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Moving Forward: The Digital Humanities at The Ohio State University

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.

When: Friday, November 17, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Center for Open Science Workshop: Increasing Openness and Reproducibility in Quantitative Research

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 Science’s Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow

This workshop is aimed at graduate students and postdocs, across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate.

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

Who: OSU Faculty, Graduates and Postdocs
When: Tuesday, October 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Research Commons Collaboratory

The Research Commons team held a professional development event last week for Ohio State University Libraries employees to explore the robust research support services offered in the Research Commons. The event, coined the Collaboratory, began with introductions of the new Research Commons staff including Sharon Sadvari as the Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education, Inal Elbeyli as the Research Commons Developer, and Lee-Arng Chang as the Data Visualization Specialist. The morning session included an overview of how the Research Commons services and spaces are being used by Ohio State faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, a synopsis of the Digital Humanities Environmental Scan for Ohio State, and a presentation on the expanding services offered regarding data management. After lunch, participants attended mini workshops focused on data management and visualization, digital humanities, research impact, and geographic information systems (GIS). Lasting twenty-five minutes each, these quick sessions provided basic information on the skills and tools used by our specialists to aide researchers at Ohio State. Activities included demonstrations of ArcGIS Story Maps, text mining, data management bingo, and digital humanities tools Scalar, Omeka, and Voyant. Participants also had the opportunity to explore some of the Research Commons specialized technology including the digital whiteboards and interactive table. At the end of the Collaboratory, Ohio State University Libraries faculty and staff learned about the vast support services available to Ohio State researchers through the Research Commons. 

Ohio State Librarians play Data Management Bingo.

Reflecting on the 2017 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

We are excited to share this guest post from our partners at the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry, written by David Barnes, Program Coordinator. 

I began working with the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (formerly the Undergraduate Research Office) in December 2016. I was hired as the new Events Coordinator and my main role was to coordinate the office’s large-scale events. As such, one of my main responsibilities is to plan The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. The 2017 Denman Forum was my first experience with the event.

When introducing myself to campus colleagues in the weeks following my arrival, I was met with the same reaction: “What made you take this job?” My answer to that question became clearer as the date (March 29, 2017) drew closer. As a Ohio State alumnus who spend much of my time as an undergraduate student planning events and programs in the Office of Student Life in the mid-2000s, I have grown to love a challenge. I enjoy the energy that surrounds a large scale event like the Denman.

More importantly, while interacting with presenters, advisors, judges, and all of the staff and volunteers who help put together the event, I began to see the unique and positive impact the Denman has on students and the campus community. It is a great privilege to provide students with an opportunity to present their research and academic efforts in an early part of their careers. For many, the Denman is their first stepping stone toward graduate school and academic professions. For many others, the Denman is an excellent practice in skills needed in their careers such as public speaking and presentation skills. What a humbling experience to be a part of students’ journeys in this way.

The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is an event many in the Ohio State community look forward to each year. While there were a number of changes made in 2017’s event, the tradition of research excellence and Buckeye pride held strong. This year, 679 students and 450 judges gathered at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) to discuss and celebrate the work being done in labs, libraries, and in the field. Approximately 650 research projects were represented, and this was the first year that students were able to give oral presentations in the form of slideshow demonstrations. Judges from our corporate sponsors, who are experts in their fields, traveled far and wide to engage with the campus community and speak with the bright minds and leaders of our future. Likewise, President Drake, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Denman, attended the event to congratulate students and their mentors as part of the research community at Ohio State University. 

Planning for next year is already underway and I look forward to what is in store for the future.

To learn more about the resources offered through the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry, visit their website:

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