Digital Scholarship Research Institute
The Digital Scholarship Research Institute (DSRI) is a two-day intensive institute for Tri-Co faculty to explore interdisciplinary digital scholarship research and teaching methods through hands-on workshops and guided practices. We welcome both faculty new to digital scholarship and those interested in taking their skills to the next level. You can expect to gain experience with fundamental digital scholarship tools and methods including navigating your computer via the command line, cleaning messy data, practicing version control, and sharing your work publicly, while also learning about local digital scholarship communities and support.
The Digital Scholarship Research Institute will be hosted in room 245 of the newly renovated Park Science Building at Bryn Mawr College from May 6-7, 2019. Workshops and events will be held 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. on May 6th, and 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M. on May 7th. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be catered on both days, and a beer and wine reception with hors d’oeuvres will be provided on the second day.
Because an essential aspect of the DSRI is building community among Tri-Co faculty members interested in digital scholarship, participants are expected to commit to attending the full two-day experience at Bryn Mawr College from May 6-7, 2019 and to attend all of the workshops, seminars, and events during this time. (See childcare options provided or recommended by Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore.)
The DSRI is sponsored by Bryn Mawr College’s LITS, Haverford College Libraries, and Swarthmore Libraries. The Tri-Co DSRI was developed as part of the NEH-sponsored Digital Humanities Research Institute hosted at the CUNY Grad Center in June 2018.
Park Science Center
Bryn Mawr College
Monday, May 6, 2019
|8:45 - 9:00am||Registration & Breakfast|
|9:00 - 10:00||Introductions & Overview|
|10:00 - 10:30||Installations & Break|
|10:30 - 12:00pm||Introduction to the Command Line, Part I|
|12:00 - 1:30||Lunch|
|1:30 - 2:30||Introduction to the Command Line, Part II|
|2:30 - 2:45||Break|
|2:45 - 4:00||GitHub for Scholars, Part I|
|4:00 - 5:00||Wrap-Up & Happy Hour Installations|
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
|8:45 - 9:00am||Breakfast|
|9:00 - 9:30||Introductions & Overview|
|9:30 - 10:45||GitHub for Scholars, Part II|
|10:45 - 11:00||Break|
|11:00 - 12:15pm||Tidy(ish) Data, Part I|
|12:15 - 1:30||Lunch|
|1:30 - 2:45||Tidy(ish) Data, Part 2|
|2:45 - 3:00||Break|
|3:00 - 4:30||Project Workshop|
|4:30 - 5:00||Wrap-up & Feedback Form|
|5:00 - 6:30||Reception|
The command line is a powerful, text-based way to interact with your computer. You can automate tasks such as creating, copying, and converting files, set up your programming environment, run programs, control other computers remotely, and access programs and utilities that do not have graphical equivalents. In this introduction, we will learn common commands to explore and manipulate a simple data set. By the end of the session, we’ll be able to navigate your computer, create and manipulate files, and transform text-based data using only the command line. Stepping away from a point-and-click workflow, we move into an environment where we have more minute control over each task we’d like the computer to perform. In addition to being a useful tool in itself, the command line gives us access to a second set of programs and utilities and is a complement to learning programming.
Why learn the command line?
Beyond being one of the most fundamental and powerful ways to interact with your computer, learning the basics of the command line will make it easier to use a number of digital scholarship methods and tools.
Further reading: ProfHacker / Programming Historian
In order to begin thinking about digital methods, scholars must first make the conceptual leap toward thinking about their research as data. How do we get at the data in our research and how do we make it useful and usable by machines? What are some of the promises (and perils) of reframing research as data? By the end of the session, we’ll be introduced to strategies and tools for taking very different kinds of information and creating well-formed data, data that can then be used for analysis or visualization.
Why learn to keep your data clean and tidy?
Further reading: Programming Historian
Git is a tool for managing changes to a set of files. It allows users to recover earlier versions of a project, and collaborate with other contributors. GitHub is a web-based platform that provides access to open source repositories and facilitates collaboration on files, code, or datasets. This session will introduce participants to version control and collaboration using Git and GitHub, and demonstrate their use in digital projects.
Why learn git/GitHub?
If you’ve ever wanted a clean way to keep an organized history of your documents, data, or code without saving dozens of numbered copies of the same files, git and Github can help while also facilitating collaborative research and authoring.
Further reading: PhDComics / Version Control and Academic Writing
Andrew Janco is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Haverford College. He has a passion for inquiry-driven and community-engaged digital projects. Andy is the lead developer working on a digital archive and research application for the Groupo de Apoyo Mutuo, Guatemala's oldest human rights organization. He also works on applied artificial intelligence for humanities and social science research. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family in the woods or by the water, brews beer, and translates poetry from Russian.
Jessica Linker is the CLIR Humanities and Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr College. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Connecticut, and her MA in History from Brown University. At Wellesley College, she majored in History and minored in Computer Science. She has worked on a number of digital projects and initiatives, the most recent being the Provenance Online Project and The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.
Alice McGrath is the Digital Scholarship Specialist at Bryn Mawr College. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in eighteenth-century British literature and gender and sexuality studies. Before coming to Bryn Mawr in 2019, she was the Postdoctoral Fellow for Accessibility at Penn Libraries, where she helped develop the Accessibility Mapping Project and served as research coordinator for the Early Novels Database.
Nabil Kashyap is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Swarthmore College. As developer, designer, and project manager, his work has ranged from radical digital archives to participatory computational linguistics. He is increasingly involved in student programs and projects that bridge critical and technical pedagogy. He holds an MSI from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the University of Montana.
Alicia Peaker is the Director of Digital Scholarship, Critical Making, and Digital Collections Management at Bryn Mawr College. Alicia Peaker received her Ph.D. in English from Northeastern University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Digital Liberal Arts at Middlebury College. She has also worked as the Co-Director for Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, the Project Manager for the Women Writers Project, and the Managing & Development Editor for GradHacker at InsideHigherEd.
Roberto Vargas is the Research Librarian for Humanities & Interdisciplinary Studies at Swarthmore College. He is also responsible for supporting, developing and maintaining digital scholarship projects. Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and now residing in Philadelphia, he moves from English to Spanish on a daily basis and from Mexico to the US regularly. He is interested in the careful and ethical use of technology.
Mike Zarafonetis is the Coordinator for Digital Scholarship and Research Services at Haverford College. He earned his PhD in History from Auburn University and B.A. from Kalamazoo College, where he majored in Computer Science. At Haverford, he coordinates a digital scholarship program in the library that partners with Haverford faculty, students, and staff to create scholarship informed and shaped by digital tools and methods. He also teaches in the Museum Studies program at the University of Delaware. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, deadlifts, video games, and spending time with his dog.