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3D Printing Soup to Nuts

McMaster University 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

This is a day-long workshop that will explore 3d modelling and printing. We’ll take a physical object from the real world, use a series of sophisticated software to render it into a 3d model, and then learn how to print that model on a 3d printer.

Safeguarding your research data

York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Grant applications and ethics protocols suggest you need to ensure research data is kept secure, but the “how” of managing this task is rarely addressed. We’ll guide you through common research issues connected with privacy and security: using online or “cloud” services for file storage, ensuring a lost laptop doesn’t mean compromised data, taking control of […]

Create a Data Management Plan (DMP) for your research project

York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A data management plan (DMP) is a document that outlines the organization, storage, and sharing of your research data. A DMP addresses phases of the data management lifecycle,  and supports the management of research data for your project. As DMPs are increasingly required for a variety of funding programs, this workshop introduces the steps to […]

It’s not 2007 anymore: Using Wikipedia to extend student engagement and your research impact

York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Wikipedia is now the largest global open education resource and is widely used by students, instructors, and researchers.   Editing Wikipedia is easier than you might think, and can have uses and benefits beyond just the satisfaction of improving the world’s biggest encyclopedia. Instructors include Wikipedia assignments in the classroom as a method of experiential education […]

Safeguarding yourself online

York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

As graduate students or faculty members, we are often asked to make our research visible, have an active online profile, and engage with other academics in social media circles. However, the push for engaged, online public scholarship is sometimes at odds with what we know of online behaviour: the subject of your research may make […]

The art of filming professional interviews

York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This workshop will cover the basics of capturing interviews on video. We will go over 3-point lighting for one interview subject, methods of capturing audio, camera setup, as well as synchronizing footage and audio in DaVinci Resolve. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, but we will have four workstations available for those who […]

How to edit Wikipedia

York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Editing Wikipedia is easier than you might think. Wikipedia is now the largest global open education resource but it continues to have many gaps in its knowledge. Anyone can learn to edit Wikipedia to close those gaps and improve coverage of under-represented topics and groups.   Everyone is welcome to drop into this hands-on session where […]

Intro to Document Typesetting and Scientific Publishing with LaTeX

McMaster University 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

LaTeX is a typesetting programming language used to produce beautiful documents. It especially excels at scientific, mathematic, and engineering specific layouts, but can be used to produce nearly any sort of document. This workshop will teach you the basics of LaTeX, including how to render things like chemical formulas with ease.

Publishing Your Research Data in a Data Repository

York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Data is deposited into a repository towards the end of its lifecycle when it is ready for sharing and publication. Publishing your data in a trusted data repository can provide the necessary curation and storage conditions to key your data secure and ensure your data is discoverable to a wide audience. Increasingly, many journal publishers […]

How to Implement Encryption to Protect your Research Data

McMaster University 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The modern online environment is dangerous – data breaches and cyber attacks are increasingly prevalent, making safeguarding sensitive research data more important than ever. Join Isaac Pratt (Research Data Management Specialist) for this workshop diving into the world of encryption. No technical expertise required – we’ll demystify encryption and show you how it can be used to secure your data against unauthorized access, ensuring its confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity. During this interactive session, you will: gain a clear understanding of the language of encryption: Learn what encryption is, how it works, and why it’s crucial for protecting your research data — Empower yourself with practical knowledge: Explore a range of digital tools and discover how to easily encrypt files, drives, and folders — Unlock the power of Veracrypt: watch a demo of Veracrypt, a free open-source encryption tool that you can start using right away.

Preserving Your Digital Scholarship Projects

McMaster University 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Don’t lose all that hard work you’ve put into creating a digital scholarship project! With all the moving parts involved, digital scholarship projects can “break” two or three years after completion when preservation concerns aren’t considered. Websites require maintenance, platforms like Omeka and StoryMaps need version updates, file formats become obsolete – making projects interactive and accessible over the long-term can be complex. In this roundtable discussion, we’ll explore challenges in preserving digital scholarship projects, as well as tools & approaches to supporting their long-term access and use. We’ll conclude with a sandbox session where we share case studies and respond to participant questions.