The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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GC Digital Initiatives Events and Workshops

Talk: “Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Oral History Project, Digital Archive and Documentary” March 6th, 2018 – 7:00-8:30pm

Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, a partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), is a multi-year effort by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky to document the history of bourbon in the state, and features the stories of the master distillers and bourbon barons from iconic distilleries that participate in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour. The oral history project yielded the documentary “Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Spirit” which airs on Kentucky Educational Television. Doug Boyd, Executive Producer on the documentary and Director of the Nunn Center, will discuss his role in this oral history project and how it was made into a digital archive and documentary. This workshop is part of the GCDI Sound Series #GCDISound.

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Workshop: “Doing Digital Oral History” Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 – 1:00-3:00pm

This workshop will explore the multiple dimensions of the digital oral history process from interview to archive. Workshop instructor Doug Boyd directs the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky and is a national expert on oral history, archives, and digital technologies. Topics included in the workshop will include project design, best practices for recording oral history (audio and video), workflows involving metadata and transcription, affordable opportunities for creating innovative access to oral histories online, as well as exploring issue pertaining to legal and ethical aspects of the oral history process. This workshop is part of the GCDI Sound Series #GCDISound.

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Workshop: “How to Scrape the Internet” Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 – 6:30-8:30pm

Twitter, NYC Open Data, Wikipedia – what are some ways to use the Python programming language to pull stuff off the internet? This workshop will introduce specialized libraries like SodaPy and TweetPy and generalizable tools like requests and Beautiful Soup.

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Workshop: “Sound” Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 – 6:30-8:30pm

Does your research involve sound? Would you like to learn more about digital tools for recording, editing and sharing audio files, as well as qualitative coding and transcribing their content? This workshop will review some hardware, software, techniques and concepts that are useful to scholars working with sound – be it music, voices, soundscapes or otherwise. This workshop is part of the #GCDIsound Series.

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Workshop: “Podcasting” Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 – 6:30-8:30pm

Are you curious about podcasting? Have you thought about starting one, or being involved in one, but feel unsure about the technology you will need, or the skills required to make it happen? Have you ever wondered if podcasting is a viable medium to integrate into your research, class assignments, public outreach, or departmental projects? This workshop will address all of these questions, with a general introduction to the medium and discussion of strategies and opportunities for integrating podcasting into your work as a scholar. We will also talk through the basic technology needed, and what is available to you as a GC student or faculty member to help make your podcast ideas realistically possible. We will end the workshop with a short collaborative demo, designed to demonstrate the process of bringing a podcast episode into existence, from choosing a topic and planning content, through the process of recording, producing, and publishing an episode. No technical skills or prior experience with podcasting or audio editing is required, only an interest in the medium and a desire to learn more about it! This workshop is part of the GCDI Sound Series #GCDISound.

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Workshop: “Audio Annotation with Praat and Python” Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 – 6:30-8:30pm

Praat is best known as a standard tool for doing phonetics with computers, but is also a terrific open-source tool for any type of audio annotation. Quick to download and easy to use, Praat’s TextGrid tool provides users with several options for multiple layers of annotation, allowing the user to be as specific as is needed when annotating audio for any type of research. This workshop will introduce participants to Praat’s TextGird annotation system, and provide useful information on performing manual audio annotation. This workshop will also introduce TextGridTools (Buschmeier, H. & Włodarczak, M., 2013), an open-source toolkit for Python that allows users to easily import and navigate their TextGrid annotations as Python objects. This toolkit makes analyzing your annotations with Python very straightforward. Combine these two tools is a great way to annotate your audio data and manage it well for analysis. This workshop is part of the GCDI Sound Series #GCDISound.

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About the Workshops and the GC Digital Fellows Program:

Part of GC Digital Initiatives and based in the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, the GC Digital Fellows Program operates as an in-house think-and-do tank for digital projects, connecting Fellows to digital initiatives throughout The Graduate Center. Digital Fellows utilize a team-based approach as they explore creative solutions for projects that can be implemented in a collaborative fashion. In the process, the Program helps build out “The Digital GC” — a vision of the Graduate Center that incorporates technology into its core research and teaching missions.

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