Workshops: DH Toolbox

The DH Toolbox workshops are a series of hands-on sessions introducing cutting edge tools and techniques in the digital humanities. The series was started by University of Ottawa Library, and organised by the DH Coordinator for the last two years.

One of the most popular outreach events in digital humanities on campus, it has drawn participants from Arts, Medicine, Engineering, the University of Ottawa and St. Pauls Libraries, Libraries and Archives Canada, and Ingenium.

DATA! DATA! DATA! continues…

Got data? Need data? Don’t know where to start? Continuing our exploration of managing, finding, scraping, and cleaning data, the Winter 2021 semester’s DH Toolbox workshops will dig into helpful tools, techniques and tips for working with data and teaching digital project analysis! Join us!


*All sessions will take place on Zoom between 11:30 and 13:00 (eastern time zone) on the dates listed below


27 January: No highlighters required! Using Nvivo to analyze qualitative data

Patrick Labelle, Research Librarian Specializing in Education, Psychology and Social Work (uOttawa Library)

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Back by popular demand! Are the days of highlighters and hand-written annotations behind us? How can we use digital tools to capture qualitative and descriptive information from our research materials?

This presentation will introduce basic features of NVivo 12 for preparing, managing and analyzing qualitative data. Topics covered include how to import data, code various data formats and run different types of queries. Please note that NVivo 12 Plus for Windows will be used during the session.

This presentation will be offered as a demonstration. Participants can download NVivo (3-year license) through Information Technology.

Session in English; bilingual question period.

10 February: An introduction to ArcGIS StoryMaps

René Duplain, Research Librarian, GIS (uOttawa Library)

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ArcGIS StoryMaps is a user-friendly tool that allows users to combine various media, including text, images, videos, and/or maps, to showcase a project. StoryMaps is a type of ArcGIS Online application, can be set up relatively quickly, and does not require extensive GIS knowledge to utilize. In this session, you will learn the fundamentals of creating a Story Map and view a completed example with a focus on Digital Humanities.

Session in English; bilingual question period.

24 February: Excelling with spreadsheets

Chantal Ripp, Interim Research Data Management Librarian (uOttawa Library)

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Excel is one of the most widely used tools in actively managing research data. This workshop will introduce some of the basic and intermediate capabilities of Microsoft Excel.  We will discuss guidelines for organizing and formatting data on worksheet, some key formulas and functions, and how to create simple graphs and pivot tables. We will also explore throughout the session best practices for data management in Excel, along with tips on filenames, README files, and metadata.

Session in English; bilingual question period.

10 March: Introduction to API access with Excel and GoogleSheets

Yoo Young Lee, Interim Head, Information Technology (uOttawa Library)

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In this hands-on workshop, you will learn basic introduction to API access to various library collections and download data to Excel and Google Sheets programmatically. This workshop includes hands-on exercises to access and download data from various sources (e.g., digital collections, academic databases, etc.) with a granular level (e.g., metadata, full-text, etc.).

Session in English; bilingual question period.

24 March: Teaching digital project analysis

Dr. Laura Estill, Canada Research Chair in DH; Associate Professor in English (St. Francis Xavier)

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Increasingly, our research practices as humanists are digital: to teach the next generation of scholars is to equip them to use and understand existing digital projects and tools, while also girding them with the skills to analyze those not-yet-imagined projects. This workshop offers strategies for helping students navigate and evaluate unfamiliar digital projects. Digital projects shape both what we can access and how we conceptualize our research questions. This workshop is geared to humanities researchers and teachers; no digital experience or skills are necessary.

Session in English; bilingual question period.

7 April: A Very Brief Introduction to Linked Open Data with LINCS

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Dr. Susan Brown, Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship and Profess in English (Guelph University)

Dr. Kim Martin, Assistant Professor in History (Guelph University)

Join Susan Brown and Kim Martin of the LINCS Project for a quick introduction to linked open data. We’ll explore basic concepts behind the semantic web and discuss the benefits of LOD for humanities scholars. 

Session in English