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    Digital Tools in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Research Roundtable

    How can digital tools enhance and complexify research in the humanities and social sciences? At this research roundtable, ten scholars from McMaster University and Universite Grenoble Alpes share their work on Data, Social Media, and Teaching.

    These presentations engage with a wide variety of approaches, disciplines, and research methods. Learn about how digital platforms sharpen students’ communication skills. Engage with the challenges of analyzing a massive digital database of e-petitions. See how GIS technology is reviving an ancient Greek city.

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    Digitization is the process by which hardcopy resources are made digital. This includes scanning, digitally photographing, and digitally encoding analog signals from magnetic tape and other recording technologies.

    In this workshop, attendees will learn about digitization equipment and best practices for books, papers, photographs, sound, and video recordings from an archival perspective (which may not be sufficient for all research needs!) and what goes into post-digitization processing.

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    EQ vs IQ: Testing Gendered AI in Apple’s Siri

    Have you ever noticed that AI assistants tend to have female voices? According to Lai-Tze Fan’s research, this is no coincidence. In this lecture, Fan argues that this gendering of AI assistants is a new method in a long history of abstracting women and their bodies into labouring machines. When assessing such AI for human-like performance, designers are not looking for intelligence, but rather, for efficacy to get the job done—content production, menial task completion, and capital transactions—with a smile.

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    Essentials of Open Data Sharing

    Join the open data movement! Are you thinking about sharing your data? Have you been told by a journal or funder that you need to publish your data online? In this session, we will go over the benefits (and potential risks) of data sharing, and highlight some of the different data repository options available to you as a researcher.

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    Exploring Barriers to Misinformation Interventions in Public Libraries

    Misinformation has always been dangerous and divisive, but especially so in the wake of “fake news” and Covid-19 conspiracy theories. How can we, as scholars, librarians, and citizens, combat the spread of misinformation? What challenges might we encounter during this work?

    At this talk, Abeer Siddiqui discussed the challenges of addressing misinformation in public libraries and explored how her recent project informs her longstanding work on storytelling and science communication.

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  • Exploring Networks of Research: New Searching with AI & Visualization

    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.

    Note: This method is experimental, with no standardized results.

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    Exploring Themes with Topic Modelling

    Topic modeling is a natural language processing technique that groups words in “topics” based on the frequency of their appearance near each other in a text. It can be used to interpret thematic trends within a large body of text.

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    Feminist Data Workshop

    In this workshop, Caroline Sinders introduces the methodology she created to guide both her art and research practice: research driven art. Sinders’ work explores data collection as both art and protest–an approach participants will engage with by exploring machine learning, data, and design thinking. By treating data collection as a collaborative process, participants will create a feminist data set from the ground up, while also learning how data collection can be used as an artistic, collaborative, community practice.

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    From Info-Glut to Connected Notes: Obsidian and Digital Note-Taking in Academia

    Researchers have long grappled with effective ways to approach note-taking. In this talk, Professor Andy Roddick (Anthropology, McMaster University) proposes a solution: Obsidian, a free multi-platform program that can connect notes in the classroom, in a literature review, and in long-term research.

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  • Getting Started with Computational Text Analyses

    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.

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    GIS and Geospatial Data Guide

    Learn about GIS resources including data, software, and modes of references in this guide.

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    GitHub and GitHub Pages

    Maybe you’ve heard of GitHub and would like to learn more about how it works. Maybe you’ve heard how it’s possible to make easy and simple webpages using GitHub and GitHub Pages and want to try. Or maybe, you knew none of this but are intrigued nonetheless. In any of those cases, this tutorial is for you.

    In this tutorial, you will learn how to use a suite of related tools (GitHubGitHub PagesMarkdown, and GitHub Desktop) to create and manage repositories of files, and build simple websites with ease!

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