DH Toolbox: Fall 2022

28 September: Intro to Git and Github

Yoo Young Lee, Head, Information Technology (University of Ottawa Library)

Presentation slides

This hands-on workshop covers the basics of Git and GitHub for version control and collaboration. Git as version control software and GitHub as an online repository to easily store and share your projects have been widely used and adapted by academic communities for their research. In this beginner workshop, Librarian Yoo Young Lee will introduce key concepts of Git, create your own Git repository, publish it to GitHub, and clone/fork one of the existing GitHub repository. No previous experience is required.

Before joining the workshop, create a free GitHub account, and download Atom (or any other text editors that you like) and GitHub Desktop on your computer. 

2 November: Networks, Databases, and Collective Memories: A Look at Digitized Diasporic Memory

Candide Uyanze, graduate Digital Humanities program (University of Ottawa) and of Digital Futures (OCAD)

In this workshop, alumna of the Digital Humanities program at the University of Ottawa Candide Uyanze will discuss the process behind Digitized Diasporic Memory. The project is a collective conversational archive which explores the relationship, intersections, connections, and divergent experiences between Black people in the African diaspora residing on Turtle Island. Candide will cover how she used Airtable and NocoDB to create a collaborative database of crowd-sourced audio memories which respond to each other. Next, she’ll discuss how she used Logseq (an open-source knowledge-base) to convert the database into a web application that maps and visualizes the connections between the submitted stories.

With an understanding of diaspora as networked, rhizomatic, and tentacled, Candide will illustrate how “freemium” and open-source software can be leveraged for collective storytelling, knowledge sharing, and what Anne-Laure Le Cunff describes as mind-to-mind networks.

Read Candide’s thesis.

English presentation.

16 November: Now I can see my tongue: Using ultrasound tongue imaging for linguistic research

Dr. Suzy Ahn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics (University of Ottawa)

Ultrasound tongue imaging (UTI) has become more and more popular in the field of linguistics, as a tool for phonetic and phonological research and fieldwork. In this DH Toolbox session, Professor Suzy Ahn will discuss some technical details of ultrasound tongue imaging including its pros and cons, data collection, and some methods for analysis. Some linguistic research topics using UTI will be introduced as well as how this technique is applicable to other fields such as second language learning and speech pathology. 

English presentation.

30 November: Trekking through Research Data Terrain: Data Discovery and (Re)use Among Digital Humanists

Lina Harper, graduate student in the Master of Information Studies (University of Ottawa)

Where do digital humanists find data? How do they use data? In this DH Toolbox workshop, Master of Information Studies student Lina Harper will share preliminary findings from her thesis about data and DH scholars. We’ll run through a little bit of the methodology to show how interviews can be coded for thematic analysis in NVivo. Lina will also center her lived ADHD experience to reflect on the challenges and opportunities this brain differences bring to writing a thesis.

English presentation.