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).


Digital Humanities Workshop Series: Text/Data (Spring 2018)

Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Murthy Digital Studio (The/EDGE, Bostock Library Level 1)

The Text/Data Series consists of 8 workshops focused on working with textual data in the context of the digital humanities. Moving in a trajectory from close reading (markup, encoding, creating electronic editions) to distant reading (topic modeling, machine learning, aggregating and analyzing large corpora), the workshops aim to provide participants with a general knowledge of approaches to working with text.

This workshop series is meant to encourage experiential learning.  Sessions will typically begin with a brief discussion of key concepts before transitioning to hands-on work with relevant software and data sets, which are available on the computers in the Murthy Digital Studio.  Each event in the series is a workshop, not a lecture, so attendance per session is capped at 10.  

Most workshops in this series will count for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit.  In the event of over-enrollment, priority will be given to waitlisted registrants who are pursuing RCR credit (as indicated on the workshop registration form).  

Please contact with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you this spring!

January 17: Introduction to Text/Data Series
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January 24: Introduction to XML, TEI, and Structured Markup (RCR: GS712.13)

January 31: Applications of TEI for Research (RCR: GS712.14)

February 7: Acquiring and Preparing a Corpus of Texts  (RCR: GS712.15)

February 14: Ngrams, Concordances, Style Analysis  (RCR: GS712.16)

February 21: Analyzing Text with Python (1/2)  (RCR: GS712.17)

February 28: Analyzing Text with Python (2/2)  (RCR: GS712.18)

March 7: Topic Modeling, Document Classification, and Sequence Tagging with MALLET  (RCR: GS712.19)

M&M - Munch & Mull Digital Scholarship Discussion Group

Mondays, 12:00-1:00 PM
Murthy Digital Studio (The/EDGE, Bostock Library Level 1)

Munch & Mull is a Libraries-based discussion group that holds weekly, informal, brown-bag lunch conversations around issues, projects, methods, and trends in digital scholarship. All are welcome! For more information about upcoming discussions, join our listserv: .

Jan 22:  Report on the "Digging Deeper" TRLN Text Mining workshop

Jan 29:  OLE, Folio, and the Next Generation of Library Services

Feb 5: The TOC Project - Text-Mining the German National Library Catalog

Feb 12:  Alien Reading: Text Mining, Language Standardization, and the Humanities

Feb 19:  Digging Deeper at UNC Libraries with Amanda Henley and Nathan Kelber

Feb 26:  Documenting the Now: Archiving Social Media for Future Research

Mar 5: Creating DH Community

Mar 12: How Cute! Distracting Ourselves from Political Realities of Librarianship

Mar 19: Structured, Open, & Collaborative Publishing? The Case of

Mar 26: Cultivating the Sympathetic Research Imagination

Apr 9: Meaning & Miasma - Seven Scholars on the Post-Print Paradigm

Apr 23: Redefining the Finish Line - Building Learning Modules for ArcGIS with Duke Extend

May 7: How Cute! Distracting Ourselves from Political Realities of Librarianship (Encore discussion)   

May 14: Thomas More's Dialogue of Comfort Gets Translated Yet Again

May 21: Mellon's Monograph Initiative and the Reassembling of Scholarly Communications

The Hidden Work of Digital Scholarship -- DSS 2018 Open House

Thursday, February 8, 11:45-1:00
Edge Workshop Room (Bostock Library Level 1)

What’s behind a successful digital project? A tool or platform, of course, and someone to manage technical needs like coding and server administration. What’s less apparent, though, are the multiple roles and tasks that help ensure projects achieve their goals, connect with their intended audiences, and can be sustained. With scholarly projects in particular, much of this work can involve non-technical yet critical tasks, from gathering and synthesizing content, to organizing and synchronizing teams. In this year’s Digital Scholarship Services Open House, we showcase the often overlooked, essential work of digital projects, from the perspective of those individuals often tasked with carrying this work forward — graduate students.

Join us for lunch and a conversation with this cross-disciplinary panel of graduate students, as they discuss the nature of their digital projects and the insights and skills they've gained through this work.

  • Meredith Graham (Music department, Duke)
  • Aubrey Klein (School of Information and Library Sciences, UNC-CH)
  • Adrian Linden-High (Classical Studies department, Duke)
  • Ashton Merck (History department, Duke)
  • Ke Xu (Graduate Liberal Studies program, Duke)


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.