GIS Workshop Series Begins Tomorrow

The office of Digital Scholarship and Communications (DiSC) is thrilled to resume in-person trainings this semester, augmented by online and asynchronous options. This fall, beginning tomorrow we start the GIS (geographic information system) Workshop Series, starting with the Basics of GIS. No experience required. Be sure to check out all of DiSC’s workshops happening this… Keep reading

Learn Basic Research Programming Skills

Learn basic research programming skills in: Intro to Unix Intro to Git and Version Control Intro to R/Rstudio Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. CT Friday, August 20, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. CT Register Here Brought to you by: Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Research ITS Service, Jean and Alexander… Keep reading

Social Media: Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Curating Your Own Information Intake – March 30, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. 

Are you trapped in a social media echo chamber? Don’t let yourself become a passive consumer of information in a world where informed discourse is intertwined with ‘hot takes’ from Facebook, Twitter, and other user-driven social media. Learn how to critically consume and challenge social media misinformation and disinformation. Register for the Workshop   Learn… Keep reading

Fact-Checking & Critical Analysis to Combat Information Overload – March 23, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Can you critically evaluate news and media sources for fact-based data that is free from ideology? Learn strategies and tools for identifying inevitable bias (including our own) and practice analyzing information resources for evidence-based problem solving and informed discourse.   Register for the Workshop   Learn about the Research Productivity Workshops

Digital Self-Defense: Protecting Your Privacy – March 18, 2:15-3:00 p.m.

Are your online activities being tracked? Privacy is essential for our freedom to generate new ideas and formulate our conception of self. Surveillance can influence our behaviors with manipulation and deception and stop us from engaging with new, radical, or even subversive ideas. Discover how your online activity can be surveilled and learn tools and… Keep reading

Wellness Beyond Measure: Privacy Dimensions of Digital Wellness | Thursday, March 25th 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Wellness Beyond Measure: Privacy Dimensions of Digital Wellness Thursday, March 25th 4:00-5:30PM CST (via Zoom) Register in advance for this meeting: Personal technology use can significantly impact wellness – both positively and negatively. Join privacy scholars and Penn State Berks librarians, Sarah Hartman-Caverly and Alexandria Chisholm, to explore the intersection of technology, privacy, and wellness…. Keep reading

Finding and Using Census Data – March 16, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Why does the Census matter? Find out how Census data is used, its historical background and politics, how the pandemic has affected the Census process, and library resources to help you with demographic research and data.  Register for the Workshop   Learn about the Research Productivity Workshops

Deepfakes – March 11, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

How can you defend yourself against manipulation by fabricated media?  ‘Deepfakes’ are synthetic images, videos, and audio that can undermine our ability to detect deception. Discover the machine learning technologies behind deepfakes and the legal, social, and technical tools being used to combat them.   Register for the Workshop   Learn about the Digital Literacies… Keep reading

Use Twitter’s API To Amplify Your Research (Now for Free)

Twitter’s API is now available to academic researchers with defined research projects at no cost. Why is this important? Until recently, academic researchers interested in utilizing Twitter data in their work needed to pay a premium to use Twitter’s API in order to access Twitter’s full archive of public conversations on the app. Due to… Keep reading

Second offering of beginner lessons in Python and R Series begin next week

Python Series These lessons allow learners to develop programming skills as part of a group of learners working through the curriculum together, or on their own and at their own pace. They are designed to get you started using Python in Jupyter notebooks and teach the basics of the Python language. Thursdays from 1-2 PM,… Keep reading