The Digital GC: April 24 – 28, 2017

In an ongoing effort to surface and share relevant events, publications, workshops, and opportunities that may be of interest to “The Digital GC” community, GC Digital Initiatives posts regular updates each Monday to our blog.

If you would like for us to share information about an upcoming event, workshop, or other announcement relevant to the Digital GC community, you can submit your information through the Digital GC Submission Form.

New @ the Digital GC

The GC Digital Fellows, part of the GC Digital Initiatives, invite anyone working on digital projects to come to the next meeting of the Text Analysis Working Group! The Text Analysis Working Group is designed to bring together people who would like to focus on tools and techniques that can be used to analyze text, and provides space for more theoretical discussions on how terms surrounding text analysis vary depending on one’s field of research. Join us on Monday, April 24th, at 2:30pm in room 7414 for our next meeting!  Everyone is invited to attend! More information here.

GC Digital Initiatives is excited to announce that we are hosting an Earth Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon this Thursday, April 27th, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the GC Science Center on the 4th floor!  In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, the event is designed to improve the quality of open access, free resources about environmental sciences and humanities onWikipedia.  During the Edit-a-thon, you will learn how to set up an account to edit content, learn how to create citations, and either begin connecting existing content to reliable sources or adding new content supported by citations.  No previous experience is required and the event is open to the GC community and the public. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

This week, the GC Digital Fellows’ website features a post on maker spaces and accessibility by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh titled, “Multifaceted Access: Modeling Possibility in Maker Spaces with Arduino.” Are you “more comfortable writing essays than wiring circuits?” Mary Catherine walks through how maker spaces can help us think through our academic projects and quandaries, even for those of us with little or no experience in physical computing. For example, “Arduino’s hands-on circuiting shows us that information always has an embodied, material component.”  And in Mary Catherine’s own work, “Arduino-based projects give [her] space to think through concepts of information, digitality, and materiality, and test them in an experiential way.”  Feeling a bit more inspired to dabble in physical computing now?  Check out the GC’s Maker Space and visit during our Monday Maker Hours on alternating Mondays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM  in the Digital Scholarship Lab – the next is May 1st!

Also, check out a new featured project on the GC Digital Fellows’ website, “Exploring the local impact of the NEH – NEH Impact Index” – a follow-up project to ” Visualizing the Local Impact of the NEH“- in light of Trump’s recent federal budget announcement.   Where and what kinds of projects receive funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)?  Patrick Smyth walks through the GC Digital Initiatives’ new project, NEH Impact Index, which makes visible the impact of the NEH on local communities and cultural institutions. Check it out here!

GC Digital Initiatives Resources

The GC Digital Initiatives offer a wide range of resources to support your interests in scholarly communication, digital scholarship and research methods, digital humanities, and digital pedagogy. Have a question? Want to try something new? Interested in finding a community of resources using a similar digital tool? Here are some of the GC Digital Initiatives resources that you can take advantage of this week.

Monday Maker Hours
When: alternating Mondays from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, next is May 1
Where: The Digital Scholarship Lab, Graduate Center Room 7414

GC Digital Fellows Office Hours
When: Tuesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: The Digital Scholarship Lab, Graduate Center Room 7414

Python Users’ Group (PUG)
When: Wednesdays 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: The Digital Scholarship Lab, Graduate Center Room 7414

GCDI Digital Project Working Groups
When: The next Text Analysis Working Group will meet Monday, April 24, 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Where: The Digital Scholarship Lab, Graduate Center Room 7414
The next meeting of the GIS Working Group will be announced soon.
Interested in participating? Sign Up!

Workshops & Discussions @ The GC

The GC Digital Fellows of GCDI and many of our partners across the GC offer workshops related to our mission to promote a Digital GC. Here’s what’s planned this week:

GC Library Workshop: Intro to Web of Science
When: Monday, April 24, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Where: GC Room 6945

GC Digital Fellows Workshop: Ethics Beyond Compliance for Digital Research and Projects
When: Monday, April 24, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: GC Room 9207

GC Teaching and Learning Center: Teaching the Humanities at Community Colleges: Perspectives and Practices
When: April 24, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: GC Room 9204

GC Office of Career Planning and Professional Development: Publicizing Your Research: Building, Communicating, and Branding Your Academic Identity
When: Tuesday, April 25, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Where: GC Lower Level, Room C202

GC Digital Fellows and ITP Workshop: Introduction to Analyzing Text
When: Tuesday, April 25, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: GC Room 9206

GC Teaching and Learning Center: Teach your Research: Translating Specialized Knowledge for the Humanities Classroom
When: April 26, 1:00 – 3:00 PM pm
Where: GC Room 9206

The GC Futures Initiative: ByStander Intervention Training
When: Wednesday, April 26, 5:00 to 7:30 PM
Where: GC Room 9206

Events Nearby

There’s so much going on in the NYC area. Here are just a few of the events that caught our eye.

NYC Media Lab: Machines + Media

When: Tuesday, April 25, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Where: Bloomberg, 731 Lexington Ave, 7th floor, New York, NY
Note that the event is now sold out.  If you are an employee of an NYC Media Lab Member Company and are requesting a ticket, or if you are a member of the press and would like to inquire about a press pass for your organization, please contact Alexis Avedisian, NYC Media Lab Communications Manager, by email at

Babble Lab talk by Sebastian Heath: “Digital Humanities in 3D: Examples from the Ancient World”
When: Tuesday, April 25, 3:25 – 4:25 PM
Where: 1 Pace Plaza, 2nd floor, Lecture Hall North i, New York, NY
To join from outside of the Pace community, RSVP to Kelley Kreitz,

Hofstra’s Digital Research Center’s Annual Digital Research Exchange (DREx): The Digital Archive 2.0
When: Wednesday, April 26, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Hofstra University Axinn Library, 123 Hofstra Blvd, Hempstead, NY

Columbia University: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Collection: Implications for Development
When: Wednesday, April 26, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, Room 1512, New York, NY

Data & Society Databite No. 98 with Eric Horvitz: “AI in the Open World: Directions, Challenges, and Futures”
When: Wednesday, April 26, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: Data & Society, 36 West 20th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY
You must RSVP here to attend the talk.

NYU Center for the Humanities: Queer Encoding: Encoding Diverse Identities
When: Friday, April 28, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor, New York, NY

Calls for Participation & Funding Opportunities

IRADAC/Schomburg Digitization Fellowships (Offered to level II or III CUNY Graduate Center Ph.D. students with primary research interests in any aspect of the African Diaspora, Fall 2017/Spring 2018, $10,000 stipend)
Deadline to apply:  May 5th, 2017, by 4:00 PM EST
For additional information please contact: Zee Dempster, Assistant Director of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) at

Join the GC Teaching and Learning Center for TEACH@CUNY Day (May 8, 2017, in New York, NY)
Registration is currently open. Students, faculty, and staff from across CUNY are encouraged to register, even if they can only attend for part of the day.

Call for Participation: Future Perfect Conference, hosted by Data & Society Research Institute’s Speculative Fiction Reading Group (June 15-16, 2017, in New York, NY)
Applications due: May 12, 2017

Google Public Policy Fellowship (award amount: $7,500)
Applications due: 12:00 AM midnight EST May 26, 2017

Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT) Training Institute June 5-9, 2017 in Austin, Texas)
Registration is currently open. HILT is a 5-day training institute on Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture.

HASTAC & James Madison University’s 2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (June 12-18, 2017 online via Slack)
Registration is currently open. The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in feminist research.