Curious about digital humanities (DH) tools, but don’t know where to begin? You’re not alone! In a survey last year, many graduate students told us that they don’t know enough about DH tools and methodologies. They wondered if text mining tools, for example, might help with their research, but are concerned about spending precious research time trying to get to grips with technologies that may or may not turn out to be useful. They also mentioned that they like food. A lot.

We at the MSE Library have the answer:
Mining and Dining!
Generously funded by the Idea Lab, we are offering a series of workshops over the coming year led by the MSE Library’s Digital Scholarship Specialist, Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel. These 90-minute workshops will each be stand-alone sessions devoted to a particular tool or methodology, with a particular focus on text mining. We will explore key functionalities of the chosen tool or methodology and discuss how it can be applied to research. Oh, and there will be food!

The first session on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5.30pm will focus on Voyant, a suite of tools that offers “a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.” The workshop will take place in the Center for Educational Resources Conference Room on Q-level of the MSE Library and you will be able to enjoy tasty sandwiches, salads, and cookies from Azáfran. You can sign up using Google Forms.

Space is limited to 10 participants, so sign up quickly. We are targeting this session for graduate student research, but if you’re not a grad student and would like to know more, please be in touch with Tamsyn:

Fall  2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 5.30pm
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 5.30pm
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 5.30pm
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 5.30pm
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5.30pm

Spring 2018
Tuesday, February 15, 2017, 5.30pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2017, 5.30pm
Tuesday, March 13, 2017, 5.30pm
hursday, 29th March 2017, 5.30pm

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