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Digital Media Commons (DMC) Workshop

How to Manage Your Data

Drowning in data? Not sure how to organize and back it up? This hands-on, interactive workshop will share tips for effectively organizing, documenting and storing research data. Participants will walk away with ideas for completing a data inventory and data storage/ backup plan for their own data, as well as tips for writing data management plans (as required by many grant agencies).

Writing an Effective Data Management Plan

Nearly all federal agencies now or will soon require grant applications to include data management plans (DMPs), and many grant panels are placing greater emphasis on these plans in evaluating proposals. How can you write a data management plan that will pass muster with funding agencies and will ensure that your datasets are easy to find, use, preserve and share?

Introduction to Text Analysis

Note: This short course is not offered this semester. If you are interested in taking it, email

By using text analysis tools, we can explore patterns and anomalies across thousands of texts--or in a single document. This hands-on workshop will provide a basic grounding in text analysis, focusing on:

Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the latest version of Final Cut Pro X. The training will cover key concepts and functions of the Final Cut Pro X application. The topics to be covered are:

  • Getting familiar with the workspace and the file management
  • Importing footage, creating library, event, and project
  • Adding footage to the timeline
  • Using editing tools
  • Using transitions, titles, still images and audio
  • Sharing and exporting a finished project

Video Editing with iMovie

Come to learn how to use iMovie to create professional-looking videos. iMovie is a mac based free video editing software that allows users to edit their own home movies with ease. The new update has added simplicity of the interface and improved file management.

This workshop will cover how to:

  • import your footage
  • manage your project
  • edit the video clips
  • adjust audio
  • add titles and music
  • record voice over narration
  • create other cool effects such as texts, transitions, chroma keying, etc.

Introduction to Data Visualization and Infographics

Have interest in learning data visualization and infographics? Come to this introductory workshop, which will cover the following topics:

  • What is data visualization? What is infographics?
  • Why do they work?
  • Information design best practices
  • Tools for creating infographics
  • Creating a simple graphics with PowerPoint
  • Visualizing a small set of data with Excel and Google Chart

Cleaning Messy Data with Open Refine

One of the major components of research is collecting and understanding data. In the past, this was primarily a concern for the sciences, but as the so-called Information Age continues to produce vast amounts of knowledge, the ability to acquire, 'clean' and synthesize data becomes a necessity for researchers of all disciplines. This short course presents a beginner-level introduction to such techniques using Open Refine (formerly Google Refine), a powerful open-source tool for cleaning messy data.

Introduction to EndNote

EndNote is a software tool for managing references, creating citations and bibliographies within documents. In this hands-on crash course, we will cover the basic functions in EndNote, showing how to import references from online databases and use them in a Word document with Cite While You Write.

Creating an Academic Poster with PowerPoint

An effective poster can get your main points across to as many people as possible. In this workshop, we will talk about the general guidelines on how to create an effective poster. In addition, there will be a hands-on practice on creating an academic poster in PowerPoint.

Using the DMC’s Canon DSLRs to Take Pictures - Intermediate

This workshop details the features, controls, and options in the Canon Digital T3i cameras that the DMC has. The workshop will focus more on shooting in P mode, Av mode, Tv mode and M mode (i.e. Program mode, Aperture priority mode, Shutter Speed priority mode and Manual mode).