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#Scholarly Communications ##Workshop Series (Fall 2015)

###Sessions: 9/11 18, 25; 10/2, 9, 23, 30; 11/6, 13 , 20; 12/4

###Introduction to GitHub as an Educational Technology ####Friday, September 11, 2015 Ramona Romero

Among other things, GitHub is a social network for computer programmers. But GitHub is also a fantastic educational technology. In this session, we'll introduce you to git, the distributed version control system that powers GitHub. We'll show you how to set up an account with GitHub and collaborate with others on projects. You will learn the basics of Markdown, the simple markup language used to communicate on GitHub. We'll talk about the uses of GitHub in the classroom, the sciences, and the digital humanities. If you're brave, we'll even get into advance topics like branching and forking. By the end of the session, you'll be ready to create repositories and collaborate with scholars around the interwebs.

###Introduction to Creating Maps Using ArcGIS Online ####Friday, September 18, 2015 Lindsey Fox

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a suite of mapping software and technology that is used to create, store, change, analyze, and display geographically referenced data. The first portion of this workshop will explore the basics of GIS including: types of data, analysis, and terminology. The second portion of this workshop will show you how to create a basic map using ArcGIS online.

###Introduction to Network Analysis using Neo4j ####Friday, September 25, 2015 Suellen Stringer-Hye

Networks are everywhere these days - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter are all networks of one form or another. In this session, we'll teach you how to analyze networks using the open source graph database Neo4J. We will show you how to set up a sample network, analyze the relations between its parts, and visualize the results using a simple query language called Cypher. You'll leave with the ability to analyze simple networks and with the tools you'll need to develop more complex projects.

Introduction to Interactive Data Analysis using R plus Shiny

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cliff Anderson

The R programming language is an open-source statistical programming language. You can use R to produce really nice graphs. But did you also know that you can create interactive data visualizations with R? In this workshop, we will learn to create an online visualization using Shiny, a framework for creating web applications using R.

###Introduction to Editing Wikipedia ####Friday, October 9, 2015 Ed Warga

Wikipedia is the premier reference source of our era. But who writes its articles? How does the editorial process work? In this session, we'll teach you everything you need to know to become a productive editor of Wikipedia. Learn how to create an account, add to existing articles, comment and pose questions on talk pages, and even create your own articles. We'll also suggest how to incorporate Wikipedia into your pedagogy and scholarship.

Exploring the Semantic Web and Linked Data with SPARQL

Friday October 23, 2015


The concept of Linked Data encompasses a broad set of techniques, tools and query languages that allow for connecting structured data. RDF is a tool for structuring data as defined by the W3C. Once data is structured using RDF, you can query it using the query langauage SPARQL. Callimachus is a Linked Data management system. It is an open source tool that allows you to easily execute SPARQL queries on RDF data. Join us as we explore an RDF dataset to see the power of linked data and the range of questions we can now ask of this structured data.

###Communicating Cryptographically with Public/Private Key Encryption

Friday October 30, 2015

###Working with Data Using APIs and Other Tools ####Friday, November 6, 2015 Morgan Daniels

There is an enormous amount of data available on the Internet to download, combine, and analyze. It can be difficult, though, to bring together data in different formats, from different sources, for analysis. In this session, we will try out tools for working with data from websites, in formats like .xls, .csv, and .pdf, using APIs and other tools.

###Introduction to the Internet of Things

November 13, 2015

Ed Warga

This workshop explores automating tasks. Receive alerts if it's raining. Post articles with certain tags to your blog or Twitter feed automatically. Control the Internet of things. We will test one particular automation application - IFTTT, discuss possible uses in various workflows (research, social media, personal), and practice using the app to create programs to automate tasks.

Get Started with Data Visualization

November 20, 2015

Morgan Daniels

Data visualization can help you turn your research data into an easily interpreted, compelling story. In this workshop, we will load datasets into several visualization tools to explore their benefits for different research needs.

###Get Started with Creating Scholar Websites Using Wordpress

Friday December 4, 2015

Suellen Stringer-Hye

Wordpress is a blogging software that easily lends itself to creating personal websites. If you'd like to have a scholarly presence on the web, wordpress may be a good choice. Join us as we explore the free to Vanderbilt faculty and staff and look at other options for creating your scholarly profile.

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