Fundamentals of Digital Scholarship is a two-day seminar designed to introduce participants to the core stages of digital scholarship’s research workflow: the acquisition, manipulation, analysis, and presentation of data.
This seminar is intended to serve as a springboard for faculty, students, and staff who wish to explore the potential of digital scholarship. It will provide a solid foundation from which participants can continue to develop these skills whether on their own or through a series of advanced, subject-specific follow-up seminars.
The seminar is structured as a series of hands-on sessions that provide participants with the opportunity to work with real-world datasets that relate to the humanities and social sciences. These sessions will teach participants how to:
- Create digital datasets by mining online resources or digitizing paper materials,
- Effectively store and organize those datasets
- Prepare the data for analysis
- Use beginner-friendly visualization techniques to explore datasets, and
- Present the results in various formats on multiple platforms.
The seminar will be held from 9am–2pm on October 24 and 25 in Lamont Library B-30. Lunch is provided both days.
Feedback from previous seminar participants has been unanimously positive. "This was excellent," said one participant. "All the lecture material was engaging, useful, succinct, clear and I liked how every speaker tied their piece into the overall concept." Another said, "I liked the comprehensive and interlinking aspect of the workshops. It gave me a nice sense of a digital project from start to finish. All the presentations were easy to follow [and] engaging." "I now have a much better mental model of what is involved with digital scholarship," said another participant, "and feel ready to embark on my own project or guide others."
Participants are expected to attend both days of the seminar, as the sessions build upon one another. In the event of over-registration, preference will be given to participants who are able to attend all sessions.