The Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to offer an expanded selection of introductory workshops. Attendance is free, and all Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. To see scheduled course dates and to register, see the Libraries' workshops page (click the blue "Dates & Registration" button to see details and session information).

Workshops can also be taught on-demand for classes or small groups. Please contact with inquiries.


GIS | Data Use & Analysis | Text Mining & Analysis | Digitization & Metadata | Data Management Planning

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What is Digital Scholarship? [register]
Presenter: TBD |
This workshop is intended as an introduction to the foremost concepts of digital scholarship. The primary aim is for participants to acquire an understanding of the potential of digital tools and strategies within their own research. Topics to be discussed include GIS, data analysis, text mining, digitization and metadata services, and data management planning. The session will include an overview to the Center for Digital Scholarship, its services, and personnel that support academic projects.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Presenter: Matthew Sisk | Data Curation & GIS Postdoctoral Fellow

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 [register]
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]

Using Python in ArcGIS [register]
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 [register]
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.


Data Use & Analysis

Presenter: James Ng | Economics & Business Librarian

Introduction to Using Stata for Data Analysis [register]
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]


Text Mining & Analysis

Presenter: Eric Lease Morgan | Digital Initiatives Librarian

Analyzing Articles Using JSTOR’s Data for Research Service [register]
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:

Analyzing Books Using HathiTrust Research Center [register]
The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) enables a person to generate statistical reports against user-created sets of public domain documents from the HathiTrust. Examples include the creation of word clouds, the extraction and tabulation of names, places, or organizations, or the subdivision a large corpus of documents into smaller clusters. Using the facilities of the HTRC a person can discover similarities and differences between texts as well as get an overview of what the texts discuss. Attendees of this hands-on workshop will be led 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 HTRC user account prior to the date of the workshop. See:

Simple Text Analysis with Voyant Tools [register]
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 ( is a good place to find novel-length works.

Text Mining in a Nutshell [register]
At its core, text mining is about discovering patterns and anomalies in sets of written documents. Invariably, the process begins with the creation of a digitized corpus of materials. The content of the corpus may then be cleaned up, marked up, and organized, thus making it easier for computers to read and parse. From there, “tokens” — usually words — are identified, counted, and tabulated. These techniques — usually employed under the rubric of “natural language processing” — form the basis for more sophisticated applications. This one-hour workshop familiarizes participants with the fundamentals of text mining — what it can do and what it can't.


Digitization & Metadata Services

Presenter: Alexander Papson | Metadata & Digital Projects Librarian

Accessible Digital Collections [register]
If you are creating digital collections or working with digital content this workshop will teach you how to make the items accessible and discoverable so that the broadest audience can find and use the materials.

Introduction to Metadata [register]
This course will serve as an introduction to the basic concepts of what metadata is and how it can be used in a variety of ways. The broad overview will discuss different types of metadata and some of the most important information needed to fully explain what an item is and how it relates to other materials.


Data Management Planning

Presenter: Alexander Papson | Metadata & Digital Projects Librarian

Digital Project Management [register]
This workshop will focus on how to develop a digital project from the initial idea through to the finished product. During the discussion you will learn how to organize the collection, describe the collection so that others can use it, make the collection accessible and discoverable, and potential problems to be aware of through the process.