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November 2017

Intro to Tools for Collaborative Research

November 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop is designed as a gentle introduction to using widely available (and FREE!) digital tools for collaborative work. We will explore how a few simple-to-use tools can be effectively wielded to manage your project, from communication, to workflow management, document storage, and collaborative editing. In practicing with these tools, we will discuss techniques for streamlining your project protocols and reducing the effort it takes to keep your work organized. If you’ve ever said to yourself: ‘I can’t find the…

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CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative Lightning Talks 2017

November 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 9206/9207

Call for Lightning Talk Presentations at the 3rd CUNY DHI event: Building a Digital Humanities Community at the City University of New York CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI) and GC Digital Initiatives (GCDI) invite you to participate in the 3rd annual DHI Lightning Talks event: “Building a Digital Humanities Community at the City University of New York”. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in rooms 9206-9207 at the Graduate Center,…

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The Role of Visualization in Computational Data Analysis

November 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Creating effective data visualizations is an essential task at all stages of computational analysis. Visualization leverages the power of the human visual system to ensure data quality, detect interesting patterns, and communicate novel insights. However, many modern experiments generate raw data with size, dimensionality, or complexity that exceeds the capacity constraints imposed by neurobiology. The goal of  computational visualization can therefore be posed as a dimensionality reduction and feature engineering problem. Michael Waskom will discuss how these considerations can guide…

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GCDI Sound Series: Music Performance Analysis

November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 9206, 365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Dr. Johanna Devaney Register today! GC Digital Initiatives Sound Series presents Dr. Johanna Devaney, who will introduce and teach her open-source software, Automatic Music Performance Analysis and Comparison Toolkit. Join us to learn about developing music software and to demo this toolkit for examining such things as intervals between notes, tempo and relative dynamic level between notes, frequency and vibrato. Johanna is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Cognition at The Ohio State University and the specialty chief editor for…

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How to See 1 Billion Images?

November 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 9207, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States

Today people around the world create, share and interact with billions of new digital artifacts every day. We need new methods for seeing culture at its new scale and velocity. Since 2008 our Cultural Analytics Lab (lab.culturalanalytics.info) has been addressing this challenge. We combine data visualization, design, machine learning, and statistics with concepts from humanities, social sciences, and media studies.I will show selected recent projects that address different research questions:- How do our cities look on Instagram? Analysis of 7.5…

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December 2017

Applications for the GC Digital Research Institute Due

December 1, 2017 @ 12:00 am

GC DRI offers CUNY graduate students, faculty, and instructional staff an opportunity to develop digital research skills and to connect with others in an interdisciplinary environment. The week will begin with an introduction to the command line, git, Python, and databases for all students; participants will then have the opportunity to choose from a variety of more specific workshops on topics ranging from using APIs to the Natural Language Toolkit to machine learning.

The application will be open until 11:59pm on December 1st, 2017; however, we recommend that interested participants apply early, as space is limited.

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The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge

December 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Science Center (4th Floor), 365 Fifth Ave.
New York, 10016 United States

Join Manuel Lima for a fascinating tour through millennia of circular information design in architecture, urban planning, fine art, design, fashion, technology, religion, cartography, biology, astronomy and physics in a visual feast for infographics enthusiasts. From Venn diagrams and early celestial charts to the trefoil biohazard symbol and Target’s corporate logo, Lima provides a history of humanity's long-lasting obsession with all things circular and a unique taxonomy of the many varieties of circle diagrams. A Fellow of the Royal Society…

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February 2018


February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

R has become an indispensible tool for academics in a range of disciplines for analyzing data. Many users come to it though with limited programming experience which can often lead to many more headaches than anyone should reasonably suffer. This workshop attempts to make R a bit less painful. Fortunately the past few years have seen a flowering of open source packages that have tried to do just that. We will learn about some of these packages and how they…

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Python 201

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Once you've learned to use basic Python syntax and programming concepts, what next? This workshop will address intermediate programming concepts that become critical as one moves from writing short scripts to more sophisticated programs. Topics will include programming paradigms such as functional and object-oriented programming, how to manage virtual environments, and structuring and sharing projects that use multiple files. Register HERE

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Memory, Erasure and Virtual Repatriation: The Zimbabwean Case

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room C197, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Tinashe Mushakavanhu and Nontsikelelo Mutiti, co-researchers of ReadingZimbabwe.com have been collecting, cataloging, digitizing, and making available information of as many publications about Zimbabwe from the 1950s to the present as is possible to identify and locate. This national archive is now submerged and is threatened with extinction: many of the key books of Zimbabwe's literary canon, for example, are out of print. And most young people in Zimbabwe have no way of knowing they even exist. In fact, there is…

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