The Productive Scholar: What Are Digital Map Datasets and Geographic Information Systems?

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Topic: What Are Digital Map Datasets and Geographic Information Systems?esri2
Speakers: Bill Guthe and Wangyal Shawa

Time: Thursday, February 27, 12:00pm
Location: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is powerful research tool that allows a person to capture, store, view, manipulate, analyze, manage, and display all forms of geographically referenced data. Princeton faculty, students and staff use GIS technology to manage resources, explore spatial relationships, and visualize change. This presentation will provide an introductory overview to the technology and its capabilities, and highlight the services and geographic data provided by the Library and OIT.

SESSION RECAP:
T. Wangyal Shawa and Bill Guthe provided a highly informative overview of map resources and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training at the University. One of the challenges in determining whether or not to use Google Maps or Google Earth versus GIS software is knowing in advance all the possible employments of your data. Visualization only, well, Google Maps, or other options, may be best. However, if you need the option of creating pliable data and data sets then you’ll want to use GIS software. On a parallel topic, if you need to sort through multiple years worth of geographic data or social/political data with geographic markers on the same or different continents, you probably need to consider accessing data sets.

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The Productive Scholar: Simple Map Tools for Complex Data

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Topic: Simple Map Tools for Complex DataSimpleMapTools-Temos-Johnston
Speakers: Ben Johnston and Janet Temos

Time: Thursday, February 20, 12:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 1st Floor, Lewis Library Building
*To Register: http://bit.ly/PSMapTools

“A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.”
Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

This Productive Scholar session will cover the use of easily accessible and easy-to-use mapping tools that can help you visualize geo-spatial data for your teaching and research. Use Google Maps to collaboratively build a location-aware research archive.  Overlay a historic map on the globe in Google Earth. Visualize complex narratives and data sets using points, regions, paths and other information in custom maps. Collect photographs and information in the field using a smartphone and plot that information on a map.

Janet Temos, Director of the Educational Technologies Center (McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning) and Ben Johnston of the Humanities Resource Center (OIT) will talk about using some free, simple, geolocation tools to achieve rich results for data visualization.

SESSION RECAP:
We who were in attendance had the fortune of being given a guided tour of literal mapping of various layers of narrative signification proffered by Joyce Carol Oates’ 2013 novel The Accursed. Set in Princeton, and referencing various historical maps of the township, the novel has be characterized by Stephen King as:

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The Productive Scholar – BONUS: Google Drive for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Productivity Bonus! Registration required
Topic: Google Drive  for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: Information google-driveSessions
Wednesday, February 12, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Monday, February 17, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Mark Ratliff (OIT/ATS)
McGraw Center Classroom, Frist 330

Please click on one of the above links to register for a Google Drive Information session.

Topic description: In this presentation, Mark Ratliff (OIT), will provide an overview of the recent launch of Google Drive for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students, including how to request an account, the account provisioning process, available apps, and cloud storage. Mark will also address questions related to University IT policy and the launch.

Speaker: Mark Ratliff, is the Associate Director for Academic Technology Services in the OIT. Mark’s recent projects have focused on evaluating enterprise IT services hosted in “the cloud”. Mark led the effort to upgrade Princeton’s video asset management system and is also involved in rollout of OIT’s new Drupal web content management system, both of which make use of cloud based services. Mark is also leading the technical effort to build the Open Access Repository for faculty journal articles.

Want to learn more about Princeton Google Drive and creating an account?  Check out the OIT video tutorials here.

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The Productive Scholar: Spring 2014 Schedule

Technology Tools for Teaching & Research

Thursdays, 12:00pm – 1:00pm*
(Detailed descriptions will be available the week before the session)
NEW LOCATION ADDED! HRC CLASSROOM

*Productivity Bonus!
Google Drive  for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: Information Sessions
Wednesday, February 12, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Monday, February 17, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Mark Ratliff (OIT/ATS)
McGraw Center Classroom, Frist 330

Click on one of the above links to register for a Google Drive Information session.

February 20: Simple Map Tools for Complex Data
Ben Johnston (OIT/HRC) and Janet Temos (McGraw Center/ETC)
New Media Center (NMC), 1st Floor, Lewis Library, 12:00pm

February 27: What Are Digital Map Datasets and Geographic Information Systems?
Bill Guthe (Research Computing) and T. Wangyal Shawa (GIS Librarian)
HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level, 12:00pm

†March 6: Using Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics to Crowdsource Tasks and Surveys (co-sponsored with DHI)
Alfredo García (Graduate Student, Sociology)
HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level, 12:00pm

March 13: Introduction to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Successful Review Processes
Andrea Ferguson-Dadas and Gloria Gaines (Research Integrity Assurance)
HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level, 12:00pm

March 27: Best Practices for File and Data Management
Willow Dressel (Plasma Physics/E-Science Librarian) and Carla Zimowsk (Digital History Lab)
HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level, 12:00pm

April 3: Tools for Text Analysis in the Humanities (co-sponsored with DHI)
Ben Johnston (OIT/HRC)
New Media Center (NMC), 1st Floor, Lewis Library, 12:00pm

April 10: Risk in Media Discourse: An Introduction to Topic Modeling with R and Python (co-sponsored with DHI)
Manish Nag (Graduate Student, Sociology)
New Media Center (NMC), 1st Floor, Lewis Library, 12:00pm

April 17: Overview of Q-APS (Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science): Social Science Research Support for Scholars
Jonathan Olmsted (Senior Research Specialist, Politics/Coordinator, Q-APS Consulting Service
HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level, Frist 330, 12:00pm

*SPECIAL TIME: Thursday, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
April 24: Turning Freshmen into Scientists: Hardware, Software, and Hands-on Technology in the Field
Adam Maloof and Frederick Simons (Professors, Geosciences)
HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

†The presentation by Kosuke Imai (Professor, Politics/Q-APS/Statistics and Machine Learning) will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Introduction to Text Encoding and TEI

Time: Wednesday, January 29, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: HRC Classroom, East Pyne Room 012, Lower Level
Instructors: Clifford Wulfman and Ben Johnston

What’s with all the pointy brackets???

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A diary entry from poet Robert Graves, “Getting started using TEI” http://tei.oucs.ox.ac.uk/GettingStarted/html/in.html

Text encoding involves rendering transcriptions of documents (books, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, engravings, and so on) into machine-readable form, so that they may be processed by computers in a variety of ways. Most of us are familiar with word-processing programs that create encoded texts for printing; and many of us have heard about HTML, a way of marking up, or annotating, a text for display on the World Wide Web.

What most people don’t know is that text markup has uses far beyond simple presentation (formatting and print layout). It can be used to support fundamental scholarly practices like glossing, annotation, linking, and other kinds of semantic analysis and interpretation, making the scholar’s intellectual work readable by machines.

(To register for the workshop click here, or access the QR code)qrcode Continue reading for more information

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