Past Events

The Spring 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 event archives.

Previous semesters:

Fall 2016

Digital Scholarship Open House

Date and Time: November 17, 2016 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Venue: Digital Studio, Room 205, O’Neill Library

Join us for an Open House where we will provide information regarding our skills and the services we offer, technology available to you, and digital scholarship projects at Boston College.

Schedule:
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Welcome & Introduction
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM – Overview
3:30 PM – 4:10 PM – Lightning Talks featuring speakers from various Boston College departments who are invested in digital scholarly projects:

  • Carolyn Twomey (doctoral candidate, History)
  • Joe Nugent (Associate Professor, English)
  • Jack Kearney (Digital Archives Specialist, Boston College Libraries)
  • Stephanie Leone (Associate Professor, Art History)
  • Nancy Adams (Digital Publishing Assistant, O’Neill Library)
  • Annalisa Moretti (Archives Assistant, Burns Library)

4:15 – 5:00 PM – Q&A and mingling


StorymapJS

Date and Time: November 10, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Venue: Digital Studio, Room 205, O’Neill Library

Description: Carli Spina(Assessment and Outreach Librarian) will introduce participants to StoryMapJS, where they will learn how to add media and information to a map or image. This session will demonstrate how to add text and other media to the default map as well as how to upload your own map or image. This tool may be of interest to participants who are interested in connecting content with geographic location or those who would like to explore classroom use. Session will run about 60 minutes, with 30 minutes afterwards for questions and discussion.

Pre-req: Users must have a Google account available to use StorymapJS.


Mapping your Data

Date and Time: October 28, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Venue: Digital Studio, Room 205, O’Neill Library

Description: Anna Kijas will introduce participants to the basics of using geographic data to create a visualization (map) with Carto (aka CartoDB), a web-based mapping and analysis tool. Application of historical and modern day map layers will be explored. Feel free to bring your own data with coordinates/locations, otherwise we will use a shared dataset. We will use Map Warper to find a historical basemap.

This session may be of interest to participants who are interested in visualizing historical data for humanities or social science projects or classroom use. Session will run about 60 minutes, with 30 minutes afterwards for questions and discussion.

Pre-req: Ability to use Google spreadsheets, and follow a template to modify CSS and other scripts. Please register for a free Carto account and a Map Warper account in advance of this session.


Getting started with text analysis using the HathiTrust Research Center

Date and Time: October 17, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Venue: Digital Studio, Room 205, O’Neill Library

Description: Eleanor Dickson (HTRC Digital Humanities Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will lead this session. Progressively greater access to digitized books and documents is creating opportunities for researchers to ask new data-driven questions about history, cultural trends, and literary and linguistic change. These research questions interrogate the textual human record at scales that can only be addressed algorithmically or quantitatively. The HathiTrust is a consortium of research libraries, and its digital library currently contains over 14 million items. The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) seeks to make this very large collection accessible for non-consumptive research via algorithmic text analysis. This session will introduce attendees to the HTRC’s tools and services, including how to execute algorithms against user-created sub-collections of text, how to use the HathiTrust+Bookworm tool for lexical trend discovery, and how to perform text analysis using HTRC-developed infrastructure and datasets.

Pre-req: None


Spring 2016

Archive and Analyze Tweets with TAGS

Date and Time: April 28, 2016 | 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
Venue: CTE Innovation Lab, Boston College

Description: Join Carli Spina (Head Librarian, Assessment and Outreach, O’Neill Library) to learn about TAGS a tool that allows you to harvest tweets, archive them in a Google Sheet, and then analyze them. We will look at setting up the archiving process as well as the related visualization tool that highlights connections between Twitter users and tweets. This tool is perfect for projects that involve analyzing tweet content or Twitter use and can also be useful in archiving tweets related to specific events and hashtags.

Pre-req: You will need a Twitter account and you will need to get a Twitter API key using your Twitter account (we will go over how to do this in the session). Bring your laptop to the session.


Visualizing your Temporal Data

Date and Time: April 13, 2016 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Venue: CTE Innovation Lab, Boston College

Description: Join Anna Kijas (Digital Scholarship Librarian, O’Neill Library) to learn how to create simple and clean timelines using timeline.js.

Pre-req: Basic understanding of HTML and ability to use Google Sheets. Bring your laptop to the session.


Mapping Spatial and Temporal Data

Date and Time: March 30, 2016 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Venue: CTE Innovation Lab, Boston College

Description: Join Anna Kijas (Digital Scholarship Librarian, O’Neill Library) for an introduction in creating a visualization (map) with data in CartoDB, 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.

Pre-req: No prior experience necessary. Create an account in CartoDB before attending. Bring your laptop to the session.


Take Control of your Work with Git!

Date and Time: March 15, 2016 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Venue: O’Neill Library, Rm. 413, Boston College

Description: Join Ben Florin (Web Developer, O’Neill Library) for a session on how to use Git and GitHub to work collaboratively on documents without stepping on each other’s toes.

Pre-req: No prior experience necessary. Bring your laptop to the session with the following free applications installed: GitHub Desktop, a GUI application for working with repositories on GitHub and Atom, a text editor.


Turn your Data into Interactive Tables using Tabletop.js

Date and Time: February 16, 2016 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Venue: CTE Innovation Lab, Boston College

Description: Join Nick Szydlowski (Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Boston College Law School) for an introduction in creating interactive tables from data in spreadsheets using tabletop.js. We will be using Google Drive and Google Sheets, as well as a Text Editor (such as Notepad++ (Windows) or TextWrangler (Mac)) to create test code.

Pre-req: Basic understanding of HTML and ability or willingness to read and modify javascript. Bring your laptop and have a text editor installed before arriving.

 

Header image: Jake Von Slatt, Steampunk Desktop, CC-BY-SA.