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Events and workshops: Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL)

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Digital Humanities Skills Workshop Series

The DH Skills workshop series is a partnership between the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL) and SFU Library’s Research Commons and is affiliated with the University of Victoria (ETCLDHSI, and UVic Libraries) and the University of British Columbia (UBC Library and UBC Advanced Research Computing). 

The workshops are free and open to to all, but registration is required.  Links to register are included under each workshop description.  Space is limited, so make sure to register soon to ensure a space. 

Introduction to Content Management Systems: Creating Exhibits with Omeka

Content Management Systems (CMS) allow users to create powerful websites with user-friendly interfaces. Omeka is a “free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions". Any person interested in creating online exhibits and managing digital objects will benefit from this course. Attendees are encouraged to bring digital items or texts that are meaningful to them. Attendees will learn how to digitize files and objects and create rich exhibitions using the Omeka platform.
 
Note: Please bring a laptop.
 
 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to using APIs: Wikipedia and Twitter

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are parts of a website’s code made available for to the public and can be used to query data in controlled amounts. This tutorial will provide attendees with a basic understanding of APIs and how to query data from Wikipedia and Twitter. In addition to technical knowledge, attendees will learn the difference between APIs and web scraping, as well as the tumultuous history of using the latter in scholarship. Attendees will be encouraged participate in critical discussion surrounding the ethics of each for scholarly use.

Notes:

  • No prior knowledge of APIs or programming is required.
  • Please bring a laptop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7301

Introduction to Twitter bots with Tracery

Using the Tracery story-grammar generation tool, participants will learn how to turn simple JSON lists into full-fledged Twitter bots like @Gastwon, (https://twitter.com/gastwon) @TaySEliot (https://twitter.com/tayseliot) or even @SoftLandscapes. (https://twitter.com/softlandscapes). No programming experience is necessary.

Please bring a fully charged laptop.

 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Digital Humanities Discussion Series @Us

You have a great set of research objects that you want to share publicly - but should you? You think it’s important to help your students share their work and engage in public conversations - but when should they be cautious? You want to share your research and your teaching practices on social media - but what about trolls?

While digital tools are helping researchers and teachers to share their work in unprecedented ways, they also raise questions about how to use them in ways that are ethical, productive, and safe.

@Us is a series of discussions that will take up these questions and more, offering participants a chance to think through issues, ask their own questions, share ideas and experiences, and get practical advice. We will suggest some optional readings to give participants some background for each topic. We will hold our discussion group at the Burnaby campus, on the first Thursday of every month, 1:30-2:30pm, through the Summer 2018 term; we are hoping to continue this discussion group beyond the term to create a space for ongoing conversations about critical DH for our community. Coffee and light refreshments served.

Digital Humanities Café 

The DH Café presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.  The theme for Spring 2018 is How Do You Put the Digital in a Humanities Project?.  

The workshops are free and open to to all, but registration is required.  Links to register are included under each workshop description.  Space is limited, so make sure to register soon to ensure a space.

The DH Café is a partnership between the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL) and SFU Library's Research Commons and is affiliated with KEY, SFU's Big Data Initiative

Past workshops