Digital Scholarship | Workshop Series

What would it look like to write a research paper that utilizes the rich interactivity we experience everyday on the World Wide Web? To build a digital project for a class assignment where readers can more fully explore your evidence and argument through digital media, maps and visualizations?

Join us this semester for a series of student workshops at the Ahmanson Lab about emerging tools and practices in digital scholarship. Participants will learn about the ways the digital environment is changing research and scholarship in academia and get hands-on training with mapping and data visualization tools, online scholarly writing, and digital collections at libraries, archives and museums around the world.

Participants are welcome to attend individual workshops; however, because the series is designed as a sequence of connected topics, participants are encouraged to attend multiple sessions. All workshops are aimed at beginners; no prior experience with digital tools or methods is required.

All workshops will be held at the Ahmanson Lab located on the third floor of Leavey Library (LVL 301).

Introduction to Digital Scholarship + Hands-on with Scalar
January 31, 4:00-5:30pm

In this workshop, participants will learn about use cases and emerging genres in digital scholarship. Participants will then work with Scalar, an open-source, multimedia authoring platform developed at USC. The session will introduce the platform, showcase the various ways it has been used to create online student research projects, scholarly publications, exhibits, and games, and lead participants through a hands-on workshop.

Using Online Digital Collections
February 27, 3:00-4:30pm

Participamts at this workshop will learn about the nature of digital archival collections, a critical starting point for much digital scholarship. Workshop coordinators will introduce participants to metadata and best practices for searching scholarly databases and archives. Participants will also get a comprehensive online tour of our own USC Digital Library as well as an introduction to Calisphere, a collection of 925,000 online images, texts, and recordings at California libraries and of the Digital Public Library of America, an aggregator of 20 million archival holdings across the United States. 

Getting Started with Data Visualizations
March 8, 4:00-5:30pm

This workshop will center on the use of information visualization in scholarship from a rhetorical, design and cultural perspective. The workshop will include an overview of datasets, design principles for their presentation, and a survey of tools for the creation of both standard and novel visualizations. The workshop will end with a brief hands-on exercise for creating a basic visualization.

Introduction to Digital Mapping and GIS
April 25, 4:00-5:30pm


RSVP to reserve your place at one or more of these workshops.