Posts with the tag: digital scholarship

Digital Scholarship Workshops Spring 2020 Schedule

The Catholic University Libraries are offering a number of Digital Scholarship Workshops this semester. Can’t make it? We are available for individual consultations (students and faculty) and we can provide in-class workshops on a variety of tools and methodologies that can be tailored to your particular course needs. Come have a conversation with us! The workshops are co-sponsored by the Department of Library and Information Science.

Location: Mullen Library Instruction Room
R.S.V.P. for all workshops: Kevin Gunn,

Text Analysis with Voyant Tools and AntConc Thurs., Feb. 13, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Computational analysis of textual data can aid in reading and interpreting large corpora. Exploring a large number of texts can uncover linguistic patterns for future exploratory analysis. Participants will gain hands-on experience analyzing textual data with AntConc and some Voyant Tools. No coding experience necessary. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Data Cleaning with Excel Wed., March 4, 12:10 pm – 1:40 pm
Continuing with our series on manipulating data, we will do some basic data cleaning using Excel. We will show you some tricks, formulae, and tools in working with datasets in Excel. Identifying and treating blank cells, removing duplicates, identifying errors, removing formatting, and converting data into more flexible formats, are just some of the skills imparted. Basic Excel experience is recommended. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Amplifying Your Research Impact Mon., March 23, 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm
Learn how to effectively promote and share your research online. We will discuss best practices for using social media, depositing research in disciplinary repositories, and working with tools and platforms that can help authors expand their readership. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Visualizing Network Data with Gephi Fri., April 3, 12:10 pm – 1:40 pm
See your data from a fresh perspective through network analysis and visualization. Using Gephi, we will create some network graphs from sample datasets. Basic concepts of network analysis will be covered while we learn to use Gephi to explore, analyze, and visualize network data. Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Introduction to the Open Science Framework Tues., April 7, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a platform for research project management and collaboration. Come and see how to use the OSF for your entire project lifecycle (e.g. discovering research, work with other researchers at other institutions, and share your research and datasets). Humanities and Social Science researchers are welcome. Instructors: Lea Wade, STEM Librarian and Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Workshop: OpenRefine: Regular Expressions & APIs


Building on the previous OpenRefine workshop, we will work with regular expressions and construct a script from scratch and run some basic recipes for solving common problems. We will construct a simple API call to search for our data.


Instructors: Christian James, Web Application Librarian, and Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Thursday, November 21, 2019

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

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Happy GIS Day!

November 13, 2019 is GIS Day, an international celebration of geographic information systems (GIS) technology. “GIS is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data to help us make better decisions” (GIS Day website). GIS is the technology that answers the fundamental question “Where?” GIS captures, displays, and analyzes geospatial data to assist in making decisions. For example, GIS helps understand where best to build a wind farm to avoid noise pollution, predict areas of flooding, inspecting space usage for available commercial space, or planning the most efficient truck routes.

Why is GIS important? Let Dr. Joseph Kerski explain:


CUA Libraries has delved into GIS projects in the past. In 2015, we did a GIS exhibit titled “A Brief History of Canon Law” that was part of the physical exhibit in the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. The story map traces the origins of “The nature of the Church as a visible society existing in the world demands that there be a formal legal structure guiding and coordinating the faithful to the attainment of a common goal. The body of these ecclesiastical laws is called Canon Law. Since there is continual change in society, there is constant change in Canon Law.” C. Vogel.

Some of the links are outdated so here is your chance to demonstrate your GIS prowess! Rebuild the online exhibit yourself by downloading the raw data files (CSV and text files). Send us a link on how you did! (You will need a Google mail account).

For an understanding of how GIS can be applied to everyday life, check out 1000 GIS Applications & Uses – How GIS is Changing the World.


If you are interested in creating your own Story Map Tour and Journal, come to the workshop “ArcGIS with Story Maps” TODAY at 12:30 PM in 115 Mullen (Instruction Room).

For more information, events, data, etc. about GIS Day 2019, see the website:


VOGEL, C. et al. “Canon Law, History of.” New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 37-58. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web.



Workshop: ArcGIS with StoryMaps

Come celebrate GIS Day (November 13th) by telling an interesting story using ArcGIS StoryMaps. Combine your map with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. We will create a StoryMap Tour and a Story Map Journal.

Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

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Workshop: Using OpenRefine for 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? For this workshop, we will use the Open Access software, OpenRefine, to clean, manipulate, and refine a dataset before analysis. You are welcome to bring your own dataset.

Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

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Workshop: Working with Giphy Images

A brief hands-on workshop on how to create animated GIFs using GIPHY CAM. Attendees will learn helpful tips and tricks, then create their own animation using photos and found items. The session will conclude with a brief “film festival” where everyone will see what their colleagues have created. Let’s have some fun!

Instructor: Lea Wade, STEMM Librarian

Thursday, October 31, 2019

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

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Open Access Week: Getting to Know OA

What is Open Access? The Berlin Declaration states:

Open access contributions must satisfy two conditions: The author(s) and right holder(s) of such contributions grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship ….

Essentially, knowing your rights as an author and deciding the way you will dispense your work (license) are the two main factors in determining the degree of open access. Understanding what is Open Access can be daunting. For a detailed explanation of what OA is, what it is not, and popular myths debunked, consult the guru of OA, Peter Suber:

Open Access Overview

A Field Guide to Misunderstandings About Open Access

More information about OA can be found at the Open Access Directory which is maintained by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Simmons College. The Directory has a compendium of fact lists on a variety of topics related to OA.

Recent articles

Recent developments illustrate the shifting perspectives on OA. These articles published this week reflect this changing dynamic.

Oya Y. Rieger, Roger C. Schonfeld. Beyond Innovation: Emerging Meta-Frameworks for Maintaining an Open Scholarly Infrastructure. Ithaka. October 21, 2019.

Byron Russell. The Future of Open Access Business Models: APCs Are Not the Only Way. Scholarly Kitchen. October 23, 2019.

Ann Michael. Ask the Chefs: The Future of OA business models. October 24, 2019.

About Journals

Virginia research libraries endorse MIT framework for publisher contracts. Virginia Tech News. October 24, 2019.

Colleen Flaherty. Where research meets profits. Inside Higher Ed. October 23, 2019.

Ann Michael. Open Access business models. Scholarly Kitchen. October 24, 2019.

Eanna Kelly. Research organization releases publishing costs to highlight the challenge of going to full open access. Science Business. October 24, 2019.

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. September 5, 2018. Free documentary on the problem of paywalls for journals.

About Books

About Data

Briony Fane, Paul Ayris, Mark Hahnel, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Grace Baynes, and Emily Farrell. State of Open Data Report 2019. Digital Science. October 24, 2019.  A short video explains the report’s findings:

SPARC Open Data Factsheet.

About Open Education Resources (OER)

Anita Walz,  Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Virginia Tech Libraries, has created an information handout Differentiating Between Open Access and Open Educational Resources.



Film Screening: Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.” – Website

Join us for a panel discussion of journal subscriptions and open access alternatives.


Dr. Binh Tran – Department of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Lilla Kopár – Department of English
Kevin Gunn – Libraries

Wednesday, October 23, 2019  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mullen Library, May Gallery

Light refreshments will be served.


Sponsored by the Catholic University Libraries & the University Honors Program

For questions or accommodations, please contact Kevin Gunn:

Open Access Week: Open For Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge

Open Access Week (October 21 – 27, 2019) begins today! For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of Open Access, the term refers to “the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the right to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.” (SPARC*).

For a current understanding, see the following video:


The Catholic University of America Libraries is hosting a number of events this week:

Open Access Week Events

Workshop: Organizing and Documenting Your Data

Managing, organizing, and documenting your data is an increasing concern for researchers. This workshop is an overview of research data management basics, including using data management plans; following proper guidelines for naming and organizing data, folders, and files; organizing, storing, and backing up your files; and documenting your data using README files, codebooks, and data dictionaries. This workshop will provide you with techniques in managing your data (and time!) better.

Instructor: Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Digital Scholarship

Monday, October 21, 2019

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

115 Mullen Library Instruction Room

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