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Summer Workshops : Digital Scholarship Bootcamp


Expand your capacity to create and share new kinds of scholarship! Whatever your level of skill or your discipline, we have a workshop for you! Learn how to manage your digital project, wrangle data, code from the command line, build maps and timelines, and more. Come to just one or two sessions or attend the whole series.

Hands-On Data Management

Monday, July 6  |  11:00am - 12:00pm

Get your project organized from the word Go in this workshop focused on managing your files from file naming to secure storage.


Data Wrangling with Google Sheets

Monday, July 6  |  1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learn how to make the most of Google Sheet's built-in functions through this workshop on accessing and manipulating data.


Introduction to Topic Modeling

Tuesday, July 7  |  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Build and analyze a dataset of news articles, visualizing changes in coverage over time using topic modeling and Google Sheets.


Simplify Your Archival Research Workflow with Tropy

Tuesday, July 7  |  3:00pm - 4:00pm

Want to simplify your archival research workflow? Learn how to organize and annotate your primary source research and unearth new analytical connections in your research using Tropy.


Building Geographic Heat Maps

Wednesday, July 8  |  1:00pm - 2:00pm 

A heat map is a two-dimensional representation of information with the help of colors. Heat maps are capable of displaying complex data in a simple visual format making them a useful tool for data analysis. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a heat map of densities based on values assigned to locations specified by latitude and longitude coordinates or other standard geographic location descriptors such as zip code, state, country, and region using various software tools.


Digital Storytelling: Timelines and Story Maps

Wednesday, July 8  |  3:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn how to turn your research into engaging, interactive visualizations using Knight Lab’s storytelling tools.


OPenn and Digital Primary Resources

Thursday, July 9  |  11:00am - 12:00pm

OPenn is a Penn Libraries website that makes high-quality digital images and accompanying metadata of special collections materials available to the public for free. This workshop will discuss what is available on OPenn, how to navigate the site, and how to easily access the images and metadata and download them to your computer using the program wget and the command line interface.


Web Development for Personal Websites and Blogs

Thursday, July 9  |  1:00pm - 2:30pm

An introduction to building, customizing, and publishing a website. We'll discuss's advanced customization options, and we'll provide hands-on guidance to locate and modify the CSS behind a website. Participants without personal websites will have access to a sample site to practice customizing during the workshop. This is a beginner/intermediate workshop. Some basic knowledge of HTML and/or CSS is helpful but not necessary.


Introduction to the Command Line

Thursday, July 9  |  3:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn to navigate the command line, combining simple programs together to solve complex problems.


Intro to GIS and Mapping

Friday, July 10  |  11:00am - 12:30pm

In this workshop, you will learn: GIS data models and formats, explore the various components of ArcMap interface and tools, creating a new map, adding data layers, changing layer symbol and display properties, setting layer symbol and scale properties, creating map layouts with legends, titles, north arrows, and other map elements.