Welcome back, scholars!
The GC Digital Initiatives (GCDI) is here to help you! As you start the semester, we invite you to consider the plentiful resources available to help you expand, organize, present, and publish your research. This post offers a digest of the #digitalgc— read on for just a few of the ways you can stay informed, get involved, and get help.
First off — see what GCDI has going on! GCDI is responsible for many of the resources listed (including the Fellows!). Follow on twitter @cunygcdi! (the @Digital_Fellows are worth following, too!) and subscribe to the GCDI website!
Be sure to check the GCDI Calendar!
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am-1pm
Bring your questions to the Digital Fellows! Come to Room 7414 with your computer and your troubles. We invite you to come in for ongoing consultation on digital projects or just to chat with the Fellows. You’re welcome to drop by at any stage of your project — from brainstorming and conception, through error messages and bug fixes, to finishing and sharing.
Python Users’ Group (PUG): every other Thursday, 12-2pm
September 7, 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16, and December 7
If you are interested in running programs in python — say automating a task on a large dataset, cleaning data, or maybe text analysis with natural language processing — check out the Python Users’ Group. Digital Fellows are available to help you think through available means.
Skill Share Lunch Series: non-PUG Thursdays, 12-1:30pm
September 14, 28, October 12, 26, November 9, 30, and December 14
Skill Share Lunches are open to anyone at The Graduate Center. Open-ended conversations about topics of interest to graduate students, faculty, and staff on a wide range of topics, Skill Shares will cover topics like personal workflow, version control, and more. Come to 7414 with your lunch and join the conversation.
Digital Fellows’ Workshops
Introduce yourself to a range of topics with our Digital Fellows workshops. All workshops are at 6:30 pm at the GC. Click on title links for registration! Check back later for updated room numbers and ongoing registration.
September 12. Introduction to Python with Rachel Rakov
September 19. Digital Identity and WordPress with Patrick Sweeney
September 27. Lexicon of DH with Jojo Karlin
October 3. GIS/Mapping with Javier Otero Peña
October 11. Sound with Kelsey Chatlosh
October 26. Cleaning Data (Open Refine) with Jeremy March
November 1. Why Academics <3 Github with Tahir Butt
November 7. Introduction to Tools for Collaborative Research with Patrick Sweeney
Program Social Media Fellows Workshops
In addition to supporting their individual departments’ outward presences, Program Social Media Fellows run workshops to help you build your digital scholarly identity.
The Interactive Technology and Pedagogy certificate program offers workshops to its students, from games-based learning to teaching with Wikipedia to Open Educational resources. Check out ITP on the Commons for more information.
The Teaching and Learning Center at the Grad Center will offer a series of workshops geared toward teaching. And learning. Stay tuned for the fall lineup.
For those new to the GC, we have an amazing library attuned to the needs of researchers working in the digital age. Our librarians champion the rights of students and faculty to openly access, and make accessible, scholarly work through the CUNY Academic Works institutional repository.
If you are considering incorporating digital content in your project, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with Steve Zweibel, our Digital Scholarship Librarian, to talk about data plans and sustainability.
Computer Science professor Lev Manovich is offering five workshops 4:30 – 6:30 pm (selected Mondays) in The Science Center – Room 4102.
Register to attend workshops listed below.
September 25. Introduction to R. Managing data. | From world to data.
October 16. Exploring data: descriptive statistics and basic visualization. | The rise of statistical imagination.
October 30. Advanced visualization with R and ggplot2. | Well-known recent visualization projects and people in datavis field.
November 13. Analyzing social media data. | Examples of using social media in social science and humanities.
December 4. Introduction to machine learning | Use of machine learning in contemporary society and academic research.
Going back through the Digital Fellows’ blog can help give you a sense of workshop offerings.
The GC Digital Research Institute
Between semesters, the Digital Fellows conduct a Digital Research Institute geared towards introducing CUNY students and faculty to the range of digital tools at their disposal. This year’s DRI will run January 16-19, 2018. The application process will open later in the semester. Until then, feel free to peruse the curriculum from last January.
Looking at what has been done can give you a good sense of what you can do. Read on for other examples of digital work.
CUNY Digital Humanities Initiatives
The evening of lightning talks featuring faculty and student work across CUNY will be held November 14, 2017 – 6:30 PM. Calls for applicants will be out soon.
Join the DHI group on the Commons for examples of Digital Humanities scholarship across CUNY.
Project ideas and funding
New Media Lab
The New Media Lab has an archive of projects that have come through their doors. They have work stations (equipped with great software and excellent support) available by application.
OUTSIDE THE GC
NYCDH offers an annual series of open workshops hosted across constituent institutions (CUNY, Fordham, NYU, Columbia, and more) every February. They also offer small prizes to support DH work.
Drop by or drop us a line! We look forward to working with you!