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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:


Linked Data Working Group

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

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. Join our working group to learn Linked Data basics and to participate in workshopping real applications of the technology. For more information, please visit the working group website or contact steve.baskauf@Vanderbilt.Edu


R & R Studio Working Group

Schedule and Location Varies. Please visit 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

Tiny Data

Tiny Data Working Group

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

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


XQuery Working Group

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

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 or michelle.m.taylor@Vanderbilt.Edu


Coming Spring 2019


ArcGIS Working Group

Day/Time To Be Determined

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) / Mapping working group is for students, faculty and staff who are interested in sharing methods and techniques, and finding support from others about ways GIS can be used to further research and teaching. In this group we focus on using ESRI’s ArcGIS and other products. All levels of GIS knowledge are welcome. For more information, contact


Open Source GIS Working Group

Day/Time To Be Determined

TIn this working group we look at various open source GIS tools. Some of these tools include: PosgreSQL/PostGIS, Mapbox/Leaflet, Geoserver, and QGIS. Many of these programs are used to create, store, edit, serve out, and analyze geographic data. For more information, contact