessions takes place on Fridays from 1 to 2 PM and begins on September 4. The second cycle takes place on Thursdays from 11 AM to noon and begins on October 15.
 
A series of six intermediate lessons on introductory statistical analysis using R will take place on Fridays from 1 to 2 PM and begins on October 16. It will cover how to structure data and carry out analysis for several experimental designs. These lessons are appropriate for anyone who has completed the beginner lessons or who has gained basic R and RStudio skills on their own. The lessons can also be completed independently at any time.
 
For more information about all DiSC R lessons including the schedule of sessions, visit the course website.

Github Series

GitHub is the most popular platform for version control and collaboration. This fall, we will offer a series of four lessons introducing the basics of using the GitHub desktop client to manage files. Topics covered are commits, interacting with the GitHub website, tracking version differences, and basics of the Markdown markup syntax. The lessons can also be completed independently at any time. Using command line Git is not required for these lessons.
 
For more information about DiSC GitHub lessons including the schedule of sessions, visit the course website.

Self-Paced Learning

DiSC has prepared a list of digital resources and tutorials on our Github page on the following topics:

The Vanderbilt Libraries also provides access to O’Reilly for Higher Education, a multimedia collection of instruction and reference materials focused on computer programming, web development, audio-video editing tools, and gaming and AR/VR.