Training & Events

In partnership with departments across Duke and practitioners across the Research Triangle, Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) offers workshops and symposia focused on digital scholarship methods, tools, and best practices.  Here, you can learn about current and upcoming training opportunities and access materials from past events. Subscribe to our listserv for updates on digital scholarship-related events.

DSS Murthy Digital Studio Calendar, Spring 2015
Follow all events at @DukeDSS

jan 14
Edge Opening Reception #EdgeOpens

jan 21
3:00 Manifest Data by the Duke S-1 Lab #manifestdata

jan 28
4:00 DH Sandbox Chat, Norman Sandridge “Reading an Ancient Text ‘Holistically’ via the Digital Humanities” #dhSandbox

feb 4
4:00 DH Sandbox Chat, Hannah Jacobs “Visualizing the New Woman” #dhSandbox

feb 11
Digital Studio KEYNOTE EVENT! Mark Sample
(The Edge, Bostock Library, Level 1, West Campus, Duke University campus map) #samplehack

The Murthy Digital Studio, in conjunction with the Duke PhD Lab present an afternoon with Dr. Mark Sample!

1:00    Workshop: Hacking Texts: A Workshop on Deep Textual Hacks

Dr. Mark Sample, Duke Murthy Digital Studio, 2 hours in duration

In this workshop Dr. Mark Sample will lead us in a ‘deep hack’ exercise. Participants Mark Sample Workshopwill perform a textual hack by transforming a source text in a surprising and unpredictable way. The hacks will be an act of literary deformance, algorithmic text generation, or automated juxtaposition. Along the way, participants will learn about how complexity, intensity, connectivity, and shareability are involved in ‘deep’ hacking.

Workshop is based on one of Dr. Sample’s course assignments. Link to hack assignment:

Registration Required. Capped at 15 participants:

3:30     Keynote Presentation: Salvage Operations: Deformance, Breakdown, and Repair in the Humanities

Dr. Mark Sample, Mark Sample, Associate Professor of Digital Studies at Davidson College: Edge Workshop Room, All are Welcome to Attend

“Deformance” has gained traction in recent years as an alternative mode of Mark Sample Keynotehumanistic inquiry. First proposed by Jerome McGann and Lisa Samuels in 1999, deformance is premised upon deliberately misreading a text. In this talk I couple deformance with Nick Montfort’s more recent call for “exploratory programming” in order to challenge what counts as scholarship in the 21st century. In particular I argue that digital humanists need to create work that theorizes and thematizes breakdown, maintenance, and disrepair—all states of being we must necessarily grapple with if we truly want to understand the way the world works, and the way it doesn’t.


4:15    Roundtable: Hacking the Humanities: The Role of Deep Hacks, Deformance, Benevolent Spyware, & Creative Computing in Humanities Research

Dr. Mark Sample & Invited Experts Dr. Mark Olson, Libi Rose Striegl, and Aaron Kutnick (contributor bios), Edge Workshop Room, All are Welcome to Attend

Join a panel of artists, researchers, instructors, and computer programmers to discuss the role of ‘hacking’ in humanities research, teaching, and artistic practice. Panel members will engage the definition of hacking, as well as the term’s historical trajectory and its contemporary use, and will present various examples of academic ‘hacks’. We’ll ask: Is ‘hacking’ more than a simple buzzword when used in academia? How can we productively co-opt ‘hacking’ for pedagogical and research purposes? What role does hacking play in the humanities? It promises to be a provocative and engaging conversation!


5:00     Reception: Edge Workshop Room & Lounge

Sponsored by: Duke Libraries Digital Scholarship Services and the Franklin Humanities Institute PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge

feb 18 ***Rescheduled for next week feb 25!***

DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, we’ve decided to postpone our Voyant workshop until Feb 25, 2o15 at 4:00. Note updated schedule and flyer below. Join us next week!

feb 25
POSTPONED (again) due to Weather: To be Rescheduled
4:00 DH Studio Workshop, VOYANT, Stewart Varner (Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library Level 1, West Campus, Duke University campus map) #dssVoyant

Voyant Workshop

mar 4
4:00 DH Sandbox Chat, Anna Gibson, “Digital Dickens Notes: Form and Formation”
(Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library Level 1, West Campus, Duke University campus map) #dhSandbox

Anna Gibson, Digital Dickens Notes: Form and Formation. Anna Gibson will describe how her Digital Dickens Notes Project hopes to create an interactive and fluid edition of Charles Dickens’s working notes for his novels that can demonstrate and facilitate a mode of reading serial novel form with attention to process—to formation. The project is in its early stages of prototype development, beginning with the working notes to Our Mutual Friend. Gibson will introduce the Dickens notes and the project’s goals. The talk will focus on the methodological rationale for this type of digital edition as a way of exploring novel form-in-process rather than form-as-structure.
Project Site:, @dickensNotes

Anna Gibson is assistant professor of English at Duquesne University, where she works on nineteenth-century British literature with a focus on novels of the Victorian period. She received her Ph.D. in English from Duke in 2014, where she was a scholar in the Duke Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge. In addition to her work on the Digital Dickens Notes Project, she is currently working on a book manuscript about how Dickens, Eliot, and sensation fiction reshaped the sensory experience we recognize as a person. @AnnaMGibson


This event and all of our DH Sandbox Chats are now co-sponsored by our digitally innovative friends at the Duke Wired! Lab.

mar 11
Spring Break, No DSS Programming

mar 18
Digital Studio KEYNOTE EVENT! Alex Gil
(The Edge, Bostock Library, Level 1, West Campus, Duke University campus map)

The Murthy Digital Studio, in conjunction with the Duke PhD Lab present an afternoon with Alex Gil, aka @elotroalex, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division, Columbia University Libraries.

We’ll kick off with a DH Sandbox Chat which will be followed by hands-on Omeka workshop led by Alex Gil. We’ll then be treated to a keynote, Setting up playgrounds for the digital humanities, by Alex Gil.

1:00  Sonic Dictionary: A Digital Database of Sounds, Mary Caton Lingold joined by Darren Mueller, Will Shaw, and Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden, (contributor bios) DH Sandbox Chat, Murthy Digital Studio #dhSandbox

The Sonic Dictionary is an experimental reference source for audio culture built in Omeka. Essentially a database of audio recordings, the site houses material created and edited by students from multiple undergraduate courses. The Sonic Dictionary also features exhibits co-authored by student participants that curate individual recordings into narratives connected to broader course content.

In the Sandbox Chat, the Sonic Dictionary Project team will explain how they have used Omeka to execute a crowdsourced digital project across courses at Duke and other institutions. The use of a platform like Omeka makes it easy to get up-and-running with a project of this nature; it also presents challenges unique to a sound-based project that does not conform to Omeka’s conventional application.

By working with Omeka, students learn how to author meta-data, an exciting pedagogical activity that has exposed interesting challenges for the organization of sonic information. Sonic Dictionary participants also work with open-source audio-editing software Audacity and a range of recording equipment. All of these topics and more will discussed at the upcoming event.

2:15  Introduction to Omeka, Alex Gil, DH Studio Workshop, Murthy Digital Studio

Omeka is a tool to build online exhibits and collections around cultural artifacts. The open source platform was developed by the good people of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason. Omeka is now used by many scholars, librarians, curators and cultural workers of all stripes. In this workshop you will learn how to use the hosted version of the software on to create an online exhibit, and learn about the affordances of having your own hosted version elsewhere. In order to prepare for this workshop, you can get started by signing up for the free version, and collect some cultural objects (either remediated or born-digital). Do make sure to take a look at the showcase section on the Omeka site to see what some folks are doing with the software. Look forward to seeing you there.

4:15  Setting up playgrounds for the digital humanities, Alex Gil, Keynote, Edge Workshop Room

In this keynote presentation we will look at the general landscape of digital humanities around the world. We will explore digital humanities at the intersections between computational approaches to culture, knowledge design and curation, and scholarly networks. In particular, we will focus on the process of learning how to build projects and work collaboratively across university roles. Paradoxically, the best we can do at the beginning of an institutional engagement with digital humanities is to play in a spirit of ephemerality, while thinking the long term of the humanities and human technology.

5:00  Q& A and Reception to follow.

Alex GilAlex Gil is the Digital Scholarship Coordinator for the Libraries Humanities and History Division, and Affiliate Faculty of the English & Comparative Literature Department at Columbia University. He serves as a consultant to faculty, students and the library on the impact of technology on humanities research, pedagogy and scholarly communications.  His research interests focus on twentieth-century Caribbean literature and Digital Humanities, with an emphasis on textual studies. He has published in journals in Canada, France and the United States, while sustaining an open and robust online research presence. In 2010-2012 he was a fellow at the Scholars’ Lab and NINES at the University of Virginia, where he received his doctorate in English. He now serves as co-chair of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities initiative, and is actively engaged in several digital humanities projects at Columbia and around the world.

Sponsored by: Duke Libraries Digital Scholarship Services and the Franklin Humanities Institute PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge

mar 25
4:00 DH Studio Workshop, DEVONthink, Carson Holloway (Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library Level 1, West Campus, Duke University campus map)

apr 1
4:00 DH Sandbox Chat, One Person One Vote

apr 8
4:00 DH Sandbox Chat, Duke Wired! Lab

apr 15
3:00 DH Studio Workshop, DH Press, Micheal Newton

apr 22
Digital Studio KEYNOTE EVENT, Network Ecologies Arts in the Edge, Rebecca Norton & Karin + Shane Denson (The Edge, Bostock Library, Level 1, West Campus, Duke University campus map) #ArtsInTheEdge
Rebecca Norton:
Shane Denson:
Karin Denson:

apr 29
4:00 DH Studio Workshop, TBA

Our What I Do With Data series is aimed at inspiring innovative, exciting, and provocative data-based research projects. These presentations will be show-and-tell sessions that profile projects by artists, researchers, and project teams that demonstrate how data and data-based tools can be productively, and creatively, used for critical research. Each presenter will present his/her/their project and then sit for an audience-led Q&A.

The Murthy Digital Studio Workshops will be hands-on introductions to the tools we have in the Murthy Digital Studio and tools being used by our Digital Studio Project teams. Attendees will learn not only how to use the tools but also tips for using (and/or hacking) the tools to conduct critical research.

Our DH Sandbox Chats will be more intimate events designed to foster discussion, review, critique, and conversation about digital humanities projects. Each Chat will feature one or two presentations from a wide range of students, scholars, and professionals working on Digital Humanities projects that are either nearly finished, proposed, or in progress. A casual but critically-focused dialogue will follow.

Special Events will include

  • Digital Public Humanities presentations and workshops focused on tools for finding, conducting, and sharing research online. We will look at how social media, online scholarly networks, and web publishing tools can be successfully used to support your research project.
  • Keynote Presentations by Digital Scholarship leaders and innovators.
  • Roundtable events with teams of scholars discussing such topics as digital project rights management, digital dissertations, and the creative use of data in critical scholarly research.

Past Events




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