Spring 2017 Schedule

No prior knowledge necessary and food will be served in all workshops. Students/faculty from any discipline are encouraged to attend. For questions, please contact Albert A. Palacios at aapalacios@austin.utexas.edu.



Scraping and Transforming Research Data: The Case of Peña Nieto’s Tweets
Wednesday, February 1, 12-1:30pm, PCL Data Lab

In this 2-in-1 workshop, you will learn the basics of scraping data from the web and cleaning it up for analysis using two powerful, free, and easy-to-use tools. LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator Albert A. Palacios will demonstrate Import.io, a web-based platform that lets you extract information from websites and turn it into a data table. UT Libraries Data Management Coordinator Jessica Trelogan will show you how to leverage OpenRefine’s point-and-click interface and intuitive scripting language for basic data exploration tasks and bulk transformations. As a case study, they will scrape Peña Nieto’s Twitter account and clean up the extracted data for subsequent analysis.

Space is limited to 15 people.  Registration opens Wednesday, January 18, and closes Monday, January 30, through EventBrite.


Visualizing Santa Anna’s Networks: Introduction to Gephi
Friday, March 3, 11:30-1:00pm, CLA Computer Lab 1.404

Keeping track of individuals and their relationships in research can be a daunting task. In this workshop, we will introduce Gephi, a free network visualization and exploration software. Collectively, we will look at correspondence between 19th-century Mexican politicians from the Benson’s archives to reconstruct President Santa Anna’s social network. Using these letters, you will learn how to create data sets for network analysis, bring them into Gephi, and explore some of the platform’s powerful features and plug-ins.

Presented in conjunction with the 37th annual ILASSA Student Conference in Enlish and Spanish. Space is limited to 15 UT affiliates. Registration opens Wednesday, February 15, and closes Tuesday, February 28, through EventBrite.


Sharing and Publishing Research Data: Finding a “Forever Home” for Your Work
Wednesday, March 22, 12-1:30pm, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH 1.208

Sharing well-managed, reusable, and citable data with others is not only increasingly required by funders and publishers, it can also go a long way toward increasing the impact of your work. This entails more than just making sure your files are organized and backed up during your research project. UT Libraries Data Management Coordinator Jessica Trelogan will provide practical advice and resources for ensuring the long-term future and accessibility of your data, and will help you find a ‘forever home’ for the data that underpin your research results.

Lunch will be served to those who RSVP. Registration opens Wednesday, March 8, and closes Monday, March 20, through EventBrite.



Mapping the Migration of 16th-Century Friars with Carto
Wednesday, April 12, 12-1:30pm, CLA Computer Lab 1.404

Using data from an Augustinian Order’s book of professions (Mexico, 1537-1620) held at the Benson, this workshop will introduce you to Carto, a web-based mapping tool. We will show you how to create a dataset for geospatial analysis, upload it into Carto, manipulate the data to explore spatial and temporal relationships, and play with some of the tool’s interactive features.

Space is limited to 30 people. Registration opens Wednesday, March 29, and closes Monday, April 10, through EventBrite.


Digital Scholarship in the Americas Speaker Series Workshops



Crowdsourcing or Collaboration?: Using Digital Tools to Promote Interdisciplinary Work
Monday, March 27, 12-1:30pm, Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

A little help goes a long way, especially in digital scholarship. In this session, Dr. Laura Matthew will share her experience partnering with information technology staff to develop Nahuatl/Nawat in Central America, a forthcoming portal that facilitates the collaborative compilation, interpretation, and transcription of Nahuatl-language documents. She will discuss the project’s management, crowdsourcing/collaboration issues, and their experimentation with various crowdsourcing tools, among them Scripto, an open-source platform that enables community transcriptions of primary sources.

Students and faculty from any discipline are encouraged to attend.

Lunch will be served. Space is limited to 30. Registration opens Monday, March 6, and closes Thursday, March 23, through EventBrite.

LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship