Category Archives: Media Studies

DIY Research Series – Get the most out of your research!

Though we know your time here at the J-School is short and packed, these  workshops are something that you can work into your schedule to help you while you are here at Columbia and beyond!  Check them out and sign up for the ones you can.  We want to make sure you have all the tools you need to be successful!

DIY Research Series from the Libraries
Build skills on how to design and conduct your own research studies!
All workshops are held in Lehman Social Sciences Library, Group Study 2, 12:30-1:30pm
October 4
Basics of Study Design
Learn how to translate a research question into a research study. Find documentation on how to conduct different kinds of research analysis, and get up to speed quickly with different methods to aid you in your research.
 
October 11
Using Free and Open Data
Discover free and open data – from government agencies and other organizations – that you can use in your research immediately to do analysis and visualizations. Open data portals, data scraping, FOIA requests, and open data issues will be discussed.
 
October 18
Ethnography & Observation Studies
Understand how to collect data on individual/group activities and social interactions through ethnographic fieldwork and participant-observation. Methodological strengths, limitations, and documenting fieldnotes will be discussed.
 
October 25
Survey & Interview Studies
Understand how to collect data using surveys and interviews. Sampling, question development, and implementation will be covered. Doing sensitive research and working with vulnerable groups will also be discussed.

Map Club, learn how to make amazing maps!

Join us for Map Club! A series of fast-paced hack sessions geared towards the rapid acquisition of skills in geospatial technology. 

Led by DSSC Spatial Research Intern, Emily Fuhrman, each session provides an informal and fun opportunity for the exploration of a web-based library or framework. Sessions will be loosely divided into three phases: background and setup, self-paced making, and sharing.

These sessions will be held in Room 215 on the lower level of Lehman Library. Please bring your own laptop. Participants should have basic facility with JavaScript.

RSVP through the library workshop page, and for any questions, please feel free to contact (dssc@library.columbia.edu)

09/23, 1:00 – 3:00PM → Dynamic Mapping with Cartagen

This session focuses on Cartagen, a vector-based framework for rendering maps in HTML5.

09/30, 1:00 – 3:00PM → Simple Maps with geojson.io

This session focuses on geojson.io, a simple, open-source editor for map data.

10/07, 1:00 – 3:00PM → WORKSHOP — Interactive maps with CARTO

This guided session explores CARTO, a unified web mapping and visualization engine.

10/14, 1:00 – 3:00PM → Interactive Mapping with Mapzen

This session focuses on Mapzen, an open, sustainable, and accessible mapping platform.

10/28, 1:00 – 3:00PM → Dynamic Mapping with OpenLayers

This session focuses on OpenLayers, a high-performance library for rendering geographic information in web pages.

11/04, 1:00 – 3:00PM → WORKSHOP — Introduction to QGIS

This guided session explores QGIS, a free and open source geographic information system that offers powerful tools for data editing, viewing, and analysis.

11/11, 1:00 – 3:00PM → Generating Cartograms with CartoGrid

This session focuses on CartoGrid, a grid-based cartogram generator.

11/18, 1:00 – 3:00PM → Geospatial Analysis with Turf.js

This session focuses on Turf.js, a tool for in-browser geospatial analysis.

12/02, 1:00 – 3:00PM → WORKSHOP — D3.js

This guided session explores the geovisualization capabilities of D3.js, a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data.

Hope to see you there!

Reading Bias discussion series Fall 2016

Are you interested in the types of bias that exist in society? Then this group is for you! Hosted by our libraries this semester the Reading Bias group will consist of interactive discussions that explore biases, assumptions, and worldviews inherent in society via texts, e.g. articles, archives, data, and code. Readings are shared in advance to help facilitate discussions.Critical Reading Workshop_Version2
The Reading Bias discussion topics for the Fall semester are –
  • The American Dream (9/29, 6pmJournalism Library)
  • Library Collections and Archives (11/2, 6pm, Location TBD)
  • Big Data and Code (TBD)
The first discussion is on Sept. 29, 6pm in the Journalism Library.
Please register here: http://bit.ly/rbregistration
Readings are here: http://bit.ly/rbreadings
We hope you will join us!

Student work, take a look!

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014! We know you might not all have had the chance to see your fellow students work from the Video Storytelling class, so here is a link to a web site created by your class mates. http://who-is-y.com/ These videos are some examples of a the great work you all created while here. We know you will do so much more in the future. Congratulations again!

(note: the videos are currently locked because the students are working to see if they can be published with other sources first. So, please enjoy the site for now, we will update with a password ASAP. At least you have an idea of what you can look forward to!) 🙂

MediaCommons Scholarly Publishing Network

The Institute for the Future of the Book (if:book) yesterday introduced a new electronic scholarly publishing project focused on media studies. Dubbed MediaCommons, the project is described as “a wide-ranging scholarly network … in which folks working in media studies can write, publish, review, and discuss, in forms ranging from the blog to the monograph, from the purely textual to the multi-mediated, with all manner of degrees in between.”

Among the possible “nodes” in this network will be electronic monographs, casebooks, journals, reference works, and forums. The announcement with more details — including the structural and intellectual reasons behind if:book’s choice of media studies for this scholarly publishing project — is at: http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/2006/07/introducing_mediacommons_or_ti.html