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Scholarly Communications

Digital Scholarship Workshops, Fall 2018

Workshops take place from 11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 418a of the Central Library.

The purpose of these workshops is to introduce students, faculty, and staff members at Vanderbilt University to new tools and techniques in the field of scholarly communications and digital scholarship. The workshop series this fall is intended to mirror the research process from collecting and analyzing information through the publishing, visualizing, and sharing the results of that research.

All are welcome! No need to RSVP. If you have questions, please contact

  • Research Practices

    • September 14: Managing References: An Overview of Three Leading Tools

      A variety of bibliographic management packages exist, and choosing between them can be difficult. They can all import and organize references and produce bibliographies; the distinction lies in the little things that make them fit a particular working style. The selection process is similar to choosing a new automobile. All cars have wheels, doors, seats, and an engine; what ultimately clinches the decision for most is how well the car fits the individual's needs and driving style.
    • September 21: OpenRefine for Data Cleanup

      OpenRefine, a powerful open source software, provides tools to enable users to cleanup messy datasets. Participants in this workshop will learn common transformations to take a dataset from messy to pristine. Come with your own spreadsheet or use the one provided to realize the potential of clean data using OpenRefine.
    • September 28: Developing a Critical Eye Toward Free Digital Research Tools

      The ever-growing number and variety of digital, open resources available to researchers has resulted in the need to develop a critical lens to both review and select the best resources. This session will provide strategies for examining the validity and authority of research material on the open web, in addition to discussing the importance of critical thinking when engaging with news and media.
  • Analyzing the Results of Your Research

    • October 5: Introduction to the Open Science Framework (OSF)

      The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a web-based tool that allows teams to coordinate all stages of the research cycle. Although OSF is ultimately intended to serve as a permanent, open archive of data and analyses, varying levels of access can be granted to team members and the public as a project develops. Version control is built into OSF, so data are never lost and OSF integrations allow you to continue using your existing collaborative tools like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and Github. This hands-on workshop will show you how to get started with OSF, so bring your laptop and get ready to jump in!
    • October 12: Introduction to GitHub

      Want to build a digital project? Share data? GitHub might be the tool for you! This session will give you a basic introduction to GitHub. Learn about creating a repository, cloning, forking and more!
    • October 26: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Applications

      In this workshop the main objective is to clearly answer a few fundamental questions. What is GIS? What can it do? Why should I use it? How can my Geospatial Librarian help me apply GIS to my work?
  • Sharing and Visualizing your Research

    • November 2: Understanding Copyright in Publishing and in the Classroom

      This workshop is geared toward early career researchers and graduate students. We will cover Fair Use and its application in the classroom. In addition, we will explore the copyright implications of publication agreements as well as strategies for securing more of your rights to your research.
    • November 9: Creating and Using an ORCID ID

      If your name is William Smith, how can you distinguish yourself from the dozens of other William Smiths who have published their work? ORCID identifiers have become the most popular way to unambiguously identify yourself in the research world. At this workshop, you will learn how to create an ORCID ID for yourself, associate yourself with your existing publications, and use your ORCID ID to disambiguate yourself in the future.
    • November 16: Scalar for Collaborative Web Projects

      Are you interested in new tools for interactive writing? Come learn the basics of Scalar, a born-digital, multimedia writing platform. You’ll learn how to build collaborative projects using non-linear formats. Based on the semantic web standard RDF, Scalar is open source and allows easy navigation through Web content.