Learn how Freedman Fellow Dr. Cynthia Beall is Creating a Digital Database on High-altitude Human Biology
On Wednesday, March 19, Kelvin Smith Library will host a presentation by 2013 Freedman Fellow, Dr. Cynthia Beall (Distinguished University Professor, Anthropology). Dr. Beall will discuss the challenges and solutions related to her research, and how they were addressed by the Freedman Fellows Program and its corresponding support.
Dr. Beall's research is focused on the adaptation of indigenous highlanders (Andean, Tibetan and East African) to the low levels of oxygen where they live at altitudes above 10,000 feet. Her project, "Digital Database on High-altitude Human Biology," set out to design and implement a database of the biological characteristics of people living in these high altitudes. The database will replace 13 previously maintained independent spreadsheets that often presented problems with data integrity and consistency. The outcome will be a searchable, expandable electronic database for research and scholarship.
Roger Zender (Team Leader for Digital Learning & Scholarship, Kelvin Smith Library) will present with Dr. Beall to discuss how the library worked with her through the Freedman Fellows Program to create a database to solve these problems. Zender will discuss the basics of data management and how it can assist other researchers facing similar challenges.
- When: Wednesday, March 19, 3:00 p.m.
- Where: Kelvin Smith Library, Dampeer Room (2nd floor)
This presentation is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served.
For more information, visit http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/specialprograms/fellows/.
The Freedman Fellows Program is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and Kelvin Smith Library. This program aims to identify and support scholarly research of faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Awards are granted to faculty to sustain projects that are currently active, hold scholarly or instructional value, integrate the use of digital tools and have clear project outcomes in support of digital scholarship.
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Call for Proposals: 2014 Freedman Fellows Program
The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to announce the 2014 Freedman Fellows Program for full-time faculty. The Freedman Fellows Program is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library, and the Freedman Fellows Endowment established by Marian K. and Samuel B. Freedman and is open to all full-time CWRU faculty members.
This year, the Freedman Fellows Program will select a scholarly project or projects to support that best meet(s) established criteria. The submitted project must:
1. be currently underway
2. involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases)
3. involve the use of digital tools and processes
4. have clearly articulated project benchmarks and outcomes
Through the Freedman Center, the fellows program provides support for using emerging technologies at every stage of the project, from generating data to curating it. The Freedman Center staff assists fellows with using digital tools and processes for data-mining, textual analysis, geospatial information systems (GIS) mapping, and data visualization. Likewise, they help fellows with the more technical aspects of design, visualization, and presentation. Utilizing Digital Case, they assist with managing and curating research data: storage, preservation, analysis, and access. In the final stages, they consult with fellows about the available dissemination and publication options, and about using digital resources in teaching and learning.
This year the funding model is more flexible, providing a pool of funds that can be used to support projects of varying size. Proposed funding requests can range from $1K to a maximum of $15K. Use of funds is limited to supporting the expenses related to innovative scholarly or creative projects that meet the Freedman Fellows 2014 criteria. Fellows will also receive planning and project support.
Proposals are due Monday, March 31, 2014.
Further information about the 2014 Freedman Fellows program is available at http://library.case.edu/ksl/freedmanfellows.
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Kelvin Smith Library's Plan to Advance Digital Scholarship at CWRU Now Available for Review
A new document, "A Call for Participation and Action," details Kelvin Smith Library's plan to facilitate the creation of alliances at Case Western Reserve University dedicated to advancing digital scholarship programming and services. The document outlines a process to accomplish this through a series of collaborative and community-building conversations among the researcher community (faculty and students) and the digital service provider community, as well as fostering conversations between these two communities. The document, which is available for campus-wide review here, is a follow up to the “White Paper on Envisioning Freedman Center 2.0” issued by KSL in April 2013.
Following the issuance of the “White Paper” last spring, KSL conducted many discussions with groups across campus to ascertain how best to proceed to move the ideas into action, and site visits were held at institutions with nationally recognized digital scholarship programs. Rather than set out a process that would be too ambitious or insufficiently inclusive, this new “Call for Participation and Action” outlines a dual-track process of conversations within and across the two communities as a means to develop specific actions that enable a new alliance of willing partners to grow and that is built upon the significant record of past successes in support of digital scholarship.
The document is an early response to Think Beyond the Possible: 2013-2018, the new University strategic plan that calls for expanded support for digital scholarship and articulates the importance of advancing learning and research through bold new interdisciplinary collaborations and the innovative application of technology. In particular, Think Beyond the Possible states that the University will encourage entrepreneurial thinking across campus, such as by “completing the redesign of the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship as an incubation space for creative and collaborative endeavors available to faculty and students who wish to engage in advanced research employing digital scholarship methods and technology.”
This new “Call for Participation” document is a continuous planning and implementation document to build the essential new cross-campus alliances. As a working document it will continue to be modified as the conversations move from cooperation to collaboration, and eventually into shared services in support of digital scholarship programs across campus.
KSL plans to hold digital scholarship exploratory kickoff meetings in the near future, and comments about the new document are welcomed.
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Register for Free GIS & Statistics Workshops through KSL's CaseLearns Program!
Sign up today for the following CaseLearns courses, open to all CWRU faculty, staff, students and alumni. View entire course calendar and register at http://library.case.edu/caselearns/.
Making Your First Map
General introduction to GIS (geographic information systems) and ArcGIS (v10.2) software. In this course you will learn how to explore geographic data, symbolize categorical and quantitative data, label map features, and make a map layout.
Class is limited to 18 participants
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Basics of Making a Research Poster
This class covers basic design and assembly of a research poster. You will be presented with guidelines to help you to think about the information to be conveyed, its visual presentation, and layout. First time poster makers and those looking to improve their design skills are encouraged to register for this class. Time will be available after the presentation to discuss specific questions about your poster or using Microsoft Office PowerPoint.
Thursday, Nov. 21
12–1 p.m. or 4–5 p.m.
Introduction to SPSS
General introduction to SPSS (v21), designed for those who want to learn how to use SPSS for basic statistical analysis. Topics include working with and defining variables, running basic statistical tests, creating frequency distributions, measuring central tendency and dispersion, calculating standard scores, and creating basic graphs and scatterplots.
Class is limited to 10 participants
Thursday, Dec. 5
All workshops are held at Kelvin Smith Library, in lower level room LL-06 B/C.
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Limited Freedman Center Services
There will be limited services available in the Freedman Center beginning Friday, August 9 at 2:00pm in preparation for construction over the weekend. Color and photo printing, lamination, our Mac Station and large flatbed scanning will be temporarily unavailable.
We apologize for any inconvenience. As a reminder, the computer cluster located in front of the Freedman Center is available for basic flatbed scanning, GIS, audio and video editing and desktop publishing. Please see the Service Center staff for assistance.
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Join us for Digital Scholarship Lunch Discussions
The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship will hold two lunch-time discussions to continue the conversation started at this year's colloquium and the recently published white paper on the future of collaborative digital scholarship support on campus.
Join Roger Zender (Team Leader, Digital Learning & Scholarship) and Cheryl Seme (Digital Scholarship Librarian) for these informal sessions to share your experiences using technology to enhance research, give insight into field-specific research trends and provide feedback on how the Freedman Center, the library and its university partners can come together to support researchers. Lunch will be provided.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 1 and Friday, May 3 from 12:30pm - 2:00pm
WHERE: Dampeer Room (KSL 2nd floor)
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The Freedman Center Colloquium: Exploring Collaboration in Digital Scholarship
The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to announce its 2013 colloquium: Exploring Collaboration in Digital Scholarship. The focus for this year's event will be to highlight how the production and support of digital scholarship is a necessarily collaborative process, and is better because of it.
Speakers from Emory University, THATCamp, Research Data Alliance, College of Wooster, NITLE, and the University of Cincinnati will share their thoughts on how collaborative processes have brought a new level of discovery and understanding in support of scholarship. Joining them will be representatives from the Kelvin Smith Library to discuss the future of the Freedman Center and a shared vision for supporting digital scholarship on campus.
To learn more about this event, including a full list of presenters and topics, visit: http://library.case.edu/ksl/colloquium/
Monday, April 8, 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Tuesday, April 9, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Clapp Reading Room, Kelvin Smith Library (first floor)
This is a free event. Click here to register.
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