Events in Princeton and Surrounding Areas

Maps and Geospatial Information Center @Princeton: Fall 2021 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Workshops. Multiple classes and topics related to GIS from September 7 to November 3. The classes will be held in the Lewis Science Library E-classroom 225 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM EST. 

Text Analysis Classes Offered by Constellate (JSTOR Labs).  As part of the New Jersey Digital Humanities Consortium we have access to the following classes (no prior programing experience is required).

Constellate will be offering three, week long classes:
- Introduction to Python (November 2‐5)
- Opening, Writing, and Cleaning Data with Python (November 30‐December 3)
- Text Analysis for Humanists (December 14‐17)

Each class runs for a one week, with three sessions held on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Each session is 90 minutes long and will run twice, once at 10 am EST and once at 3:30 pm EST—the morning and afternoon session on any given day are identical and attendees may choose the one that best fits their schedule. Class recordings will be available for attendees that can’t make a live session.  All classes are taught by Nathan Kelber (Community Engagement Lead for JSTOR Labs and director of the Text Analysis Pedagogy Institute) using the Python programming language and Jupyter Notebooks that run in the Constellate Lab—you do not need to setup any software on your personal computer. You may read about each and sign‐up for them here:
https://constellate.org/docs/constellate‐classes‐fall‐2021

The Rutgers University New Brunswick Libraries workshop schedule is now available at https://libcal.rutgers.edu/nblworkshops. These open workshops will cover Python, R, GIS, Digital Humanities, data visualization, data science topics, patents, and more.  The workshop calendar will be continuously updated as new workshops are added throughout the semester.  You can either bookmark the link above, or visit the "News, Events, and Workshops" page on the Libraries website at https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/new-brunswick/news-events-workshops. Workshops begin as early as Monday, September 13 and will be held online via either Webex or Zoom - register to receive instructions on how to connect.  

PICSciE Computing Training Workshops. The Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE), in collaboration with OIT Research Computing and other academic departments, offers mini courses and workshops on topics ranging from Programming Using Python to How to Create and Collect Geographic Data using QGIS. Read more and sign up for this semester's virtual workshops


November 3, 12:00 noon: Center for Digital Humanities and PRDS, Princeton, Finding Humanities Data. This workshop will explore what it means to search for humanities datasets. We’ll explore the factors that make finding such data more challenging, including institutional and material factors that affect access. The workshop will introduce participants to resources for finding well-documented and sourced datasets. Participants will gain experience working through ethical questions in sourcing data, and learn about best practices for data collection. We’ll explore how your datasource impacts the kinds of research questions scholars can ask about humanities objects as we navigate digital repositories, metadata, the complexity of full-text search, and principles that shape how data becomes findable, accessible, and usable. Registration required.

October 26, 4:30-6:00 pm: Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton, Machine Predictions and Synthetic Text: A Roundtable. For this roundtable, two co-authors of "Stochastic Parrots" will speak with three leading digital humanities scholars about the implications of the article for humanities research employing NLP methods. Together, they will discuss how the authors’ attention to process (data gathering, documentation, standards) and ethics in AI can be turned to humanists creating data and models for the study of literature, history, and culture. Register for the Zoom webinar.

October 25 and October 28, 11-12:30 pm: Digital Storytelling with Narrative Maps, Wafa Isfahani. In this introductory workshop, we will learn about combining text, interactive maps, and other multimedia content to create an immersive digital story. ArcGIS StoryMaps can help to illustrate spatial relationships and add visuals and texture to your stories.  Note: Rutgers affiliates, please sign up for a Rutgers ArcGIS account prior to the workshop. Register here for Oct. 25 online synchronous. Register here for Oct. 28 online synchronous

October 14, 11:00 -12:30 pm: Introductory Text Analysis with Voyant Tools, Wafa Isfahani.  This workshop focuses on Voyant, an open source suite of tools for analyzing texts or a corpus of texts in quantitative ways. Participants will learn basic information about different types of text analysis and their applications. We will use a prepared corpus of texts to explore different tools, skins (layouts), and discuss how they might used in humanities scholarship.  Register here, online synchronous[2021-02-12 update: Voyant handout and sample corpus