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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.