All Day Work-a-thon/Co-Work! May 22

Summer Co-Working Day / Work-a-Thon

Tuesday, March 7, 10am-5pm

LEADR, Old Horticulture 112

There will be coffee and snacks available, plus pizza for lunch.

Summer has begun, which means a time to relax… and a time to get some work done! Join us in LEADR for the day, May 22 (9am-5pm) to get some work done together. Bring whatever you’d like to work on, and there will be people available to provide assistance and/or to bounce around ideas. There will also be coffee, pizza, and various snacks to keep the energy up. Feel free to drop in for the whole day or just for an hour!

Anyone – graduate students, faculty, undergraduates, staff – is welcome to join us for this co-working day.

Digital humanities / digital scholarship experts who will be available are: 

  • Kristen Mapes, Digital Humanities Coordinator, College of Arts and Letters
  • Marco Seiferle-Valencia, Digital Scholarship Outreach Librarian
  • Devin Higgins, Digital Library Programmer
  • Scout Calvert, Data Librarian

Endangered Data Week Comes to MSU

When data and open information are under threat, who’ll come to knowledge’s aid? Spartans Will. MSU Library is pleased to partner with Endangered Data Week to offer an exciting week’s worth of programming all about endangered data. Our sessions will cover what types of data are imperiled and equip you with practical skills to join efforts to preserve and ensure access to data. Our broad range of sessions will cover everything from creating your own metadata schemas, building digital communities, working with census data, and letting your representatives know how you feel about the unprecedented removal of information from government websites.

Keep an eye on this space – more events may be added!


Census Data: Access, Importance, and the Future
Date & Local Time: 2017-04-17 12:00:00 PM
Location: Beaumont West Instruction Room (Main Library: 2 West)
Census data provides some of the best longitudinal demographic data available and is used by a wide range of disciplines and research. In this workshop you will learn about how census data is collected and structured, how to access it from a variety of sources, why the census is important and what changes may be coming for census data in current proposed legislation.

Letter Writing Event – Write and Bite Back
Date & Local Time: 2017-04-18 12:00:00 PM
Location: Michigan State University | LEADR – 112 Old Horticulture
Spend your lunch break advocating for better data collection policies and for better access to government data!

A few recent topics to discuss:

  • Environmental Protection Agency was allegedly ordered to remove climate change information from its website
  • USDA removed animal welfare data from its website
  • Senate and House of Representatives have both received proposed bills (S.103 and H.R.482) prohibiting funding from being used “to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.”
  • Lack of mandatory reporting of hate crimes to the FBI
  • Lack of a federal database of officer-involved shootings or citizens killed by police

Drop by LEADR (112 Old Hort) on Tuesday, April 18 any time between 12:00p and 1:30p to take part. We will provide lunch, space and materials to get in touch with your representatives in Congress, heads of federal departments, and local and state politicians to let them know that you value open government data!

You Can Dig the Same Hole Twice: The Development of a Metadata Scheme for Archaeological Archives
Date & Local Time: 2017-04-18 4:00:00 PM
Location: Michigan State University | REAL Classroom (Main Library: 3 West)
Speaker: Jon Frey, Associate Professor, Classical Studies Art History & Visual Culture
The “digital revolution” in archaeology has brought with it a number of exciting opportunities. From GPS to laser scanners and sophisticated databases, archaeologists can now utilize with relative ease a number of new data collection tools that promise to speed and simplify our research. A somewhat less glamorous but equally important advantage of the digital age concerns our ability to scan and share large quantities of paper-based legacy documents kept in archaeological archives around the world. This presentation reviews some of the challenges faced by a team of researchers here at MSU as they develop a new metadata scheme to as part of the digitization of an excavation archive at the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia in Greece.

Crash Course in Research Data Management
Date & Local Time: 2017-04-19 9:30:00 AM
Location: Michigan State University | Library 3W
Speaker: Scout Calvert, Data Librarian, MSU Libraries
Have you ever lost a project file? Been unable to find the most recent version of a document? Suffered hard drive failure or had your laptop stolen? Been unable to open old files? Been told your data management plan wasn’t detailed enough? Forgotten which file was which? Even small research projects can generate enough data and digital material to become confusing and vulnerable to loss. Start your next project (or class) with a plan to keep your project organized and your data safe, from inception until you are ready to share, reuse, or revisit the project whether next month or years from now. This workshop will provide strategies and insights for managing your data for effective collaboration, to meet funder requirements, or to preserve it for reuse or sharing in the future. There will be bagels and coffee provided.

Overview of High Performance Computing for Data Analysis
Date & Local Time: 2017-04-19 12 noon – 1:00:00 PM
Location: Michigan State University | Library 3W
This talk describes High Performance Computing (HPC) for a non-expert audience, and how it differs from desktop and cloud computing. This event is part of the Endangered Data Week.

Safer Online Browsing and Texting Practices Workshop
Date & Local Time: 2017-04-19 12 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Michigan State University | The Writing Center, Bessey Hall, Room 300
This event is put on by the Michigan Indigena/Chicanx Community Alliance and facilitated by Les Hutchinson. In this workshop, you will 1) learn some basic internet safety practices; 2) discuss changes in internet privacy policies and laws, and 3) give input on planning a future workshop series on safer digital and online practices. There will be free food provided!

Internet Privacy 101
Date & Local Time: 2017-05-20 9:30:00 AM
Location: Michigan State University | Library Beaumont Instruction Room (2 West)
In light of recent legislation regarding how our browsing information may be collected by our internet service providers, there has been a lot of talk about internet privacy. If you’re hearing about VPNs, browser tracking, and more, but aren’t sure what concrete steps you can take, this workshop can help. For best results, bring your own laptop and/or phone so you can adjust settings on your own devices. There will be bagels and coffee provided.

These events are part of the National Endangered Data Week:

Endangered Data Week is a new, collaborative effort, coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, libraries, citizen science initiatives, and cultural heritage institutions, to shed light on public datasets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost. The week’s events can promote care for endangered collections by: publicizing the availability of datasets; increasing critical engagement with them, including through visualization and analysis; and by encouraging political activism for open data policies and the fostering of data skills through workshops on curation, documentation and discovery, improved access, and preservation.

Global DH Symposium (3/16-3/17) – Livestream Info

Join us at the Global Digital Humanities Symposium, in person at the MSU Union, or online via the livestream and at #msuglobaldh

Follow the livestream at

Keynote speakers include Padmini Ray Murray (Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology) and Elizabeth LaPensee (Michigan State University). The full program and schedule is available here.

For more information regarding the 2017 Global Digital Humanities Symposium, go to the website here.

Open Consultations in the Library

Open Consultation is an office-hours type event that occurs every Thursday at 2pm in Make Central (2 West, Main Library). Faculty, students, and staff doing digital projects or work are invited to come brainstorm or get expert assistance. While we encourage you to come bring your work whenever you’re ready, we do have “themes” each week — so check out the schedule if you know you’ll need a particular expertise!

Register for a Workshop!

We have some exciting workshops set up for this spring. We hope to see you there!

Also save the date for the Global Digital Humanities Symposium ( in March.

Global DH Symposium: Registration Extended to 3/10 (FREE)

Registration, which is free, has been extended to Friday, March 10th for the Global Digital Humanities Symposium on March 16-17.

Keynote speakers will include Padmini Ray Murray (Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology) and Elizabeth LaPensee (Michigan State University). The the full program and schedule.

Register for the symposium for free!

Email or tweet using #msuglobaldh with any questions.

For more information regarding the 2017 Global Digital Humanities Symposium, go to the website here.

Humanities Commons Workshop, FRI 3/3

Building a Scholarly Presence with Humanities Commons

Are you looking for a place to establish an academic profile? Would you like to save your research, publications, syllabi, and datasets for long term preservation somewhere safe? Do you want to connect with colleagues from across the Humanities and beyond? Humanities Commons is an expansion of MLA Commons and is open to anyone.

Participants of this workshop will learn about the basic functions of Humanities Commons, see examples, and set up their own account. They will learn specifically how to:

  1. Set up an account and create a profile
  2. Join groups and create a group
  3. Deposit work into CORE, the subject repository for scholarly materials
  4. Create a website using built in WordPress functionality

Join us in Linton 120 from 9:00-10:30am on Friday, March 3! There will be bagels and coffee provided!

Summer Program Funding for Graduate Students (DUE 3/6)

The College of Arts and Letters and the Department of History are pleased to announce that we will be offering funding for at least one graduate student to register for one of the Digital Humanities summer development programs – such as HILT, DHSI, DHOxSS, ESU – that exist around the world. 
Students from any discipline at any point in their graduate program are welcome to apply. Funding provided includes registration and $300 toward travel and accommodation costs.

A variety of summer training programs can qualify for this funding opportunity – Below is a list of ideas, but feel free to submit for another program if you think it would be helpful to you and related to Digital Humanities training:
The student(s) awarded with funding will be expected to share their experience with the MSUDH community by writing two blog posts (one in advance and one following the program) for the website and leading a workshop during the 2017-2018 Digital Humanities program series.
Applications will be accepted at until MONDAY, March 6 at 9am.