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Fall Digital Humanities Events

September 11, 2017
Digital Humanities

If you are a scholar with an interest in the digital humanities (DH), you will be pleased to find a wide range of DH events in store for you at Alexander Library this semester. Whether you already have some experience with DH or are just getting started, these reading groups and hands-on workshops led by experts in the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI) will help you understand how to use DH methods and tools to support your research and teaching. RSVPs are encouraged—please see the individual event pages for additional information.

Digital Humanities Reading Group
Tuesday, September 19, 2–4 p.m.: Introduction
Tuesday, October 17, 2–4 p.m.: Digital Humanities in Interdisciplinary Spaces
Tuesday, November 14, 2–4 p.m.: Digital Humanities and Pedagogy
Tuesday, December 5, 2–4 p.m.: Digital Humanities Workshop
Digital Humanities Lab (Room 406-407)

Explore the rich possibilities of the digital humanities in the Rutgers DHI’s inaugural reading group. The following questions will guide our discussions and debates: What are the digital humanities? What is DH theory and how might DH theory transform disciplinary boundaries? Who can do digital humanities work? The reading group is an occasion for scholars who are interested in the digital humanities, regardless of technical expertise, to meet in a structured, low-stakes setting to explore and discuss DH methods, the pedagogical uses of DH, and current debates in the burgeoning field.

Citation Management with Zotero
Tuesday, September 26, 1–2 p.m.
Digital Humanities Lab (Room 406-407)

Zotero is a free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. In this introductory, hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to create collections for different projects, attach PDFs and notes to references, tag references for easy searching, and generate citations and bibliographies in Word. Bring your laptop and download Zotero 5.0 for your OS.

Thematic Maps in QGIS
Tuesday, October 24, 1–2:30 p.m.
IHL (Room 413)

Thematic maps show one or more themes (or variables) arranged spatially on a map. In this workshop, we’ll explore the basic building blocks of geospatial visualizations, including data types, file formats, and some ways of representing data, using a free and open source GIS called QGIS.

Collecting Social Media Data for Research
Thursday, November 16, 1–2:30 p.m.
IHL (Room 413)

This workshop is the first in a two-part series on social media data. Social media data provide researchers with a real-time view into a wide variety of social and cultural topics. In this workshop, we’ll explore beginning and intermediate tools for collecting social media data from services like Twitter and Instagram.

Manipulating and Analyzing Social Media Data in R
Tuesday, November 21, 1–2:30 p.m.
IHL (Room 413)

This workshop is the second of a two-part series. In this workshop, we’ll receive a gentle introduction to the R language and RStudio, the most commonly used integrated development environment for R. We’ll explore a social media dataset using some popular packages of the tidyverse collection, including dplyr and ggplot2.