Welcome to our Fall 2023 roster of digital humanities workshops and events. Details and registration links are posted below. Alternatively, please go to dh.rutgers.edu/calendar or to libcal.rutgers.edu/calendar/nblworkshops to explore a wider range of offerings from the Libraries, including data science and qualitative data streams. Reserve your spot to receive Zoom links and do-ahead software downloads and workshop materials.


#BlkDH: Into to Timeline JS

  • Tuesday, October 17, 12:00-1:30 p.m., online (Instructor: Tajah Ebram) Register
TimelineJS is an open-source tool for building visually rich, interactive timelines. This workshop will offer an overview of how to generate a timeline using Timeline JS and how to embed the tool into your existing digital projects. We will consider how this tool might be useful for historians and Black Studies scholars work to chronicle events, trace genealogies or even imagine time in critical new ways.

Network Analysis for Humanists

  • Tuesday, October 17, 1:00-2:30 p.m., online (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti) Register
  • Thursday, October 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m., online (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti) Register

Are you interested in exploring and analyzing historical or cultural networks representing trade, communication, kinship relationships, or similar? In this workshop, we will use Gephi to analyze the relationships between actors and make a network graph to show our findings. No prior experience with network analysis is required.

Collecting Newspaper Data Programmatically

  • Tuesday, November 14, 1:00–2:30 p.m., online (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti) Register
  • Thursday, November 16, 10:00–11:30 a.m., online (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti) Register

In this introductory workshop, we will access historical and current newspaper data via web APIs using the programming language R. We will use freely available newspaper data from the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website and the New York Times Developer Portal. We will generate dataframes and create some simple data visualizations from downloaded data.

#BlkDH: Intro to Digital Community Archives

  • Tuesday, November 14, 3:00–4:30 p.m., online (Instructor: Tajah Ebram) Register

During this workshop, we will discuss the basics of starting and planning a digital archive to preserve community and even family histories. We will explore and collectively share key best practices and ethical considerations, tour existing Black community archiving projects and discuss the kinds of materials and communities that you are interested in working with. Finally, this workshop will also offer an introduction to  Omeka and how it can be a useful tool for your project archives or exhibits.


Co-creating value in open humanities scholarship

  • Monday, October 30, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., in person, includes coffee/tea + lunch Register

Open Humanities refers to a set of practices that has yet to coalesce into a dedicated discourse. These include preprints, open peer review, and generous copyright licenses. To foster a thriving culture of debate in the humanities, in which diverse opinions are heard, cross-sectoral collaboration and a foregrounding of open values is required.

Join us for a cross-cutting panel exploring a range of possibilities for humanities scholarship. With insights from librarians, scholars, practitioners, and publishers, we will share perspectives on our work to explore the possibilities for co-creating open scholarship models in the humanities.

Guest speakers: Nicky Agate (CMU Libraries, HuMetricsHSS Initiative), Kath Burton (Routledge | Taylor & Francis), Jen Grayburn (Princeton University Library), Zoe Wake Hyde (Humanities Commons), Laura McGrath (Temple University, Post45 Data Collective), Seth Russell (Taylor & Francis)

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Mapathon for Humanitarian Relief

  • Wednesday, November 15, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., in person Register

Celebrate GIS Day and Geography Awareness week! Together with fellow Rutgers students, staff and faculty, you will contribute geospatial data to OpenStreetMap, a free and editable map of the world that is used by communities, organizations and governments worldwide to address local development challenges and aid disaster response. Our project will be decided closer to the date. In past years, Rutgers students, staff, and faculty worked together on a mapping project to help NGO efforts with relief operations in Puerto Rico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. No mapping experience or knowledge is necessary. Training will be provided. Join at any time during the scheduled event!

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