The Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to offer an expanded selection of introductory workshops. Workshops run 1 hour unless otherwise specified. Attendance is free, and all Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.
To see scheduled course dates and register, see the Library Workshops Registration Portal.
Workshops can also be taught on-demand for classes or small groups. Please contact email@example.com with inquiries.
Presenter: James Ng | Economics Librarian
Introduction to Using Stata for Data Analysis
Stata is a complete statistical software package that provides everything you need for data manipulation and statistical analysis. It is widely used in empirical research in the social sciences and epidemiology. This workshop will demonstrate Stata’s frequently-used capabilities in data manipulation and analysis. No knowledge of statistics is assumed. [Related resources]
Using Stata for Data Work
We will work through some examples of basic data manipulation, including manipulating variables and merging multiple datasets. We will also work through some examples of producing analytical output such as tables, graphs, and maps.
Presenter: Daniel Johnson | Digital Humanities & English Literature Librarian
Digital Scholarly Editing - the Very Basics
Participants will learn about digital text editing by examining existing digital editions and peeking under the hood at their underlying software. We will discuss, at an accessible level, the logic of “tagging” that is used in editing environments such as TEI XML, HTML, markdown, and LaTeX, and how it expands editorial options for scholars. Designed for the newcomer and the curious, no previous experience with these technologies is needed.
Read/Download - A Digital Humanities Discussion Group [Read/Download home page]
Read/Download is a discussion group that inhabits the perceived boundary between “traditional” reading and computational interpretation of culture. Participants will examine topics in humanistic study that have been touched by technology and weigh the implications for art and scholarship. Sessions are anchored by short suggested readings and may include layman-friendly code analysis. All are welcome, and format is flexible: participants interested in doing guest presentations are warmly encouraged to contact Dan Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) about possibilities.
Presenter: Matthew Sisk | GIS Librarian
Geographic Information Systems (GIS): A Brief Introduction
GIS is a system of hardware and software for the storage, retrieval, mapping and analysis of geographic data. It provides a system for organizing spatial and related information into a single analytical framework and is used in a variety of academic and industry settings for understanding spatial relationships. This workshop will address the question “What is GIS,” provide a variety of examples, and present the resources available in the Center for Digital Scholarship. [Related resources]
Basic Satellite Imagery Analysis
Using wavelengths of light beyond what our eyes can see, multi-spectral satellite imagery can tell us a lot about the earth's environment. This workshop will present both the main types of satellite imagery available for GIS and remote sensing applications and some of the different analytical techniques. No previous use of satellite imagery is necessary, but some understanding of the fundamentals of GIS would be useful.
Georeferencing in ArcGIS
A key component of GIS analysis is overlaying different layers of spatial data. In the case of scanned maps or photographs, they have to be georeferenced before they can be used. This involves taking an image of an unknown location and telling the GIS software where is located in the real world. This workshop will go over the process for georeferencing scanned maps and images with and without coordinates. [Related resources]
Incorporating Time into GIS
Visualizing time in a static map or in GIS software has generally been a difficult process. Some new innovations have made it dramatically easier, though specific types and layouts of data are required. This workshop introduces the temporal tools in ESRI's ArcGIS software package and goes over the current limitations.
Using GIS Data in R
This workshop will go over some of the basics of using spatial data in the R programming language. Basic tasks like opening and using shapefiles and georeferenced raster images will be outlined. No previous experience with GIS data is assumed, but some background in using R and Rstudio is encouraged.
Using Python in ArcGIS
The ArcPy module provides a powerful tool for advanced users to automate GIS workflows, create custom tools and interact with other packages using the Python programming language. This workshop will demonstrate how to Python scripts for use in ArcGIS. Familiarity with GIS software is required, but no programing experience is necessary.
Vector Editing in ArcGIS
A common task in GIS workflows is creating vector (point-based) data either from text, scanned paper maps, or from features visible in aerial imagery. This workshop will go over basic and advanced techniques for creating vector data.
Presenter: Julie Vecchio | Assistant Director, Center for Digital Scholarship
Green Screen Basics with the One Button Studio & iMovie
The One Button Studio (OBS) is a simplified digital video recording setup that can be used without any previous video production experience. The design of the studio allows you to create video projects without having to know anything about lights and cameras. The OBS also offers an optional green/blue screen background curtain.
In this session, participants will learn and practice how to make a basic recording in the OBS using the green/blue screen background, and how to use iMovie to add a still background image, add a slide deck, and add a moving background.
Introduction to the One Button Studio & iMovie Basics
This workshop will introduce the One Button Studio (OBS) and provide a brief overview of iMovie basics. The OBS is a simplified digital video recording setup that can be used without any previous video production experience. The design of the studio allows you to create video projects without having to know anything about lights and cameras.
In this session, participants will learn and practice how to reserve and access the One Button Studio, how to make a basic recording in the OBS, and how to use iMovie toedit clips together and add a soundtrack.
Introductory Podcasting with the Sound Studio and Audacity
In this session, participants will learn and practice how to make a basic voice recording in the Sound Studio, and how to use Audacity to edit audio, reduce noise, add multiple tracks, and export a .mp3 file.
Multimedia Timelines with timeline.js
Learn how to create media-rich, interactive timelines using a Google Spreadsheet and timeline.js - a free, easy-to-use web-based tool.
Presenter: Eric Lease Morgan | Digital Initiatives Librarian
2014 Foundations of Text Analysis 5-Week Series [course page]
Analyzing Articles Using JSTOR’s Data for Research Service
Data For Research (DFR) is an alternative interface to JSTOR enabling the reader to download statistical information describing JSTOR search results. For example, using DFR a person can create a graph illustrating when sets of citations where written, create a word cloud illustrating the most frequently used words in a journal article, or classify sets of JSTOR articles according to a set of broad subject headings. More advanced features enable the reader to extract frequently used phrases in a text as well as list statistically significant keywords. JSTOR's DFR is a powerful tool enabling the reader to look for trends in large sets of articles as well as drill down into the specifics of individual articles. This hands-on workshop leads the student through a set of exercises demonstrating these techniques.
Requirements: Attendees are expected to bring their own computer to the workshop. Attendees are also expected to register for a JSTOR DFR user account prior to the date of the workshop. See: http://dfr.jstor.org/accounts/register/
How to Read 11 Million Books [register]
The HathiTrust (http://hathitrust.org) is a collection of 11 million research library electronic texts digitized by Google, and this hands-on class teaches participants how to use computers to analyze these materials. Sometimes called “distant” or “scalable” reading — forms of digital humanities research — this class demonstrates ways to literally count and tabulate the frequency of words in a text in order to find patterns & anomalies within it. Based on the resulting analysis, it is possible to more quickly learn what a corpus is about when compared to reading the corpus without the use of a computer. HathiTrust materials lend themselves quite easily to this sort of analysis. There are no prerequisites, but participants are expected to bring their own laptop to the session.
Introduction to Text Mining
This hands-on class affords participants to learn the benefits of using computers to analyze textual corpora such as a collection of books or journal articles. Sometimes called “distant” or “scalable” reading, text mining — a form of digital humanities research — is a way literally count & tabulate the frequency of words (or phrases) in a text in order to find patterns & anomalies within it. Based on the resulting analysis, it is possible to more quickly learn what a corpus is about when compared to reading the corpus without the use of a computer. There are no prerequisites, but participants are expected to bring their own laptop to the session.
Simple Text Analysis with Voyant Tools
Voyant Tools is a Web-based application for doing a number of straightforward text analysis functions, including but not limited to: word counts, tag cloud creation, concordancing, and word trending. Using Voyant Tools a person is able to read a document "from a distance". It enables the reader to extract characteristics of a corpus quickly and accurately. Voyant Tools can be used to discover underlying themes in texts or verify propositions against them. This one-hour, hands-on workshop familiarizes the student with Voyant Tools and provides a means for understanding the concepts of text mining.
Requirements: Attendees are expected to bring their own computer to the workshop. Attendees are also expected to bring to the workshop two URLs pointing to plain text (not Word, HTML nor PDF) versions of any novel-length pieces of fiction. These URLs (and the corresponding pieces of fiction) will be analyzed by the student. Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org) is a good place to find novel-length works.
Presenter: Denise J. Massa | Curator, Visual Resources Center
Finding Images: Teaching and Researching through ARTstor
ARTstor is an educational resource that shares over a million digital images rich in the arts, architecture, humanities,and sciences. This workshop combines online demonstrations and hands-on practice to show participants how to search for images, build a lecture, present images online or offline and organize image groups for personal or shared uses. ARTstor’s Digital Library covers a wide range of pedagogical disciplines including: African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture & the Built Environment, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Decorative Arts, Design, Fashion & Costume, Languages & Literature, Latin American Studies, Maps & Geography, Medieval Studies, Medicine & Natural Science, Middle Eastern Studies, Music History, Native American Studies, Photography, Religious Studies, Renaissance Studies, Theater and Dance and Women’s Studies.
Requirements: Attendees are expected to bring their own computer to the workshop.