Articles by author: afloyd

  • Workshop: Introduction to the Command Line

    Do you ever have to repeat the same process over and over again when using your computer? Of course you do. Come to this workshop for an introduction to the command line to help automate those tasks. We’ll be exploring the BASH shell and learning about a series of tiny programs that do things very well. 

    Where: Classroom A (ST228) – James A. Gibson Library

    When: December 20th, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

    Sign up at: ExperienceBU or email dsl@brocku.ca

    This workshop is being offered by the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab.

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  • Digital Scholarship Lab Offers Omeka

    The Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab is now offering Omeka, Omeka support and project collaborations! What is Omeka you ask?  It is a digital exhibit platform that allows users to create independently curated exhibits.  It is an amazing tool that is built with preservation and good data principles in mind.  With Omeka you can display documents, images and other material in a guided exhibit.  Omeka allows for groups to work together to build one exhibit by sharing a collaboratively built pool of items and metadata and is an excellent tool for sharing your research with the world!

    If you are interested in viewing an example of how Omeka can be used, the DSL in collaboration with the Brock Archives and Special Collections, have created the Omeka gallery: When the Prince of Wales Came to Niagara. The project provides a detailed account of a goodwill tour Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, took of North America in 1860, focusing on the Niagara leg of the trip.  As you will see, the gallery includes specific subjects (events), text and high quality images to support the information. Using this as a tool to disseminate your research is ideal for many reasons, including the fact that it allows you to direct users through your project in the order you planned for your research to be delivered.

    So tell us, what do you think of Omeka? Do you have comments about the Prince of Wales gallery? Are you interested in learning more about Omeka or collaborating with the DSL on a project? We want to hear from you! Contact us at dsl@brocku.ca or via one of our social media channels.

    Continue to visit our Projects page to see more of what the DSL is up to!

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  • Introduction to ArcGIS – DSL Style

    On Wednesday, December 5 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in Classroom A on the main floor of the James A. Gibson Library, the Digital Scholarship Lab, in partnership with the Map, Data and GIS Library, is hosting an Introduction to ArcGIS workshop.

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to create maps and analyze geospatial data. GIS tools can be used to create data visualizations for a variety projects and its functionality is not constrained to geographical research projects alone. Some examples of diverse GIS applications include research on: disease control, agriculture, tourism, astronomy, archaeology, human behavior, shipping routes and traffic, wildlife tracking, climate change, crime patterns, banking, gaming, history, humanitarianism, and sports. The options really are endless.

    In this workshop you will learn basic functionality of Esri’s front-running software, ArcGIS Pro. Using a fictional scenario, we will use GIS to determine where Starbucks Corporation should build a new coffee shop based on certain criteria. Although previous experience with GIS is helpful, beginners are welcome! This workshop is a great first step in determining if GIS can be applied to your research projects and presentations.

    Sign up at: ExperienceBU or email us at dsl@brocku.ca

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  • DSL Invites YOU to Introductory GitHub Workshop

    The Digital Scholarship Lab is hosting a GitHub and version control workshop on Wednesday, December 5th from 2-4:30 p.m. in Classroom A of the James A. Gibson Library.  This is an introductory workshop and is open to everyone. There is no cost to attend this event.

    GitHub is a very useful version control system that allows for efficient and effective project collaboration. GitHub allows multiple people to share and edit projects, as well as track revisions. If you are working on a group research project, want to connect with other GitHub users, or simply would like more information on this innovative tool then this workshop is for you.

    Sign up at: ExperienceBU or email us at dsl@brocku.ca.

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  • Introducing the Brock Digital Scholarship Lab

    Everything is coming together! The building is almost built and the digital scholarship team has formed.  Your DSL team includes: Tim Ribaric – Acting Head, Map Data GIS Library / Digital Scholarship Lab, Daniel Brett – Digital Scholarship Lab Technical Support, and Alicia Floyd – Digital Scholarship Service Coordinator. Together we are working hard to plan services, workshops and investigate innovative digital tools for the Brock community to benefit from.

    The lab itself will feature work stations, high performance computers, and visualization panels.  Some of the digital tools that will be available for use include: Omeka, Tableau, GitHub, OpenRefine, and Jupyter Notebooks, just to name a few.  The DSL team will also host workshops on these tools from introductory level to more advanced, and will offer Compute Canada workshops and webinars, R drop-in sessions, and Python Jams. Experts will be available to assist with Research Data Management and to help users choose the most useful tool for their research initiative.

    Stay connected with the DSL through our various social media channels or email us at dsl@brocku.ca.

    Photograph Attribution: Scott Roper

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