2023-2024 Do More with Digital Scholarship Workshops

Explore the vibrant world of Digital Scholarship with the DMDS Workshop Series. Register for the entire suite of 2023-2024 Do More with Digital Scholarship workshops today.


Introducing Digital Scholarship: Podcasting, Born-Digital Publishing, and Social Media Research 
September 21, 2023 | 1-2:30 p.m. 
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In the first installment of this two-event series, learn more about the interdisciplinary, multifaceted and emergent approaches to digital scholarship from our 2023 Graduate Residency cohort.

Introducing Digital Scholarship: Interactive and Digital Storytelling, Digital Exhibits, and Community Archiving 
September 26, 2023 | 3-4:30 p.m. 
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In the second installment of this two-event series, learn more about the interdisciplinary, multifaceted and emergent approaches to digital scholarship from our 2023 Graduate Residency cohort.

Gephi Part 1: Introduction to Network Visualizations 
September 28, 2023 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. 
Facilitator: Subhanya Sivajothy, Data Analysis and Visualization Librarian
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Learn to graph data and visualize networks at this virtual workshop on Gephi. Participants will learn how graph data can help express relationships between entities and visualize networks for Humanities scholars. The group will use a visualization tool intended for social network analysis to map and identify relationships. 

Podcasting for Academics with Jeff Goodes: How to Connect with Your Audience
October 17, 2023 | 12:30-1:20 p.m.
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Jeff Goodes brings more than 25 years of award-winning experience as a reporter, host and producer with CBC. Jeff served for 10 years as the producer and senior producer with White Coat, Black Art, a radio documentary series on CBC Radio One hosted by Dr. Brian Goldman. Jeff was also the host and producer of Fresh Air, CBC Radio’s Ontario-wide weekend morning show from 1998 to 2008 and the creator and co-host of the comedy talk-show Scott Free Podcast with Scott Thompson of Kids in the Hall. Jeff began his journalism career in 1993 as a writer and broadcaster at CBC Winnipeg. 

Intro to Podcasting: Interviewing and Recording
October 17, 2023 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.
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Podcasts can take academic research out of the ivory tower and into the public. Learn how at this beginner-friendly workshop. Participants will create a 5-minute research story and, in the process, gain hands-on experience producing podcasts, from pitching an idea to building an online listenership. The Intro to Podcasting series will be split into two parts. This first session will introduce participants to the art of interviewing, as well as tips and tricks for recording studio-quality sound using the Lyons New Media Centre recording booths.

Intro to Podcasting: Audio Editing
October 24, 2023 |1:30-3:30 p.m.
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This second session of the two-part Intro to Podcasting series will explore how to tell stories through sound using the free audio editing software Audacity. Participants will learn the basics of audio cleanup and sound design, as well as how to access streaming services so your podcast can reach a wider audience.

Exploring Networks of Research: New Searching with AI and Visualization 
November 2, 2023 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Facilitator: Jeff Demaine, Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian
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Instead of retrieving articles by search terms, new tools allow one to explore publications through interactive visualizations. Learn how to navigate networks in Litmaps, Research Rabbit, Research Graph, and/or Citation Tree. 

Getting Started with Computational Text Analyses 
November 6, 2023 | 1:30-4 p.m. 
Facilitators: Jay Brodeur, Associate Director of Digital Scholarship Services, and Devon Mordell, Educational Developer
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Are you interested in textual analysis but unsure about where to start? Join us for an interactive “no experience required” introduction to the fundamental concepts, processes, and methodological approaches for analyzing text using computational approaches. Analytic techniques introduced include named entity recognition (NER), topic modeling, and sentiment analysis. 

Introduction to Version Control with Git 
November 8, 2023 | 2-3:30 p.m.  
Facilitators: John Fink, Digital Scholarship Librarian, and Chelsea Miya, Sherman Centre Post-Doctoral Fellow
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This workshop will give you a solid introduction to Git. Git is software originally designed to help manage vast, decentralized software projects with hundreds of authors, but it works just as well with many things that aren’t software, like data and text. Imagine having a complete archive of your work at every stage in its development. In addition, we’ll go over some Github specific functionality, like how to make a free hostable website using Github Pages and how to utilize Github’s wiki feature. 

Optional Set-Up Session for Less is More: Create Minimal Websites with Jekyll 
November 14, 2023 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Facilitator: Chelsea Miya, Sherman Centre Post-Doctoral Fellow
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The “Less Is More: Create Minimal Websites with Jekyll” event requires attendees to complete some preliminary work ahead of sessions.  

Complete the Sherman Centre’s asynchronous learning module on Git and/or attend this session to make sure you’re ready for the session on websites this afternoon. 

Less is More: Create Minimal Websites with Jekyll 
November 14, 2023 | 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.  
Facilitator: Chelsea Miya, Sherman Centre Post-Doctoral Fellow
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In this workshop, students will learn how to build a lightweight website using Jekyll and GitHub Pages. 

Website-building platforms, like Squarespace and WordPress, while convenient and user-friendly, can be costly, have limited customizability, and require continuous updates to stay afloat. Static sites, on the other hand, are pure html, css, and javascript. As such, they are free to build, endlessly customizable and, once generated, require little to no maintenance. 

Jekyll is an open-source static site generator that offers the best of both worlds. In this workshop, students will start with a basic Jekyll website template. Then, we will walk through how to create and edit pages in Markdown, an easy to understand word processing language (like simpler html) that was created for blogging. Next we will explore how to customize the layout and design with CSS. Finally, students will learn how to deploy and host their finished site (for free!) on GitHub Pages.

Enhancing Your Digital Exhibit: Customization and Interactive Elements in Omeka S 
November 16, 2023 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. 
Facilitator: Devon Mordell, Educational Developer
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Create next level digital exhibits! We will use HTML5 to customize the appearance of your Omeka S digital exhibit and add interactive elements to your website.   

Gephi Part 2: Conducting Network Analysis 
January 18, 2024 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. 
Facilitator: Subhanya Sivajothy, Data Analysis and Visualization Librarian
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This workshop will build on the Fall 2023 workshop “Gephi Part 1: Introduction to Network Visualizations” to look at how one can conduct network analysis for research. We will go through a case example together and discuss more features that researchers can use to design their own network visualizations.

Sonification: Sounding and Listening as Critical Practice
February 9, 2024 | 1-3 p.m.
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The sounds of data are all around us: from phone notifications to car horns to the whistle at a sports game. In this two-part workshop, participants will be introduced to the theory and practice of data sonification. We will briefly delve into the history of sonification and think through the unique ways that humans process and communicate sonic information. In the first session, through interactive exercises, like virtual sound walks, participants will be introduced to approaches and theories of listening to sound critically and reflectively.

3D Printing Soup to Nuts – In-Person 
February 28, 2024 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Facilitators: John Fink, Digital Scholarship Librarian, and Britt Sostar, Makerspace Coordinator
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This is a day-long workshop that will explore 3d modelling and printing. We’ll take a physical object from the real world, use a series of sophisticated software to render it into a 3d model, and then learn how to print that model on a 3d printer. 

Sonification: Communicating Data with Sound
March 15, 2024 | 1-3 p.m.
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In this two-part workshop, participants will be introduced to the theory and practice of data sonification. Most of us are familiar with data visualizations like graphs, charts, and maps. How might we communicate and engage with data differently through sound as opposed to visuals? In the second session, we will examine what sonification can do, the different types of sonification, and the types of data that work best in sound. We will put theory into practice and experiment with communicating data through sonification tools like TwoTone.

Preserving Your Digital Scholarship Projects 
May 1, 2024 | 1-2:30 p.m.  
Facilitator: Devon Mordell, Educational Developer
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Don’t lose all that hard work you’ve put into creating a digital scholarship project! With all the moving parts involved, it’s not uncommon for something to break a year or two after completion. In this workshop, we will discuss challenges in preserving digital scholarship projects and explore tools & approaches to supporting their long term access and use. 

Plus stay tuned for sessions on Time Management!