Technology Services


From time to time, TTS staff will team up with other units on campus to provide workshops to train scholars in using technology in Humanities research. See list below for more information about these workshops and for links to the teaching materials used in them.
Please contact if you want to find out more about when the workshops will be taught again or to request a new workshop.
Structuring Humanities Data
Through a series of case studies, the Structuring Humanities Data workshop will help humanists see the data in their subjects and provide guidelines for how to structure and gather data in simple spreadsheets, including ways to deal with tricky but common situations like uncertainty in dates. The workshop will also show examples where computers were used to help gather data automatically, and look under the hood at some data driving visualizations on the web. 
Digital tools can open up new and exciting possibilities for humanistic inquiry, as long as you see people, places, dates and relationships as data and know how to “speak” in the way a computers understand. The goal of this workshop is to help humanists find data in their research materials and learn to properly structure it for computers so they can begin using technology to reveal patterns and further their scholarly research questions.
Link to resources: workshop video, slides
Intro to APIs
This two-hour course will provide students with a basic introduction to working with an Application Programing Interface (API). The course will focus on representational state transfer (REST) web service APIs and be divided into two parts. The first part of the class will provide an introduction to APIs, what you need to know to work with them, and how they can be used, as well as an intro to REST and OAuth through the Colab Streamer application. Part two of the class will provide hands on experience accessing the Twitter and Open Street Maps APIs.
Link to resources: workshop slides
Dissecting Humanities GIS Projects
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce humanists to spatial analysis by dissecting a handful of projects according to their purpose, tools chosen, required knowledge, and audience. During the workshop we will take a close look at a handful of spatial humanities projects to glean how they were built and with what levels of difficulty and how these decisions related to each project’s purpose of the creators and targeted audience.
Link to resources: workshop slides
students in classroomIntro to Doing DH in the Classroom
The Intro to Doing DH in the Classroom workshop is meant to introduce Duke instructors to the resources available on Duke's campus for incorporating technology into one's teaching. On top of dicussing support units and tools that enable the use of technology in the classroom, the workshop will provide examples of good classroom technology use and breakdown the planning that went into each. The workshop will also cover ways to evaluate and plan for using technology in the classroom and pedagogical benefits for doing so.
Link to resources: workshop video, slides
students in classroomIntro to Twitter Research
The Intro to Twitter Research workshop is meant to introduce Duke scholars to the resources available on campus for developing scholarship with Twitter. The workshop will walk participants through how to use the Social Feed Manager application for collecting Twitter data, while explaining best methods for collection and data storage based on research needs. The workshop will also provide hands on experience with tools for doing quantitaive and network analysis on Twitter data.
Link to resources: workshop materials