15 January 2016

Upcoming Events

Join us at one of the following Digital Scholarship Services-sponsored or co-sponsored events this fall, to learn more about digital scholarship projects, approaches, tools, and issues. For a chronological listing of all digital research-related events, check the upcoming events box at https://library.duke.edu/research/digital-research-projects. Information about past events sponsored by Digital Scholarship Services can be found here: http://sites.duke.edu/digital/past-events/.

M&M: Conversations around Digital Scholarship & Libraries

Mondays, January 23 – May 15
12:00-1:00 PM
Murthy Digital Studio, The Edge (Bostock Library Level 1)

The Munch and Mull (M&M) discussion group provides a space for informally discussing digital tools, methods, issues, and trends and considering how librarians are and can be involved in ways that promote scholarship. Bring your lunch and your curiosity. All are welcome! And if you’re interested in hearing more about Munch and Mull, sign up for our email list.

Themes for this spring’s discussions:

Unconventional Curriculum

  • Feb 20 -The 2017 Horizon Report: AI isn’t as far off as you think…
  • Mar 13 – Fundamentals of Computational Literacy
  • Mar 20 – Data Curation

Digital Projects at Duke Libraries

  • Jan 23 – UNC/Duke Wikipedia Challenge
  • Jan 30 – Student Activism at Duke
  • Feb 6 – TOC Text-Mining Project
  • Mar 6 – Using DH to Disrupt Gender: Lessons Learned from Project Vox Collaborators

Managing Research

  • Mar 27 – Research Data Management for Humanists
  • April 24 – 3D Mapping Online
  • May 1 – Institutional Repositories
  • May 8 – Repositories for Humanists
  • May 15  – Open Science Frameworks

Digital Scholarship Services Open House

Friday, February 17
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Workshop Room, The Edge (Bostock Library Level 1)
(for planning purposes)http://duke.libcal.com/event/3152804

A showcase of projects from the past year that demonstrate Digital Scholarship Services’ mission to innovate research, teaching, and publishing and that help highlight the questions and challenges encountered through digital scholarship work. Activities include lightning talks from project teams, panel discussions of how digital approaches change and challenge our scholarly work, and previews of digital projects in the coming year, as well as an invitation to consult and partner with Digital Scholarship Services on future projects. Registration is encouraged for planning purposes: http://duke.libcal.com/event/3152804.

Beyond Word: Using LaTeX to Publish Translations of Philosophical Texts 

Thursday, March 16
4:00-5:00 PM
Murthy Digital Studio, The Edge (Bostock Library Level 1)

LaTeX is a mark-up language, used predominantly by math and science scholars to more elegantly present equations and other mathematical arguments. Duke graduate student Bryce Gessell uses it to generate multiple editions of translated philosophical texts. At this talk, he’ll talk about how he uses LaTeX, why it’s particularly useful for translation work, and how he got started. Join us to learn more about the benefits of using a markup language instead of a word processing program, to gain greater control over the presentation of textual research.

Bryce Gessell is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Duke University, specializing in the history and philosophy of science, particularly the history of philosophy of mind and neuroscience. His current research focuses on Émilie Du Châtelet, and he has transcribed the Paris copy of her l’Essai Optique manuscript.

Start Somewhere! Building DH Programs at Smaller Institutions

Wednesday, March 22
4:00-5:30 PM
Murthy Digital Studio, The Edge (Bostock Library Level 1)
Registration is encouraged for planning purposes.

The open, inclusive philosophy that infuses Digital Humanities work can sometimes belie the significant and often rarified resources necessary to sustain it, not least of which are technical infrastructure. The development of open source tools has put more of this work within the reach of humanities scholars and students at smaller or less resourced institutions. Yet building a viable Digital Humanities program requires more than just access to tools. Such programs gain traction and grow through cross-divisional partnerships, expert assistance and training opportunities, a tolerance for failure in the process of determining what works for the institution, and a clear sense of the benefits and rewards of this work.

Following her year at Duke as a Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow, Meredith Goldsmith returned to Ursinus College to begin building a Digital Humanities program there. In this talk with Digital Scholarship Services department head Liz Milewicz, she details the insights she gained through this work, as well as the lessons she learned from other digitally inflected humanities programs, including several in the Research Triangle community and beyond.

Managing Qualitative Research 

Wednesday, April 12
12:00-1:00 PM
Amadieh Family Lecture Hall (Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105)

Registration encouraged for planning: qualresearch.eventbrite.com (the registration is currently full)

Talk and moderated discussion with advanced PhD students Andrew Van Horn Ruoss (History) and Kathryn Desplanque (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies) about challenges to managing and analyzing their research data and the ways in which digital tools (DEVONThink and NVivo, respectively) helped them to address these needs. Victoria Szabo (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies) will moderate discussion. Lunch will be served; please RSVP.

This event is co-sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative, and Duke Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Services.

DH on the Edge: Creating and Sustaining the Sonic Dictionary 

Thursday, April 13
12:00-1:00 PM
The Edge Workshop Room (Bostock Library Level 1)
Lunch provided 

Registration encouraged for planning: http://duke.libcal.com/event/3257889

The Sonic Dictionary (http://sonicdictionary.fhi.duke.edu/) began with a question: if you don’t know what a particular sound sounds like, where do you go to find out? Through the Humanities Writ Large-funded Audiovisualities Lab and with assistance from Digital Humanities Consultant Will Shaw, Mary Caton Lingold tested an answer to this question. Four years, and many institutions, classes, news articles, and web analytics later, the Sonic Dictionary has proven the value of an online, collaboratively created, audio reference work, and also outgrown its prototype platform. How will it be migrated, sustained, and further developed?

This DH on the Edge discussion brings together Lingold (Duke Department of English doctoral candidate), Shaw (Duke University Libraries), and Brian Norberg (Duke Trinity Technology Services) to present the life cycle of digital projects, as illustrated by the Sonic Dictionary, and discuss key questions, information, and resources that guide the development of a digital project.

About DH on the Edge
By definition, working in the Digital Humanities often involves raising questions and pushing boundaries of familiar scholarly practice. The DH on the Edge series seeks to raise awareness and engage broader discussion of these challenges, through conversations with current practitioners about their work in progress. These discussions encourage critical, thoughtful engagement with new approaches to humanistic scholarship and highlight not only people and projects but also resources and support for doing this kind of work.

DH on the Edge is a joint effort by Duke University Libraries (The/Edge and Digital Scholarship Services) and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge and the Digital Humanities Initiative).

A Different Kind of Work: Insight from Interns in Duke University Libraries 

Thursday, April 27
3:30 – 5:00 PM
The Edge Workshop Room (Bostock Library Level 1)
Refreshments provided 

Registration encouraged for planning: http://duke.libcal.com/event/3258346

Duke Libraries employs a number of graduate students from a variety of backgrounds through internships each year. These internships provide students with different skills, challenges, and professional development than they might receive throughout their graduate studies. This event will take the form of a roundtable panel, where Duke Libraries interns from Digital Scholarship Services (Liz Crisenbery, Meredith Graham, Adam Griggs, Adrian High) and the Rubenstein Library (Paul Sommerfeld) will speak about their experiences working in the libraries, and how this work has helped to inform both their academic work and potential career paths. Graduate students interested in learning more about these internships are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.