Saturday, March 5th, 11:00am

Approaches to Digital Scholarship: Hands-on Workshop Series

Digital scholarship work requires an understanding of tools and methods associated with information technology and digital humanities, as well as a variety of approaches that are discipline-specific. As more libraries engage with faculty and students who are interested in creating digital projects, subject librarians and staff will need to develop skills and expertise in areas such as digital curation, visualization, analysis, and archiving. These hands-on workshops will provide on the spot training for professionals and staff working in LAMs (libraries, archives, museums), which they can bring back and apply immediately at their institution. The workshops will provide hands-on experience with the following topics and tools: digital curation, web archiving, data visualization, and linked data.

Workshop Schedule

RDA in Many Metadata Formats (RIMMF) and Linked Data: Lenny-a-thon! (11:00-12:30)

During this workshop, participants will use RIMMF (RDA in Many Metadata Formats) to create entity records associated with Leonard Bernstein. The records will represent works, expressions, manifestations, persons, corporate bodies, etc. that are associated with Bernstein, such as his compositions, performances, lectures, collaborators, and even works about him. The end result will be an “r-ball” of linked data, similar to the output of the ALA-sponsored Jane-athons (see for more details).

  • Speakers
    • Kathy Glennan, University of Maryland

Web Archiving for Music Librarians (11:00-12:30)

This workshop will begin with a general overview of web archiving as a resource for music librarians. It will then provide an inside look at the some of the principal tools of the trade, including the Wayback Machine (the Internet Archive’s digital repository), Archive-It (the Internet Archive’s web archiving application, which librarians can use to curate their own collections of websites), and citation archiving applications such as WebCite and SavePageNow (which anyone can use to save web references and avoid the dreaded “link rot.”)

  • Speakers
    • Kent Underwood, New York University

Digital Curation with Omeka (1:40-3:10)

In this workshop, participants will receive an overview of the open-source content management system, Omeka, used by libraries, archives, museums, and scholars to display content and scholarship in a flexible and interactive setting. Participants will learn how to create and describe items (i.e. photos, text, maps) using the Dublin Core metadata standards, organize items within collections, publish content for the public, as well as pull in metadata from existing collections using a metadata harvester (OAI-PMH). A list of resources and tips will be provided to participants. This workshop will appeal to participants who are interested in curating a digital exhibit or collections, which can include various formats, such as text/notation, images, maps, and multimedia. For more information about Omeka, visit or

  • Speakers
    • Anna Kijas, Boston College

Approaches to Visualizing Data with Spatial and Temporal Tools (1:40-3:10)

For researchers and librarians who are interested in pursuing a geographic or temporal analysis of musical data, this workshop will provide an overview of some common free and/or open source tools, potentially including ViewShare, Timeline.js, CartoDB and Palladio. Participants will learn about common data formats and types, and how to structure their data in preparation for using a geocoding service and various visualization tools. The workshop will provide hands on experience with analysis techniques like geocoding, data queries and table joins. Finally, participants will work together to create a publicly viewable digital map or timeline on the web.

  • Speakers
    • Francesca Giannetti, Rutgers University

Text Mining for Music Research (2:00-3:30)

Across all realms of scholarship, the rapidly growing availability and prevalence of digitally encoded texts presents both new opportunities and new challenges for interdisciplinary scholars. Computers enable us to store, count, compare, sort, and analyze digital texts, thus to probe them more deeply and vastly than ever before possible. Text mining, a method for extracting statistical information from large bodies of texts, has been adopted by literary and scientific disciplines but not as much by music scholars. Supporting the often-contested notion that empirical methodologies are applicable and relevant to arts-related research, this workshop will explore the question: What can you actually glean from computer-generated lists of the most frequent words in a corpus? Analyzing word frequency of authors, genres, periods, texts, or groups of texts can reveal how concepts and their expression evolve over time, and the degree to which gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, and age of authors may be reflected in the language of their texts.

  • Speakers
    • Janelle Varin, The New School
  • Location
    • Salon B/C
  • Live Streaming?
    • No

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