Discover community and develop skills around digital scholarship tools and current practices.

From a roundtable with Tamil computing practitioners to research data management workshops, there's something for your digital scholarship interests! This event series is open to faculty, students, staff and community members.

Below is a listing of our workshops for winter 2020. Most events are open to all faculty, students, staff and community members, with most being capped at 25 registrants. Waitlisted registrants will be informed as soon as possible. 

Please let us know if you have any questions, or would like to collaborate on an event or workshop. Email digitalscholarship@utsc.utoronto.ca

Open Tamil Texts for Machine Processing

When: Saturday, January, 18th, 2020, 9:30 am - 11:30 am (EST - local time) ; 8.00 pm - 10:00 pm (IST - India/Sri Lankan Time) in the The BRIDGE Boardroom: IC 111

High-quality open Tamil-language texts are difficult to source, often requiring substantial cleaning in order to be used for scholarship and application development purposes. The Digital Tamil Studies project, based at the UTSC library has been developing partnerships to create better quality text data for machine processing. This subject is intertwined with many other activities such as Multilingual OCR, text analysis tools, and the existence and development of Multilingual Digital repositories and the Digital Tamil Studies community writ large. Please join us for a roundtable with Tamil computing experts discussing the latest developments in this area.  

Audience: Tamil Scholars and Computing Experts 

Learn more: https://tamil.digitalscholarship.utsc.utoronto.ca/open-tamil-texts-for-machine-processing

Zoom linkhttps://zoom.us/j/299051550
(The event is a virtual and in-person event.)

 

Finding Canadian Statistics

When: January 29, 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pm, UTSC Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to search strategies and techniques for accessing and exploring variables, including both averages and distributions, on population, family structure, household size and type, ethnic diversity, languages spoken, labour force participation, and income.  

Attendees will work through hands-on exercises to identify patterns, normalize data, create charts, graphs and other simple visualizations using Microsoft Excel. 

Note: This workshop will not cover statistical concepts or tests. Only very basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel is required. 

Audience: Open 

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Getting Started with Library Database APIs (CANCELLED)

When: February 12, 2020, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, UTSC Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

Many scholarly publishers, databases, and products offer APIs to allow users with programming skills to more powerfully extract data to serve a variety of research purposes.  Come learn about APIs and how you might employ them in your own work. 

Audience: Computer Science students, graduate students and faculty members with some programming abilities or interest.

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ArcGIS Online: An Introduction  

When: February 18, 2020, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, UTSC Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

Come discover, analyze and learn the basics of online mapping and GIS. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to accessing, manipulating, and visualizing data using the GIS platform, ArcGIS Online. 

This workshop is intended as a gentle introduction to GIS. No prior experience with GIS or ArcGIS is required. The content is aimed at the novice user who is curious about how to use GIS software for their course assignments and research. 
 
Audience: Open 

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Introduction to 3D Design, Scanning and Printing

When: February 26, 2020, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, UTSC Library Makerspace

An introduction to 3D tools and resources. The session will provide an overview of 3D designing (using Tinkercad), scanning and printing with a focus on the application of these tools within digital scholarship. This session will be held in the Library’s Makerspace. 

Audience: Open 

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Data Resources for Entrepreneurs - Part of the Entrepreneurship workshop series  

When: March 19, 2020, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, UTSC The BRIDGE Lab

The ability to ask and answer real-world questions from large and small data sets, and to communicate that information to others, is becoming a requirement for innovation and entrepreneurship. This interactive session will introduce you to the data literacy skills you will need to find, select, evaluate, and communicate stories from data that will help you with your business pitch and business plan. 

 Participants will learn to: 

  • find, identify, and select types of marketing, consumer, demographic and economic data 

  • navigate major databases and data catalogues, via hands-on experience 

  • critically evaluate the suitability of data resources to meet their needs 

Audience: Open 

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RDM Workshop (GPS accredited)  

When: March 24, 2020, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, UTSC Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

Managing research data is a critical part of the research process. Data management planning from the outset can save you valuable time as your project progresses and makes it easier for you to meet ethical, funding and government policy requirements for publicly funded research projects. Data management planning also ensures that your data will be accessible for replication and validation, and available to be used in future research projects as well as for educational purposes. 
 
Through a combination of lecture and interactive activities, this three-hour workshop will serve as a primer to managing research data throughout the research life cycle, with an emphasis on creating sound data management plans. The workshop will begin by describing the anatomy of a data management plan (DMP) and the best practices and tools available to assist with building a DMP. Requirement for data access and preservation from current (and future) funding agency mandates will also be discussed. 

Audience: Graduate Students 

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Data Visualization for Startups - Part of the Entrepreneurship workshop series  

When: March 26, 2020, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, UTSC Library

The ability to ask and answer real-world questions from large and small data sets, and to communicate that information to others visually, is becoming a requirement for innovation and entrepreneurship. This interactive session will introduce you to the data literacy skills you will need to select, clean, interpret, and communicate stories from data using data visualizations. Presenting data visually will help you create an engaging, informative, and compelling business plan and pitch.  

Participants will learn to: 

  • find, and select types of marketing, consumer, demographic and economic data 

  • process data in order to prepare it for use, via hands-on experience 

  • visualize the data in order to communicate information to the viewer, using charts, graphs, and maps  

Audience: Open 

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Open Government Week - "Finding Canadian Statistics"

When: May 5, 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pm, UTSC Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to search strategies and techniques for accessing and exploring variables, including both averages and distributions, on population, family structure, household size and type, ethnic diversity, languages spoken, labour force participation, and income.

Attendees will work through hands-on exercises to identify patterns, normalize data, create charts, graphs and other simple visualizations using Microsoft Excel.

Note: This workshop will not cover statistical concepts or tests. Only very basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel is required.

Audience: Open

Register