Fall 2019 - Digital Scholarship@UTSC


The Digital Scholarship @UTSC series fosters community and skill development around digital scholarship tools and issues. Events and workshops are open to all. 

Below is a listing of our workshops for fall 2019 - Events are open to anyone, but are capped at 25 registrants. Waitlisted registrants will be informed as soon as possible. 

Please let us know if you have any questions, or would like to collaborate on an event or workshop. Email digitalscholarship@utsc.utoronto.ca


Cleaning Messy Data with OpenRefine

When: September 19, 2019 - 10:30-12:30p.m. in the Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

A part of the data workflow is preparing the data for analysis. Some of this involves data cleaning, where errors in the data are identified and corrected or formatting made consistent. This step must be taken with the same care and attention to reproducibility as the analysis.

OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful free and open source tool for working with messy data: cleaning it and transforming it from one format into another.

This workshop will teach you to use OpenRefine to effectively clean and format data and automatically track any changes that you make. Many people comment that this tool saves them literally months of work trying to make these edits by hand.

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Introduction to Digital Curation with Omeka

When: September 24,  2019 - 11:00-1p.m. in the Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

Omeka provides open-source web publishing platforms for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits. By the end of this workshop, you will understand the basics of digital curation using Omeka - you will learn how to:

  • add items and describe them using a standard metadata schema
  • create a collection, and 
  • create an exhibit using Omeka. 

This workshop will help you understand how to construct a visual narrative using multimedia components, and will help you assess whether Omeka is the right tool for your project

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Digital Curation - Working with Omeka plugins

When: October 8, 2019 - 11:00-1p.m. in the Library Instruction Lab (AC286A) 

This workshop will give you an overview and understanding of Neatline, an Omeka plugin that allows you to create annotated timelines and maps that in order to create a curatorial narrative. Learn how to enable various Omeka plugins to create beautiful and complex maps, annotate images, and create narrative sequences that are interesting and informative. 

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Open Educational Resources

When: October 22, 2019 - 10:30-12:30p.m. in the Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

In the spirit of Open Access week, we’re walking you through all the openly licensed and freely available images, text, and media materials that are available for your classroom and projects. 
Learn how to find the best that the open web has to offer!

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Introduction to Data Visualization

When: November 7th, 2019 - 1:30-3:30pm in the Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

Data Visualization is relevant across disciplines as a method of communicating and gaining new insights from data, but what does it mean? Learn the basic types of visualization and a series of common, free tools for creating great visualizations.

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Introduction to 3D: Design, Model and Print

When: November 19th, 2019 –  12:00-1:30pm in the Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

An introduction to 3D tools and resources. The session will provide an overview of  3D designing (using Tinkercad), scanning and printing with a focus on the application of these tools within digital scholarship.

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Maximize your research impact

When: November 26th and 28th, 2019 in the Library Instruction Lab (AC286A)

Understanding how your researcher identity and your research outputs (articles, books, patents, conference proceedings, posters, data contributions, videos, blog posts, etc.) are measured and quantified is crucial for researchers at all stages to understand. How is your work found and used by others? What type of citation and usage footprint is your published work creating? What is the impact of your research and contribution to your community over time?

Your researcher identity is formed by combining all of your research output and its impact. Taking charge of your researcher identity can help distinguish your work from other authors, giving more accurate insight into your impact and helping create a portfolio of your contributions.

Workshop attendees will understand the importance of tracking the impact of your output and how this is done. You will also learn how to take charge of and manage your researcher identity so that you are uniquely identified and connected to all of your contributions over time. 

To receive GPS credit, you must also attend Part 1 and Part 2.

Part 1: Maximize Your Research Impact: Metrics & Context (Nov 26, 1-4p.m.)

Part one focuses on the environment regarding quantitative measures of research impact, their context and responsible use.

  1. Article level metrics (e.g. how your published work is tracked, used, and cited, as well as social media awareness, etc.) 
  2. Researcher metrics or quantitative output of the individual (e.g. h-index, citation metrics, etc.)
  3. Journal-level metrics to evaluate journals that you plan to submit manuscripts to (e.g. impact factor, CiteScore, etc.).

Part 2: Maximize Your Research Impact: Researcher Identity (Nov 28, 1-3p.m.)

Part two addresses the management of your researcher identity, focusing on:

  1. the importance of an author identifier (e.g. ORCID ID, author profiles, etc.) to distinguish you and your work from others;  

  2. Taking ownership of your author identity (e.g. Google Scholar Profiles, ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID) 

    You will also learn how to increase the visibility of your research; as well as assess the strengths and weaknesses of research quantification strategies. You will leave with the following outputs: ORCiD (author identifier) as well as the beginning of a personal research impact summary. 

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