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Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries

Digital Scholarship
and Communications

DiSC Education and Training

Upcoming Digital Humanities Bootcamp

Our colleagues at the Center for Digital Humanities are offering an free, virtual bootcamp from August 17-19, 2020. DiSC team members Stacy Curry-Johnson and Sarah Swanz will be some of the instructors.

Now in its fourth year, this program is a great way to learn about a wide range of digital humanities projects and methods, meet potential project partners, and jump-start your digital project idea.

Each day of the three-day program includes workshops and discussion, with breakout sessions tailored to participants’ interests. No prior experience or skill will be necessary.

Please pre-register for the bootcamp by Friday, August 14.

Remote Lessons in Fall 2020

During Fall 2020, all DiSC lessons and trainings will continue virtually via Zoom. Please check back on this page for information on Fall 2020 workshops.

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

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.

Spring 2020 Workshops

These mini-courses that progressively work through the topic and help you study and learn the technologies with practice questions and answers. Python and R lessons will follow their existing schedules, but will also be made available for asynchronous viewing and self-paced learning.

Beginner Python

Led by Dr. Steve Baskauf, Data Science and Data Curation Specialist, these sessions will help beginners get started with Python. Sessions held on Tuesdays, from 1:10 - 2:00 pm, beginning March 10. Full schedule here:

Intermediate Lessons on Data Analysis and Visualization in Python

Led by Dr. Sanjay Mishra of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center and former Data Science instructor at the Nashville Software School, these lessons will focus on analyzing and visualizing large data sets with Python, using Pandas and Matplotlib. These sessions assume basic Python skills. Sessions held on Thursdays, from 1:10 - 2:00 pm starting March 19. Full schedule here:

R and R Studio

Led by Dr. Steve Baskauf, Data Science and Data Curation Specialist, these sessions will help beginners get started with the R Programming language and the R Studio environment. All sessions are held on Fridays, from 1:10 - 2:00 pm, starting March 13. Full schedule here:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Led by Dr. Stacy Curry-Johnson, Librarian for Geospatial Data and Systems, these lessons will focus on how learning ESRI’s ArcGIS software, the industry standard software. Sessions meet Wednesdays, beginning January 15, from 1:10 - 2:00 pm. Full schedule here: