2021-2022

Do More With Digital Scholarship

1. Best Practices for Managing Data in your Research

Presented in collaboration with RDM
Synchronous Workshop | October 22, 2021
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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.


2. Version Control with Git

Presented in collaboration with DASH
Synchronous Workshop | October 28, 2021
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Instructor: John Fink

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! This workshop assumes no prior experience.


3. Predatory Publishing in the Era of Open Knowledge: Reducing the Risks of Falling Prey

Synchronous Workshop | November 24, 2021

Instructors: Neera Bhatnagar and Olga Perkovic

Thinking about where to publish?  Do you receive random invitations to submit your work for publications? Don’t get caught publishing in a questionable journal!  This session will provide an overview of what predatory journals are and tips on how to avoid them.  We will also include suggestions on how to avoid predatory conferences. 


4. Building Digital Exhibits: A Roundtable Celebrating the Launch of Omeka S

Synchronous Roundtable | November 25, 2021
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Presenters: Karen Balcom, Myron Groover, Rachel Manes, Amanda Montague, Devon Mordell, and Nina Sartor

Learn about the variety of uses and possibilities for digital scholarly exhibits with the digital exhibit platform Omeka S. From classroom projects and research dissemination to organizing digital collections, members of the McMaster community will share some of their experiences working with Omeka. Join us and find out if Omeka is the right tool for your next classroom or research project!


5. Journal Publishing

Format to be determined | January 19, 2022
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Instructors: Gabriela Mircea and 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.


6. Visualizing Texts with Voyant Tools

Synchronous Workshop | January 26, 2022
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Instructor: Devon Mordell

Written documents can be transformed into data for visualization, helping Humanities 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.


7. Network Visualizations with Gephi

Synchronous Workshop | February 2, 2022
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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.


8. ArcGIS Online

Presented in collaboration with DASH
Synchronous Workshop | February 17, 2022
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Instructor: Christine Homuth

This beginner workshop introduces the core concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial data. Attendees will apply these concepts during a hands-on exercise in ArcGIS Online creating a web-based map.


9. LaTeX for Human(ist)s 

Synchronous Workshop | March 2, 2022
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Instructor: John Fink

LaTeX is a typesetting and document creation program that has a lot of traction in STEM areas (compsci and maths especially, due to its facility with mathematical symbols) but very little pickup with humanities folks. This workshop will explain the context of LaTeX — what makes *typesetting* different from a *word processor*, why despite it being invented in the 1970s it still has resonance today, why maths nerds love it, and why people who might ordinarily use Word might want to think about maybe not using Word.


10. StoryMaps

Presented in collaboration with DASH
Synchronous Workshop | March 3, 2022
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Instructor: Christine Homuth

ArcGIS Storymaps is a multimedia digital storytelling tool. It allows you to incorporate maps and apps from your ArcGIS account, as well as text, photos, and videos. This workshop will provide attendees with an introduction to storytelling through maps using ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Storymaps. No prior knowledge of GIS is required.


11. Wikipedia as Public Digital Humanities: A Lightning Talk and Editathon

Format to be determined | May 2022
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Instructor: Lawrence Evalyn

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12. Introduction to Programming Microcontrollers with Python

Synchronous Workshop | June 8, 2022
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Instructor: John Fink

We’ve all heard about programming micros in Arduino, but recently, it’s become possible to use a version of the Python programming language to program many microcontroller systems. This workshop will use small cheap micros to teach attendees about using Python to program microcontrollers.


13. Podcasting 101

Format to be determined | June 28, 2022
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Instructor: Veronica Litt

Podcasts can take academic research out of the ivory tower and into the public. Learn the basics of podcasting in this workshop, which takes attendants through a podcast’s life cycle, from conceptualization to recording to distribution.