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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. If you have any sort of digital scholarship need, please reach out! We would be happy to tailor trainings to your needs as we are able. Please contact disc@vanderbilt.edu to schedule a workshop or request additional information.

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, please visit the Digital Literacies Workshop Website.

 

GIS Workshop Series

We will be holding two workshop series in September 2021. No geographic information system (GIS) experience required. Attendees are encouraged to attend both days of each workshop, as content builds. Please contact Stacy Curry-Johnson for more details.

Registration is required. Please sign up using this form.

GIS: The Basics
Friday, September 10, 11:15-noon CT. Location: Stevenson Library Rm. 3211

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become widely used in a variety of disciplines.  Have you heard about GIS many times, but not sure what GIS is or how it is used?  Are you unsure of how to get started?  What are my software options?  This workshop will start you down the path to use geospatial technologies in your research by guiding you through the foundational concepts of GIS and how to think spatially.  You will learn what GIS is, how find geospatial data, software options, and general Q&A on how you might incorporate GIS and mapping into your research.  I will also discuss resources available across campus to help you utilize GIS for your research. Note that this is an informational session.

Introduction to Esri's ArcPro
Thursday, September 23 and Friday September 24, 2:15-4:00 p.m. CT. Virtual

Learn how to move between desktop and web GIS products seamlessly. In two afternoons, this workshop will include an introduction to creating and manipulating data in ArcGIS Pro, ESRI's new desktop GIS technology, as well as explore publishing and configuring ArcGIS Online web products, such as web applications, dashboards, and storyboards.

Introduction to QGIS
Thursday, September 29 and Friday, October 1, 2:15-4:00 p.m. CT. Virtual

In two afternoons, learn how to utilize raster and vector data in this introduction to open-source GIS. Users will have a brief introduction to the QGIS interface and will learn basic GIS methods. 

ArcGIS Online
Friday, October 8, 2:15-4:00 p.m. CT. Virtual

From webmaps, webapps, dashboards, to Storymaps.  See how this mapping platform can work for your research.

Working with Raster Data
Wednesday, October 20, 2:00-4:15 p.m. CT. Location: Stevenson Library Rm. 3211

Have you ever wanted to use satellite, aerial, or drone imagery for mapping or spatial analysis?  What about incorporating a historic map into your research?  In this workshop learn how to use all of these tools and more including LiDAR and other raster based spatial analysis methods.

GIS Day 2021
Wednesday, November 17

This annual international event celebrates all things GIS! Stay tuned for additional information.

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. They are designed to get you started using Python in Jupyter notebooks and teach the basics of the Python language.

One cycle of beginner lessons will be offered during the fall semester on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT, October 20 - December 1. We are planning to offer the lessons in-person, although it is also possible to participate remotely via Zoom. Advance registration is required to participate remotely and recommended to participate in-person.  

For more information about all DiSC Python lessons including the schedule of sessions, venue, and registration details, 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. We are planning to offer in-person lessons, although it is possible to participate remotely via Zoom. Advance registration is required to participate remotely and recommended to participate in-person.
 
One cycle of beginner lessons will be offered during the fall semester on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT, September 1 - October 6. The lessons are designed to get you started using R through the popular RStudio interface. They will introduce the basic R data structures and will teach the basics of manipulating data, calculating basic statistics, and making simple plots.

An intermediate level introduction to data visualization with ggplot will also be offered during fall 2021 on Fridays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT, September 3 to October 8. This hands-on lesson series will quickly get you started using the R library ggplot to create data visualizations. These lessons assume that you have a basic familiarity with R and RStudio. However, those with no background can still participate by trying and modifying the provided code examples.

For more information about all DiSC R lessons including the schedule of sessions, venue, and registration details, visit the course website.

GitHub Series

During fall 2021, we will be offering a short series of lessons on managing websites using GitHub. This hands-on series of lessons will quickly get you started creating a free website using GitHub Pages. These lessons assume that you have a basic understanding of GitHub. However, those with no background using GitHub are welcome to attend since they can quickly catch up by watching a few introductory videos to get them started interacting with GitHub using the GitHub Desktop software (command line NOT required).

We are planning to offer the lessons in-person, although it is also possible to participate remotely via Zoom. Advance registration is required to participate remotely and recommended to participate in-person.

For more information about these lessons including the schedule of sessions, venue, and registration details, visit the course website.

Modalities of Text Mining: Exploring British Periodicals at Scale Series

Schedule: Fridays 3:00-5:00 p.m. CT

How can you identify and explore patterns across millions of documents? These lessons will focus on state-of-the-art techniques for text mining at scale. Participants will join an ongoing research project to analyze constellations of information in Proquest's British Periodicals Collections. Contact: Cliff Anderson

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.