BC Libraries' DSG News & Announcements
Fall 2023, Issue 1 View online
News & Events
We Have A New DS Team!

We are excited to announce that our four new Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) members joined us over the summer: Lester Carver, Antonio LoPiano, Ashlyn Stewart, and Dave Thomas. Check out their bios to learn about them and their expertise. The new team is eager to work with students, staff, and faculty on research, projects, and instruction this fall.

Open House

Meet our new team members! We are hosting a casual open house on Wednesday, September 13th, from 1-3 p.m. in the O’Neill Library classroom 307. There will be lightning talks, demos, treats, and technology to explore. Drop by when it works for you. Talks will be at the top of each hour.

Our Services

Check out our new service descriptions and detailed documentation about project support and instruction. This documentation provides clarification on the kinds of projects we support and instruction we offer.

Featured Resources
Podcasting Canvas Module

The DSG Canvas podcasting module, "Building Your Podcasting Skills," has been updated. It introduces students to a range of storytelling and audio skills and can be used as a module to work through as well as a reference while creating podcasts. Faculty can add the module to their class’ Canvas site by:

  • Going to Canvas
  • Clicking on "Commons" (in the left-hand navigation bar) 
  • Searching for "Building Your Podcasting Skills" 
  • Clicking the "Import/Download" button (on the right)
  • Selecting the appropriate course(s)
Canvas Modules in Development

An increasing number of faculty in a wide array of disciplines are incorporating DS methods and tools into their courses across campus. In response, we are creating instructional Canvas modules that will provide fundamental DS knowledge and skills. Our first module, "Learning GIS and Thinking Geospatially," is an introduction to GIS and will be available for faculty to add to their Canvas course by the end of September. There are other data- and project-related modules to follow. We hope these modules will allow more BC students than ever before to learn new DS concepts and tools and allow the DSG to teach more advanced skills via in-class visits.

What is DS? Introductory Presentation

As part of our instruction program, we offer presentations on a range of topics, including "What is DS?," which introduces faculty and students to the DS landscape. Here's the presentation description: Make a dynamic map of Boston’s census demographic data, displaying the evolving ethnic composition of its neighborhoods over the last century. Scan a scientist’s field notebook, convert it to computer-readable text, and use the results to visualize the evolving word choice. Use network analysis tools to make an interactive social map of the individuals involved in national labor disputes. These examples and more represent what digital scholarship has to offer. If you are wondering what it might do for your research and teaching or student research and learning, we demonstrate the possibilities in our What is DS? introductory presentation.

Digital Projects

The DSG is working on a number of projects this year, including making a digitized 16th-century choir book interactive, analyzing the archeological artifacts of a local literary forebearer, conducting 3D modeling projects with the McMullen Museum of Art, and doing a passion project of our own that involves creating an accessibility app for the campus. We are excited to take on these projects and others. If you want to collaborate with us on a project, please complete our form.

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