Moving SCDS Online: An End-Of-Year Recap

Moving SCDS Online: An End-Of-Year Recap

We’ve had a busy year here at the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. So busy, in fact, that it’s not an exaggeration to say that we transformed between July 2020 and November 2021.

In the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic changed all of our working habits and procedures. At the Sherman Centre, where we were used to running events in-person, the shift to remote work meant re-envisioning our services from the ground up.

Between July 2020 and November 2021, we rethought our core programming and successfully coordinated a wide variety of virtual activities. These included five workshop series, three graduate residencies, two intersession courses, one undergraduate course, several professionalization opportunities, an impressive repository of online learning resources, and more.

During this time, we also more than doubled in size. We were thrilled to welcome six new Sherman Centre staff members and two new SCDS Affiliates.

Jeffrey Demaine joined us as Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian, Christine Homuth as Spatial Information Specialist, Vivek Jadon as Data Specialist, Veronica Litt as Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Isaac Pratt as Research Data Management Specialist, and Subhanya Sivajothy as Data Analysis and Visualization Librarian.

Katie Harding, Learning Support Librarian, Engineering and Devon Mordell, Educational Developer, MacPherson Institute, joined us as Sherman Centre Affiliates.

Learn more about our new team members and please feel free to get in touch! One major reason for our expansion is to increase SCDS’ ability to support research and teaching. We will happily consult on any project, big or small, at any phase of development. Learn how we can help you by sending us an email at scds@mcmaster.ca

Over this past 16 months, we also expanded our workshop offerings by successfully launching two new series on Relevant Research and Research Data Management, and hosting 16 workshops under our Do More with Digital Scholarship (DMDS) Series. We also continued to support the Data Analysis Support Hub‘s multi-faceted programming and to facilitate the Software Freedom Series, a collection of skill-building workshops by and for undergraduate students.

Finally, we welcomed 24 brilliant graduate students across three cohorts of our Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship.

If you’d like to learn more about our activities and achievements over the past 16 months, you can read our 2020-2021 Annual Report. Though it is not an exhaustive list of our activities, we hope that it demonstrates the breadth and nature of the Sherman Centre’s impact—both at McMaster and beyond.

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