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Social Explorer Workshop

Introduction to Social Explorer

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 1:30am-12:30pm, LIB 264A

Social Explorer is a user-friendly tool for creating interactive maps using recent and historical demographic data (e.g., U.S. census and American Community Survey).

This workshop is suitable for students and faculty from many disciplines, including business, criminal justice, education, gender studies, history, sociology, etc.

This hands-on workshop will begin with an overview of the data sets in Social Explorer, followed by step-by-step instructions for completing the following tasks:

  • Create maps using specific variables (e.g., race)
  • Change visualization types
  • Create and compare side-by-side maps
  • Save and share your map
  • Use the “Tell a Story” tool to provide context for your maps.


Prerequisites: None

Presenter: Walker Library’s Digital Initiatives Librarian, Professor Ken Middleton

Location: Walker Library, LIB 264A (Instruction Classroom)


Digital Projects Showcase 2017

Join us on Wednesday, November 29, from 11:30am to 1:00pm for the 2017 Digital Projects Showcase.

Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites the MTSU community to a lighting-round style series of presentations on digital projects. Speakers will present in 4, 8, or 15 minute segments on their project which has an emphasis in digital methods or technologies in research, teaching, or outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU. All are welcome to attend and hear about the great research and teaching being done on campus by MTSU faculty, staff and students. 

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The Showcase was competitive and we were impressed with the quantity and quality of applicants. Thank you to everyone who applied and has shown interest in digital scholarship on campus. The final selection is a good mix of faculty, staff and student presenters. The lineup is below:

Section 1 (11:30am-12:20pm)

Presenter Name(s): Title of Project Presentation

Molly Taylor-Poleskey: Journey up the Rhine (Neatline)

Patrick Wilson, Bobby Cooley,Maia Council, Will Albert: Nashville Podcasts (Audacity); 

Molly Taylor-Poleskey, Austin Wilson: Google Earth and the Changing Shape of Nashville

Typhanie Schafer, Alecia Heidt: Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Centers Digital Interactives (StoryMap)

Victoria Hensley: Using Survey123 to Document Historic Neighborhoods (ArcGIS/Survey123)

Section 1 Questions


Section 2 (12:20pm-1:00pm)

Presenter Name(s): Title of Project Presentation

Wesley Porter, Henrique Momm: Google Earth Engine—Advanced Geospatial Analysis

Lei Miao: Using Matlab Simulation to Facilitate the Research on Intelligent Transportation Systems

Bethany Hall, Derek Frisby: Blue Raiders of Vietnam (StoryMaps)

Section 2 Questions


Location: Walker Library LIB 264A

Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm


See the original Call for Proposal here



Fire Insurance Maps and Historical "Sanborn" Maps

Fire Insurance Maps Online and Other Historical "Sanborn" Map Workshop, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to the use of Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMo), a new collection of historical "Sanborn" maps (in color) of more than 100 Tennessee towns. Sanborn maps can be used to locate specific properties and document the development of towns, large and small.

The workshop, which will also include a brief overview of other types of historical maps (e.g., USGS Historical Topographic Maps), will be led by Ken Middleton and is open to all MTSU faculty, staff and students. To explore the library's subscription to Sanborn maps on your own, see the Historical GIS LibGuide and click on "Fire Insurance Maps Online" (FIMo).

Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)


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CFP Now Open: Digital Seed Grant

Annoucing the call for Digital Seed Grant Awards

The Digital Seed Grant competition for 2018-2019 is now open. The call for proposals (CFP) is open to MTSU faculty, researchers and graduate students pursing digital scholarship projects in research, teaching, or public outreach. See the call for proposals at http://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant. Examples of digital projects, past winners, and application guidelines are available at that website. Applications for the 2018-2019 cycle are due April 9, 2018.

Digital Workshops Series-Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 lineup for the Digital Workshops Series is now available. Mark your calendars for learning SPSS, NVivo, Sanborn/Historical Maps, and Storymaps. The Digital Workshop Series was designed to increase the awareness and skills of digital scholarship tools and methods for research, teaching and public outreach. Details on each workshop will soon be released. For now, pencil them in on your calendars. All workshops take place in Walker Library, LIB 264A Instruction Classroom.

SPSS: February 7

NVivo: February 21

Sanborn & Historical Maps: March 21

StoryMap: April 4

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For a PDF copy of this schedule, click here.

StoryMap Workshop

Are you a faculty member interested in using a mapping application as a course project or optional platform for an assignment? Are you a student in need of more training on mapping applications to complete an assignment? Are you just interested in learning more about GIS or other mapping alternatives? Looking for a place to start? Come learn about StoryMaps, an interactive mapping application by ESRI, from the Library's own Ken Middleton. Check out the schedule below.

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Introduction to StoryMaps, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

**Registration required for hands-on learning.


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NVivo Workshop

Getting started in NVivo 11 • Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

Are you interested in conducting qualitative research? If so, come learn the basics of NVivo 11, a software tool designed for the collection and analysis of qualitative data sources.

This NVivo overview will include a demonstration of the presenter's research to present real-life examples of qualitative research in the social sciences. Participants will receive a free copy of the NVivo 11 Getting Started Guide.

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Session topics:

  • Navigating the NVivo Workspace
  • Uploading and linking different data sources
  • Structuring of data to facilitate coding
  • Basic coding and analysis of text sources

Prerequisites: Familiarity with qualitative research methods and analysis.

Presenter:  Walker Library’s Education Librarian, Dr. Karen Reed

Location: Walker Library, LIB 264A (Instruction Classroom)




SPSS Workshop

Getting started in SPSS  •  Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

SPSS is a widely used software product for statistical analysis. In this introductory session, you’ll learn the basics of entering and manipulating data to run descriptive statistics and produce graphs. Portions of this workshop will offer an opportunity for hands-on practice and learning.

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Session topics:

  • Navigating the Data View and Variable View
  • Entering data
  • Creating variables
  • Importing a dataset
  • Running descriptive statistics
  • Interpreting graphs

Prerequisites: Familiarity with statistical concepts, including correlation and null hypothesis testing.

Presenter: Walker Library’s Education Librarian, Dr. Karen Reed

Location: Walker Library, LIB 264A (Instruction Classroom)



Extended Deadline CFP: Digital Projects Showcase

**Extended Deadline** Call for Proposals

Digital Projects Showcase applications due Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites proposals for speakers to present a digital project with emphasis in digital methods or technologies in research, teaching, or outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU. Projects may be individual or collaborative and from MTSU faculty, staff or students.

Examples of digital projects include (but are not limited to):

  • geomapping research (with StoryMaps, ArcGIS, QGIS, Zeemaps, CartoDB, Batchgeo);
  • text analysis of literary works (with Oxygen, TEI, Viewshare, or Voyant);
  • digitization projects (with Omeka or CONTENTdm) or web applications;
  • applying data visualizations or machine learning for scientific discovery (with Tableau, R, D3, or Python);
  • network analysis (with Palladio or Gephi);
  • historical analysis (with TimelineJS);
  • qualitative research (NVivo) or statistical analysis (SPSS);
  • computational methodologies; and others                                                                                                                                                       

Selected projects will present in a lightning round style Showcase on November 29, 2017. Presenters will have up to 15 minutes to present (Brief 10-15 minutes or Snapshot 3-5 minutes) the use of technologies and overview of their digital projects. Computer, internet access, whiteboard and a microphone will be available for use.

*Applications are due November 7, notifications to selected speakers are November 15. Send questions to digitalscholar[at]mtsu[dot]edu



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