August 24, 2016
by Emma Cockburn
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Geoforum 2016

GeoForum is a free event aimed at lecturers, researchers, postgraduate students and support staff who promote and support the use of maps and geo-data at their institution.

The event will cover current Jisc-funded and other developments at EDINA and in the wider community. There will be demonstrations and talks showcasing what can be achieved with maps and spatial data, recent progress and future developments with the Digimap service and more.

This is also an opportunity for you to give feedback on Jisc and EDINA services and discuss geospatial issues with the team and other geo-data experts. Jisc and EDINA are always keen to find out how they can better serve the geo-community, please join the event to share your views.

The event will provide opportunities to:

  • Get up-to-date with all the newest geo-datasets and services enhancements from EDINA.
  • Find out how site reps at other institutions are promoting and supporting the use of digital mapping and spatial services.
  • Learn about how Ordnance Survey create cartographic representations for their mapping products.
  • Meet representatives from partner organisations such as Ordnance Survey, Landmark Solutions.
  • Find out about GIS software from vendors such as Cadcorp.

Further information on the event programme can be found here.

Venue:

Institute of Geography, The University of Edinburgh
Drummond Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9XP

Date:

7 September 2016

Time:

10:00 – 16:15

Booking:

Book your place here.

If you have any problems with the booking form or need any more information, please email: edina@ed.ac.uk

#GeoFor16

August 18, 2016
by Emma Cockburn
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IS training courses for working with data

Information Services offer a wide range of courses to support digital skills development. Their current programme encompasses a variety of workshops on working with data, including:

  • Creating a Data Management Plan for your Grant Application (Wednesday 12-Oct-2016, 12:00 – 13:30)
  • Good Practice in Research Data Management (Friday 07-Oct-2016, 09:30 – 13:30)
  • Handling Data Management using SPSS (Monday 12-Sep-2016, 09:30 – 12:30; Monday 14-Nov-2016, 09:30 – 12:30)
  • Introduction to NVivo (Tuesday 27-Sep-2016, 09:30 – 12:30; Tuesday 01-Nov-2016, 09:30 – 12:30)
  • Introduction to Visualising Data in ArcGIS (Wednesday 28-Sep-2016, 14:00 – 17:00)
  • Introduction to Visualising Data in QGIS (Thursday 01-Dec-2016, 14:00 – 17:00)
  • Managing your research data: why is it important and what should you do? (Monday 10-Oct-2016, 11:30 – 13:00)
  • NVivo: Beyond the Basics – Queries (Monday 03-Oct-2016, 14:00 – 17:00; Monday 14-Nov-2016, 14:00 – 17:00)
  • Using EDINA Digimap (Wednesday 28-Sep-2016, 09:30 – 12:30; Thursday 01-Dec-2016, 09:30 – 12:30)
  • Working with personal and sensitive data (Friday 14-Oct-2016, 12:00 – 14:00)

All courses must be booked via the IS website. If you are unable to attend a course you have booked, you should cancel through the Event Booking channel. Attendance is recorded, and failure to attend without prior notice may affect your future bookings. For over-subscribed courses we frequently offer standby places to people on the waiting list, so please ensure you arrive in good time or your place may be reallocated as a standby.

Further information can be found here.

 

August 10, 2016
by Emma Cockburn
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The Labour of Digital Scholarship Seminar

Organised by the Centre for Research in Digital Education, in partnership with College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science Digital Scholarship programme.

Karen Gregory, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh
12 noon-2pm
23rd February 2017
Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

Open to all (lunch is provided courtesy of the Digital Scholarship programme)

Register for the event here

Digital platforms have given rise to new modes of scholarly communication. From individual scholarly blogs, shared digital research libraries, open online teaching, social media profiles, to Open Access university initiatives, contemporary academic labour is increasingly becoming digital labour. Drawing on work done in the fields of education, media studies, and cultural studies, this talk will offer a definition of academic digital labour in order to ask make visible the nature of this work, as well as to offer a theory of why such digital work is increasingly valuable in the University. I argue that digital labour is the unacknowledged thread that links disciplinary work, instructional and educational technologies, library services, and information technology to larger administrative visions and goals for restructuring the University. Such restructuring, however, also entails demands for decreased labour costs and docile labour, both of which have resulted in an increasingly contingent, precarious, and causalized University. As such, tracing the labour that makes digital scholarship possible enables us to chart new labour arrangements in the University, as well as ask larger and essential questions about the labour required to curate, sustain, and steward knowledge in a digital society.

About the speaker: Karen Gregory is a Lecturer in Digital Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Her work explores the intersection of digital labor, affect, and contemporary spirituality, with an emphasis on the role of the laboring body. Karen is a founding member of CUNY Graduate Center’s Digital Labor Working Group and her writings have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Women and Performance, Visual Studies, Contexts, The New Inquiry, and Dis Magazine.

You can often find Karen online @claudiakincaid

 

July 28, 2016
by Helen Bradley
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Data & Software Workshops

Data Carpentry Workshop

22 & 23 August 2016, 9.30 – 4.30 (book by 19 August)

University of Edinburgh Main Library, 30 George Square

£30 fee includes coffee breaks and lunch

  •  An example-driven two-day workshop on basic data science computing skills.
  • Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged both to help one another, and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions.
  • Tools to be used include OpenRefine, R, and SQL.
  • The course is open to all graduate students and other researchers of the University of Edinburgh. Places not filled by Edinburgh’s researchers may be offered to researchers from other universities.
  • Lead instructor: Martin Callaghan, Leeds University
  • Programme available on the workshop homepage at: https://rgaiacs.github.io/2016-08-22-edinburgh/

Participants should bring their own laptops to work on and have permissions to install programs on them.

For further details see: http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.aspcompid=1&modid=2&deptid=80&catid=96&prodid=2350

Software Carpentry Workshop

24 & 25 August 2016, 9.30 – 4.30 (book by 19 August) 

University of Edinburgh Main Library, 30 George Square

£30 Fee includes coffee breaks and lunch

  • An example-driven two-day workshop on basic data science computing and coding skills.
  • Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged both to help one another, and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions.
  • Tools to be used include Python, Git and Github.
  • The course is open to all graduate students and other researchers of the University of Edinburgh. Places not filled by Edinburgh’s researchers may be offered to researchers from other universities.
  • Lead instructor: Martin Callaghan, Leeds University
  • Programme available on the workshop homepage at:  https://rgaiacs.github.io/2016-08-24-edinburgh/

Participants should bring their own laptops to work on and have permissions to install programs on them.

For further details see: http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.aspcompid=1&modid=2&deptid=80&catid=96&prodid=2351

May 27, 2016
by Anouk Lang
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Workshop on structuring and visualizing data

This event is sold out.

Do you work with data, and do you want to learn how to visualize complex systems?

The Digital Humanities Research Group within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology is offering an introduction to working with historical data and database design. This workshop will introduce a workflow for creating Continue Reading →

May 18, 2016
by Anouk Lang
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Digital Day of Ideas 2016

The Digital Day of Ideas was held on 18 May 2016, and was an excellent day of inspiring papers, engaging conversations and exploring new approaches in workshops.

Nicola Osborne has done a comprehensive liveblog of the day, and Lorna Campbell has produced a Storify of the tweets. There’s also a Twitter archive of the day’s events here (select the Archive tab at the bottom of the page). Videos of the keynote addresses and notes from some of the workshops will be up on this site shortly.

We would be grateful if attendees could take a few minutes to fill out an evaluation survey, so we can learn what worked well and what should be changed for next time.

Thank you to our three keynote speakers, all our workshop leaders, and the student helpers who helped to make it an excellent day. Particular thanks to Cath O’Shea and Elise McDonald in the College office who worked unstintingly to make sure everything ran smoothly.

We hope to see you next year!

 

March 14, 2016
by Anouk Lang
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British Library Labs Roadshow @ The University of Edinburgh: Liveblog and Storify now available

Huge thanks to all those who helped to make the British Library Labs Roadshow event on 26 February 2016 a success.

Find out more about the roadshow (external link)

Particular thanks to:

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March 7, 2016
by Anouk Lang
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New ‘Research data management and sharing’ online course

EDINA, The University of Edinburgh and the CRADLE project at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have teamed up to deliver a new skills-based Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the topics of research data management and data sharing for the benefit of researchers and support professionals alike.

This is an ‘on-demand’ style MOOC, with a rolling registration period, to allow cohorts of learners to proceed through the material at the same time, over a 5-week period. Material is free and learners can earn a certificate for a small fee.

Find out more on the MOOC ‘Research Data Management and Sharing’ (external link)

Vox pop video on research data management and sharing (external link)

The MOOC complements our well-known Research Data Management Training (MANTRA) online self-paced course on similar topics.

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Robin Rice, Data Librarian, EDINA and Data Library, The University of Edinburgh

R.Rice@ed.ac.uk, @sparrowbarley

Home: http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/data-library

RDM blog: http://datablog.is.ed.ac.uk

February 24, 2016
by Anouk Lang
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Regular Expressions workshop, Wed 23 March, 2-3.30pm

Digital Humanities workshop:
Regular Expressions for Absolute Beginners
Wednesday 23 March, 2-3.30pm
Room 3.29, 50 George Square


Have you ever tried to clean up a document by using Find & Replace, and found yourself frustrated by the limitations of what can be done? Perhaps you have a file from which you want to extract a sequence of dates or words, or you are trying to clean up repetitive OCR errors in a scanned document, or remove special characters from a text file so it will load properly as a spreadsheet. Regular expressions, or regex, are useful in all these situations and more, as they offer a more powerful and flexible way of doing pattern matching.

This workshop assumes no prior knowledge at all of regular expressions. Those who have some experience will likely find it on the slow side. Participants will need to bring their own laptops in order to do the practical exercises.

Book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/regular-expressions-for-absolute-beginners-tickets-22161144580