Workshop Resources

Slides and additional materials from past workshops and events are shared on this page.


Title Date Description Materials
Title Date Description Materials
Creating Digital Exhibits with Omeka 2017-03-22 Omeka is a flexible, easy to use web tool that will allow you to share projects or resources online. It provides a web-based platform for creating digital exhibits on your research, class resources, or student projects. Take digital images, audio files, maps, or datasets and design an Omeka exhibit by uploading items, adding metadata, and organizing them into different collections to tell a story about your work. Explore free plugins to enhance the functionality of your exhibit. Omeka is a great way to build or enhance any digital humanities project.expand
Instructor: Ashlyn Velte
Website
Geospatial Metadata: a survey of tools 2017-03-08 Sharing data – either by choice or by requirement – is an increasingly common aspect of research. In order to make data useful to other parties, it must be documented. This session will explore a range of tools available to assist you in documenting the details of your geospatial datasets. We will cover tools for use with ArcGIS, platform-independent tools, free and proprietary, that will help you explain your data to others. No experience necessary.expand
Instructor: Jeremy Kenyon
Website
Start a Website with WordPress 2017-03-02 Want a great looking personal or project website that is easy to build and maintain? This workshop will make you a web master in about an hour! WordPress is a flexible, open source Content Management System that powers more than 25% of the world's top web sites. You can start your own site for free on the hosted service WordPress.com. No code and no experience necessary! Come to the workshop with your ideas and you will leave with a new website. Start a blog, create a personal portfolio, or share your academic projects to start building an online presence -- all while gaining experience with a powerful CMS used by thousands of organizations worldwide.expand
Instructor: Evan Williamson and Devin Becker
Website
Questions
Clean Your Data: getting started with OpenRefine 2017-02-16 Before analysis comes the messy work of evaluating, cleaning, and transforming data. This hands on workshop will introduce a free power tool to get the job done: OpenRefine. We will install Refine, create a project, and get oriented to the many features for exploring and transforming tabular data. Intended for: students, faculty, and staff with an interest in cleaning, transforming, and working with diverse data sources. No experience necessary.expand
Instructor: Evan Williamson
Website
Video
Implementing DOIs for Research Data 2017-02-08 Come learn about the process involved in linking your academic publications to your research data by assigning a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to the the underlying datasets. Traditionally, research is shared in the form of a publication such as a journal article. However, only a very small proportion of the research is made available in the typical journal. The original data used to produce the research is often lost to poor archiving practices. This workshop provides an overview of DOIs -- what they are, how they work, and the current approach at the UI for obtaining one. No previous experience is required for this introductory level workshop. expand
Instructor: Beth Hendrix
Slides
Video
Introducing Arduino 2016-10-26 Come learn about the Arduino electronics platform by making lights blink and buzzers buzz! Using simple, open-source, and interactive hardware and software components, Arduino makes learning code and creating physical computing projects easy. During this workshop we will build basic electronic circuits and program an Arduino micro controller. This is an introduction for beginners from all backgrounds, no experience with electronics or coding required! expand
Instructor: Evan Williamson
Website
Web GIS - Making Your Data Available as Maps, Apps, & Layers 2016-10-21 ArcGIS Online is a web-based collaborative platform that allows users to create, manage, store, and share maps, applications, and data layers. It is available to UI faculty, staff, and students for research, teaching, and administrative purposes. Attendees will leave the presentation with a broad understanding of the capabilities of ArcGIS Online enabling them to determine if it is useful for their needs.expand
Instructor: Bruce Godfrey
Slides
The Many Faces of Joe Vandal 2016-09-30 The UI Library celebrates Homecoming with a special workshop where you can learn about the evolution of Joe Vandal. Come see how our mascot has progressed over time looking at materials in Special Collections and Archives. Then see how Joe Vandal has turned 3-D while touring the new MILL space (Making, Innovating, and Learning Laboratory). Workshop begins in Library Room 120.expand
Instructor: Erin Stoddart, Kristin Henrich, and Annie Gaines
MILL Slides
Intro to Git and GitHub 2016-09-28 Do you have files like final.txt, final_revised.txt, final_revised2.txt, final_revised2_revised.txt? Version control WILL make your life better! Git is a free version control system originally developed for coordinating huge software development projects. However, Git is also great for personal uses such as organizing the code for your research project or the drafts and notes for writing an article. Pair Git with free hosting from Github and you have a powerful platform for managing your code and writing while collaborating and sharing with others. This workshop will get you started with version control by introducing the basic Git workflow and commands, and will cover Github features for collaboration and sharing. Members of the university community from all disciplines are encouraged to attend as Github has diverse applications from managing code and technical documentation, to collaborative writing of lessons and articles, to setting up free blogs and websites. We will introduce Git on the command line, but will also feature GUI programs to make use of Github.
Instructor: Evan Williamson
Slides
Perma.cc: Fight Link Rot with Archived Web Citations 2016-09-07 Your citation URLs are in danger: "Over 50% of cited links in Supreme Court opinions no longer point to the intended page. Roughly 70% of cited links in academic legal journals and 20% of all science, technology and medicine articles suffer from link rot" (Perma.cc). Fight link rot by creating permanent archived records of web pages with Perma.cc, a free service developed and maintained by the Harvard Law School Library. This workshop will introduce the service and best practices for citing links in your articles. expand
Instructor: Evan Williamson
Slides
Tinkering with Technology at The MILL 2016-06-28 Introduction to 3D printing and Arduino for the Idaho 4H Leadership Conference.
Instructor: Evan Williamson and Beth Hendrix
Light Theremin
3D print
Meaningful metrics and what to do with them 2016-03-23 Although the impact factor can sometimes be a useful tool to measure journal prestige and impact, this metric has come under considerable criticism due to its limitations, misuse, and inaccuracy. With impact factors no longer credible, what other metrics are available, and how should they be used? This workshop will go over the basics of metrics and altmetrics, discuss current trends and limitations of metrics, and explore various scholarly metrics tools. expand
Instructor: Annie Gaines
Slides
Handout
Introducing Jupyter Notebook for Python and R 2016-03-02 Jupyter Notebook is a powerful tool for writing, using, and sharing code, perfect for academic teaching and learning. For researchers using Python and other languages, it is an efficient interface to iteratively explore data, present live code to students, or share data driven visualizations with colleagues. If you are just getting started with programming, it is also a great interactive environment for learning and prototyping code. This workshop will introduce the unique features that code notebooks offer to researchers and students. Participants will learn how to install and use Jupyter with the IPython and R kernels. Intended for: students, faculty, and staff interested in learning about code notebooks, sharing code, or learning to code. Complete beginners interested in learning about programming with Python are welcome and encouraged to attend! expand
Instructor: Evan Williamson
Slides
DH 101 for History 2016-02-26 A short introduction to the possibilities of Digital Humanities for history majors.
Instructor: Evan Williamson
Slides
Data Visualization 101: Concepts and Tools 2016-02-03 Visual Analytics (VA) and Information Visualization are booming interdisciplinary fields grappling with new methods to interact with and comprehend complex data. Informed by theories of interactive design, human perception, and statistical computation, VA tools enable researchers to ask new questions and transform abstract information into meaningful representations. This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the underlying concepts of visualization and VA, as well as present several VA tools freely available for academic use. It will include a demonstration of Tableau Desktop, a powerful and flexible visualization software used in many industries. Participants will be provided with further resources to explore the field and find software with free academic licenses. Intended for: students, faculty, and staff with an interest in exploring data and creating visualizations. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop. expand
Instructor: Evan Williamson
Slides
Clean Your Data: getting started with OpenRefine 2015-10-14 No one likes dirty data! Before analysis comes the messy work of evaluating, cleaning, and transforming data. This hands on workshop will introduce a free powertool to get the job done: OpenRefine. We will install Refine, create a project, and get oriented to the many features for exploring and transforming tabular data. Intended for: students, faculty, and staff with an interest in cleaning, transforming, and working data. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to install OpenRefine. expand
Instructor: Evan Williamson
Slides



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