DH Toolbox: Winter 2022


Connections are at the centre of much digital scholarship. Whether learning to take and manage notes for research, analysing research data, or building resources for your research community, digital tools can help you make critical connections between themes, issues, communities, and organizations! This semester, we’ll learn how scholars in our community are using digital tools to make different types of connections through their research and teaching!

Join us virtually for a series of workshops on learning, analysing, and building connections!

2 February: Notetaking and the Personal Knowledge Management scene: Maybe This Time It’ll Stick!

Dr. Shawn Graham (History and Digital Humanities, Carleton University)

Watch this session on YouTube

“Did _you­_ ever get taught how to read like an academic, how to take notes, how to build anything from them? Because I sure as heck didn’t!”

Join us for a workshop on knowledge management systems.

Access Dr. Graham’s workshop slides and download his vault to help you get started!

16 February: Accessing, analyzing, and visualizing research data metadata using DataCite and Jupyter Notebooks

Dr. Anton Ninkov (Postdoctoral fellow at ÉSIS, University of Ottawa)

Watch the session on YouTube

Interest in measuring data citation and developing metrics for data is increasing. Despite this interest, research investigating data sharing, data reuse and data citation practices remains relatively nascent. In this presentation, we will look at some of the work that has been done in the Meaningful Data Counts project in this effort. As such, the presentation will primarily focus on how the DataCite GraphQL API can be leveraged to access, analyze, and visualize research data metadata (using a Jupyter notebook). Anton will walk through the various resources and explain the functionality. Additionally, we will look the broader Meaningful Data Counts project and discuss subject classification mapping done to improve subject classification metadata as well as provide an overview of an ongoing survey about data sharing behaviours of academics will be presented.

Access the slides for the presentation.

2 March: Building the Transgender Media Portal

Dr. Laura Horak (Film Studies, Carleton University) with members of the Transgender Media Lab

Discussions of transgender film are usually dominated by representations of trans people, not representations made by trans people. The Transgender Media Portal aims to make audiovisual work by trans, Two Spirit, nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people more available. The portal will: a) enable new ways of analyzing trans film production, distribution, and reception; b) share information about trans-made films with educators, students, festival programmers, artists, activists, and the public; and d) model best practices in terms of academic/community digital partnerships and digital sustainability. The TMP uses minimal computing principles to ensure maximum longevity and sustainability of the site and its data. 

In this presentation, members of the Transgender Media Lab will present on different aspects of this project including how we set up the lab according to anti-oppressive principles; the steps we take to center trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the project; our user interface designs; and our approach to technical implementation.

Visit the Transgender Media Lab website to meet the team and learn more about the project.

16 March: Digital tools to build a feminist research partnership in Quebec’s music industry

Dr. Vanessa Blais-Tremblay (Musique, UQAM)

Explore DIG!’s map of resources for artists in the industry

This summer will mark five years since the beginning of the most far-reaching feminist mobilization in the history of Quebec music. In the wake of first #metoo wave, the open letter “Un talent est un talent, peu importe le sexe” (June 2 2017, Le Devoir) was co-signed by hundreds of women-identifying creators to denounce sexual violence in Quebec’s music industry, as well as festival programming where female representativity was often below 10% that summer. In order to mark this important milestone, Dr. Vanessa Blais-Tremblay (UQAM) launched DIG! Différences et inégalités de genre dans la musique au Québec in 2021, an interdisciplinary and intersectorial network that brings together researchers, publics, artists, and other music professionals interested in the history, mechanisms and manifestations of gender-based differences and inequalities in Quebec’s music industry. This workshop will introduce the formal research partnership initiated by Dr. Blais-Tremblay with several music organizations that are working for social change in Quebec, as well as some of the resources they have developed collaboratively, notably a digital resource map to support marginalized musicians in Quebec. 

30 March: Got Relationships in Your Data? Get Graphs!

Dr. Constance Crompton (CRC in Digital Humanities, University of Ottawa)

What’s the best way to tell a computer about the connections you’ve uncovered between ideas, or people, or places, or books (and more!)? This workshop introduces graph data modelling for representing these connections and demonstrates how you can use graph databases to express, explore, and reveal the relationships in your research material.