Michigan State University

Digital Humanities Events

MSU Libraries works with campus stakeholders to organize Digital Humanities events throughout the academic year. If there is interest in additional events please contact digscholcollab@lib.msu.edu.


For upcoming MSU Library workshops, please visit our events page.

Spring 2017 Open Consultation

Open Consultation is an office-hours type event that occurs every Thursday from 2 - 3pm in Make Central (2 West), starting February 2nd. Faculty, students, and staff doing digital projects or work are invited to come brainstorm or get expert assistance. While we encourage you to come bring your work whenever you're ready, we do have "themes" each week.

  • Audio Analysis and Basic Troubleshooting (2/2)
  • Data and Metadata (2/9) -- find out:
    • What data might you need for your project, and how can you get it?
    • What is metadata? How much do you need? How much is enough? How should you keep track of it?
  • GIS and Data Visualization (2/16)
  • Research Data Management and XML/XSLT (2/23)
  • Games in Education (3/2)
  • Skip -- Spring Break (3/9)
  • Skip -- Global DH (3/16)
  • Web Hosting 101 and Getting Started with Domain of One's Own (3/23)
  • Working with Omeka (3/30)
  • Git and GitHub/GitHub Desktop (4/6)

Spring 2017 Workshop Series

Podcasting for Academics
Date: Wednesday, January 25
Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm
Location: REAL Classroom (3 West)
Instructor: Yelena Kalinsky
Description: Yelena Kalinsky will offer an introduction to podcasting for academics, which can be useful for research, outreach, or pedagogy. She will begin with an overview of different kinds of academic podcasts. She will also cover technical best practices in working with audio files, and then discuss what academics can add to podcasting as a medium.

Introduction to Audio Analysis
Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm
Location: REAL Classroom (3 West)
Instructor: Michael Laney
Description: Michael Laney (MSU Libraries Vincent Voice Library) will offer an introduction to Audio Analysis examining current trends in scholarship and looking towards ways audio analysis can be integrated into digital humanities projects. The workshop will begin with a brief survey of available audio analysis tools before examining the ways that waveforms and spectrographs can be used to recognize patterns and similarities in audio data on the micro and macro level. Finally, the workshop will examine how these elements can be integrated into digital humanities projects.

Introduction to Image Analysis
Date: Tuesday, February 28
Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm
Location: Beaumont West Instruction Room (Main Library 2 West)
Instructor: Cody Mejeur
Description: An introduction to tools and techniques used to analyze images.

Digital Collections With Omeka
Date: Monday, March 27
Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm
Location: REAL Classroom (3 West)
Instructor: Megan Kudzia
Description: Learn how to install, build, customize, and organize your own digital collections with the Omeka platform.

Exhibiting Collections Through Time and Space With Neatline
Date: Monday, April 3
Time: 12:30 - 2pm
Location: REAL Classroom (3 West)
Instructor: Brandon Locke
Description: TBD

Fall 2016 Workshop Series

Getting Started in the Digital Humanities: Beginner Tools
Date: Thursday, September 8
Time: 12:30 – 2:00pm
Location: REAL Classroom (3 West)
Instructors: Devin Higgins, Megan Kudzia, Brandon Locke, Kristen Mapes, Alice Lynn McMichael
Description: Find out about the Digital Humanities: what it is, resources on campus, and events on campus and beyond this semester. Then get started in the Digital Humanities through introductions to and hands-on experimentation with text analysis and visualization tools.

Git and GitHub for Humanities
Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 12:30 – 2:00pm
Location: REAL Classroom (3 West)
Instructor: Megan Kudzia
Description: Curious about Github and Git? Want to learn how to use them to manage data, code, digital projects, and collaborative document editing? During this workshop we will provide a low barrier introduction to Github and Git that will show you their potential value and offer some hands on experimentation.

Visualizing Data with Tableau
Date: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 12:30 – 2:00pm
Location: REAL Classroom (3 West)
Instructor: Kristin Mapes
Description: This workshop provides a brief introduction to data visualization design principles, and gives participants hands-on experience with Tableau, enabling them visualize data in a variety of ways (geospatially, relationally, and statistically, among others).

3D Modeling with Photogrammetry
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 12:30 – 2:00pm
Location: LEADR, 112 Old Horticulture
Instructor: Alice Lynn McMichael
Description: This workshop will introduce you to the technique of photogrammetry, a process used to create 3D models from digital photographs of objects or spaces. We’ll go over setting up an object and photographing it, processing the images, understanding the software interface, and disseminating the final model.
LEADR will provide digital cameras and computers with Agisoft PhotoScan software. You may bring your own digital camera or smartphone to take photographs if you wish.

Brief Introduction to Topic Modeling
Date: Tuesday, November 12
Time: 12:30 – 2:00pm
Location: REAL Classroom (3 West)
Instructor: Devin Higgins
Description: This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of Topic Modeling.

Spring 2016 Workshop Series

Github and Git for Humanists
Date: January 20, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: REAL Classroom, 3rd Floor West, Main Library
Instructors: Megan Kudzia (MSUL), Thomas Padilla (MSUL)
Description: Curious about Github and Git? Want to learn how to use them to manage data, code, digital projects, and collaborative document editing? During this workshop we will provide a low barrier introduction to Github and Git that will show you their potential value and offer some hands on experimentation.

Interactive Data Visualization with R
Date: February 10, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: REAL Classroom, 3rd Floor West, Main Library
Instructors: Thomas Padilla (MSUL)
Description: Are you interested in data visualization? Are you interested in making your data visualizations interactive and shareable on the web? If the answer to both is yes, this is the workshop for you. During the workshop you will be introduced to the R programming language and use it to make web based interactive data visualizations.

Text Analysis with Natural Language Toolkit
Date: March 23, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: LEADR, 112 Old Horticulture
Instructors: Devin Higgins (MSUL), Kristen Mapes (CAL)
Description: This workshop will provide an introduction to using Python programming and the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) to prepare and analyze text. The workshop will introduce Python data types, and provide an overview of NLTK text analysis tools. No prior programming experience required.

Fall 2015 Workshop Series

Getting Started with Humanities Data: Beginner Tools
Date: September 9, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: REAL Classroom, 3rd Floor West, Main Library
Instructors: Devin Higgins (MSUL), Brandon Locke (HIST/LEADR), Kristen Mapes (CAL), Thomas Padilla (MSUL), Bobby Smiley (MSUL)
Description: Get started in the Digital Humanities through introductions to and hands-on experimentation with mapping, text analysis, and visualization tools.  

Getting Data: Collections, Documents, and the Web
Date: September 23, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: LEADR, 112 Old Horticulture
Instructors: Thomas Padilla (MSUL), Brandon Locke (LEADR)
Description: The web is full of valuable data that can fuel your research, but gathering everything together in a usable form can seem impossible. Learn how to bulk download text, images, video, and various other kinds of data from the web using simple tools.

Introduction to Data Visualization
Date: October 7, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Wells Hall, B125
Instructors: Kristen Mapes (CAL), Bobby Smiley (MSUL)
Description: Working with the visualization program Tableau, this workshop provides a brief introduction to data visualization design principles, and gives participants hands-on experience with Tableau, enabling them visualize data in a variety of ways (geospatially, relationally, statistically, among others).

Introduction to Open Web Mapping
Date: October 21, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: LEADR, 112 Old Horticulture
Instructors: Katy Meyers Emery (ANTHRO)
Description: Working with the web mapping program CartoDB and Mapbox, this workshop will provide a brief introduction to open web mapping design principles, and gives participants hands-on experience with using these two mapping tools.

Introduction to TEI
Date: November 4, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: REAL Classroom, 3rd Floor West, Main Library
Instructors: James Walters
Description: James Walters of the Syriaca (syriaca.org) project will introduce concepts and practical issues for using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) to analyze textual data.

Spring 2015 Workshop Series

Web Based Mapping
Date: January 20, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: B125, Wells Hall
Instructors: Kristen Mapes (CAL), Bobby Smiley (MSUL)
Description: Learn to create maps for classroom or scholarly use that can plot and track movement across space and time. Attendees will explore the web based mapping tools StoryMap JS and Google Maps Engine.

Mapping with QGIS
Date: February 3, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: B125, Wells Hall
Instructors: Kathleen Weesies (MSUL)
Description: QGIS is an open source GIS program that will allow you to map your research data, analyze it, and create attractive map layouts.  In this workshop you will learn how to acquire and display GIS shapefiles, map a list of addresses, perform a spatial analysis, and create a layout. 

Data Preparation for Digital Humanities Research
Date: February 17, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: REAL Classroom, 3 West, Main Library
Instructors: Thomas Padilla (MSUL)
Description: Learn data preparation principles that will help you refine how you prepare data for a wide range of Digital Humanities research. Principles learned during the workshop will be applied through hands on work with Open Refine.

Text Analysis with Python
Date: March 17, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: LEADR, 112 Old Horticulture
Instructors: Devin Higgins (MSUL), Thomas Padilla (MSUL)
Description: This workshop will provide an introduction to using Python programming and the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) to prepare and analyze text, covering the basics of Python data types along with an overview of NLTK text analysis tools.

Humanities Data Curation
Date: April 2, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: LEADR, 112 Old Horticulture
Instructors: Brandon Locke (LEADR), Thomas Padilla (MSUL)
Description: The best data management plans are formulated before data is collected or created. Learn best practices for organizing and formatting data that lessens frustration and encourages sharing, preservation, and reusability.

Fall 2014 Digital Humanities Workshop Series

Getting Started with Humanities Data: Beginner Tools
Date: September 10, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Beaumont Instruction Room, 1st Floor, Main Library
Instructors: Devin Higgins (MSUL), Brandon Locke (HIST/LEADR), Kristen Mapes (CAL), Thomas Padilla (MSUL), Bobby Smiley (MSUL)
Description: Get started in the Digital Humanities through introductions to and hands-on experimentation with mapping, text analysis, and visualization tools.  

Creating Digital Collections with Omeka
Date: September 24, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: LEADR Lab, 112 Old Horticulture
Instructors: Brandon Locke (HIST/LEADR), Kristen Mapes (CAL)
Description: Learn how to install, build, customize, and organize your own digital collections with the Omeka platform.

Introduction to Digital Mapping
Date:
October 8, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Wells 125B
Instructors: Kristen Mapes (CAL), Bobby Smiley (MSUL)
Description:  An introduction to digital mapping tools, this hands-on workshop surveys basic design principles behind the variety of maps that can be produced by visualization tools, and how mapping can be applied in scholarly work.

Principles of Network Analysis
Date:
October 29, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: LEADR Lab, 112 Old Horticulture
Instructors: Brandon Locke (HIST/LEADR), Thomas Padilla (MSUL)
Description: This workshop will provide an introduction to fundamental theories and concepts of network visualization, analysis, and data preparation through scholarly examples and hands-on experimentation.

Reading from a Distance: Introduction to Text Analysis
Date:
November 5, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Beaumont Instruction Room, 1st Floor, Main Library
Instructors: Devin Higgins (MSUL), Kristen Mapes (CAL), Thomas Padilla (MSUL)
Description: Large scale text analysis, also commonly referred to as “distant reading,” refers to a range of methods for engaging with single, multiple, or, often, much larger volumes of text computationally, as opposed to via “close reading.” This workshop will cover techniques such as topic modeling and named-entity recognition, as well as introduce the concepts behind them.