This workshop provides a brief introduction to data visualization design principles, and gives participants hands-on experience with Tableau, enabling them visualize data in a variety of ways (geospatially, relationally, and statistically, among others). Part of the MSU Digital Humanities Workshop series, this introductory workshop is open to anyone – students, faculty, staff, the public – from any disciplinary background.
Michael Laney (MSU Libraries Vincent Voice Library) will offer an introduction to Audio Analysis examining current trends in scholarship and looking towards ways audio analysis can be integrated into digital humanities projects. The workshop will begin with a brief survey of available audio analysis tools before examining the ways that waveforms and spectrographs can be used to recognize patterns and similarities in audio data on the micro and macro level. Finally, the workshop will examine how these elements can be integrated into digital humanities projects. Part of the MSU Digital Humanities Workshop series, this introductory workshop is open to anyone – students, faculty, staff, the public – from any disciplinary background.
Sharing your research data is a crucial step in the lifecycle of your project. Funders expect it, it’s good for your scholarly reputation, and it promotes transparency and reproducibility. But how can you share your data effectively? Choosing the right repository and making the most of its capabilities will result in better discovery and citation of your data. This workshop surveys the features of general self-service repositories, explains the requirements for data preparation, and equips participants to prepare and package their data to get the most benefit from their effort. This workshop builds on last semester’s Crash Course in Research Data Management, but is not required for attendance.
Federal, state, and local governments are increasingly sharing datasets to improve transparency and allow scholars, businesses, and citizens to leverage data and conduct research to improve their cities. However, this data is often segmented into multiple separate streams, malformed, or shared in inconvenient formats. If we wish to preserve and mirror copies of this data, or to use it for research, policy development, government accountability, organizing, reformatting, and documenting the data is a crucial component.
In this workshop, we will talk about best practices for ‘Tidy Data’ and use OpenRefine to work through several issues common to open data. You will leave the workshop with hands on experience organizing and formatting data, as well as some resources to help you work on your own data-driven projects.
All digital files are vulnerable to decay and loss. Sometimes a hard drive fails or a file becomes corrupted. But we can also lose files due to bad data management habits, obsolete technology, or, paradoxically, because we have too many copies and too many storage options. It is easy to overlook the digital photos, documents, and other files we create in daily life, in our personal research, and in our citizen science and historian scholarship. This workshop helps participants identify their most valuable computer files and create a plan for backup, self-curation, and preservation. Side effects may include improved ability to find and share files, and more restful sleep at night.
Census data provides some of the best longitudinal demographic data available and is used by a wide range of disciplines and research. In this workshop you will learn about how census data is collected and structured, how to access it from a variety of sources, why the census is important and what changes may be coming for census data in current proposed legislation.
Have you ever lost a project file? Been unable to find the most recent version of a document? Suffered hard drive failure or had your laptop stolen? Been unable to open old files? Been told your data management plan wasn’t detailed enough? Forgotten which file was which? Even small research projects can generate enough data and digital material to become confusing and vulnerable to loss. Start your next project (or class) out with a plan to keep your project organized and your data safe, from inception until you are ready to share, reuse, or revisit the project whether next month or years from now. This workshop will provide strategies and insights for managing your data for effective collaboration, to meet funder requirements, or to preserve it for reuse or sharing in the future. Part of the MSU Digital Humanities Workshop series, this introductory workshop is open to anyone – students, faculty, staff, the public – from any disciplinary background.
Twine is a powerful yet accessible tool for creating text-based games and interactive fictions that has many potentials for classrooms of all kinds. Twine has been used to create notable games such as the award-winning, controversial Depression Quest, and has been a platform for marginalized game developers to create and share their own stories. This workshop will introduce how Twine can be used to empower student voices in a similar way, and how Twine can model digital rhetorics, narratives, concepts, and theories for the Digital Humanities classroom and beyond. By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to create their own Twine games, and how Twine can contribute to their own projects.