Do More With Digital Scholarship

1. Introduction to Digitization

Asynchronous module | available 05-October, 2020 | View now
Follow-up drop-in sessions | 16 & 26-October, 2020 | 11:30-12:30 ET

Instructor: Krista Jamieson

Ever wondered how historical documents are digitized so they can form a corpus for digital scholarship? Join us for an Introduction to Digitization and learn about considerations for digitizing different kinds of materials, processing scans, storage, and sharing (and some ethical & practical implications along the way). “Digitization” is only step 1!

2. Roundtable on Digital Scholarship

Synchronous session | 30-October, 2020 | View the session

Facilitator: Andrea Zeffiro
Participants: Helen Beny, Raquel Burgess, Emily Goodwin, Adrianna Michell, Amanda Montague

What is digital scholarship, how can I do more with it, and how can it contribute to my research and teaching? Join some of McMaster’s emerging scholars in conversation as they reflect on their experiences in digital scholarship.

3. Textual Analysis with Voyant

Synchronous session | 04-November, 2020 | View the session

Instructor: Devon Mordell

Written documents can be transformed into data for visualization, helping scholars see texts in different ways. We will use the web-based application, Voyant Tools (https://voyant-tools.org/), to analyze and visualize the text content of documents.

4. Data Visualization with Tableau

Synchronous session | 18-November, 2020 | View the session

Instructor: Devon Mordell

You might not think of numbers and locations as data, but it all depends on how you use them! Working with numeric and spatial data, you will learn how to create visualizations in Tableau.

5. Social Media Research Ethics – Preliminary Considerations

Asynchronous module | available 18-January, 2021 | View now

Instructors: Andrea Zeffiro, Emily Goodwin, Isaac Pratt, Jay Brodeur

This module introduces participants to formative considerations for integrating social media platforms and data in research.

6. Network Analysis with Gephi

Synchronous session | 20-January, 2021 | 11:30 – 1:30 ET | View now

Instructor: Devon Mordell

Graph data, expressing relationships between entities, is another type of data that can be useful to visualize for scholars. We will use a visualization tool intended for social network analysis, Gephi (https://gephi.org/), to map and identify relationships within a dataset scraped from Twitter.

7. Journal Publishing

Synchronous session | 26-January, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:30 ET | View now

Instructors: Gabriela Mircea, Olga Perkovic

In this workshop, attendees will get a chance to develop their knowledge of the range of workflows supported by the Open Journal Systems (OJS) open-source publishing software. The workshop will showcase the “behind the scenes” aspects of an academic journal and guide attendees through the significant steps of starting and editing a journal. No previous knowledge of journal publishing is required.


8. Data Wrangling with OpenRefine

Asynchronous module | available 01-February, 2021 | view now 
Follow-up drop-in session | 11-February, 2021 | 11:30-12:30 ET

Instructor: Jay Brodeur

In this workshop, participants will learn the basic principles of data wrangling, and will use a hands-on approach to gain fundamental knowledge and practical experience with exploring, cleaning, and transforming data into more interoperable and reusable forms.

9. Introduction to Digital Exhibits with Omeka-S

Asynchronous module | available 08-February, 2021 | view now
Follow-up drop-in session | 24-February, 2021 | 11:30-12:30 ET

Instructor: Amanda Montague

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use Omeka S to manage digital collections and create scholarly exhibits. The workshop will introduce users to the basic functions of Omeka S including how to create an archival item collection, add metadata, and build a digital exhibit. The potential benefits of using Omeka S in research and teaching will also be discussed.

10. Social Media Research Ethics – Project Design

Asynchronous module | available 22-February, 2021 | view now

Instructors: Andrea Zeffiro, Emily Goodwin, Isaac Pratt, Jay Brodeur

This module focuses on the methodological and ethical considerations for planning, carrying out, and managing research projects that incorporate social media platforms and data.

11. Best Practices for Managing Data in your Research

Synchronous session | 16-March, 2021 | view now

Instructor: Isaac Pratt

In this introductory workshop, learn about research data management best practices and how investing a small amount of time in organizing your data now can save you a lot of time and prevent future headaches. We will go over best practices for data planning, storage, organization, preservation, and sharing.

12. Roundtable: Social Media Research Ethics – Power and Provocations

Synchronous session | 26-March, 2021 | view now

Facilitator:  Emily Goodwin

Participants: Dr. Sarah Brophy, Theresa Kenney, Dr. Karen Louise Smith, Dr. Andrea Zeffiro

This roundtable brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines to assess the embedded power structures of social media research and the frameworks for assessing such research as ‘ethical’.