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Workshops

The Digital Scholar Studio is host to multiple workshops every semester on digital scholarship tools, topics, and methods ranging from Introduction to Digital Humanities to Advanced Excel. Workshops are always free to attend and open to everyone in the FIU community. Below you will find an outline of our current semesters workshops.

Previous semesters’ workshop recordings and materials are available in Digital Commons.

Spring 2022

We’re excited to offer a series of workshops this spring on all things data! Whether you are an experienced data wrangler or just curious, we are sure to have something for you. All workshops are online via Zoom unless otherwise noted.


Data Curious?  A conversation about working with data at FIU 

January 19, 2022, 11am-12pm

Are you curious about all things data? Come connect with researchers from across the humanities and social sciences and learn about data services, trainings, and tools available for you at FIU. Bring all your questions to this open discussion. 

About the presenter: 

Jill Krefft (MLIS) is the Research and Data Repository Coordinator at the Digital Collections Center at Florida International University. She leads efforts in providing open access to research, scholarship and creative works of the FIU Community. She manages FIU’s Digital Commons and Dataverse and works closely with faculty and students to provide broad access to their research and archive their scholarship.

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Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon

February 14, 2022, 12-3pm

Co-hosted by the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, the Humanities Edge, and the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment 

Please join us for this celebration of Frederick Douglass’ Birthday! The FIU Libraries will be hosting Douglass Day 2022 this year as a virtual event on February 14th from 12:00PM – 3:00PM. 
 
During the event participants will hear a lecture given by speakers sponsored by the Douglass Day Organization who will talk about the lives and legacies of Frederick Douglass and those involved in the Colored Conventions movement, the nineteenth century’s longest campaign for Black civil rights. Then we will move on to a virtual transcribe-a-thon event to help transcribe the papers of the Colored Conventions Project. 
 
What is a transcribe-a-thon? Transcribe-a-thons are events in which people gather together to work side-by-side on a crowdsourcing transcription project. Together we can make historical documents more accessible! 
 
More about Douglass Day can be found here: https://douglassday.org/

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De-Identifying your Data 

February 23, 2022, 11am-12pm

Come learn about data de-identification approaches such as pseudonymization and anonymization so that you can accurately assess the de-identification technique best suited to your research data. We will provide an overview of relevant legislation and ethics associated with data privacy, ensuring that your data will be secure and in compliance with relevant requirements. In this workshop, we will:

  • discuss how to balance access and privacy concerns
  • explain various techniques for achieving de-identification of research data
  • cover various techniques such as sampling, masking, shuffling, substitution, etc.
  • show you how to avoid the risk of re-identification with your data
  • explore current software available to aid in de-identification, including pros, cons, and associated costs

About the presenter: 

Kelley Rowan is the Digital Archives Librarian in the Digital Collections Center at FIU. She serves as the ETD librarian, publishing all university theses and dissertations and manages various collections in dPanther, the digital repository. Her research interests include the science of survey creation, copyright, and privacy. Look for her recurring workshops on these topics through FIU’s Digital Scholar Studio.

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Data Analysis with Pandas and Matplotlib

February 25, 2022, 2-3:30pm

Co-hosted by the Google Developers Student Club at FIU

Join us to learn about two commonly used Python libraries, Pandas and Matplotlib. We will be covering what they are, how they are used, and their practical applications such as filtering, manipulating, and visualizing datasets. A real world dataset will be used to introduce and explore these two libraries. You do not need any prerequisites to attend this workshop!

About the presenters: 

David Llanio is the Artificial Intelligence Lead for Google Developer Student Clubs, teaching peers about different aspects of artificial intelligence and machine learning for 2 years. He has plenty of experience working with data using Python, Pandas, and Numpy. He’s interested in data science projects and participates in data science competitions on Kaggle.

Daniel Coelho just joined Google Developer Student Club as an Artificial Intelligence Lead. He has an extensive background in creating artificial intelligence techniques through several platforms. Lately, his focus has been on computer vision and augmented reality applications.

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Cruising Through your Files with Command Line

March 9, 2022, 11am-12pm

Learn how to navigate through your computer and manipulate your files using the command line interface (also called Bash or Shell). In this hands-on beginner workshop you’ll learn shortcuts to help you quickly and easily move or edit large batches of files and download and install programs. Tired of repetitive pointing and clicking? Is dragging and dropping a drag? Command line shortcuts could be your answer!

About the presenters:

Rebecca Bakker (MLIS) is the Digital Collections Librarian at the Digital Collections Center at Florida International University. She provides workshops on digitization skills, metadata, content management, and specializes in digital humanities topics such as creating oral histories and digital exhibits.

Molly Castro is the Digital Humanities Librarian at FIU, where she manages the Digital Scholar Studio at the Green Library and provides instruction and consultation on digital humanities and digital scholarship. Her research interests include computational text analysis, cultural analytics, and critical digital literacy.

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Text Analysis with Python for Absolute Beginners

March 23 & 25, 2022, 11am-12pm

Come learn basic Python coding skills through JSTOR’s Constellate text analysis platform. We will utilize Jupyter Notebooks (a web-based coding tool) to analyze textual data contained in document collections such as JSTOR, Portico, Chronicling America, Reveal Digital, and more. This hands-on workshop will be divided into two sessions. Part one (March 23) will introduce Constellate’s website and dataset builder. Part two (March 25) will introduce basic Python and Jupyter Notebook skills to perform analysis on our previously built Constellate datasets. No previous experience with coding or text analysis is assumed or required! 

About the presenter:

Molly Castro is the Digital Humanities Librarian at FIU, where she manages the Digital Scholar Studio at the Green Library and provides instruction and consultation on digital humanities and digital scholarship. Her research interests include computational text analysis, cultural analytics, and critical digital literacy.

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Digital Privacy in the Home: From Passwords to the Internet of Things 

April 6, 2022, 11am-12pm

This workshop will teach you how to identify where your PII (personally identifiable information) is at risk and how to protect your privacy in the digital world when using everything from your phone to online bill paying to communicating with the Internet of Things (all those “smart” devices). We will consider questions such as: Are biometrics really more secure than a good password? Is your Alexa listening to you ALL the time? Can you delete your internet presence? Are all privacy browsers created equal? Join us to learn more about these topics and others related to digital privacy! 

About the presenter:

Kelley Rowan is the Digital Archives Librarian in the Digital Collections Center at FIU. She serves as the ETD librarian, publishing all university theses and dissertations and manages various collections in dPanther, the digital repository. Her research interests include the science of survey creation, copyright, and privacy. Look for her recurring workshops on these topics through FIU’s Digital Scholar Studio.

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The Where, How, and Why of GIS Data: Finding and Preparing Datasets for Analysis 

April 20 & 27, 2022, 11am-12pm

In this 2-part workshop series you will learn techniques for finding and downloading GIS datasets, as well as techniques for preparing them for analysis. No prior experience with GIS is required but is recommended. 

About the presenter:

Dr. Diana Ter-Ghazaryan is a Research Associate at the FIU GIS Center, and has been teaching and researching with GIS for over 15 years. Her interests lie at the intersection of geospatial technology, geography and digital/spatial humanities.

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