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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.

 

GIS Workshop Series

We will run a series of GIS themed workshops in the Spring of 2022. Additional details on each may be found below, or on the workshop series website. Please contact Stacy Curry-Johnson for additional information.

GIS: The Basics
Wednesday, January 19, 12:15-1:00 p.m. CT. Virtual.

Register Here.

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, January 27 and Friday, 28, 2:15-4:00 p.m. CT. Virtual

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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 to ArcGIS Online.  

Introduction to QGIS
Thursday, February 10 and Friday, February 11, 2:15-4:00 p.m. CT. Virtual

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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, February 25, 2:15-4:00 p.m. CT. Virtual

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

Best Practices for a GIS Project
Friday, March 18, 2:15-4:00 p.m. CT. Virtual

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Learn the best practices to plan, start and complete a GIS project.  Topics covered include how to acquire geospatial data, formatting data to use in GIS software, including multimedia into a geospatial project, and other nontraditional GIS datasets, and more.   

The Fundamentals of Georeferencing

Friday, April 1, 2:15-4:00 p.m. CT. Virtual

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Georeferencing is the process of taking a static image of a map and linking it to geographic space for use in GIS projects, as map backgrounds or to digitize new data from.  This workshop will cover the basic concepts needed to georeferenced an image.  Instruction in both ArcPro and QGIS will be provided.  

Cartography -- Tips, tricks, and rules of map design
Friday, April 15, 2:15-4:00 p.m. CT. Virtual

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You’ve created a stellar GIS project and now it’s time to make the final map.  Sounds easy right?  Hold up! To effectively communicate your data, you will need understand map design.  This workshop will introduce the principles and best practices of map design.  Instruction will be given for both QGIS and ArcPro.  

GitHub Series

GitHub is the most popular platform for version control and collaboration. This series of six sessions introduces the basics of using the GitHub Desktop application to manage files. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 1:00 -- 2:00 p.m. CT, both in-person and remote. Topics covered are commits, interacting with the GitHub website, tracking version differences, building a website with GitHub Pages, and project management using collaboration tools. Using command line Git is not required for these lessons. Offered in-person and remotely. For more information, see http://vanderbi.lt/github.

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: Wednesdays 12:20-2:00 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

Network Analysis: An Introduction

Wednesdays 12:20-1:20 p.m. CT. March 23 -- April 20

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This series of five sessions will introduce you to the basics of network analysis. You will learn to create a small-scale network from scratch and use appropriate analytical approaches to uncover the underlying structures in relatively more complex networks. The main tool covered will be Gephi. VOSviewer and Python will be briefly introduced. No experience in network analysis is required to attend. If you have a research question in mind and would like to explore if you can potentially incorporate network analysis into your research, this course will be an ideal first step. This course will be offered in-person (Central Library 612A) and remotely.

 

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 Spring semester on Thursdays from 11:00-noon CT, March 17 through April 1. We are planning to offer the lessons in-person, although it is also possible to participate remotely via Zoom. Advance registration is required.  

From April 1 to 15, we are co-sponsoring with the Science and Engineering Library a special workshop series, QT Py Computer: Microcontrollers with CircuitPython. In this three-part series, we'll teach you to use CircuitPython to program a QT Py RP2040 microcontroller to read sensors.  In the last session, we plan to launch these sensors that are the size of your thumbnail in a model rocket to measure altitude and acceleration. Each session is structured to function as a stand-alone workshop, but we recommend attending all three if possible as they supplement one another. No coding experience is required, although we recommend that beginners attend the Python lessons described above for the best experience. Open to Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students, and postdocs. Registration is required. For more information and registration, visit http://vanderbi.lt/circuitpython

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.
 
One cycle of beginner lessons will be offered during the Spring semester on Thursdays from 11:00-noon CT, January 20 - February 24 (6 sessions). 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, and data wrangling. For additional information please visit http://vanderbi.lt/r or contact Steve Baskauf.

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

 

Self-Paced Learning and On Demand Learning

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

Digital Literacies

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 on past series, please visit the  Digital Literacies Workshop Website. For information on future programming, please contact disc@vanderbilt.edu

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.