Upcoming Events: Spring Workshop Schedule at Temple University Digital Scholarship Center Now Posted

Announcing Temple University DSC Workshop Series for Spring 2018. The following topics will be covered:

Computational Textual Analysis:
This workshop series will model a mini-collaborative research project, involving experimentation with computational textual analysis tools using the Digital Scholarship Center’s recently digitized corpus of twentieth-century literature. We will begin by discussing various methods and tools for cleaning and preparing a corpus, before deploying a variety of ready-made tools, including the Google Ngram viewer and Voyant, to quantify grammatical, lexical, and organizational structures in dozens of novels. This workshop will also establish a working knowledge of how to deploy and adapt simple programming scripts to run more complex and pointed analyses on multiple texts at once. No prior knowledge of computational textual analysis is necessary.
Wednesday, 11am-12pm; Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 21, 28

Data Cleaning with OpenRefine:
The workshop covers basics and examples of data cleaning with OpenRefine. Feel free to bring your own computer to practice with hands-on examples. Topics will include: data transformation, the General Refine Expression Language, and data reshaping.
Every other Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm; Jan. 25; Feb. 8, 22

Using Unity 3D:
This ongoing hands-on workshop will introduce you to using Unity and show you how to apply it to your re-creation, simulation, virtual reality, or game related projects. Topics include Unity interface and general usage, importing and using Unity Standard Assets and Asset Store, importing and using custom models, scene composition, object interaction, using virtual reality, and more. While programming knowledge is not required, is is suggested for some lessons. You will need a laptop (Mac or PC) and an installation of Unity 3D (free and covered the first lesson) in order to participate.
Every Monday in February 12-1pm; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26

Mapping Datasets in the Humanities:
This series provides both methodological and technical support for mapping datasets. We will discuss how different fields within the humanities interpret and utilize data as well as the application of tools, such as ArcGIS, Carto, Neatline, NodeGoat, and QGIS.
Tuesdays, 11am-12pm; Jan. 30; Feb. 13, 27; Mar. 13

Intro to Electronics & Arduinos:
The Arduino is a small open source micro controller that allows you to sense and control objects in the physical world. Join us for to learn more about and try building projects with the Arduino as an entry into the realm of physical computing.
Every other Thursday, 11am-12pm; Feb. 1, 15; Mar. 1, 15, 29; Apr. 12, 26

Investigating Twitter:
This workshop will introduce several tools for using Twitter for social science research. Geared towards political science, media studies, and journalism, it will show ways of searching and analyzing Twitter hashtags and other indications of political trends. It will include at least one session on how to identify automated tweets, commonly known as bots. It will draw upon examples from my own research on state propaganda in the Persian Gulf, but asks others to bring in their own ideas for researching how authoritarian governments and social activists alike are using Twitter to promote agendas and ideologies.
Every other Wednesday, 12-1pm
Mar. 14, 28; Apr. 11

Links to sign up for any of these workshops can be found at the Temple DSC Workshops page: https://sites.temple.edu/tudsc/events/workshops/

Webinar on Getting Started on Exhibition Development, November 9

Another opportunity to expand your knowledge on exhibition development is being offered in conjunction with Philadelphia CultureWorks on November 9. Join Interactive Mechanics for group oriented participation in the Webinar. Here’s their notice:

The American Alliance of Museums in collaboration with the National Association for Museum Exhibition, is presenting a webinar on November 9, and we’d like to invite you to a free webinar “watch and talk”! As usual, we’ll have snacks.

Getting Started on Exhibition Development

1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Phila, PA 19107

Wednesday, November 9
1:30 – 2:00 PM ET: Check in & Networking
2:00 – 3:30 PM ET: Webinar
3:30 – 4:30 PM ET: Facilitated Discussion

Please register in advance at http://interactivemechanics.com/workshops/.

Digital Projects for Arts and Culture Webinar, Wednesday, November 16

Are you associated with a small cultural heritage organization that wants to become more active online? Why not try this Webinar, organized by Interactive Mechanics?

Digital Projects for Arts and Culture Webinar

Wednesday, November 16, 3-4 PM ET

Are you getting started with a website redesign, mobile app, or new interactive exhibit? Or are you hoping to start a digital project in the future? Join Interactive Mechanics’ Creative Lead Mike Tedeschi to increase your understanding of digital projects from concept to completion. In this digital primer, you’ll learn how to define key elements of your project, conduct relevant research, draft a request for proposals, select a vendor, and maintain your project once it’s built. We’ll also discuss common project types and key terminology, so you can feel confident talking to partners, funders, external stakeholders, and your team.

Interactive Mechanics is a digital design firm that partners with cultural and educational organizations on design, development, user experience, and strategy. We’ve learned a lot from our client projects, and we love sharing information about our process, tools, tips and tricks.

Study Group: Algorithms in Programming

Molly Des Jardin is convening a study group at the University of Pennsylvania library dedicated to learning algorithms in programming. The group is using a really accessible text with some exercises at the end of each chapter. It will be starting by discussing and doing exercises from the first chapter on Wednesday, July 15. The plan, since everyone in the group has some Python experience, is to work on implementing the solutions in Python to give a concrete example of how it would work in practice.

The group meets every Wednesday from 1:30-3 pm in 623 Van Pelt (Vitale II). We are quite small right now and welcome everyone. Some basic programming experience is recommended but not required to understand the material in theory.

If you are interested in participating and wish to get copies of the material, contact Molly at the Penn Library.


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