Digital Writing Workshops - Spring 2018

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

Participants will learn the basic functionality of leading mapping platforms CARTO and MapBox and will walk away with a basic digital infrastructure in which they can plug-in thier own research project. During the workshop participants will work with prepared data and maps featuring the GreenBook, HOLC maps, and other materials specific to Los Angeles.