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Digital Scholarship Workshops and Boot Camps, Spring 2019

Workshops and Boot Camps take place in Room 418a of the Central Library unless otherwise noted.

All are welcome! No need to RSVP. If you have questions, please contact andrew.j.wesolek@vanderbilt.edu.

Boot Camps:

GitHub, MWF, 12:10-1:00 February 18, 20, 22

This boot camp will consist of three one-hour sessions that range from beginner- to advanced-level topics.  The first session will teach you how to get started creating and using an online Github repository.  The second session will include implementing version control on your personal computer using Github desktop.  The final session will introduce you to Github tools for collaborative project management, including forking and using the issue tracker. For more information, see the boot camp website: http://ramona2020.github.io/learning-github/.

Understanding Your Computer: Basic Skills

PC version: 1:10-2:25, T/TH, March 19, 21

Mac version: 2:10-3:00, MWF, March 25, 27, 29

Do you find yourself confused when installing software or trying to find files? Are you terrified with the prospect of using the command line? This boot camp is designed for the person who wants to beef up their basic computer skills and feel comfortable with their computer's operating system.  The boot camp series will run twice: once for PC and once for Mac.

 

Workshops, Fridays from 11:10-12:00:

  • Creating and Sharing Multimodal Works

    • January 25: Finding and using Open digital content

      With a focus on student multimodal assignments, this presentation will address common copyright concerns in born-digital projects. Participants will gain an understanding of copyright as it applies to these works, how to manage their own copyrights in creative works, and how to find online, legal, content that can be reused, repurposed, or otherwise integrated into multimodal assignments.
    • February 1: Tools for creating multimodal works 

      Are you looking to create multimodal works?  This workshop will look at how to leverage Adobe tools like Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance your digital scholarship..

    • February 8: Sharing and preserving born-digital work 

      You’ve written your paper, made your conference presentation or gathered your data, but now you’re wondering how to best share your work with colleagues now and in the future. This session will focus on mechanisms for effectively sharing and preserving your scholarship.
  • Assessing and Enhancing Research Impact

    • February 15: Understanding impact factor and other metrics 

      Academia has long struggled with measuring the impact of scholarship. Using impact factor and other alternative metrics, authors can get a holistic view of the use of their research and better understand their audience.
    • February 22: So you want to start an academic journal?

      Have you ever considered starting your own academic journal? This presentation will cover important considerations and sources of support as you weigh your decision from determining whether or not there is a need for that journal and assembling an editorial board, to platform selection, preservation, and indexing.
    • March 15: Understanding Wiki-tools 

      The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization responsible for Wikipedia and Wikidata, has so much to offer the academic community. Discover the other projects Wikimedia is leading and learn how you can take advantage of this wealth of information in this workshop.
  • Introduction to Data Visualization

    • March 22: Finding the right data for your project

      When a project requires geospatial data, searching for the right dataset can be confusing and overwhelming.  The foundation of every GIS map, app, and analysis is geographic data. This workshop teaches how to define your data needs and evaluate whether a given dataset matches those needs. Learn about sources of data and maps you can use to jumpstart a GIS project.  In this workshop, we will discuss the methods and paths to take to find just the right data.  Taking this to a broader search for data, participants will begin to find new ways in the never-ending hunt for the perfect dataset.
    • March 29: Introduction to tools for data visualization: Weighting Tableau, Python, and R

      Interested in learning about options for your data visualization project? In this workshop, participants will learn the comparative strengths and weaknesses of three popular methods of data visualization. This workshop is intended to catalyze further learning through one of our ongoing working groups.
    • April 5: Critical literacy in data viz.

      How often do you see a map, graphic, diagram and believed what it said?  It is easy to manipulate these forms of information. However, as consumers of graphic information we must learn how to critically evaluate all forms of data.  This workshop demonstrates methods to help participants critical view and interpret various informational graphics, stats, and maps.