The Connecticut Digital Scholarship Exchange is a year-long collaborative program hosted by Connecticut College and Trinity College. Designed to create opportunities for faculty to learn about digital scholarship, both institutions will host workshops, tours, and other events to introduce interested faculty to different digital scholarship approaches and discuss core competencies in project management and sustainability. A full slate of events will be announced in this continually updated space throughout the academic year 2021-2022. 

Funding and training for the CT Digital Scholarship Exchange have been provided by the Digital Humanities Research Institute at the City University of New York. The Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI) is an intensive, community-oriented, and foundational approach to learning technical skills in service of humanities teaching and learning. 

External faculty to both institutions are welcome. Both institutions hope the exchange will foster a vibrant digital scholarship community in Connecticut. Co-directors of the project include:

All workshops will be virtual until further notice.  

Spring 2022 Workshops

Storyboarding a Digital Project, Thursday, March 31, 12:00-1:00 PM
This workshop will take participants through the process of mapping out the narrative of their digital project. We’ll cover: how to scope a project, how to identify the audience, how to frame a research project (or assignment) into a story to better communicate its value. Together, we’ll talk conceptually about this process and then practice storyboarding using the projects we’re working on. This is especially ideal for faculty with digital works in progress. Register in advance for this meeting

Visualization of Data – Tableau, Monday, April 4 at 1:15pm
This workshop will introduce you to Tableau, a suite of software tools for data analysis and visualization. It enables you to import numeric or categorical data to produce a range of graphs with end user interactivity. With the drag and drop interface you can easily create charts, maps, dashboards and stories which can be published or embedded into a website. Register for this workshop.

Using Voyant Tools for Text Analysis II: Creating Textual Corpora, Tuesday, April 5 at 1:15pm
A textual corpus is a collection of texts which have been selected and brought together for the sake of studying their language on a computer. The answer to the question of how one should prepare a text or textual corpus for analysis using Voyant Tools is that it depends. Should texts be organized by author, date, publication, or some other combination? While Voyant does a decent job of extracting text from HTML, MS Word, MS Excel, ODT, Pages (Apple), PDF, plain text, RTF, XML, and others, that still doesn’t tell us how to organize texts for analysis. Are we going to analyze a student essay, one or more scholarly articles, news articles, speeches, whole books? In this workshop we will experiment with creating and analyzing various kinds of collections of text, including news articles, speeches, and books. Register for this workshop.

Telling Stories about Digital Work, Monday, April 11, 2:00-3:00 PM
This workshop will explore how to talk about your digital work to different audiences. First, we’ll talk about how to approach describing your work to funding organizations. Then, we’ll talk about the ongoing issue of how to communicate your work to your academic department and within your field. Register in advance for the meeting

Workshops from Fall 2021

September

Create Digital Exhibits with Omeka (Trinity College)  

Friday, September 17, 11:30-12:45 PM
Presenter: Christina Bleyer, Director of Special Collections and Archives, Trinity College

This workshop will introduce Omeka, a tool that provides web publishing platforms for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits. This workshop will be led by Dr. Christina Bleyer, Director of Special Collections and Archives at Trinity College on Friday, September 17th at 11:30 am. No previous experience required. Register here. 

October

Building Maps with Hands-On Data Visualization 

Friday, October 1 from 1:15-2:30
Presenter: Jack Dougherty, Professor of Educational Studies, Trinity College

In this introductory workshop, we’ll learn ways to design and create different types of interactive maps to tell your data story. We will focus on two types of maps—choropleth (colored polygon) maps and story maps—and a newer generation of easy-to-learn tools to build them. Concepts and examples are drawn from a new book by Trinity professor Jack Dougherty and alumnus Ilya Ilyankou, Hands-On Data Visualization, available open-access online (HandsOnDataViz.org) and in print (O’Reilly Media, 2021). See workshop agenda at this short link (case-sensitive): https://bit.ly/2021-10-01 

Register here. 

Data Visualization I: Explore and Clean Data with OpenRefine (Connecticut College)

Monday, Oct 25th at 1:15pm
Presenter: Lori Looney, Research, Data, and Collection Support Librarian, Connecticut College

This workshop will introduce OpenRefine, a powerful but user-friendly program for exploring and cleaning messy data. With its ability to incorporate textual cleaning techniques such as clustering and faceting, OpenRefine provides an advanced alternative to Excel without needing to understand computer programming. Registrants will be sent instructions for installing OpenRefine prior to the workshop. Register here.  

Creating Maps with ArcGIS Online (Trinity College)  

Friday, October 29, 11:30-12:45
Presenter: Cheryl Cape, Instructional Technologist, Trinity College

ArcGIS Online is a powerful cloud-based mapping and analysis platform that can be used to create informative and compelling web and story maps. This workshop will demonstrate the features and functionality available through a free public account, with a focus on free data available through Esri’s Living Atlas data repository. During this workshop participants will create a public account, or optionally use an organizational account through their institution, and learn how to create web maps focused on socioeconomic and demographic data, including historic redlining districts for major cities in the US. Register here. 

November 

Text Analysis with Voyant Tools (part I of II) (Connecticut College) 

Thursday, Nov 11 at 1:15pm
Presenter: Andrew Lopez, Research Support and Instruction Librarian, Connecticut College

Voyant Tools is an open source, web-based application for lightweight text analysis. It functions as a one-stop-shop, offering an easy-to-use interface that processes text in seconds, organizing it into a series of interactive lists, charts, graphs, and networks. The application allows users to play with the resulting visualizations, to explore the text from different angles, such as word clouds, term frequency lists, frequency distribution plots, and keywords in context. With no background knowledge or skills necessary, Voyant Tools is conducive to incorporating text analysis activities into the undergraduate classroom to facilitate reading and interpretive practices. This workshop offers a hands-on tour of the web-based application using a pre-established textual corpus. Next semester in part II of this workshop, we will build our own textual corpus to analyze. Register here.  

Exploring 3D Printing, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality (Trinity College)

Tuesday, Nov 16 from 12:15 PM- 1:30 PM
Led by Dave Tatem, Instructional Technologist, Trinity College

Join us for a hybrid workshop to tour our 3D printing lab, experiment with basic AR and VR technology and explore sample projects in these approaches. Participants can either join us in the Center of Educational Technology on Level 1 of LITS (masks required) OR join us remotely by registering via zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.