Fall 2018 Digital Scholarship Fundamentals Workshops

with Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship


Getting Started with a Digital Scholarship Project

Planning your project is becoming a critical skill in contemporary research. Are you a student or a faculty member interested in beginning your project or you would like to discuss how digital humanities methods can help with your research and teaching? Come with all your questions as we walk through the process of getting started. We will discuss formulating the right research question, where to find data/tools/methodologies, selecting the appropriate tool and/or method for analysis, project and data management issues, and grant writing tips. Please RSVP to gunn@cua.edu.

Tue., Sept. 25, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Mullen Library Instruction Room


WEBINAR: Avoiding Predatory Publishers: What students and faculty should know before publishing their research

As part of Open Access Week, this webinar will explore the expanding problem of predatory publishing practices and how to avoid becoming a victim. Guidance will be provided for identifying and selecting the right journal publisher that reflects your values. Understanding your rights as an author will be discussed as well. The webinar will be recorded. Join webinar at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/480274829.

Wed., Oct. 24, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Webinar


Cleaning and Manipulating Data

When working with your dataset, have you wondered how to remove ‘null’ or ‘N/A’ from fields, handle different spellings of words, or determining whether a field name is ambiguous? When interviewed, many data scientists complain that the most tedious, time-consuming aspect of any project is the cleaning and manipulating of data. For this workshop, we will use the open access software, OpenRefine, to clean, manipulate, and refine a dataset before analysis. Since this workshop is focused on saving you time by discovering and avoiding common pitfalls in data preparation, a brief foray into Regular Expressions will be useful. You are welcome to bring your own dataset.  Please RSVP to gunn@cua.edu.

Thu., Oct. 25, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Mullen Library Instruction Room


Introduction to Data Visualization

Have you wondered when you should use a pie chart (almost never!), a scatter plot, or a heat graph? Before working on how to best present your project through data visualization, understanding the basic principles of visual perception, design and representing data, and communicating your research to an audience, is essential. We will examine some visualization methods and how best to apply them to different kinds of data. We will work briefly with Gephi.  Please RSVP to gunn@cua.edu.

Tue., Nov. 13, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Mullen Library Instruction Room

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