There are a range of events, workshops, and lectures hosted by the individual programs and centers affiliated with GC Digital Initiatives. To see more GCDI events, check out the GC Events & Workshops Calendar below.

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April 2017

Visualization 3

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 9206, 365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Interactive web based visualizations are becoming ever more integral to sharing research to the world at large and they are largely created using the D3.js library. In this workshop, we learn about the d3 data model and its conceptualization of graphics. We will then learn how to build and customize some simple graphs in D3.js. Register here.

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Ethics Beyond Compliance for Digital Research and Projects

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 9207, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States
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What might an ethics beyond compliance look like? Perhaps even an activist ethics? This workshop will review the basics of ethical concerns unique to digital research and projects, focusing on levels and range of impact. Bring your research and project ideas and we will workshop through various ethical concerns and conundrums that may arise. Register here.

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Introduction to Analyzing Text

April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 9206, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States
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This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of analyzing text using easy-to-use tools that do not require any programming knowledge. We will cover how to begin exploratory analyses of your text corpus using tools such as the web-based Voyant, the iPhone app Textal, and the ProtAnt program. Participants will be able to find word and phrase frequencies, see keywords in context, and examine the prototypicality of their text.

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Earth Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Science Center (4th Floor), 365 Fifth Ave.
New York, 10016 United States
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Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd and people from all over the world are launching campaigns and promoting awareness about critical environmental issues. The GC Digital Initiatives is hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to celebrate Earth Day and to improve the quality of open access, free resources about environmental sciences and humanities. As the largest and most popular general reference work on Internet, Wikipedia provides many people with their first contact with scientific information.

During the Edit-a-thon, you will learn how to set up a Wikipedia 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!

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May 2017

Using R for data analysis

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 9207, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States
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R has become an indispensable 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 can be incorporated into our projects.

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**CANCELED** Introduction to Machine Learning: Text Classification

May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 9204, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States
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This workshop will introduce participants to the core concepts of machine learning. We will first outline the differences between the major tasks in supervised and unsupervised machine learning (classification, regression, and clustering). We will then try a hands-on example of text classification to discussion topics such as data preprocessing, feature representation, and dimensionality reduction. For this session, we will be using the scikit-learn machine learning library. A working knowledge of Python is required for this workshop.

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Activism and the Intersectional Internet

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States
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The internet and digital technologies are deployed both as a tool to organize and amplify activists’ resistance efforts, as well as a site of state and corporate control and surveillance. This half-day symposium on digital activism will bring together designers, software developers, community organizers and scholars to discuss the possibilities and limitations of digital activism — past and present — and its relationship to offline grassroots efforts, and will foreground an intersectional approach, recognizing that structures and experiences of oppression are connected, across online and offline spaces. We welcome all perspectives.

Our keynote speaker will be distinguished scholar, activist and media-maker Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock, Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. They are a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio (codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on social movements, media justice, and community-led design. Dr. Costanza-Chock’s book Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement was published by the MIT Press in 2014. They are a board member of Allied Media Projects (alliedmedia.org), and a worker/owner at Research Action Design (RAD.cat), a worker-owned cooperative that uses community-led research, transformative media organizing, technology development, and collaborative design to build the power of grassroots social movements.

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The Digital GC: 2016-17 Year-End Showcase

May 17 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States
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The GC Digital Initiatives invites you to share and celebrate the range of digital work at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Short presentations will include DH Praxis 2016-2017, the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant Recipients 2016-2017, GC Digital Fellows, Futures Initiative, The New Media Lab, GC Teaching and Learning Center, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, Videography Fellows, Social Media Fellows, Software Studies Initiative, Mina Rees Library, and more. Reception to follow.

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September 2017

Introduction to Python

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop introduces the fundamentals of programming using Python, a language popular in both academia and industry. Topics will include basic programming concepts such as loops, variables, and conditionals, installing and importing libraries, and creating simple scripts. No previous programming experience is necessary. This workshop will be hosted by GC Digital Fellows Rachel Rakov and Jeremy March. Register HERE

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Establishing a Digital Academic Identity & Intro to WordPress

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The purpose of this workshop is to help you establish a digital academic identity while becoming familiar with the WordPress platform. We will focus on utilizing the CUNY Academic Commons, helping you establish your digital CV, a blog, or both. We will focus on organization and design, including theme editing, managing content, custom menus and image use. We recommend that attendees come prepared with their CV (digital format preferred) and / or a blog idea or sample blog post. If…

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