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Events and workshops: Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL)

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 oXygen and XML [Online]

The de facto text editor for XML (Extensible Markup Language), oXygen XML Editor is a powerful and robust tool for authoring, editing, and publishing XML documents, including XHTML, TEI, and DocBook.

This workshop will introduce participants to the various features in oXygen, including built-in validation and customized project files, as well as demonstrate some of the most useful customizable features available in the editor, including custom code templates, author mode stylesheets, and built-in transformation scenarios.

In the end, participants should come away from the workshop with a better understanding of the various features in oXygen that can streamline their XML editing workflow.

Prerequisites: No technical experience or past experience with XML necessary.

Software: Instructions for downloading and setting up oXygen will be provided before the workshop.

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Dates Location
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Using Palladio for Social Network Visualization [Online]

 

Network gets to the heart of our fascination with the complex "connectedness" of modern society.  By definition, a network is a pattern of interconnections among a set of things. In a social network setting, you can think of it as a diagram that illustrates interconnections among people, groups, and organizatins. Palladio, developed by Stanford’s Humanities + Design Lab, is a web-based visualization tool for complex humanities data.  A super easy-to-use tool, it can be particularly good for beginners to network analysis.  This workshop will contextualize the exploration of Palladio within an intellectual inquiry–what drove the inquiry and what emerged from the data as a result of deep engagement of the visualization.  Specifically, the workshop will cover: 
  1. Network basic concepts 
  2. Introduction to Palladio 
  3. Example: using the Chinese Headtax data to visualize historical migration patterns 
  4. The caveats behind Palladio's ease of use 

If you are curious about what exactly "network" is, you may read this blog post Demystifying Networks by Scott B. Weingart. 

Technical requirements: Computer with access to the internet via an up-to-date browser.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Minimal Computing, or When Wordpress No Longer Sparks Joy [Online]

This workshop introduces participants to the various ideas and practices clustered under the term “minimal computing.” Defined by the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities group as “computing done under some set of significant constraints,” minimal computing offers a set of techniques for creating low-maintenance digital resources that are not only inexpensive (both in terms of material resources and technical debt), but are also sustainable and archivable (https://go-dh.github.io/mincomp/about/).

This 90-minute workshop will begin with a broad overview of the recent surge in academic interest surrounding minimal computing, particularly in the context of the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums), and will introduce participants to some of the reigning technologies available for creating minimal computing resources. Specifically, the workshop will show participants how to publish their own blog, research website, digital edition, or critical exhibit for free using Github and the static website generator, Jekyll.

Prerequisites: No technical experience necessary, but previous participation in the Github Workshop is encouraged.

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Dates Location
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Introduction to the Spatial Elements of Textual Analysis [Online]

Many humanities researchers have some form of geographical information included in their research, such as objects, images, or texts from or about a particular place; narratives about a person’s movement or a place’s change over time; or information about networks of people or organizations. Whether places and spaces are at the heart of your research or are a part of it, mapping can help answer research questions and generate new ones by visualizing your data in new ways. It can help tell a story about place or space. 

This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of getting started mapping with ArcGIS. We will discuss how to extract data from your research, get it ready for analysis, and upload it into ArcGIS. The workshop will help humanities researchers explore and map the spatial elements of their research with ArcGIS.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • extract data from their research;
  • get their data ready for spatial analysis;
  • upload data into ArcGIS Online;
  • use some basic mapping techniques with ArcGIS Online.

Software: ArcGIS Online. You do not need to install any software. However, if you wish to participate during the hands-on portion, please send an email to gis-software@sfu.ca at least one day ahead of workshop date to request an ArcGIS online account.

Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets.

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Dates Location
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Introduction to Spatial Data in Humanities: Creating Story Maps [Online]

Many humanities researchers have some form of geographical information included in their research, such as objects, images, or texts from or about a particular place; narratives about a person’s movement or a place’s change over time; or information about networks of people or organizations. Whether places and spaces are at the heart of your research or are a part of it, mapping can help answer research questions and generate new ones by visualizing your data in new ways. It can help tell a story about place or space. 

This workshop will cover spatial analysis - the potential applications of your geographic information. We will demonstrate the analytic functions included in ArcGIS and discuss how to create context for your spatial data. We will also introduce Story Maps, an app that helps turn place-based information into narratives with a combination of maps, images, and text. Note: for this workshop, we will assume that you have already attended the first workshop or are comfortable with the material covered there.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • create a Story Map;
  • extract spatial context from text.

Software: ArcGIS Online. You do not need to install any software. However, if you wish to participate during the hands-on portion, please send an email to gis-software@sfu.ca at least one day before the workshop date to request an ArcGIS online account.

Workshop page (SFU Canvas): GIS workshops page includes workshop descriptions and suggested streams for different disciplines, handouts, slides, and example datasets

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    Dates Location
    Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

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