2017 Fall Events

Digital Scholarship Open House

Please join us for the Digital Scholarship Group’s annual Open House, Thursday, November 16, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, in O’Neill Library’s Digital Studio (room 205). Please join us for food and refreshments, updates on digital initiatives at Boston College, and short talks from participants in the Digital Scholarship Incubator we’ve been conducting this fall, who will discuss the projects they’re developing and their experiences in our program. We hope to see you there! Have a look at more details and please RSVP by November 10.

 

Coffee & Code

Coffee and Code bannerVisualizing Temporal Data with Timeline JS
September 21, 11-12:30 pm.
O’Neill Library, Digital Studio, Room 205

In this session, you will learn how to transform data in your spreadsheets into a timeline using Timeline JS. You will need: Google Drive and Google Sheets access to create code on Timeline JS servers. You may have stand-alone HTML or a CMS to embed timeline in a site (but not necessary).

This event is free and open to the public, but we kindly request that you register.

Text Analysis with Voyant
October 11, 11-12:30 pm.
O’Neill Library, Digital Studio, Room 205

Voyant-tools.org is a free, web-based suite of tools that enables a range of textual analysis techniques. Used imaginatively, it can guide inquiries into author attribution, semantic biases, and writing style. In this session we’ll apply Voyant’s features to different kinds of texts, discussing the nature of textuality and how to combine digital textual analysis with traditional close reading, and end with an introduction to topic modeling. Along the way we’ll investigate how to use textual analysis and tools like Voyant in classroom assignments and your own research projects.

This event is free and open to the public, but we kindly request that you register.

Visualize your Data on an Interactive Map
October 24, 11-12:30 pm.
O’Neill Library, Digital Studio, Room 205

This session will introduce participants to the basics of using geographic data to create a visualization (map) with Carto, a web-based mapping and analysis tool. Several types of map layers will be explored. This session may be of interest to participants who are interested in visualizing historical data for humanities or social science projects or classroom use.

Participants will need: the ability to use Google spreadsheets, modify CSS and scripts (using template).

This event is free and open to the public, but we kindly request that you register.

Managing Your Online Scholarly Identity
October 26, 3-4:30 pm.
O’Neill Library, Digital Studio, Room 205

As a part of Open Access Week, Boston College Libraries presents a primer on managing Scholarly Identity for researchers. Topics will include pros and cons of different scholarly profiles such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate, ORCID, and Google Scholar. We will also cover how to most effectively share your work to increase your scholarly impact and monitor impact metrics. Students and faculty at all stages of their professional careers are encouraged to attend.

This event is free and open to the public, but we kindly request that you register.

Teaching through Annotation with Hypothes.is
November 2, 11-12:30 pm.
O’Neill Library, Digital Studio, Room 205

This session explores web annotation as a strategy for teaching and learning. You will be introduced to Hypothes.is, which allows individuals and groups to publicly or privately discuss any web page—from the popular press to literary works and scholarly journal articles. By creating annotations and participating in interpretive conversations, students develop traditional close reading skills, as well as newer forms of digital and media literacy. Participants will gain hands-on experience creating annotations using Hypothes.is and leave with specific strategies to use Hypothes.is in the classroom.

This event is free and open to the public, but we kindly request that you register.

 

Collaborative TEI

This semester we will be opening up our Collaborative TEI group to the wider Boston College and digital humanities community. This group is interested in developing an understanding of transcription and encoding standards using the TEI XML-based schema. Those interested in using other schemas, such as the MEI are also welcome to participate. Currently, we are uploading all of our learning docs and texts into the TAPAS Project, where you can immediately render and view your files.

We will have a monthly meet-up during which we encourage you to bring a text or document that you are interested in transcribing and encoding. We will spend the 1.5 hour working alongside each other in an environment that embraces discussion and questions. The purpose of this group is not to provide instruction at each session, although there may be opportunities for this, but rather to foster a learning community around the application of XML encoding standards, specifically TEI.

If you are interested in joining us, please register in advance. Also, we ask that you bring your own laptop and install a text editor that recognizes and validates XML (such as: Oxygen XML or Atom). We will meet in the Digital Studio open conference area. If you would like to schedule a consultation outside of this group, please contact Anna Kijas, Digital Scholarship Librarian, anna.kijas at bc.edu.

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