Digital Humanities Innovation Lab: Summer 2017 Workshops

The DHIL is pleased to bring our DH Skills workshop series back for the summer semester with three workshops: Intro to Preparing Character Data in R, Data Management Planning with SSHRC in mind, and Tableau for Humanists (the Tableau workshop will cover the same information as our previous Spring 2017 offering). The workshops are free and open to to all, but registration is required.  See below for more details.

Intro to Preparing Character Data in R

June 29, 2017


SFU Burnaby (Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons)


In this workshop, we will focus on importing to R and preparing data for subsequent analysis. We will also learn how to organize files into a working directory and use scripts to replicate our work. Students will learn the different types of data-structures supported within R, different file extensions compatible with R, and some of the caveats of working with real-world text files. At the conclusion of the workshop students will be able to import text documents, strip metadata from texts embedded within larger data files, convert words to lower case, and separate words from full-line character strings. No R experience is necessary to participate in this workshop.

Note: Please bring your own laptop with the latest version of R and RStudio installed.

Data Management Planning with SSHRC in mind

July 11, 2017


SFU Burnaby (Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons)


Since the Tri-Agencies released their Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, there have many questions about researcher responsibilities for data management and data sharing. This hands-on workshop will guide participants through the research data lifecycle and data management planning using DMP Assistant, an online data management tool.  We will also explore avenues for data deposit including SFU’s Research Data Repository, Radar.

Tableau for Humanists

July 21, 2017


SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre, Room 1505)


How do humanists visualize their data? In this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of visualizations of humanities’ data created in Tableau, one of the world’s leading software packages. After a demonstration of how researchers use Tableau, participants will be offered hands-on instruction in how to use Tableau to create a range of visualizations, including interactive displays. In the last half hour, participants will  be given free time, to experiment their own visualizations and to consult with the instructors about their own data visualizations.

Note: Please bring your own, fully charged laptop with the latest version of Tableau or Tableau Public installed.

Don’t know who we are yet? Learn more about the the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab through our website: The site profiles current projects, provides information and registration for lab events, and details the ways the lab can support researchers.

If you have a project or an idea and are wondering how the lab can help, you can book a consultation through the website with a DHIL consultation request form. The lab also holds office hours on Tuesday mornings (10am-11am) in Burnaby (Room 724, Bennett Library) and at least once a month in Vancouver (times and locations vary). Updated office hours and locations can be found on the Contact Us page of the website.