Earth Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (April 27)

April 26th, 2017 by Javier No comments »

Event: Earth Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

 

When: Thursday, April 27th, 11AM – 2 PM

Where: Science Center (The Graduate Center, CUNY, 4th floor)

Who: Open to GC community and the public

Participation is free, but an RSVP is appreciated.

The GC Digital Initiatives is hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to celebrate Earth Day and to improve the quality of open access, free resources about environmental sciences and humanities.

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd and people from all over the world are launching campaigns and promoting awareness about critical environmental issues. Our Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is designed to help create and improve Wikipedia’s environmental sciences and humanities content. As the largest and most popular general reference work on Internet, Wikipedia provides many people with their first contact with scientific information.

During the Edit-a-thon, you will learn how to set up an account to edit content, learn how to create citations, and either begin connecting existing content to reliable sources or adding new content supported by citations.

No previous experience is required. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

If you need accessibility accommodation to attend, contact us at  cuny.is/contactus.

 

Related links:

Earth Day Edit-a-thon page at Wikipedia

RSVP at Eventbrite

Earth Day official website

 

PHOTO: 2017 CREATIVE COMMONS, BY JUNAIDRAO.

Doc-a-thon for better docs!

February 27th, 2017 by Javier 1 comment »

Doc-a-thon
March 6th, 5:00-10:00 PM
Room 3317

The Digital Fellows, part of the Graduate Center Digital Initiatives at The Graduate Center, CUNY, will be hosting a Doc-a-thon to generate better docs!

When learning a new software tool, programming language or library, we all go straight to the tutorials and other documentation. As the first point of entry for almost everyone, documentation is an often overlooked but critical part of any software project, so we’re providing space and resources to contribute. Participants of all skill-levels are encouraged to join.

We’ll provide you with an introduction to the projects, a discussion of good documentation practices, and help setting up your development environment. You can work on your own personal project or help out on a participating project, such as DH Box, Omeka, Matplotlib, Pandas, and Clawpack.

The first day (Monday March 6) will be focused on tutorials and getting people started. We will then have support throughout the week at the GC Digital Lab on Room 7414, via our GC Digital Fellows office hours (Tuesday 2:00pm – 4:00pm) and the Python User’s Group (Wednesday 12:00pm – 2:00pm).

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP here.

For questions or accessibility accommodations, write us to gc.digitalfellows@gmail.com.

 

 

Photo by Mike Ashton (2013). Creative Commons License.

NYCDH Week 2017: GC Events + Workshops

January 27th, 2017 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh 1 comment »

The GC and NYCDH Week 2017

The Graduate Center is excited to host one of New York City’s largest digital humanities events of the year: the inimitable NYCDH Week! Hosted at institutions across New York City from February 6th to February 10th, NYCDH Week features workshops, events, and meet-up opportunities for people interested in digital work.

The GC is excited to host the week’s kick-off gathering on February 6th, which includes a day of project presentations, roundtables, and a keynote by our very own Dr. Stephen Brier, who is receiving the inaugural NYCDH Award for his contributions to the digital humanities community.

In addition, we’ll be hosting workshops at The Graduate Center all week, and have posted the events specifically at our institution below. We invite you to register in advance to ensure your spot, and to check out the full lineup (over 30!!!) of city-wide workshops at the NYCDH Week website.

NYCDH Week Workshops at the GC

“Machine Learning: A Primer”

February 8th, 10:00-12:00pm
Room C196.05
taught by Achim Koh

Description:

In recent years we have seen words related to recent developments in computer science and technology, like machine learning, artificial intelligence or neural networks, be used increasingly in diverse fields of research and of the society in general. This workshop will survey basic concepts of machine learning. No specific background is expected. The goal is to provide some vocabulary with which one can get a sense of what these computational methods are about. In addition, we will also survey existing machine learning-related resources that one can explore to learn further; the resources will address technical understanding as well as critical thinking about the many implications of the technology.

Register: http://dhweek.nycdh.org/event/machine-learning-a-primer/

“Physical Computing 101 with Arduino”

February 8th, 6:30-8:30pm
Room 9206
taught by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh

Description:

Join us for this absolutely no-experience necessary workshop to introduce you to the basics of using Arduino, an open-source hardware and software prototyping platform, so you can begin to consider and develop your own projects. In this course, we’ll use critical experimentation as a way to think about interactivity in our computational world.

Register: http://dhweek.nycdh.org/event/physical-computing-101-with-arduino/

“Introduction to Information Security”

February 9th, 6:30-8:30pm
Room C201
taught by Patrick Smyth

Description:

This workshop will cover issues of data security. What does it mean for data to be “secure”? What is data encryption? How might you begin to protect yourself from data surveillance, reconsider data storage, and think about personal privacy in an age of internet research? This workshop is designed for someone who has never really thought of data security as a humanities scholar but who might want to consider where to begin.

Register: http://dhweek.nycdh.org/event/introduction-to-information-security/

“Social Network Analysis for Humanities”

February 10th, 10:00-12:00pm
Room C196.05
taught by Alexander Nakhimovsky

Description:

Present the basics of Social Network Analysis (SNA): graphs, metrics, filtering, grouping; introduce NodeXL, Excel-based tool for SNA; do a couple of examples: (characters in Les Miserables; wordnet).

Register: http://dhweek.nycdh.org/event/social-network-analysis-for-humanities/

….and we have to add a GC Digital Fellow alumna round! Our very own Michelle McSweeney will be teaching two mapping workshops up at Columbia University’s Studio@Butler. Tell her we say hello!

“Introduction to Mapping with QGIS”

February 7th, 3:00-5:00pm
Studio@Butler, Columbia University
taught by Michelle McSweeney and Dare Brawley
Register: http://dhweek.nycdh.org/event/introduction-to-mapping-with-qgis/

“Making Maps into Webmaps with Leaflet.js”

February 8th, 1:00-3:00pm
Studio@Butler, Columbia University
taught by Michelle McSweeney and Dare Brawley
Register: http://dhweek.nycdh.org/event/making-maps-into-webmaps-with-leaflet-js/

Joshua Miele talk: “Digital Accessibility and the Making of a Meta Maker Movement”

October 3rd, 2016 by Javier No comments »

GC Digital Initiatives
Speaker Event, Fall 2016
October 20th, 6:30-8:00pm
Room C198, The Graduate Center, CUNY

 

Dr. Joshua Miele

“Digital Accessibility and the Making of a Meta Maker Movement”

 

GC Digital Initiatives and The Futures Initiative are excited to welcome Dr. Joshua Miele to The Graduate Center, CUNY, to speak on the topic of digital accessibility and maker culture. Dr. Miele is the Associate Director of Technology Research and Development, at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Low Vision and Blindness, and has spearheaded multiple apps, platforms, and resources that promote digital accessibility–including the Blind Arduino Project, overTHERE, YouDescribe, and many more. In his talk, he will discuss the philosophy that informs his approach to maker culture, and consider the essential role of digital accessibility in this formulation.

 

This event is free and open to the public, and we kindly request you RSVP in advance clicking here.

If you require accessibility accommodation, contact us at gc.digitalfellows@gmail.com, or call Lisa Rhody at (212) 817 8490.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Call for Lightning Talks: CUNY DHI 2016

October 3rd, 2016 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

Call for Lightning Talk Presentations

“CUNY DHI 2016: Building a Digital Humanities Community at the City University of New York.”
Monday, November 7th, 6:00-8:30pm
Ninth Floor Breakout Rooms, Rooms 9204/9205/9206/9207
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until October 21st (or until all presentation slots are filled).

After last year’s success, CUNY DHI and GC Digital Initiatives invite participation at the second annual “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at the City University of New York.”

This event features a series of

  • lightning talks on digital projects from across the CUNY campuses,
  • Presentations from graduate student winners of Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants,
  • a reception to follow for discussion and networking.

How to get involved

CUNY faculty, graduate students, and staff are invited to submit proposals for lightning talks of no more than 5 minutes (with no more than 3 slides) on projects that highlight ongoing, current, and recent work in the digital humanities. We welcome all disciplines and even encourage presentations that include undergraduate participation. Groups may present collaboratively or individually.

Please check out our recap from last year for an overview of the types of projects and initiatives that have been featured previously: cuny.is/cunydhi2015.

To submit your lightning talk for consideration, please fill out this brief form to share a little more information with us (no abstract required!): https://goo.gl/j71U1B. Once you have submitted the form, we will contact the email address provided with further details.

Last year, we had eight of the CUNY campuses represented across presenters, and this year we are hoping for even more! For specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Rhody, Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives at lrhody@gc.cuny.edu or Javier Otero Pena, GC Digital Fellow at joteropena@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

Thank you for your interest in participating, and we look forward to seeing you there!

This event is sponsored by CUNY DHI and GC Digital Initiatives.

The Digital GC: End of Year Showcase, May 17th, 4:15-6:15pm

May 4th, 2016 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

To share and celebrate the range of digital work at The Graduate Center, CUNY, GC Digital Initiatives invites you to attend:

The Digital GC: End of Year Showcase

Tuesday, May 17th

4:15-6:15 pm

The Martin E. Segal Theatre

#digitalgc

Short presentations will include DH Praxis 2015-2016, the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant Recipients 2015-2016, GC Digital Fellows, Futures Initiative, The New Media Lab, GC Teaching and Learning Center, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, Videography Fellows, Social Media Fellows, Software Studies Initiative, Mina Rees Library, and more.

Please stay tuned: this page will be updated with more details as time approaches!

We hope to see you there.

Accepting Applications: GC Digital Research Institute, June 2016

April 11th, 2016 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

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Now Accepting Applications:

GC Digital Research Institute

when:June 6-10, 2016

what: five-day intensive in digital research methods

where: The Graduate Center, CUNY

why: to equip our academic community with digital research skills

who: for CUNY graduate students, faculty and staff of all skill levels and disciplines (no previous digital experience required)

GC Digital Initiatives invites applications for the GC Digital Research Institute (GC DRI) on June 5-10, 2016 from 9:30-6:00 daily. This program builds on the success of the inaugural GC Digital Research Bootcamp, held in January 2016.

GC DRI offers CUNY graduate students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to develop digital research skills and to connect with others in an interdisciplinary environment. The week will begin with an introduction to the command line, git, Python, and databases for all students;  participants will then have the opportunity to choose from a variety of more specific workshops on topics ranging from using APIs to the Natural Language Toolkit to machine learning.

The application will be open until 11:59pm on April 22nd, 2016; however, we recommend that interested participants apply early, as space is limited. Applicants who were waitlisted in January and who expressed interest in being automatically reconsidered need not re-apply; however, we encourage such applicants to fill out the application form again, as some fields have changed.

The GC DRI is sponsored by a CUNY Strategic Initiative Investment Grant and is free of charge. Programming has been developed in collaboration with our partners: Software Carpentry, the New York Public Library, Mozilla Science Lab, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching, NYC Media Lab, and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us using the form on our website. Stay up-to-date on the GC Digital Research Institute by following us on Twitter at @Digital_Fellows and checking out the #GCDRI hashtag.

Citizen Cartography @NYPL: Map Warper Workshop at the GC on 3/23

March 15th, 2016 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

GC Digital Initiatives and CUNY DHI invite you to attend a special workshop in collaboration with the New York Public Library. Please join us for “Citizen Cartography @NYPL!”

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Room C203, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Register in advance on our EventBrite page

The New York Public Library’s Map Warper is a free online crowdsourcing tool that enables librarians and the general public to align digital images of historical maps with today’s map through a process called georectification, or “warping” maps. As part of NYPL’s ongoing commitment to creating new publicly available resources and building new platforms for historical research, the Library has set out to warp over 4,000 maps!

In this hands-on workshop, we will give you an overview of the NYPL Map Warper tool (available at maps.nypl.org) as well as get you started warping maps. Come learn more about how to use this tool and the ways in which it can impact your research. For more information, watch the tutorial at maps.nypl.org, or send an email to citizencartographer@gmail.com or gc.digitalfellows@gmail.com.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Please register in advance to attend at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/citizen-cartography-nypl-map-warper-workshop-tickets-21536035863

At the Edge of the Network: A Talk with Nicole Starosielski

February 18th, 2016 by Mary Catherine Kinniburgh No comments »

Please join us for this exciting event, sponsored by CUNY DHI and GC Digital Initiatives.

“At the Edge of the Network: Undersea Cables and Deep Infrastructure”

with

Nicole Starosielski
Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University Steinhardt

March 8th, 6:30-8:30pm
The Skylight Room, The Graduate Center
Free and open to the public

Over 99% of transoceanic data traffic is carried across the oceans by undersea cables—these technologies comprise the backbone of the global internet. This presentation will focus on Surfacing, a digital map that enables users to traverse the social worlds of the cable system and the unseen cultural formations that sustain everyday internet connections. Surfacing is both a project of infrastructural visibility, revealing the geographies of internet systems, and a critical experiment in digital cartography that challenges existing modes of vertical and lateral movement.

Announcing NYCDH Week GC Digital Fellows Workshops: Intro to Programming with Python & Social Media Scraping

February 5th, 2016 by Michelle A. McSweeney (Johnson) No comments »

The GC Digital Fellows will be offering 2 workshops in celebration of NYCDH Week, a week-long celebration of all things digital humanities in New York City (open to non-humanists, of course!) February 8-12. For more information, visit the NYCDH Website, and for a list of all events taking place around New York City, check out the Schedule.

Join the GC Digital Fellows for Introduction to Programming with Python and Social Media Scraping with the Twitter API on Monday and Wednesday, 2:00-4:00pm at the Graduate Center at CUNY! Details are below, we hope to see you there!

Introduction to Programming with Python

Monday, February 8th 2:00-4:00pm

This workshop introduces the fundamentals of programming using Python, a language popular in both academia and the commercial world. Topics will include basic programming concepts such as loops, variables, and conditionals, installing and importing libraries, and creating simple scripts. No previous programming experience is necessary.

Register here.

This workshop will be hosted by Ian Phillips and Patrick Smyth.

Social Media Scraping with the Twitter API

Wednesday, February 10th 2:00-4:00pm

This workshop will introduce the Twitter API, a way of programmatically interacting with the Twitter platform, and will place a particular emphasis on gathering data for textual, sociological, or linguistic analysis. Some knowledge of Python will be helpful, but is not strictly necessary.

Register here.

This workshop will be hosted by Patrick Smyth and Jen Tang.

For more information, please contact gc.digitalfellows@gmail.com or visit our website. Hope to see you there!

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