Hello, digital humanists! Welcome to our online only schedule of Fall 2020 workshops. We are using a different reservation system this time around, and we are joining forces with the New Brunswick Libraries Graduate Specialist Program in order to show the full spectrum of offerings in advanced digital research methods, be you a quant, qual, or a little-of-both person. Please head over to libcal.rutgers.edu/calendar/nblworkshops to reserve your spot. Filter by category “digital humanities” to see the workshops below.

The digital humanities workshops will be taught by Caterina Agostini, Digital Humanities Graduate Research Specialist, and Francesca Giannetti, Digital Humanities Librarian.

Note by FG on 2020-10-04: Added information on DH Mixer and workshops taking place in October and November.

HathiTrust Research Center Webinar

  • Thursday, September 10, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, online synchronous (Instructor: Ryan Dubnicek, Digital Humanities Specialist, HathiTrust Research Center)

This webinar will introduce attendees to the HathiTrust Research Center’s tools and services for utilizing the massive HathiTrust Digital Library for computational text analysis. The HTRC leverages the scope and scale of the HathiTrust corpus to allow researchers the opportunity to perform text data mining. Topics that will be covered include:

  • How the HTRC makes HathiTrust volumes available for text mining.
  • How to identify relevant volumes and build worksets (collections) of content for analysis.
  • How to use HTRC off-the-shelf tools for text analysis and visualization.
  • How to access HathiTrust data and metadata via provided APIs, request procedures, and open datasets.

Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Citation Management with Zotero

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, online synchronous (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti)
  • Thursday, September 17, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, online synchronous (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti)

Zotero is a free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. In this introductory, hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to organize sources, attach PDFs and notes, create tags for easy searching, and generate citations and bibliographies in Word. Create an account at www.zotero.org, download Zotero 5.0 for your OS, and the Zotero Connector for your favorite browser.

Collecting Twitter Data for Research

  • Tuesday, September 29, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, online synchronous (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti)
  • Thursday, October 1, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, online synchronous (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti)

This workshop is the first in a two-part series on social media data. Twitter data provide researchers with a real-time view into a wide variety of social and cultural topics. In this workshop, we’ll explore beginning and intermediate tools for collecting social media data from Twitter.

Analyzing Social Media Data in R

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, online synchronous (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti)
  • Thursday, October 15, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, online synchronous (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti)

This workshop is the second of a two-part series. In this workshop, we’ll receive a gentle introduction to the R language and RStudio, the most commonly used integrated development environment for R. We’ll explore a social media dataset using some popular packages of the tidyverse collection, including dplyr and ggplot2.

Using Palladio for Mapping

  • Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, online synchronous (Instructor: Caterina Agostini)

Palladio is a web-based tool for investigating and visualizing multi-dimensional data. In this workshop, we will learn to visualize humanistic research data on a map, and track connections between data points.

DH Mixer

Are you using digital research methods? Do you study digital culture? Are you curious about digital humanities and interested in meeting like-minded people? Join us for a virtual Digital Humanities Mixer on Wednesday, October 21!

This is a chance to meet others on campus who are interested in digital humanities and to share your research interests.

We especially encourage graduate students and faculty to attend and give a two minute lightning talk about their research interests—whether you’ve just begun thinking about some topic, or are further along on a project. These talks can be brief and informal, but you are welcome to share graphics or a presentation if you wish. To submit a graphic, use this form: https://forms.gle/1DHN3zcqTGKzAbeR9.

We’ll follow up with everyone who expresses an interest.

Online Identity for Humanists

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, online synchronous (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti)
  • Thursday, October 29, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, online synchronous (Instructor: Francesca Giannetti)

In this workshop, we will discuss the essentials of online self-presentation for academics and survey some of the available options at Rutgers and beyond for sharing your work online, staying current in your field, and having knowledge of (if not perfect control over) how these options treat your data. No prior technological knowledge expected. The workshop will be hands-on; you may wish to bring a copy of your CV and a short professional biography.

Introduction to IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework)

  • Friday, October 30, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, online synchronous (Instructors: Caterina Agostini, Rutgers Italian, and Danielle Reay, Drew University Library)

In this workshop, we will explore the International Image Interoperability Framework (https://iiif.io/) and the work of the IIIF community to create universal standards for describing and sharing images online. With common viewing platforms, we can obtain interoperable digital image content to display, edit, annotate, and share images on the web, for example artworks, maps, and musical scores.

Digital Collections and Exhibits with Omeka

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, online synchronous (Instructor: Caterina Agostini)

Omeka is a practical tool for describing and curating primary sources in support of research and teaching in the humanities. This workshop will be an introduction to the basics of creating collections and exhibits with the Omeka web publishing platform.

Humanities and Research Data

  • Thursday, November 19, 9:30 am – 11:00 am, online synchronous (Instructor: Caterina Agostini)

This workshop is designed to introduce some ways of working with data in the humanities by transforming sources into machine-readable formats. We will learn ways to organize data and explore some of the main digital methods.

Image credit: Smith, Bill. 2019. Random Advice. Photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/byzantiumbooks/47954803671/.