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.
Digital Brown Bag: What is DH?: A Gentle Introduction
Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 12–1pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
The nature of digital humanities work can be as diverse as the humanities itself, making it difficult to understand what it is, let alone how to incorporate it into one’s scholarly practice. Will Shaw (Digital Humanities Consultant) and Liz Milewicz (Head of Digital Scholarship Services) discuss their own entry into this field, the different approaches and objectives it can encompass, and past and present projects at Duke that demonstrate these qualities. As the first event in the Digital Brown Bag series of campus digital scholarship discussions, their talk will also highlight the range of opportunities available at Duke for building skills and experience in digital humanities work.
Digital Brown Bag: Public Engagement: Considering a Scholarly Audience
Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 12–1pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
Meredith Graham (Department of Music) is the Outreach & Assessment Coordinator for Project Vox, a DH project that publishes materials about early modern women philosophers. Outreach for Project Vox involves managing the social media accounts, sending the bi-annual newsletters, and publishing the blog on our homepage. The O&A team developed creative strategies for connecting with our scholarly audiences, including a new Revealing Voices blog series. The event will involve a discussion about the necessity for outreach in coordination with DH projects, how to cultivate a scholarly community on social media, and how to make meaningful connections to audiences.
Digital Brown Bag: Digital Humanities Summer Institute: What it is, why you want to go, and how to get there
Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 12–1pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)
Described as a cross between a "skills workshop, international conference, and summer camp," the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) provides novices and advanced practitioners with immersive training in digitally inflected research, pedagogy, methods, and concerns. (A preliminary list of 2019 courses are available online: http://dhsi.org/courses.php). Join Brian Norberg (Trinity Technology Services), Adrian Linden-High (Department of Classics), and Liz Crisenbery (Department of Music) for an insider’s view of DHSI and tips on how to fund and make the most of this experience.
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.