Undergraduate Student Researcher Spotlight: Ada C. Bersoza Hernández ’15

By Andrew Creamer, Scientific Data Management Specialist

The Office of the Dean of the College and Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) would like to announce that the first digital collection of undergraduate research posters from Brown University’s Summer Research Symposium is now published online in the Brown Digital Repository (BDR). There are 63 posters from students who consented to share and publish their research covering projects in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Each poster has its own permanent link and record, containing the image and .pdf file of the poster, the names of the undergraduate researchers and their faculty advisor at Brown, the name of the students’ funding source, and an abstract and keywords. This post highlights one of these undergraduate researchers and her reasons for choosing to place her scholarship in the BDR.

There are several reasons why undergraduates can benefit from having their research archived in the BDR, such as having the potential for their research to be discovered online in a search and be cited by others, having a permanent link to include in a CV or an application to graduate school, and having the ability to share their posters on a website. Another important purpose of archiving research that can be overlooked by undergraduates is that depositing their digital research products in a public data sharing repository can help them to comply with their research sponsors’ requirements for disseminating their research and making their results publicly available. Indeed, complying with her funders’ public dissemination and access requirements was one of the major reasons Ada C. Bersoza Hernández ’15 decided to archive her poster in the BDR.

Ada would like to pursue a career in science and her motivation for conducting research as an undergraduate was gaining hands-on experience and the opportunity to collaborate with Brown faculty and other researchers. Ada worked with Professor Dov Sax (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) to write a funding proposal to support her exploration of data that could help shed light on the extent to which climate change affects tree species’ latitudinal and altitudinal boundaries across North America. These data can help conservationists identify which species and ecosystems are most sensitive to climate change and therefore help scientists, policymakers, and the public prioritize conservation efforts. Ada received two undergraduate research awards to support her research, the Henry D. Sharpe, Jr. ’45 UTRA (Brown University’s Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards) and she is a Voss Environmental Fellow, funded by the Henry David Thoreau Foundation and Peter and Pamela Voss, Brown University’s Swearer Center, the Woods Lectureship Fund, and the Center for Environmental Studies and Environmental Change Initiative.

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“I wanted to archive our research in the BDR because I was interested in making our work discoverable outside the bubble of scientists.” — Ada C. Bersoza Hernández ’15

With her funding securely in place, Ada worked with Dr. Sax to set the groundwork for her senior thesis by locating and evaluating data sources to use for their research project. Their poster details this work, and she feels that by archiving it in the BDR she will be able to preserve this stage of her research and share this output with others. Among her funders’ conditions was the recommendation that she produce a research product that is accessible to non-specialists, and not simply focus on a scientific publication using scientific jargon aimed only at an audience made up of the scientific community. As a Voss Environmental Fellow, Ada is interested in doing research that has the potential to affect policy, and for her that means finding ways to disseminate her research as widely and as clearly as possible to the public, including publishing her poster in the BDR.

Please visit the Brown Digital Repository’s Summer Research Symposium Collection at https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/collections/id_660/

You can view Ada and Dr. Sax’ research poster at https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/item/bdr:381056/

Photo Credit: Ben Tyler

Preserving Undergraduate Scholarship at Brown

By Andrew Creamer, Scientific Data Management Specialist, Brown University Library

Brown has a strong history of investing in undergraduate student research that continues into the present day. For instance, this past May, the Brown Daily Herald (BDH) ran an article about the University’s planned increase in this year’s generous amount of funding for the Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs). Over the last three decades, UTRAs have supported Brown undergraduate students’ collaboration with Brown faculty sponsors, and they have funded student research and teaching projects during the summer and the academic year.

Every summer, undergraduate student researchers, including some funded by UTRAs and some sponsored by other national and campus programs, get the opportunity to create and present an academic poster to share their research and work with each other and the campus community at the annual Brown University Research Symposium. The Research Symposium is overseen by Oludurotimi Adetunji, Director of Science Center Outreach and Associate Dean of the College, and active supporter of Brown University Library’s archiving of Brown University researchers’ digital scholarship in the Brown Digital Repository (BDR). Dean Adetunji uses the BDR to archive the animation data files produced through his science education initiative, Sci-Toons, which he oversees and creates with Brown undergraduate students.

In the spring of 2014, Dean Adetunji began a collaboration with members of Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) to explore archiving in the BDR the academic poster data files created by undergraduate student researchers participating in the Research Symposium. Upon registering for the Symposium this year, students had for the first time the opportunity to opt in to have their poster files and related digital research products archived by the BDR. In late July, the Office of the Dean of the College and Brown University Library’s CDS sponsored an informational event for Research Symposium participants to help them prepare for formatting, describing, and uploading their research poster files to the BDR. After the Symposium at the end of summer 2014, the Brown Library will publish the uploaded posters in a digital collection within the BDR.

IMG_2678In this photo Dean Adetunji welcomes Research Symposium participants to the information session with CDS. CDS members and Dean Adetunji answered students’ questions and provided them with assistance with the uploading of their poster files to the BDR.

There are many reasons why the Brown University Library should archive the scholarship of undergraduate student researchers. Upon depositing a poster file into the BDR, undergraduate students receive a permanent link that they can add to any future publications, a personal or professional website, on their curriculum vitae (CV) for an application to graduate school or on a résumé for an employer. Students can share this link with their collaborators, family and friends, and they can also increase the impact and dissemination of their work because items in the BDR are discoverable on the Web by internet search engines. In the years ahead, future undergraduate student researchers at Brown will be able to look through the Research Symposium digital collection in the BDR to look for inspiration and ideas, and observe the types of research conducted by former students; they will have the opportunity to carry on past research, add new knowledge, make new discoveries, and build upon the preserved foundation of Brown undergraduate student research.

IMG_2679In this photo, Joseph Rhoads, Manager of the BDR, walks students through the upload process using an online submission system he created with Benjamin Cail, Digital Library Programmer.

Going to the Research Data Mountain: Behind the Lab Walls of Brown’s BioMed

Post by Andrew Creamer, Scientific Data Management Specialist 

When my colleagues and I talk to other information professionals about taking on roles in research data management, we are often asked how we got our foot in the door. They mean how did we find the opportunities to provide these services and partner with students and faculty researchers. How to get started providing research data management services and strategies for reaching out to student and faculty researchers and building relationships on campus have become staples of library conferences related to research data management; however, I do feel that these questions, hoary chestnuts to some, should be continually asked because new opportunities present themselves every day on research campuses across the globe. Getting a foot in the door requires action. Outreach opportunities are rarely going to come to us. The majority of the campus has no idea I am here in the library so I have to look for ways to get involved with research on campus. Thus, to recast Francis Bacon and his famous mountain ellipsis in his essay Of Boldness (http://goo.gl/yVvbO0), the research data mountain will not come to us information professionals; we must go to the research data mountain.

Being new on this campus requires me to be extra vigilant and aware of potential outreach opportunities. I have had a few meet-and-greets with administrators and faculty in the sciences, great opportunities for me to make my elevator pitch so that they will hopefully consider making room on their syllabi and projects for me and research data management instruction. But I have also been searching for opportunities to meet undergraduate and graduate student researchers. I want to see just what type of science is happening behind the walls of the labs on campus so that I can see what tools they are using to create data. By observing and learning about their research I can better plan for ways to help them to manage and share their data. Last week such an opportunity for student outreach opened up. I saw a posting on Brown’s Division of Biology and Medicine’s (BioMed) weekly email bulletin advertising a four-week module aimed at introducing students to the resources, tools and techniques in biomedical research. I quickly registered.

This week was our first meeting. I felt nervous, like a student on the first day attending a new school. As the participants went around the room introducing themselves and their reasons for enrolling in the module, I gradually felt more at ease because each of us related a similar sentiment: we wanted to know what other people are doing, what research, what tools, what resources are in the labs that we pass by or work next to or even work in every day. The students were looking for opportunities for their own outreach and collaboration.

Our first speaker was Dr. Pam Swiatek, Director of Research Operations and Major Proposal Coordination for Brown’s BioMed. She shared an ambitious project called CoresRI (http://coresri.org/). The premise of CoresRI is to be a resource for research institutions across Rhode Island (labs, universities, hospitals, etc.) to list the facilities, tools and resources they have so that other researchers in the state requiring such instruments or expertise can contact them to get what they need. The resource is open to any scientist looking to arrange access to needed facilities for research purposes.

Our second speaker was Dr. Ed Hawrot, Associate Dean for Biology and Director of the Rhode Island BioBank. He introduced us to the Biobank, which is a human tissue cryogenic repository for researchers to have access to samples of human tissue (blood, brain, spinal fluid, etc.) representative of the state’s population. The significance of gathering these samples (obtained by consent) is that they have the ability to link them back to the donors’ electronic medical records. Such a link provides insight on a variety of data points: their diet, biometrics, medications, DNA, etc. Repositories like the BioBank have allowed for the potential to conduct genome-wide association (GWAS) and phenotype-wide association (PWAS) studies by looking at single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which are distinct variations in our genes, and the resulting prevalence or absence of disease, as well as biomarkers associated with disease.

Preserving such valuable human tissue requires strategies and a large investment of time and money. Such an operation as the BioBank requires a great deal of planning for managing a large amount of physical and digital data. The Biobank has to keep track of hundreds of thousands of physical specimens (whole, halved, and sectioned) distributed among a network of freezers, as well as linking with the terabytes of warehoused clinical data resulting from their digital assays and other analyses. There are also consent and related IRB forms associated with each donor and their specimens. The program relies on special software for this management called Freezerworks™ as well as a system of fail alarms and backup systems in the case of freezer emergencies that could threaten the integrity of valuable specimens. Dr. Hawrot reminded students of the 2012 incident at Harvard where a large repository of brains and human tissue samples were lost by a catastrophic failure of a freezer and its backups systems. http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/06/brains-thaw-at-harvard-repository.html

The last speaker was Dr. Robbert Creton, Associate Professor of Medical Science and organizer of the module. Professor Creton took us on a tour of the Leduc Bioimaging Facility (http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Leduc_Bioimaging_Facility/). We visited the facilities for the zebrafish used as model organisms for imaging in developmental research. He described to us the microscopes in the facility available for researchers. We toured the confocal microscope, transmission electron microscope (TEM), and scanning electronic microscope (SEM). We also looked at the microtome tools used for slicing thin sections of specimens and a visualization screen set up in the facility for researchers to visualize and analyze the florescence and slide imaging in 3D.

I took a great deal away with me from this first class. In addition to learning about the tools available through CoresRI and the data available to researchers in the RI BioBank, I learned a great deal about the types of image files (TIFF) produced by the microscopes, and ImageJ, the open, Java-based, image-processing software program developed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Researchers use the program to open their downloaded files and work with their images. Professor Creton taught me about the average file size created by each scope, the standard file name and extension assigned by these instruments, the standard metadata embedded by the instrumentation, the typical storage options, and the typical practices for integrating images with their paper lab notebooks. This knowledge has made me more aware of the gaps that I could help fill by helping students manage their data files and lab notebooks. For example, if a student were to just save image files without changing the file name assigned by the instrument, this could mean a lot of time wasted sorting through anonymous files to find the image they want or some data management horror scenarios: having to repeat an experiment and re-image because they lost or wrote over an image file they needed or that could have had the potential to advance their project.

The largest benefit of joining this module has been making relationships with students. By enrolling in this module I was able to get my foot in the door and let them know about my and my colleagues’ researcher support services. After class I was able to set up an appointment with a doctoral student from Brown’s Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology department to assist him with locating and uploading his dataset to a data repository so that he can get a DOI and URL for his dataset. This will allow him and others to better access his data with a genome browser, and he will be able link his dataset with any related article publications, have other people cite his data, and will one day help him to better the measure the impact of all his research products, including his data.

So the next time I get asked by someone how to get his or her foot in the door to provide research data management library services, my response will be: be bold; go to the research data mountain. Resources, Tools, and Techniques in Biomedical Research is offered until May 14th, 2014. For more information please contact Professor Creton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Depends on You: The Making of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Research Data Management LibGuide

Andrew Creamer, Scientific Data Management Specialist, Brown University Library

This week I attended my first Data Curation Group meeting. The group consists of the Library’s data and digital specialists, representing the humanities, social sciences, and sciences’ domains. Since I am new in my position as the Library’s data management specialist for the sciences, and new to Brown, I have been trying to learn the campus contacts, resources, and tools available for the University’s undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers, and the relevant policies that pertain to managing, archiving and sharing their data. I have been exploring ways to update our group’s online research guide using campus-specific items. I thought I would begin my search for these items using some guiding questions, reflecting the various aspects of data management planning. For example, one of the NSF recommendations for a data management plan is for researchers to describe their plans for storing, backing up, and securing their data. So in my first meeting, I asked my colleagues to consider one of my questions as if a student or faculty researcher were asking it: “What are my options for storing data at Brown?” To my surprise it invoked a lively debate.

“This question would not be asked!” responded one of my colleagues. “You’re asking the wrong question!”

“Ok, then think of this question more as a way for me to get to know what is available here.” I tried starting a list.

“There is no one University solution!” a colleague countered. “Your questions,” my colleagues argued, “should be: Where is my data now? Where should my data go?”

“Those are great additional questions; but if we could just answer the first question, locating the options that are available to…”

“But that should not be the first question!” exclaimed my colleagues.

“Ok, then please don’t consider this question as part of a sequence; think of it as a category,” I offered helplessly.

“Your question does not consider the data life cycle,” a colleague added.

“Alright, then what are some of the options available at Brown for any part of the research and data life cycles? For example, what storage options does Brown offer for researchers collecting and staging data during the project?” I pleaded.

In the midst of this Socratic exchange with my experienced and knowledgeable colleagues it finally dawned on me just how ineffectual and reductive it was for me to attempt to frame the structure of our research guide or my orientation to the University’s services by excluding the researchers’ unique, and sometimes messy, circumstances, thereby intimating there exists prescriptive, black and white answers. Of course, my colleagues were right; it is unlikely that anyone would ever ask my question as originally worded, disconnected from any context.

One of the reasons I joined Brown’s University Library, the CDS, and the Data Curation Group was the fact that I yearned to be challenged by, learn from, and collaborate with data and digital specialists representing the different domains of scholarship. My first meeting with the Data Curation Group was an example of the immense benefits one receives having such multidisciplinary perspectives. I walked away from this meeting considerably more inspired, with better ideas for customizing our research guide had we just made a laundry list of Brown’s storage options. This post should serve as reminder that in-person meetings should be reserved for such dialogue and negotiating multiple perspectives, the real return-on-investment of our team’s time and attention. Asking my colleagues to make a list would have been a waste of their time–something we could have done on a shared Google doc.

The most common answer to RDM questions is: it depends. How long should I retain this data? It depends. Can I share this data set? It depends. Where can I store this data? It depends. How should I de-identify this data set? It depends. Who owns my data? It depends. MIT and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have already done an outstanding job creating library research guides that explain the nuts and bolts of data management. We do not want to reinvent the wheel. On the contrary, the research data management (RDM) guides with the potential to be the most helpful for our users will be ones that function as Choose-Your-Own-Adventure guides, customized to the research ecology of our institutions. The answers to RDM questions depend on the specific intentions of researchers and the many variables and idiosyncrasies of their particular research projects.

Take storage, for example. If a researcher were to look for data storage solutions, examples of factors influencing his or her options include the size of the data set, its format, its perceived rate of growth, its restrictions, the need for access, the funds available, etc. A colleague gave us two examples of unique storage situations that had come up at Brown. One faculty needed a storage solution that would accommodate off-campus collaborators who would need to be able to access the data stored at Brown. Another faculty had a grant that required a storage option that would provide an off-site copy of the data.

Considering the lessons I learned above, I am now going to approach collaborating with my colleagues to update and frame our LibGuide using use-case style scenarios: I want to find my data; I want to know where I can stick human subjects’ data; I want to store small data sets; I want to store my data on campus but make it accessible to collaborators off-campus, etc.

So if you’re starting a research project, consider stopping by the second floor of the Rock and let us help you to choose your next data management adventure. What will you get out of it? It depends.

Guest Blog Post by Susanna Allés Torrent (Visiting Post-Doc)

Last November I came to the Center for Digital Scholarship of Brown University as a Post-Doc and stayed until March. My stay was sponsored by the University of Barcelona and the CASB (Consortium for Advanced Studies of Barcelona) Fellowship Program. The experience has been so stimulating and a truly rewarding one thanks to the CDS team.

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Milà i Fontanals Institution – CSIC (the Spanish National Research Council). Our team is working, among other topics, on a lexicographical project called Glossarium Mediae Latinitatis Cataloniae, a Latin Dictionary of Latin terms from the corresponding IX to XII centuries Catalan linguistic domain. This dictionary is a work in progress, printed and published since 1960 (currently, just letters A-D, F-G are published). Our current goal is to transform the printed edition into a new digital one but we also intend to publish the remaining letters directly in a digital format. The idea of coming to Brown was born from a need to improve my knowledge about encoding, transforming and publishing TEI data.

In the meantime I became aware of the WWP seminars on TEI, and I though it was a great opportunity to take advantage of that training, so I applied for the event. I got in touch with E. Mylonas, whose support and help was invaluable, and I succeeded in coming to Brown, sponsorship of S. Bonde (History of Art and Architecture) – a medieval archaeologist and digital humanist.

At the end of November, I participated in the seminar “Taking TEI further: transforming and publishing TEI”, where the main topic was XSLT, a programming language used to transform XML data into other formats. The workshop was very useful and I learned a great deal, for example I was able to resolve several problems I had transforming my GMLC TEI data. But this training was just the beginning of many other activities, because at Brown, and at the CDS in particular, every single day is full of new inputs.

I really enjoyed the Digital Scholarship Lab’s vSalon, a series of weekly meetings organized by CDS, where everyone shares their work; the topics were always so inspiring: 3D capture methods and related software, geolocation technologies and device orientation, taxonomies in HTML 5, among many many others. I also gave an informal talk about my project, receiving great feedback and having the opportunity to share some of my issues.

For me, another interesting features of the CDS is its close collaboration with Brown professors and researchers and I took advantage of that as I was able to. Of special interest was a DH presentation done by Prof. J. Egan (English) and J. Bauer for a group of students. The seminars taught by Prof. M. Riva (Italian) and S. Lubar (Public Humanities) were also of great interest, especially the final project presentations, most of which focused on data visualization.

The CDS takes part in a lot of projects, among them the TAPAS project, an amazing project lead by J. Flanders (Northeastern University) to publish TEI data. I had the chance to attend one of their meetings and to test the toolkit from my newbie perspective. I also participated in the activities of the Virtual Humanities Lab, a center where Italian Studies and new technologies have created a great environment of international collaboration.

Moreover, being at the CDS has allowed me to understand how a Digital Humanities center works, its workflows in starting up a project (from the grant application, to the real work with professors, students and programmers) and in the day-to-day work. In that sense, their epigraphic projects deserve a special attention since their results are very impressive. Another CDS activity is the fact that, as part of library lecture series, they invite researchers, artists and professors to present their digital projects. I had the opportunity to hear Roderick Cover (Temple University), who gave an overview of of his techniques of narrative visualization. Also astonishing, from my point of view, is the offer of workshops organized by the Library and the CDS; I did my best to attend all the workshops I could! I was especially interested in bibliographical management, so I signed up for workshops on Mendeley and Zotero; I also attended the Gephi Workshop for data visualization (by J. Bauer) and two other about Geography Information System and Statistics (by B. Boucek).

Besides all these activities, I was so impressed by the stimulating Campus Life at Brown, and the activities organized by other institutions, as the John Carter Brown Library. The “Morning Mail” with its huge list of events and activities gave me every morning the feeling I was in the right place. I just hope to come back very soon and have the possibility once again to share knowledge with this great team!

Rome with a View – Undergraduate Research Projectd

CDS assisted Maddie High ’16 for her summer UTRA (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award) project. Maddie worked with Prof. Lisa Mignone (Classics) to make a topically organized, digital collection of images from Roman archaeological sites, based on photographs taken by Prof. MIgnone.

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Poster presented by Maddie High at the Summer UTRA Symposium, August 2013

Maddie began by working with Prof. Mignone to select images, and then digitized and processed any that were not born digital. She then imported them into Omeka, a web-publishing platform developed for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Once the images were in Omeka, she catalogued them, added keywords, and then organized them into exhibits, enriched by explanations and citations to ancient authors.

Photographs of ancient sites may preserve information that is lost over time, as ancient buildings and object become worn or damaged. Representations of ancient monuments made by archaeologists or travelers in the 19th century are already serving that purpose. This collection will preserve the views available in our time. It is also representative of the objects, locations and details that are of interest to a Roman historian. Prof. Mignone intends to use the images in these exhibits in her courses on Roman history.

Maddie is continuing her work on the Omeka site during this school year.

Read Maddie High’s poster (pdf): MaddieHigh-poster

Epigraphy at Brown and across the US – Undergraduate Research Project

CDS assisted Tori Lee ’14 with her summer UTRA (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award) project.

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Tori Lee and John Bodel at the UTRA Symposium, August 2013

Tori continued work that she had begun in the summer of 2012, updating and adding inscriptions to Prof. John Bodel’s US Epigraphy project.  This consisted of sorting through   correspondence with museums and other collections that have holdings of ancient Greek and Roman inscriptions, researching the inscriptions in scholarly journals and corpora, and making a digital record for each inscriptions. The digital inscriptions are structured using an XML schema called Epidoc, which is used by many digital inscription projects all over the world. Tori had to become familiar with the Epidoc schema, and with XML editing tools like the the Oxygen Editor editor which allowed her to enter the inscriptions and also to proofread them.

Tori’s work on the US Epigraphy collection also served as preparation for her own project; to document all the inscriptions on the Brown campus, and to create a digital collection of them. She has been photographing inscriptions all over Brown and recording GPS coordinates for them. She is working with information from the Brown archives to create digital metadata for the Brown inscriptions, and encode that in Epidoc as well so that in the future there will be a searchable website of Brown inscriptions, with photos and locations.

Download Tori’s poster to read her full description (pdf): Lee-poster

 

 

 

“Opening the Archives” on the Brazilian military dictatorship

CDS is working Professor James Green, and in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the National Archive of Brazil, and the State University of Maringá (UEM) on a project, called “Opening the Archives,” to digitize, index, and make accessible the State Department’s declassified documents relating to U.S.-Brazilian relations from the turbulent 1960s, 70s and 80s. CDS is providing digitization workflow support, metadata development, and publication via the Brown Digital Repository. More details are available here. The first part of this collection is expected to be online later this year.

Funera Romana-Undergraduate Research Project

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CDS sponsored Mary-Evelyn Farrior ’14 for her summer UTRA (Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award) project.

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Funeral information encoded in XML

She worked with Prof. John Bodel in Classics on a digital, structured version of a project he had begun on paper, to collect and organize information about Roman funerals, as mentioned in Latin literature and historical writing of the Republic and Empire.

Mary-Evelyn used the Oxygen XML editing software, and, applying a TEI schema developed in conjunction with CDS, started to enter information about Roman Funerals. As she progressed, we worked together to refine the schema, and to create better sets of classifications for the characteristics she was capturing. We also provided a proofreading transform, so she could view a formatted version of her XML files.

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Proofreading view

By the end of the summer, Mary-Evelyn had entered several hundred funerals. She add more funerals and more details over the course of this year. CDS is in the process of preparing the files for ingestion into the Brown Digital Repository, where they will become a digital corpus that will continue to grow.

Mary-Evelyn presented a poster [pdf] on her work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the end of the summer.

Two Presentations on XML Editing Software

Friday April 19
Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, Brown University (Providence, RI)

The Brown Library and the Center for Digital Scholarship are proud to host two presentations by the designers of the popular <oXygen/> XML Editor:

Getting the Most out of <oXygen/>
Customizing your <oXygen/> Working Environment

We are very lucky that Syncro Soft’s George Bina and Radu Coravu will be in Providence, and have agreed to present these two demonstrations. This will be a great opportunity for questions, answers, and discussion about using the <oXygen/> editor in your digital humanities work.

<oXygen/> is widely used in the DH XML community. It is a very powerful tool for editing, transforming, querying and generally interacting with XML documents. It has also been very responsive to the needs of DH practitioners: schemas and stylesheets for TEI, EAD, and other core digital humanities standards are bundled into the standard <oXygen/> package.

10:30-12 Getting the Most Out of <oXygen/>

This presentation is targeted at users who are getting started with <oXygen/>, or who have been using it, but have not started exploring its capabilities yet. It will cover Author Mode, using the different <oXygen/> panes, simple CSS, simple use of frameworks, online schemas, and more. We are leaving plenty of time for conversation, and hope that you will bring your questions and projects.

1:30-3:00 Customizing your <oXygen/> Working Environment

This presentation is intended to demonstrate more advanced uses of <oXygen/> such as custom frameworks, accessing data from external files, scripting Author mode using XSLT or XQuery, extensions and plugins.

Please come to either or both of the presentations. There will be time for lunch with George and Radu in between the two sessions, and plenty of time for discussion! So come with questions about what you’d like to learn about <oXygen/>.

For more information, contact: elli_mylonas@brown.edu
For more information about <oXygen/>, see: http://www.oxygenxml.com

Directions and Parking:
The Rockefeller Library is a quick walk (uphill) from the train station.

For those who are driving to the Brown campus, there are several parking options:

  • the Brown University Visitors Parking Lot is located on Brook Street at the corner of Waterman. The cost is $15 for the day (not 5 hours, despite signage to the contrary).
  • there is all-day free parking on Governor Street just south of Waterman Street, a few blocks from campus.
  • you can find 2-hour and 3-hour spaces on Thayer Street and other streets near the library