Special Events

In Collaboration: Faculty Experiences Building Digital Humanities Projects with Librarians (Sep. 28, 2017)

Collaboration characterizes the digital humanities, and given the aims of many digital humanities projects, librarians, archivists, and special collections curators often prove invaluable collaborators. This panel presents the faculty perspective of such collaborations. Panelists will provide an overview of their projects and discuss their collaborations with library professionals (e.g. when in the project lifecycle faculty made contact, what specifically they consulted about, what invaluable contributions the library/library staff made, what they learned about library resources/librarians’ skillsets as a result). 


  • Gillian Weiss, associate professor, and Elise Hagesfeld, PhD candidate, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University, The Jewish View @ CWRU
  • Robyn Warhol, distinguished professor, and Colleen Morrissey, PhD candidate, Department of English, The Ohio State University, Reading Like a Victorian
  • Theresa Culley, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Scientific Colonialism Project
  • Joshua Leavitt, PhD candidate, Department of English, The Ohio State University, Dime Novel Detectives
  • David Staley, associate professor, Department of History, The Ohio State University, Reframing Public Housing
  • Isaac Weiner, associate professor, Department of Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University, The American Religious Sounds Project.

Data Analytics Lunch and Learn – Caterpillar Inc. (Oct. 4, 2017)

The Data Analytics major program is collaborating with the Research Commons to offer a monthly series of Lunch and Learn events covering a broad range of interested and engaging topics related to Big Data, data science, and data analytics.

The October Lunch and Learn is sponsored by Caterpillar Inc. Come learn about the framework Caterpillar uses to build valuable analytics solutions for their business. Their approach includes strategic road-mapping, problem framing, and project life-cycle. Presenter: Nigel Smith, Analytics Business Engagement manager within Caterpillar’s Information Analytics Division. 

The 2017 Research Expo (Oct. 17, 2017)

This event features information to support the growth and success of your research program. More than 50 exhibitors- research support services, centers/institutes, community partners and vendors- will be on hand to help you navigate your way through Ohio State’s research enterprise. Attend one or more “Lightning Talks” (~10 minutes each); demons/presentations feature resources to: find funding, build a data management plan, access purchasing tools to effectively manage your start up funds, use the PI Portal to monitor your research projects, engage with iThenticate (anti-plagiarism software), establish an ORCID (Researcher ID), etc.

GIS Day 2017 (Nov. 15, 2017)

GIS Day at Ohio State is an annual event for students, staff, faculty, and visitors to learn about the power of geospatial analysis and visualization. This year’s program features a “Lightning Lecture Lunch” with 10-minute talks on a wide variety of topics related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Speakers include faculty, staff, students, and representatives of government and industry groups. Refreshments will be provided.

After the talks, exhibitors will be available for a GIS information fair from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. GIS professionals from across campus and beyond will be available to speak with students about GIS resources and careers and the application of geographic technology in real-world scenarios. GIS Day is made possible by a partnership of CURA, the University Libraries, and the Enterprise GIS Initiative at Ohio State.

Faculty Forum

On the Rails: A Data Visualization Approach to 20th Century Dance Touring (Oct. 11, 2017)

This presentation asks what part transportation infrastructures have played in determining where touring dance artists travel and thus what audiences they are able to reach. In particular, I focus on changes in the US transportation landscape during the first half of the 20th century. I track the decline of train travel as automobiles and airplanes surpassed railroads, and offer some initial thoughts toward the impact these changes would have had on audience access. This presentation represents a digital humanities take on dance studies and crafts a critical mixed-methods approach from such techniques as data analysis and digital mapping in conjunction with archival research to ask the question, how does dance travel? This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State.

About our speaker:

Harmony Bench is Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University. Her research sits at the intersections of dance and performance studies and media and technology studies. Collaborative digital humanities projects with Kate Elswit currently underway use spatial and data analysis to consider transportation infrastructure, support networks, and other mechanisms that enable what we call movement on the move (http://movementonthemove.osu.edu/). Since 2014, she has been co-editor of The International Journal of Screendance with Simon Ellis.

Graduate Student Workshop Series

The Graduate Student Workshop Series is designed to connect graduate students accross disciplines to the support services and expertise available in the University Libraries, the Writing Center, the University Institute for Teaching and Learning, and the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Whether you are coming to The Ohio State University from an undergraduate program, a smaller institution, or an extended break in your academic career, we can guide you through the most helpful resources on campus as you being your research and prepare to teach at OSU. In addition, the series is an opportunity to meet other graduate students outside your department. Returning graduate students are also welcome.

University Libraries (Aug. 30, 2017)

Librarians will share how they can help you through the research process and provide an overview of customized library services available to graduate students, ranging from requesting a resource to identifying key tools and experts to save you time and lessen stress.

The Writing Center (Sep. 6, 2017)

Writing Center staff will provide an overview of its various and robust services, as well as engage audience members in a writing inventory exercise. 

University Institute for Teaching and Learning and University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (Sep. 13, 2017)

Staff from the Institute and Center will lead focused conversations on topics related to enhancing your teaching, including strategies for livening class discussion, creating assignments and designing assignments to meet course learning objectives, and documenting your teaching.


IRB Training for Graduate Students (Aug. 30, 2017)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop for graduate students on how to navigate the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. The session will focus on the following key topics:

  • Understand why we have an IRB process
  • Exploring types of research and levels of review
  • Tips for successful application completion
  • Finding out where to go for help

Initial Submissions and Buck-IRB (Sep. 6, 2017)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop on the Buck-IRB initial submission application. The workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of the Buck-IRB system and how to navigate through the Ohio State IRB initial application (not for external or exempt)
  • Identify documents that typically accompany a complete application
  • Discuss common pitfalls and tips for successful submission
  • Focus on application sections specific to behavioral research

Mapping in the Humanities (Sep. 14, 2017)

Mapping provides a powerful and effective means of discovering, analyzing, and visualizing information across a wide range of disciplines. In the humanities, the use of mapping and geo-temporal visualization has exploded in recent years- a growing trend often characterized as “the spatial turn”. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Define Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including common uses, tools, and data formats.
  • Discuss various case studies demonstrating the use of GIS and mapping for humanities research questions
  • Brainstorm ideas for incorporating mapping techniques into your own humanities project, and identify possible steps with the workshop facilitators

This workshop will be facilitated by Leigh Bonds (Digital Humanities Librarian, University Libraries) and Josh Sadvari (GIS Specialist, University Libraries), who will be available afterward for consultations. 

Citation Management Basics: Zotero (Sep. 19, 2017)

Are you interested in using citation management software for your next writing project but not sure where to start? Want to learn more about how citation management software can make your life easier when it comes to collecting, organizing, and citing published works? join the Libraries’ Research Services department for an overview of Citation Management Software tools, and specifics on how you can use Zotero to organize your references, create bibliographies, and more as you prepare your next paper or publication. 

Getting Your Article Published: Tips for Sharing Your Research (Sep. 20, 2017)

Looking for tips on navigating the peer review process? Wondering how to avoid some of the most common reasons for an article to be rejected? Join the Libraries’ Publishing and Repository Services department for advice about sharing your research in scholarly journals and getting your next article published. 

Data Management Basics (Sep. 26, 2017)

Tired of searching for lost files? Worried the spreadsheet you are editing is not the most recent version of your data? Looking for a better way to keep track of your methods and results? Join Amanda Rinehart and Sharon Sadvari, University Libraries Data Management Services, to learn more about creating a file naming system, tracking versions, and maintaining meaningful metadata for your research projects.

Finding Funding: SPIN (Sep. 27, 2017)

Want to learn strategies for finding funding opportunities and creating custom funding alerts relevant to your research? Join Jeff Agnoli and Ethan Barnhardt of the Office of Research for this interactive workshop, where you will learn more about using the SPIN funding opportunities database and accessing other funding and grant writing resources available to researchers at Ohio State. 

Grants for Graduate Students: How to Successfully Apply for a CGS Grant (Oct. 2, 2017)

Are you a graduate student interested in research, conference travel, and professional development grants available to you through the Council of graduate Students (CGS)? Want to know how to push your CGS grant application over the top? Join us to learn the ins and outs of applying for the Global Gateway Grant, Ray Travel Award, Career Development Grant, and the Hayes Research Forum.

Tableau @ OSU: An Introduction (Oct. 2, 2017)

Come join members of the OSU Tableau Users Group to learn how Tableau is used on campus, and to see how to create a simple visualization using Tableau’s intuitive drag and drop interface. With Tableau you can connect to almost any database to rapidly explore, analyze, and process large volumes of data. You can then create a dashboard to share your data with others. Come see how others on campus use Tableau to combine disparate data without writing code, spot trends, create maps, and more. this event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State. 

Obtaining Books and Articles Beyond OSU: How to use OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan (Oct. 3, 2017)

Is the book or article you need for your research not available at the OSU Libraries? Graduate students regularly need to get items from beyond OSU. Come learn how to obtain materials at no cost to you from our OhioLINK statewide academic library consortium and via interlibrary loan (ILL) and Article Express. Enhance your research by having items from around the state and around the world delivered to you! This workshop will:

  • include a demonstration on how to place requests through our OhioLINK and ILLiad request systems.
  • discuss turnaround times, loan periods, and off-campus delivery when you are out-of-state.
  • share valuable tips and tricks on how to get other libraries’ materials both fast and easily.

Sharing Your Research with Story Maps (Oct. 3, 2017)

Want to make a map that will help you share the stories being uncovered through your research and make them accessible to a broader audience? ArcGIS Story Maps combine maps, data, and multimedia content- text, photos, videos, and audio- to communicate information effectively through interactive and user-friendly web mapping applications. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Sign-up for access to ArcGIS Online using their OSU username and password
  • Explore the Story Maps gallery and learn more about the wide range of web app templates available
  • Build a Story Map to illustrate an example of their use in communicating research topics

Tracking and Enhancing Your Research Impact (Oct. 4, 2017)

Measuring your impact is an important step in the research process, especially for applying for positions, for promotion and tenure, and for grant funding. This may include traditional factors such as citation counts and journal reputation and new measures that look at the reach and visibility of the work through downloads, saves, and views, as well as mentions in blogs and other social media. This introductory workshop will provide an overview of the following topics:

  • Establishing your author identity using ORCID and researcher IDs
  • Understanding and tracking common metrics such as journal impact factors, h-index, and times cited
  • Understanding and tracking altmetrics (alternative metrics) such as views, downloads, and mentions in online media
  • Enhancing your impact through journal choice and open access, and promoting your work via researcher profiles and online media

Creating Data Management Plans with the DMPTool (Oct. 5, 2017)

Many funding agencies now require the submission of a data management plan along with a researcher’s grant proposal. In this session, we will discuss the information that researchers should be including in their data management plans. Participants will also learn strategies for creating data management plans with the online DMPTool, which walks researchers through a funding agency’s specific requirements and expectations. Join Sharon Sadvari and Amanda Rinehart, University Libraries Data Management Services, for this hands-on workshop.

GIS for Research I: An Introduction to GIS Concepts and Data (Oct. 19, 2017)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be a powerful research tool for solving problems in and across a wide range of disciplines. If your research question has a geographic component, GIS data and tools can be integral to informing your analysis and communicating spatial patterns to your audience. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Be introduced to key concepts for using GIS in research
  • Learn more about common GIS data formats
  • Explore OSU Libraries’ and public databases where GIS can be retrieved

This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State.

Open Access Week: Copyright Trivia (Oct. 23, 2017)

Do you have what it takes to be crowned Copyright Champion? Join the University Libraries’ Copyright Services for a short introduction to copyright workshop, where you will learn the many important ways copyright law interacts with your daily academic life. Then test your copyright knowledge and compete for glory and prizes in the Copyright Trivia Championships! This event is in celebration of International Open Access Week

Center for Open Science Workshop: Increasing Openness and Reproducibility in Quantitative Research (Oct. 24, 2017)

There are many actions researchers can take to increase the openness and reproducibility of their work. Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science, to learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. The workshop will be hands-on. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish. Topics covered will include:

  • Project documentation
  • Version control
  • Pre-Analysis plans
  • Open source tools like the Center for Open Sciences’ Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow

IRB and International Research (Oct. 24, 2017)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop on conducting human subjects research at international locations. The session will:

  • Debunk common myths about international research
  • Explain how to create and submit Buck-IRB proposals
  • Provide tips about the informed consent process, including scenarios when a waiver of consent documentation may be appropriate

Introduction to Data Visualization (Oct. 25, 2017) 

Data visualization (or data viz for short) has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for a broad group of users including researchers, businesses, and anyone looking to effectively communicate a large amount of information to a specific audience. If you have a research question that utilizes data, data visualization and its associated tools can help you analyze and make sense of the information you have gathered. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Be introduced to what data visualization is and why it is both an important and relevant skill to learn.
  • Learn more about the types of data visualizations available to choose from and reasons for using specific types of visualizations
  • Explore some of the tools used to created data visualizations in a variety of fields
  • Find out what the Ohio State Libraries has to offer in terms of data visualization support

This workshop is a part of the Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State.

Publishing: Understanding and Negotiating the Terms of your Agreement (Oct. 31, 2017)

 Join the University Libraries’ Copyright Services for a workshop on strategies and considerations for negotiating terms of your publishing agreement. We will discuss common phrases found in scholarly journal publishing agreements, the implication of those terms for future scholarship and research, and tactics for retaining the rights that are important to you.

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice negotiating terms using a sample agreement.

Managing Humanities Research Content and Data: Practices, Protocols, and Perspectives (Nov. 2, 2017)

Keeping the digital material organized for projects is a challenge for all researchers, but in the humanities- where research methods are as diverse as the researchers themselves- this is particularly true. If you have ever lost a file, wondered what a particular file is, or could not find the article you quoted, then this workshop is for you. Experts from data management and the humanities will present best practices and protocols, and share the lessons they have learned during their own research projects. The presenters include:

  • Amanda Rinehart, Data Management Services Librarian
  • Leigh Bonds, Digital Humanities Librarian
  • Jennifer Schnabel, English Librarian
  • Sharon Sadvari, Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education

Grant Writing: An Introduction (Nov. 7, 2017)

Join us for this interactive workshop on grant writing. We will address some of the similarities and differences between the funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include best practices for seeking funding, including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources, and examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear.

Presenters include: 

Carrie Boerio, Director, Foundation Relations
Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research
Amanda Rinehart, Data Management Services Librarian

Zotero Advanced: Features for Literature Reviews and Citation Management (Nov. 7, 2017)

Are you writing a literature review and looking for ways to keep your citations and notes organized? Or a Zotero user interested in learning about some of its advanced features? Join the Libraries’ Research Services department for this workshop, where you’ll learn how Zotero can help with your literature review. Topics will include:

  • Organizing citations with collections, tags, and related items
  • Using the plugin Zotfile to extract highlights and annotations from PDFs to your Zotero library
  • Using Zotfile to automatically attach or rename PDFs to Zotero items
  • Choosing the best method for adding citations to your literature review from your Zotero library

Industry Engagement 101: Collaborating with Commercial Enterprises (Nov. 9, 2017)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry; including increased competition for redirected and/or declining governmental research investments and the creation of products and markets that require a workforce with new skills. As University researchers navigate these dynamics it is important to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and taking a holistic approach to finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. Strategic partnerships in this domain merge the discovery-driven culture of the university with the innovation-driven environment of the company. But to make the chemistry work, each side must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. This workshop, led by staff from the Industry Liaison Office, addresses the challenge of bridging the industry-university divide by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement continuum, tools for rapidly vetting and solidifying industrial opportunities, and knowledge of the support resources at OSU that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships.

Scraping Humanities Data (Nov. 28, 2017)

“Data scraping” makes web content useful to researchers and eliminates the tedious task of copying and pasting. For humanities researchers, this data includes metadata on library and museum sites, articles in electronic journals, and digital scholarly editions of texts. In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • What humanities data is available on the web
  • How data scraping is used in humanities research
  • What tools are available for scraping data
  • What the data scraping process involves

This workshop will be led by Leigh Bonds (Digital Humanities Librarian) and Inal Elbeyli (Research Commons Application Developer).

Web Mapping Basics with ArcGIS Online (Nov. 29, 2017)

Want to make a map for your research, teaching, outreach, or just for fun? ArcGIS Online (AGOL) is the premier platform for easily and efficiently creating interactive web mapping applications. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Sign-up for access to ArcGIS Online using their OSU username and password
  • Learn the basics of making web maps with ArcGIS Online, including adding layers to a map, changing layer styles, and configuring pop-ups
  • Be introduced to spatial analysis and visualization techniques based on a real-world scenario.

This workshop is offered through a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the University Libraries.

Visualizing Humanities Research (Nov. 30, 2017)

Humanists have long employed forms of graphic expression to represent research findings (e.g. charts, graphs, and trees). As the use of digital tools for computational analysis has increased, humanists have been exploring unique and novel ways to use visualization both to analyze and to present their research. In this workshop, we will:

  • review the different types of visualizations
  • consider the advantages/disadvantages associated with certain types of visualizations
  • examine how scholars have used visualizations in several humanities research projects
  • guide attendees through selecting an appropriate visualization type for their research

This workshop is conducted by Lee-Arng Chang, Data Visualization Specialist, and Leigh Bonds, Digital Humanities Librarian. 

Discussion Forums

Science Café- The Opioid Crisis (Sep. 6, 2017)

Informal presentation on the Opioid Crisis, including its history and potential multi-faceted approaches to lessening addiction.

Speaker: Lane Wallace, OSU College of Pharmacy

Lane Wallace is an emeritus professor of pharmacology at The Ohio State University. He teaches courses on addiction neurobiology and has received the BSPS distinguished teaching award four times. Research activities include animal models of addiction and computer models of dopamine signaling elements in the brain. Educational training includes BA in chemistry and PhD degree in pharmacology, both from the University of Utah, and advanced research training at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Science Café – STEM in Braille, One User’s Perspective (Oct. 4, 2017)

Katie Robinson will show some materials and learning aids to teach math and science concepts to students who are blind or visually impaired. Katie will also explain the nemeth braille code, its uses, and its importance. Finally, she will talk about some of the methods used to produce nemeth code math and methods of producing large print. This session is intended to be open for users to ask questions about Katie’s experiences as a person who is blind learning about math and science concepts, but she also welcomes questions about blindness in general. 

Speaker: Katie Robinson, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

Katie has worked in the field of accessible materials production for seven years. She is also a lifelong user of Braille, large print, as well as digital and audio materials. She is employed by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence as a materials production specialist. Katie is a graduate of DeVry University with a degree in networking systems administration. 

Science Café- Life in the (First) Big City: Neolithic  Çatalhöyük, Turkey (Nov. 1, 2017)

The bioarchaeological record of human remains viewed in the context of ecology, subsistence, and living circumstances provides a fundamental source for documenting and interpreting the impact of plant and animal domestication and urban living in the late Pleistocene and early to middle Holocene. For Western Asia, Çatalhöyük (7100-5950 BC) in central Anatolia (Turkey), presents a comprehensive and contextualized setting for interpreting living circumstances in this highly dynamic period of human history. This presentation provides an overview of the bioarchaeology of Çatalhöyük in order to characterize patterns of life conditions in the first urban setting. 

Speaker: Clark Larsen, Distinguished University Professor, The Ohio State University

Clark Spencer Larsen has been on the faculty of The Ohio State University since 2001, and currently serves as Distinguished University Professor. He received his B.A. in anthropology from Kansas State University (1974), and holds an M.A. (1975 and Ph.D. (1980) in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan. Larsen taught previously at the University of Massachusetts, Northern Illinois University, Purdue University, and the University of North Carolina, where he was the Amos Hawley Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. He has an appointment as Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. He is the former president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and Editor-in-Chief of the American journal of Physical Anthropology. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006 and Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2016. 

Larsen is an internationally known authority on bioarchaeology, the study of human remains from archaeological settings. His researcher is primarily focused on biocultural adaptation in the last 10,000 years of human evolution, with particular emphasis on the history of health, well-being, and lifestyle. He has directed or co-directed field and lab-based research programs in North American, Italy, and Turkey. Larsen is the co-director of the Global History of Health Project, an international collaboration involved in the study of ancient skeletons from all continents in order to track health changes since the late Paleolithic. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and has authored or edited 35 books and monographs, including Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton (Cambridge University Press), Skeletons in Our Closet: Revealing Our Past Through Bioarchaeology (Princeton University Press), and Bioarchaeology of Spanish Florida: The Impact of Colonialism (University Press of Florida). He is the founding editor of the book series, Bioarchaeoligcal Interpretations of the Human Past, with the University Press of Florida. His Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology, is the leading textbook in physical anthropology and is in its fourth edition. 

Moving Forward: The Digital Humanities at The Ohio State University (Nov. 17, 2017)

This event aims to bring faculty, staff, and graduate students with interests in the digital and computational humanities together in an open forum to review the resources currently available and to discuss ideas for advancing the digital humanities at OSU.

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the University Libraries.

Information Sessions

OSU Open Access Monograph Initiative (Oct. 27, 2017)

The Ohio State University Libraries (OSUL) is launching a new initiative to fund Open Access scholarly monographs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. OSUL has committed to funding three $15,000 awards a year for five years. Awards will be provided as subventions to participating university presses. To learn more about this initiative and how to submit a proposal, please attend this information session.