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Best Practices for Successful Digital Projects

 

Do you have an upcoming digital research project and not know where to start?

 

Are you considering an alt-ac career in digital humanities or digital research and want to learn more about the skills you need to be successful?

 

Stanford University Libraries' digiPrep Workshops provide the skills and information needed for effectively managing digital projects, as well as ideas and tools for getting the job done. While the content of this series was originally designed to help those individuals working on Digital Humanities projects, library staff from various other disciplines (i.e. Social Sciences, Engineering, Sciences, etc.) will be participating in these workshops as well to provide information on best practices for students wanting to learn about digital scholarship in areas other than the humanities. These same skills for effective digital scholarship are often the same ones necessary for people interested in alternate academy (Alt-Ac) careers, so if you are considering an Alt-Ac career but aren't necessarily a digital humanist or computational social scientist, this workshop is for you too!

 

Checkout the links below to get more information on our upcoming workshops, and don't forget to register!

 

Attention: The Corpus Building Workshop has been pushed to January, and many of the dates for workshop topics have changed for the Winter and Spring Quarters. Please refer to the calendar on the left regarding all changes. We're so sorry for any inconvenience these changes may cause.

Topics

Project Management

Workshop Summary

Topics for this workshop include an overview of Project Management and why it is fundamental for the successful completion of projects, discussion of the Project Management framework, as well as providing a short list of best practices for implementing basic Project Management principles for digital humanities projects and alt-ac work scenarios.

This workshop will be a combination of presentation and interactive activities that will empower to integrate project management best practices into your digital project.

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Data Management

This workshop will cover topics including an overview of Data Management, a discussion of why it is necessary for the successful completion of digital projects, as well as providing a short list of Data Management best practices for digital humanities projects and alt-ac work scenarios currently utilized by Stanford University Libraries.

Text-Based Model Creation

The focus of this workshop will consider the best practices necessary for successfully constructing text-based models that can be used for a myriad of qualitative analysis techniques; in particular, we will discuss both how to establish a sampling policy and framework, as well as identify different resources for humanities and social science subject areas available from the library for corpus creation.

Metadata for Digital Projects

Topics include a discussion of what metadata is, an overview of why metadata collection and management is vital for digital projects, as well as some best practices and tools for successfully documenting metadata in digital projects.

Code Management for Non-Programmers

Topics for this workshop include an overview of code management principles, discussion of why code management is useful, as well as how it can be used not only for digital humanities projects but also in tasks inherent to these disciplines (i.e. the revision process).

Meta/Data Discovery Through Indexing

The focus of this workshop will be to cover the skills necessary for creating a SOLR index from digital project metadata. SOLR is an open source search platform that provides full-text search capabilities, hit highlighting, faceted searching, near real-time indexing, and more. If participants are currently working on a digital project, they are asked to bring with them a spreadsheet containing the metadata for their project. Any participants not having their own metadata will be provided sample metadata for use during the workshop.

Preservation Strategies for Digital Projects

Topics include an overview of Data Preservation, a discussion of why it is necessary for the successful completion of digital projects, as well as providing both a short list of Data Management best practices for digital projects and alt-ac work scenarios, and resources currently available from Stanford University Libraries.