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DateInstructorInstitutionEvent TitleLocationPre-Reqs or ExpectationsTech RequirementsTimeLong Description (100 words)Short Description (50 words)Most useful dimensions for advertising materials (if known, for printing; optional)
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3/12/2018Scott WeingartNortheastern University
Geometries of Thought: What the history of network visualizations reveals about how we think
346 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116No experience necessaryNone1–2:30pm“Everything is connected”, a generation of magazine covers shouted, proclaiming the dawn of an age of cybernetics, of information, of big data. The history of that connectivity reflects deep-seated philosophical positions which influence what and how we think. Trees and networks offer particularly compelling models through which to organize the world, and looking at their illustrations over the last thousand years provides a unique purchase into Western Europe’s changing philosophical landscape. Through these illustrations, we can trace everything from the changing role of God, to the underpinning of early gravitational theories, to the values implicit in force-directed network layouts.This introduction to the world of Wikipedia editing will focus on the creation and/or translation of pages for topics relating to world literature: authors, genres, periodicals, and important publications.
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3/13/2018Scott WeingartNortheastern UniversityCancelled: Common Traps in Humanities Network Analysis workshop With our sincerest apologies, we have had to cancel this event. The tallk will still be held as planned 346 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116No experience necessaryBring a laptopp1:30–3:30pmAs a far-reaching approach to all sorts of questions, network analysis draws from many disciplines. Humanists may be forgiven for not studying its rich history in depth, but such blind-spots may lead to the misuse of its techniques, since metrics often need re-interpretation or modification when being translated across disciplines. Participants of this workshop will learn how several basic network measurements can be reconsidered in light of the different contexts of humanities data, allowing them to avoid some common traps of a first-time network analysis project. In this workshop we will discuss copyright and intellectual property concepts that are common in the course of Digital Scholarship projects.
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3/12/2018Anna Kijas, Ece TurnatorBoston CollegeIntroduction to Spatial Visualization & Analysis with CartoDigital Studio, 2nd Floor, O'Neill Library, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467No experience necessaryBring your laptop (non-BC) or use a lab computer.3-5pmThis workshop will introduce Carto as a tool for creating customized online maps and performing basic data analysis. We will learn how to find and add a historic basemap to Carto, import present-day geographic data, and analyze the data using a few of the new Carto Builder tools. We will provide sample data, but feel free to bring your own if you have it. Help transcribe historical documents from Boston Public Library's Anti-Slavery Manuscript collection.
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3/12/2018Carolyn TalmadgeTufts UniversityStoryMaps: Not Your Average PresentationTisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203, Medford MA 02155No experience necessaryNone11-12:15pmSick of using only PowerPoint to make presentations? Esri Story Maps are web applications that let authors combine beautiful, interactive maps with narrative text, striking images, and multimedia including video. Impress your professors, bosses or friends with these attractive and easy to use applications while bringing your story to life. Story maps can be embedded in web pages and truly up your presentation game!
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3/13/2018Carli SpinaBoston CollegePOSTPONED: Copyright for Digital Scholarship Practitioners (Please note that this event has been postponed due to inclement weather.)Digital Studio, 2nd Floor, O'Neill Library, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467No experience necessaryNone11-12:30In this workshop we will discuss copyright concepts that are common in the course of Digital Scholarship projects, from the first identification of materials for use in the project to the final release of your project. Participants will develop an understanding copyright issues that they may encounter in the course of their work and will learn about specific examples from the field.
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3/13/2018Chelcie Rowell, Anna Kijas, Sarah Melton, Vika ZafrinBoston CollegePOSTPONED: Transcribe-a-Thon (Please note that this event has been postponed due to inclement weather.)Digital Studio, 2nd Floor, O'Neill Library, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467No experience necessaryBring your own laptop, or use one of the desktops in the studio. If you are not a BC community member, please let us know in advance so we can set up a workstation for you.1-4 pmWant to help transcribe historical documents for public use? Join us for a Transcribe-a-Thon of Boston Public Library's Anti-Slavery Manuscript collection (http://archive.org/details/bplscas/).
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4/18/2018Eleni CastroBoston UniversityNEW DATE 4/18: Field Notes from OpenBU and Senegal: Digital Collection Building (Please note that this event has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.)Estin Room (Rm 302), Mugar Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 02215No experience necessaryNone12-1pmCome hear about Eleni Castro's recent trip to Senegal with Prof. Fallou Ngom of Anthropology and African Studies to help photograph rare Ajami manuscripts with the help of a grant from the British Library's Endangered Archives Programme. Explore the Ajami Digital Library and other digital collections in our institutional repository OpenBU. Find out more about what goes into digital collection building, and share with us the dream digital collection that would enhance your research.
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3/13/2018Cole Crawford, Jeremy GuilletteHarvard UniversityUsing Web APIs with Python105 Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138Some familiarity with Python syntax and data structures (lists, dictionaries, loops, and functions). Free registration (cap at 20) requested at https://goo.gl/g8hwenBring a laptop with a working Python 3 environment2-4 pmComfortable with basic Python and want to expand your digital toolkit? Interested in querying and analyzing real-time data or faceted big data? Want to process data using web services or create data mashups? This workshop will help participants integrate RESTful APIs into their data processing workflows. Example workflows may include geocoding locations through GeoNames, analyzing the sentiment of Twitter hashtags using Google Cloud, downloading item metadata from Omeka exhibits or Scalar websites, or querying the Harvard Library and Art Museum collections.https://web.northeastern.edu/nulab/event/scott-weingart-workshop/
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3/14/2018Zachary BosBoston UniversityWorld Lit Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon685 Commonwealth AvenueNo previous mark-up or wiki experience needed.Participants should bring laptops; several will be available for use by persons who do not have their own.Noon to 5 PMJoin editors from Pusteblume journal of translation and other publications supported by the BU BookLab, for an introduction to Wikipedia editing. Learn how the wiki system works; how to link across different language wikis; and how to get your start with wiki mark-up. Our focus will be the creation and/or translation of pages for topics relating to world literature: authors, genres, periodicals, and important publications.https://web.northeastern.edu/nulab/event/2018-conference/
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3/14/2018Jennie MurackMITIntro to GIS Principles and Working with Historic Data in GISHayden Library, North, DIRC 14N-132No experience necessaryNone10:30-12:30This workshop will introduce you to basic cartography principles, focusing on how to find and create historic basemaps that can be used with various mapping tools. We will cover the software options for mapping outlining their pros and cons, so you can start using your own maps with the software options available to you.
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3/14/2018Annie Swafford, Chris BarbourTufts UniversityBuilding Digital Archives with OmekaTisch Library, Data Lab, Room 203, Medford MA 02155No experience necessaryNone3:15-4:30pmDo you have historical photographs you want to display? Rare texts you want to digitize? Want your students to create digital exhibits? Come learn how to use Omeka, a free, open-source tool for making digital archives and museum exhibits! No programming or web design experience necessary!https://iiif.slack.com/archives/C7FBE734P/p1515002146000145
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3/15/2018Christine Malinowski, Ece TurnatorMITIntroduction to FileOrg for HumanistsHayden Library, North, DIRC 14N-132No experience necessaryNone3-5pmWonder if there’s a better way to arrange and name your data files to optimize your work? This workshop will teach you practical techniques for organizing your data files. Topics will include: file and folder organizational structures and file naming. Will include hands-on exercises to apply the concepts to your particular DH project.
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3/16/2018Vika ZafrinBoston UniversityDiScussion: Political Dimensions of Metadata WorkEstin Room (Rm 302), Mugar Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 02215No experience necessaryNone12:30-2pmLearn to use your basic Python skills to access and manipulate big data through RESTful APIs. Use the power of the programmable web to connect your analysis to a wide variety of data sources!
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3/16/2018Keynote: Yochai BenklerNortheastern UniversityNULab Spring Conference: "Fake News/Real Knowledge: Histories, Structures, Futures"Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116No experience necessaryNone10am–5pmOn March 16, 2018, the NULab will be hosting its second annual conference, showcasing the work of faculty, fellows, alumni, and research collaborators.https://tufts.libcal.com/event/3928790
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2018-03-14 and 15Rashmi Singhal, Randy SternHarvard / MITIIIF New England MeetupHarvard - Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138Registration requested (free): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iiif-new-england-showcase-tickets-42958581273 (Wednesday) and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iiif-new-england-technical-workshop-tickets-43187327459 (Thursday). No IIIF experience necessary, but feel free to submit to present a demo if you have an existing IIIF project.Bring a laptop10am - 4:30pmFollowing on the successful IIIF New England fall meetup, Harvard and MIT are planning to co-convene a larger IIIF New England spring meeting. With a New England regional focus, our plan is to organize a 2 day meeting. This meeting will include a showcase day of presentations on IIIF and implementations of IIIF at local institutions (Wed 3/14) and a day of technical discussions for developers and implementers, in an unconference format (Th 3/15). We may want to use part of the time to discuss a “IIIF Workspace” proposal that Harvard has developed and seek collaborators.https://tufts.libcal.com/event/3928793
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2018-03-14Cara MessinaNortheastern UniversityDH Open Office Hours: Digital Pedagogy WIPDigital Scholarship Commons, 2nd Floor Snell Library, Northeastern University 360 Huntington Ave BostonNoneNone12:00 - 1:00pmCara Messina, English Department doctoral student and First Year Writing instructor, is currently collecting data for a digital pedagogy research project in her First Year Writing course on the use of XML to foster transformative reading practices. This presentation will look at some of the preliminary data collected. Attendees will gain an understanding of tools and practices in a digital humanities work-in-progress and participate in feedback development.
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