The Productive Scholar: Exploring Archival Collections through Forensically Packaged Disk Images

Topic: Exploring Archival Collections through Forensically Packaged Disk Images
Speaker: Jarrett Drake, Digital Archivist, MUDD Manuscript Library

Date: Thursday, October 23, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library, First Floor

Jarrett Drake’s slides for this session: 20141023-ps-jmd

Lunch will be provided. To register for this session:
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited)

The increasingly born-digital nature of archival collections requires that archival institutions incorporate new methods and technologies into their practice. One method archivists employ to preserve and provide access to born-digital materials is to create forensically packaged disk images. Disk imaging, a process adopted from the digital forensics discipline, presents new opportunities for researchers to interpret the past. This talk will discuss these emergent practices and how they impact scholars and users of archives.

Jarrett M. Drake is the Digital Archivist at the Mudd Manuscript Library. His responsibilities include preserving and providing access to analog and born-digital collections of the University Archives as well as contributing to the University Library’s long-term digital preservation infrastructure. Jarrett holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale College, and a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Michigan.

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MATLAB Introductory Workshop, 10/15, 7pm – 9pm

“MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment for numericalMatlab_Logo computation, visualization, and programming. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications.”  – MathWorks



Workshop Description
This workshop provides an introduction to MATLAB® interface. The workshop is intended for students with no programming experience, and is designed to assist students to learn basics of programming with MATLAB. The MATLAB interface, variables, arrays, conditional statements, loops, and plots are among the topics that will be explained. At the end of the workshop, students should be able to use MATLAB for their course work, and be ready to advance their programming skills on their own.

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The Productive Scholar: Best Practices for Data Management

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Speaker: Willow Dressel (Plasma Physics and E-Science Librarian)

Time: Thursday, October 16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library, First Floor

• Slides from Willow Dressel’s presentation: RDMProductiveScholar-10-2014
• Entertaining NYU Health Sciences Library video on the perils of poor data management. Shown by Willow Dressel during her presentation.

More and more digital data are being created and used in the course of research, yet often little thought is given to managing this data for collaboration, future use, or preservation. In addition, many funders require data management plans be submitted with grant applications, and both funders and journals are calling for shared or publicly accessible data. Following best practices can help you be prepared for these requirements.

Willow Dressel is the E-Science and Plasma Physics Librarian and has been providing reference, instruction, and outreach services for Princeton University Libraries for over five years. She is currently developing research data management library services for the sciences. Willow holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.

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The Productive Scholar: OpenScholar: Personal Websites for Scholars

Topic: OpenScholar: Personal Websites for ScholarsOpenScholar-Logo
Speakers: Angel Brady, Ben Johnston

Time: Thursday, October 9, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library, First Floor

Slides from this session are available here:

OpenScholar is a website building and content management tool available to faculty and graduate students for hosting professional profile sites. OpenScholar sites can contain biographies, CVs, course lists, publications, blog entries, and event listings. An owner of a site does not need to know code or web development tools to edit and use the site. A user only needs to a web browser to edit the site. OpenScholar is hosted by Web Development Services in Princeton’s Office of Information Technology.

To check out OpenScholar, and set up your account prior to the workshop, visit Princeton’s OpenScholar webpage.

Angel Brady is an Academic Systems Support and Training Specialist in Academic Technology Services in OIT. She provides support for Princeton’s Blackboard service, OpenScholar, and Princeton’s WordPress blogs. Previously, she was an Educational Technologist at the Humanities Resource Center at Princeton University. Prior to coming to Princeton, she was an Instructional Technologist and Training Specialist at Rider University. She earned her Master’s of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ben Johnston is currently Humanities Computing Specialist at Princeton University’s Center for Digital Humanities.  Ben has over fifteen years’ experience working with faculty to integrate technology into teaching, learning, and research at Princeton University’s Educational Technology Center in the Office of Information Technology, Bryn Mawr College, and Columbia University’s Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. Ben holds a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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NMC Open House!! Friday, 9/26, 12pm – 4pm










Event: NMC (New Media Center) Open House

Location: NMC (New Media Center), 130 Lewis Library, First Floor

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Free food, swag, demos, new Mac Pros, Adobe CS6, ProTools, video and audio. Come by, eat, get free stuff & a tour of our hardware and software!!

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