The Digital Scholarship Lab and Map Data GIS Library are looking for 5 student assistants to help us run the two spaces this year. If you enjoy helping people and learning new things this might be the job for you. You can check out the posting on Workday. Questions? Please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Career Opportunity in the Digital Scholarship Lab
Brock University Library invites applications for a full-time contract position of Digital Scholarship Lab Coordinator.
The Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) Operations Coordinator is responsible for planning, coordinating and administering the daily operations of the Digital Scholarship Lab. The incumbent also works in collaboration with library and University colleagues to develop and implement integrated internal and external marketing communications and outreach initiatives to promote the DSL.
Apply online by August 10, 2021, 2021 at 12:01am EST.
Questions? Email email@example.com, Acting Head, Digital Scholarship Lab.
What’s New in the DSL for Fall 2020
The Fall 2020 term is set to be a very unique experience. The Digital Scholarship Lab at Brock University is working hard to put together some great new things for you to check out.
We’ve posted a full schedule of workshops for the term. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about R, Visualizations, how GIS works, or even how to create a bibliography for your paper, we’ve got your covered. Our completed listing can be found on ExperienceBU.
We talk a lot about visualization as a cool way of presenting your findings, and we spend a good amount of time teaching people how to use visualization software, now we want to see what you can cook up. For the first time ever we are holding a design a visualization contest. If you’ve created a visualization in one of our workshops, or for some work you’re doing for a class or project, we want to see it. The winner will get a gift card and their work will be highlighted on the DSL visualization wall (once it’s safe to go back to campus of course)
Interested? Find the Full details and Submission Form on our website.
Did you know that the The Digital Scholarship Lab has a podcast? It’s called “Steering the Digital Scholarship” and it chronicles the work we’ve been doing with the lab. It features interviews with different people on campus doing digital scholarship work and features lots of nautical puns. Find more information on the Podcast Homepage or subscribe directly via RSS. We are also listed on Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.
Be sure to check our website throughout the term. We keep adding more tutorials and resources there to help you explore and learn about digital scholarship.
Best of luck with your classes!
Introduction to Compute Canada Resources Coming to Brock Library
Research often involves computational demands that exceed the resources contained within a laboratory or research institute. Some common research computing challenges include data storage, execution of large scale computational cycles, as well as access to advanced research computing (ARC) expertise. Did you know that Brock University is partnered with Compute Canada? Compute Canada deploys state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions which helps accelerate research and innovation. Compute Canada’s vision is to “make Canada a world leader in the use of advanced computing for research, discovery and innovation.” You can access this amazing resource right here on campus!
On January 15th from 10-11 AM the Brock University Library’s Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) will be hosting an Introduction to the Compute Canada Federation research computing resources. This session provides an introduction to the ARC resources offered by the Compute Canada Federation with demonstrations of accessing the national storage infrastructure, executing programs on the national general purpose compute clusters as well as a tour of the documentation, support and training materials.
This workshop is open to everyone and is being held in the DSL, located at the front of the Rankin Family Pavilion.
To register please visit Eventbrite.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Two Day Data Carpentry Event Coming to Brock
Coming to the Brock Digital Scholarship Lab February 2020, a two day Data Carpentry workshop!
Data Carpentry develops the fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Its target audience is researchers who have little to no prior computational experience, and its lessons are domain specific, building on learners’ existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.
This course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You do not need to have previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.
For more information on what will be taught and why, please see the paper “Good Enough Practices for Scientific Computing“.
All the details about this event can be found on ExperienceBU.
Contact: Please email email@example.com for more information.
Explore Digital Scholarship This Fall
September is here and we are very excited to welcome everyone back to Brock University for the Fall semester! We hope you are as ready to get back to learning and doing as we are.
This Fall the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab is offering a series of hands-on workshops, each of which focuses on a different tool or skill that will be beneficial to your learning experience and will also give you skills to add to your resumé. Another bonus of attending these workshops, is that they will earn you credit towards your Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum Certificate. Each workshop is open to everyone. Workshops included in this series are as follows:
September 12 – Introduction to OpenRefine
September 18 – Introduction to R
September 27 – Introduction to Data Visualization
October 1 – ArcGIS Pro: the software, a flu outbreak and network analysis
October 7 – Introduction to Python
October 15-16 – Software Carpentry. This is a two day even that requires a small fee to attend.
October 21 – Introduction to Data Science with Python. Case Study: Sci-Hub close to home
October 30 – Python 2.0. Attendance to the first Python workshop is beneficial but is not required.
November 6 – Introduction to R – Nov. 6
November 11 – Introduction to the Command Line
November 12 – Intro. to Data Visualization – Nov. 12
November 20 – Introduction to PowerBI
November 26 – Introduction to Tableau
To learn more about the series including dates, times and registration information, please visit ExperienceBU. For questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Draw a Pig Blindfolded
Have you ever wondered who Sean O’Sullivan is and why Brock University has a theatre named after him? Have you pondered over Brock Library’s namesake James A. Gibson? Or perhaps you’ve contemplated what it takes to be a bee keeper or how to draw a pig blindfolded?
Well if you have or even if you haven’t mused over such musings, your interest must certainly be piqued! You’re encouraged to take a peak at some of the curiosities and treasures held in Brock’s Archives and Special Collections by accessing some exceptional new online exhibits.
Special Collections staff have been hard at work digitizing their collection to make it more accessible to you and in partnership with the Brock Digital Scholarship Lab they have been developing intriguing online exhibits to showcase their many resources.
By visiting these online exhibits you will learn about who Sean O’Sullivan was, see wrestling trading cards from the 1930’s, learn about Niagara’s very own Alexander Hamilton, explore the Welland Canals, and view photographs of a very young St. Catharines! You can even read a letter that the 1941 Toronto Maple Leaf’s coach Hap Day wrote to St. Catharines Mayor Charles Daley under the instruction of Conn Smythe! This list of prized content truly does not do the collection justice.
Visit the following links to explore and experience the Brock Special Collections for yourself:
For more information on the Archives and Special Collections visit: https://brocku.ca/library/collections/special-collections-archives/ or drop by the 10th floor of the Schmon Tower.
If you are interested in how these exhibits were created using the platform Omeka S and would like to learn how you can create your own exhibit, contact the Brock Digital Scholarship Lab at: email@example.com and visit https://brocku.ca/library/dsl/.
NEW ArcGIS Pro Workshop
Interested in learning ArcGIS Pro by really digging into the software and using realistic data? This workshop, offered in partnership by the Map, Data and GIS Library and the Digital Scholarship Lab, will use a fictitious scenario about a flu outbreak in St. Catharines. In this workshop we will geolocate each incident of the flu and determine what schools should be shut down based on their proximity to flu incidents. We will also use network analysis to calculate the nearest medical centres. In attending this workshop, you will learn the basics of creating a visually pleasing layout and how to share your work with others. This event is open to everyone, no previous ArcGIS experience is necessary.
When: Thursday, June 27, 10-12 AM
Where: Brock University, James A. Gibson Library – Classroom A (ST228)
Note: Registration for this event ends June 25th
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Introduction to Data Science with Python. Case Study: Sci-Hub close to home
At the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab, we are not only exploring a wide variety of tools for data processing, analysis, and visualization, as well as digital pedagogy, we are also considering ways of interacting with these tools in unique ways as a method of demonstrating the vast possibilities digital scholarship offers. In our upcoming workshop: Introduction to Data Science with Python, we will be teaching the basics of data science and visualizing results by investigating the Niagara Region’s Sci-Hub usage for 2017 through the case study: “Sci-Hub close to home”.
The SCI-Hub database is famed for providing unrestricted access to a plethora of research papers that would normally be blocked by paywalls. In this workshop, attendees will see how quickly and easily using Anaconda and Jupyter Notebooks will enable them to analyze the Sci-Hub Download Log of 2017. We will also be exploring two more ingredients; Pandas https://pandas.pydata.org/ and matplotlib https://matplotlib.org/.
No previous knowledge of coding or statistics is required for this workshop. All you need is your curiosity.
When: Monday, June 24th from 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Where: James A. Gibson Library, Brock University, Classroom A (ST228)
To register for this event, please visit: Eventbrite
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Digital Exhibit Brings to Life the Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald Archival Fonds
The Brock University Archives and Special Collections has again partnered with the Digital Scholarship Lab to create a digital exhibit showcasing one of their unique collections. This particular exhibit features a guided history of the life and literature of Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald, which was developed by Shauna Ribaric, Digital Resource Assistant.
Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857-1947) was raised in Rockwood, Ontario and was home schooled, unlike her brothers who attended Rockwood Academy, a boarding school owned and operated by their father William. Eventually Wetherald attended boarding schools in both the United States and Ontario and went on to develop a real talent for writing. She was a contributing author for The Toronto Globe, writing on a variety of topics, but was also a highly respected poet. In this exhibit, Ribaric takes a very thoughtful approach to not only providing a snapshot of Wetherald’s life, but also highlights how her life influenced her writing and displays how the subject matter of Wetherald’s writing changed over time as a reflection of the changes that took place throughout her life.
Creating a digital exhibit such as this is not a quick and easy process. Ribaric has done a remarkable job of analyzing an entire archival collection to tell one woman’s story. Ribaric explained the approach she took when developing her project: “I had scanned some material from this collection for the Digital Repository, but quickly found that an exhibit required a different perspective. I did some research using some of the books in Archives and Special Collections (included in my source list) and decided to do a chronological approach to Ethelwyn’s life. There were quite a few moments in her life that seemed to impact her writing style and I found it interesting how life influences both style and subject matter in Ethelwyn’s writing. The items I chose had to reveal more of her life story instead of just revealing items in the collection.”
This collection was brought to life using Omeka, a publishing platform for sharing digital collections, just one of many useful tools supported by the Digital Scholarship Lab. Ribaric and her colleagues in the Archives and Special Collections have spent quite a bit of time learning how to use this tool to share content: “It’s a great way to exhibit our diverse collections and shine a spotlight on important figures or events in our area. A completely different way for our users to experience our Archives. These kinds of exhibits enable us to reveal some of the interesting work happening in the Archives and Special Collections. A digital exhibit can be a great way to share a glimpse of a collection, but also link the user to a finding aid that includes so much more. Our collections also become much more accessible to the broader Niagara community who may be interested in certain historical figures/events from our area. Digital is the direction that our users are moving and I think it’s important that we keep ourselves relevant for researchers both in the Brock community and beyond. The digital repository has allowed us to connect with researchers internationally and I think Omeka will continue to support the effort to reach as many researchers as possible.”
To view the Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald Fonds or other unique collections, visit the Brock Arcvhies and Special Collections located on the 10th floor of the Schmon Tower in the James A. Gibson Library. For more information visit their website.
If you are interested in learning more about Omeka or other digital tools, please contact the Digital Scholarship Lab at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.