Digital Scholarship

Welcome

This guide is designed to help you find tools for your digital scholarship projects. Use the links below or the tabs on the left to navigate the guide. 

In addition to the tools organized by category, you can browse collections of digital tools, resources, and tutorials.

Research & Instruction Help

For additional help with digital scholarship, you can: 

For questions about digital scholarship or the Shuster Lab, please contact digschol@wpi.edu.

Upcoming Events in the Shuster Lab

Shuster Lab for Digital Scholarship Office Hours

Interested in applying digital methods, such as mapping or text analysis, to a research project? Have questions about how you can integrate assignments involving digital analysis or publishing into your courses? Want to experiment with technology in the Shuster Lab for Digital Scholarship? Stop by the Shuster Lab Office Hours! For two hours each week during B Term, trained staff will be available in the Shuster Lab to provide demos of tools and equipment and answer questions. No appointments necessary, just drop by! 

Office hours are open to all in the WPI community. To request a specific accommodation or to ask about accessibility options, please email Anna Newman at aanewman@wpi.edu.

  • Thursday, October 24, 10am-12pm
  • Monday, October 28, 3-4:00pm
  • Thursday, November 7, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, November 13, 3-5pm
  • Tuesday, November 19, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, December 4, 3-5pm

Digital Scholarship Workshops

All workshops will take place in the Shuster Lab for Digital Scholarship, and advance registration is requested.

Mapping Fundamentals

Monday, November 4, 4pm - Register

This workshop introduces those interested in using mapping for their humanities and social science research to the fundamentals of mapping methods and tools. Drawing on the work of Miriam Posner, we'll ask the question “How did they make that?” while evaluating a range of mapping projects, in order to understand the process of building a mapping project, what mapping methods and tools exists, and how they can be used in spatial analysis and scholarship.

Managing Research Projects with the Open Science Framework

Thursday, November 7, 4pm - Register

This workshop introduces researchers to the Open Science Framework (OSF), an open source project management tool for research projects. Participants will create a sample project in the OSF, explore its basic features, and identify how the OSF can address common challenges to research project management. Prior to the workshop, please register for a free account on the Open Science Framework.

Network Analysis for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Tuesday, November 12, 4pm - Register

This workshop introduces humanities and social science researchers to the method of network analysis, or the investigation of the connections between entities, such as characters in a text or users on social media platforms. It covers basic terminology and concepts relating to network analysis and provides a hands-on tutorial using the open source tool Gephi to create and interpret a network visualization based on a historical dataset of letters exchanged by figures in the Boston-area anti-slavery movement. If you plan to use your own laptop, please download the free, open source tool Gephi prior to the workshop.

Text Analysis: An Introduction to Free Online Tools

Tuesday, November 19, 4pm - Register

Learn about a variety of online tools that can help with text analysis in this introductory workshop. Practice using tools like Voyant, Word Trees, Google Ngrams, and more. 

Creating Digital Collections and Exhibits

Monday, December 2, 4pm - Register

This workshop covers the process of creating digital collections and exhibits, including finding digital assets, evaluating copyright and fair use, and creating descriptive metadata. Participants will also learn about the different types of digital collections, critique existing projects, and create a sample exhibit in Omeka.