Digital Scholarship Services: Events
In partnership with departments across Duke and practitioners across the Research Triangle, Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) offers a variety of open workshops and symposia focused on digital projects, methods, tools, and best practices. Subscribe to our listserv for upcoming DSS events or follow us on Twitter @DukeDSS (Digital Scholarship Services) / @MurthyDigital (Murthy Digital Studio).
Questions about training possibilities for yourself or your project team, or want to suggest topics for future programs? Contact askdigital (at) duke.edu.
Data Management 101 for Humanists
Wednesday October 3, 2018 from 1–3pm in Bostock 023 Training Room
Humanists work with various media, content and materials (sources) as part of their research. These sources can be considered data. This workshop will introduce data management practices for humanities researchers to consider and apply throughout the research lifecycle. Good data management practices pertaining to planning, organization, documentation, storage and backup, sharing, citation, and preservation will be presented through a humanities lens with discipline-based, concrete examples. While general good data management practices are relevant across disciplines, participants working specifically within the humanities are the intended audience for this workshop.
Digital Publishing: Multimodal Storytelling
Monday, October 8, 2018 from 10am–12pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
This workshop will provide an overview of common options for publishing sound and video on the Web, focusing on the benefits of various platforms, licensing and rights issues, accessibility issues to consider, and methods of integrating multiple media into research publications. Platforms and tools will include Vimeo, YouTube, SoundCloud, and, for presenting materials in an interactive timeline, Sway and Tableau story feature. Participants will be able to match their digital research with appropriate platforms for public dissemination and will realize the strengths, limitations, and legal issues of various platforms.
Format: This two-hour workshop is meant to promote and engage discussion around students’ specific digital publishing concerns. Consequently, attendance is capped at 15 students, and participants will be asked to share their specific interests and needs ahead of time, to help ensure that presentation examples and discussion points are sufficiently relevant. Sessions will provide numerous examples (projects and tools) to help illustrate key points.
Digital Publishing: Reaching and Engaging Audiences
Monday, October 8, 2018 from 1–3pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
Who are the intended users of your digital publication? How can you reach new audiences and keep your existing audiences actively engaged? We'll learn about some of the ways successful projects connect with their users and promote their work to potential audiences. We’ll also consider how to effectively and ethically involve and credit audience involvement in one’s research and do a quick overview of some annotation tools that foster this kind of engagement (e.g., VideoAnt, StoryMap, Genius, Hypothes.is). Participants will leave this session with a solid grounding in the ethical and logistical dimensions of engaging audiences and incorporating audience involvement into their own publication practices.
Format: This two-hour workshop is meant to promote and engage discussion around students’ specific digital publishing concerns. Consequently, attendance is capped at 15 students, and participants will be asked to share their specific interests and needs ahead of time, to help ensure that presentation examples and discussion points are sufficiently relevant. We will provide numerous examples (projects and tools) to help illustrate key points.
Text/Data (RCR Days): Acquiring and Preparing a Corpus of Texts
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 10am–12pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
This workshop focuses on the technical dimensions of corpus development. Using an array of printed matter—from digital facsimiles of incunabula to modern letterpress/offset books—we will explore the risks and benefits of optical character recognition (OCR); file formatting and naming issues; organization strategies for large corpora; and problems of data cleaning and preparation. We will also look at some common sources for textual research data, such as Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, and Google Books. While this session will not examine legal issues in detail, we will discuss some common legal concerns around the use of textual corpora.
Text/Data (RCR Days): Topic Modeling and Document Classification with MALLET
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 1–3pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
Participants in this session will acquire a general underatanding of topic modeling, the automated analysis technique often referred to as "text mining." Topic modeling can refer to a number of different algorithms, which are computationally intensive adn mathematically complex. To facilitate a hands-on approach with a focus on process, this workshop uses the open-source MALLET toolkit as a platform for exploring topic modeling with LDA (Latent Dirichlet Allocation) and will not offer a comparison of algorithms. In addition to topic modeling, this session introduces the concepts of sequence labeling and automated document calssification, both of which are also possible with MALLET.
Duke Libraries Digital Scholarship Services department collaborates with researchers in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, at any level of study, to plan and build digital research projects. We supply consultation on technical matters, project management, and best practices for a wide range of technologically-engaged research. We also encourage learning and experimentation in digital scholarship through exploratory projects, programs of hands-on instruction, graduate student internships, and resources and programming in The Edge / Murthy Digital Studio.