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October 2017

GIS / Mapping

October 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you interested in using a map to tell your research story? to explore your data? to illustrate your argument? This workshop will offer an approachable introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and its uses: storage, capture, edition, analysis and visualization of data. In the first part of the workshop we will look at the basics of GIS, including terminology, types of data, available software and file formats. In the second part of the workshop we will do basic exercises…

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October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Does your research involve sound? Would you like to learn more about digital tools for capturing, editing and managing audio files, as well as qualitative coding and transcribing their content? This workshop will review some hardware, software, techniques and concepts that are useful to scholars working with sound – be it music, voices, soundscapes or otherwise. Register HERE

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Cleaning Data with OpenRefine

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Data cleaning is an important step in any data-driven research project. Often data is harvested from diverse sources such as the web, databases, spreadsheets, text files, and countless other places. These sources can employ different encodings, formats, and follow different conventions all of which must be normalized before analysis can take place. Exactly what steps must be taken to clean a dataset depends on the data involved and the type of analysis being conducted. OpenRefine is a tool designed to…

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Twitter for Academics

October 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room 5409

Topics to be discussed and demonstrated include deciding who to follow and for what reasons, strategies for using tagging and hastags, harnessing the power of media stats on blogs and articles, creating Twitter lists, live tweeting, frequency of tweets, social media aggregators and notifications to streamline workflow, and balancing personal and professional content. RSVP here.

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November 2017

Introduction to Visualization in Python Using Matplotlib

November 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 9207, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Matplotlib is the most widely used visualization library in Python.  There are two entry points into the library: the pyplot API which mimics MATLAB (widely used in engineering disciplines) and the object-oriented (OO) API. While the pyplot API is convenient for interactive work, to fully exploit the the library the OO API gives the user significantly more power and flexibility. This talk will cover the high-level architecture of Matplotlib, demystify the components of an image, explain what backends are and…

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Why Academics <3 GitHub

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

While academic work can certainly be a solitary affair, much of our work is collaborative in nature. Sane solutions to collaborating on computers do exist. You might have already used Google Docs to collaborate on a paper or a presentation. In fact, collaboration tools can actually can help us in our independent efforts too. If you ever have lost a night of sleep after deleting a section of a paper only to later realize you actually could have still used,…

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Intro to Tools for Collaborative Research

November 7 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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