Month: January 2015

New year, looking back and ahead

Welcome back!

As the new calendar year starts it’s nice to look back and see what kept us busy over the previous 12 months. This review is particularly meaningful to us in Digital Scholarship Services since we only got our start a little more than a year ago.

So let’s see what DSS did last year. Here’s a word cloud made with Wordle (a simple text analysis and visualization tool) from the descriptions of all our service interactions for 2014:


The more frequently a word was used in our descriptions the larger it is displayed in the word cloud. (The colors are randomly generated and are pretty but meaningless). As you can see, we talked with scholars quite a bit about their projects, collections, data and visualization, and websites using WordPress and Omeka. We frequently referred people to our Faculty Digital Archive (FDA) to store and share their papers and other data. We helped you understand copyright and fair use;  showed you how to create, manipulate, and store your media (including scanning, images, and video); and pointed you toward GIS and mapping support from NYU Data Services.

In the coming months we will be sponsoring a series of workshops for graduate students  as well as several public events on Digital Humanities methods and tools, and investigating the use of Omeka in a small pilot project. We will continue to offer consultation and to support projects in all the ways described here.

To learn more about how NYU Digital Scholarship Services can help you, check out the services we offer, read about a few of the projects that we have supported, or contact us for an appointment.

We look forward to working with you in the coming year.

Spring 2015 Workshops in Digital Humanities for NYU Graduate Students

Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods

The 2015 Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities offer NYU graduate students an intensive introduction to tools and methods for digital scholarship through day-long, hands-on sessions with experts in the field. Workshops will explore diverse approaches to research ranging from text markup and analysis to data visualization and mapping.

You must register to attend. All workshops will be held in Bobst Library.

Follow the links below for more information and to register.

Bibliographic Metadata for Digital Humanists, April 3rd, 9:30-4
This workshop will introduce methods for extracting metadata from different types of online catalogs and will include a brief overview of Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC), the chief format for bibliographic information.

Geospatial Analysis and the Digital Humanities: Principles, Tools, and Process, April 10th, 9:30-4
Digital humanists often incorporate Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  into the process of interpreting texts and culture. This workshop will explore some of these methods as we integrate several data sets into GIS software and mapping platforms designed for digital humanities inquiry.

Copyright Issues for Digital Humanists, April 17th, 2-5pm
This workshop will start with an overview of general copyright issues, and then delve into specific issues and practical applications of copyright law in digital humanities.

DH101, May 27th, 9:30-4
Many DH projects rely on a core set of skills: finding, cleaning, and organizing data; asking meaningful questions of that data; and visualizing it. In this workshop, we’ll work together on one set of sources, going from zero to DH project over the course of a day.

DH DevOps: Core Skills and Foundations, May 29th, 9:30-4
Building on the DH101 workshop, we will cover the foundations of critical computing in the humanities.

Introduction to TEI, June 2nd, 9:30-4
This session will teach the basics of coding in XML (eXtensible Markup Language) using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines.

Large Scale Text Analysis with R, June 3rd, 9:30-4
In this workshop, we will explore the different methods through which text mining can be used to “read” text in new ways.

Introduction to Project Development, June 8th, 9:30-4
This workshop will explore the fundamentals of project planning and design.

Content, Curation, and Publication: Using WordPress and Omeka to Tell Scholarly Stories, June 10th, 9:30-4
This workshop will explore how the platforms WordPress and Omeka can help scholars publish their work by creating dynamic digital publications and exhibitions.

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