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Digital Scholarship

Working Groups

The purpose of these working groups is to study and learn technologies in an ongoing collaborative environment. If you are interested in moving beyond familiarity with digital scholarship to mastery of a particular technique, these working groups are for you! Newcomers are always welcome. If you haven’t taken part until now, we’ll help you catch up. Questions? Contact the leaders of the various groups below or email Andrew Wesolek, Director of Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications: andrew.j.wesolek@vanderbilt.edu.

Linked Data Working Group

Mondays, 12:10-1:00pm, Training Room, Eskind Biomedical Library

Linked Data Working Group Website

The Linked Data model represents data as a web of interconnected resources that can be navigated by computers in the same way that humans navigate the world-wide-web. This semester, we will alternate between an introduction to the basics of Linked Data and a continuing project to explore Wikibase, the software for storing structured, versioned data that powers Wikidata. For more information, please visit the working group website or contact steve.baskauf@Vanderbilt.Edu.

Python Working Group

Sequence One: Tuesdays (January 15- February 19) 12:10-2:00, Training Room, Eskind Biomedical Library

Sequence Two: Fridays (March 15-April 19) 12:20-2:00, Training Room, Eskind Biomedical Library

Python Working Group Website

Have you been thinking that you should start learning Python?  Do you have a project where a Python script would help you get the job done? Each week during the first hour, this working group will help beginners get started with Python. The second hour is a drop-in session where participants can figure out how to solve their own problems by leveraging the many available Python packages. You are welcome to attend either hour or both. For more information, please visit the working group website or contact  steve.baskauf@Vanderbilt.Edu.

GIS Working Group

Wednesdays, 12:10-2:00, Training Room, Eskind Biomedical Library

GIS Working Group Website

Using traditional ArcGIS and opensource software like QGIS and R, this working group will explore various GIS methods and techniques.  Through a few introductory lessons using these software packages, the group will take on more challenging concepts.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, data, and questions related to geospatial analysis.  During the first hour, this working group will help beginners get started with GIS methods and techniques.  The second hour is a drop-in session where participants can figure out how to solve their own problems using various GIS tools.  You are welcome to attend either hour or both. For more information, please visit the working group website or contact stacy.e.curry@vanderbilt.edu.

Remote Sensing Working Group

Thursdays, 12:10-2:00, Training Room, Eskind Biomedical Library

Remote Sensing Working Group

Do you have a project that could benefit from using satellite or aerial imagery?  What about LiDAR, Radar, drone or hyperspectral imagery?  Have you ever been curious about what Remote Sensing is or how you can apply it to your work?  The group will take on different topics in remote sensing each week along with how to obtain data.  Open source software will be used when possible. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, data, and questions. During the first hour, this working group will help beginners get started with Remote Sensing methods and techniques. The second hour is a drop-in session where participants can figure out how to solve their own problems using various Remote Sensing.  You are welcome to attend either hour or both. For more information, please visit the working group website or contact stacy.e.curry@vanderbilt.edu.

R & R Studio Working Group

Schedule and Location Varies

The Commodore R Working Group Website

In this group, we seek to supply learners with a foundational knowledge of the R programming language. We welcome learners of all skill levels and programmatic backgrounds. For more information, please visit the working group website or contact Meredith.Broadway@owen.vanderbilt.edu.

Tiny Data Working Group

Day and Time to be Determined, Digital Humanities Center (344 Buttrick Hall)

Tiny Data Working Group Website

In this working group, we discuss how to collect, manipulate, analyze, and publish small- and medium-scaled datasets for use in humanistic research. By examining the data behind diverse digital humanities projects, discussing readings about quantitative and qualitative data, and experimenting with data visualization tools such as Neo4j and Tableau Public, we aim to build a collaborative and multi-disciplinary cohort of data-literate humanists across campus. For more information, please visit the working group website or contact m.casad@vanderbilt.edu.

XQuery Working Group

Fridays, 2:00-3:00pm, Digital Humanities Center (344 Buttrick Hall)

XQuery Working Group Website

XQuery is a programming language that works seamlessly with XML and other forms of data. XQuery is a great language to learn if you are working with semi-structured data of any sort—literary texts encoded in TEI, bibliographic data in JSON, or even tabular data you’re currently keeping in Excel. By learning XQuery, you’ll learn how to explore hidden patterns in your data and to visualize them for others. We’ll also teach you how to connect and combine different sources of data, creating mashups and other forms of emergent media. Finally, we’ll also show you how to develop a research database of documents using the open source BaseX database. The XQuery Working Group is informal and always open to newcomers. For more information, please visit the working group website or contact clifford.anderson@vanderbilt.edu or michelle.m.taylor@Vanderbilt.Edu.