The Infinite Game: ChatGPT, Procedural Generation, and Large Language Models Online. Thursday, May 25, 2023 1-2:30 pm
Since launching in late 2022, ChatGPT has sparked an ongoing, complex conversation about large language models and artificial intelligence. But where does this cutting-edge technology come from? What are its roots--and how can they help us understand today's software?
This webinar by John Fink (Digital Scholarship Librarian) explores the history of procedural generation in text and games, from the I-Ching to ChatGPT and beyond. The talk will emphasize current state of the art Large Language Models like ChatGPT, including a demonstration on how to run one on a modest computer and get near-ChatGPT quality output.
*This virtual event includes a lecture and demonstration. The event will be recorded and shared on the Sherman Centre's Online Learning Catalogue.
Teaching with Digital Tools and Approaches: A Sherman Centre Roundtable Online - May 24, 2023 2-4:30pm
From podcasts and video games to coding and data visualizations, digital tools are on the rise in the university classroom—and for good reason. When integrated well, these approaches can facilitate student-centered learning, critical literacy skills, interdisciplinary inquiry, collaboration, and more. Learn how you can integrate digital tools and approaches into your curriculum at this relaxed roundtable conversation with members of the Sherman Centre team.
This session features four short presentations:
Jay Brodeur (Associate Director of Digital Scholarship Services) will show attendees how Jupyter Notebooks (a web platform for interactive code development and data analysis) can develop digital literacy.
Danica Evering (Research Data Management Specialist) will discuss how teachers can prepare graduate students for the increasingly prominent field of Research Data Management.
Veronica Litt (Digital Scholarship Coordinator) will provide a blueprint for teachers who want to integrate creative digital assignments, such as podcasts and DIY video games, into undergraduate courses.
Subhanya Sivajothy (Data Analysis and Visualization Librarian) will focus on how the exciting field of data visualization fosters student-centred learning and critical data literacy skills.
Join the conversation on May 24!
Boost your research success with Web of Science and Dataverse - October 5, 2022 9:00-10:30am
- Gain insights into the research landscape:
The Web of Science indexes the world's academic publications (75 million records!). Learn how to use it as a “RADAR” to look into the scientific literature, revealing the research front in your field and what the hot topics are. See how to use the Web of Science to leverage the world's research networks in discovering:
- Which researchers/universities/countries are having the most impact in my field?
- What funding agencies provide most of the grants in my field?
- Who is collaborating with whom in a field?
- Make your data searchable:
Sharing your research data is increasingly a requirement for publishing in many journals. McMaster Research Data Management (RDM) Services supports your data sharing needs. We can help researchers select a trusted data repository, including McMaster Dataverse (our institutional data repository) which is indexed in Google Dataset Search and other online databases.
RDM is for everyone, across all disciplines. Research data are anything we build from to conduct research, science, scholarship, and creative practice. Data take many forms: spreadsheets, interviews, code, fieldnotes, software, images, and more. Whether you’re considering data sharing as a part of scholarly communication, contributing to collective knowledge, or looking for new collaborations, learn more about RDM!
Boost Your Research with Data Sharing (pdf of presentation)
Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship: September 20, 2022, 2:30-4pm.
With a new school year comes a new slate of Sherman Centre workshops. This year’s slate of 40 (!) events includes sessions on evergreen topics such as digital humanities, data analysis, data visualization, textual analysis, GIS, programming, and RDM, plus new workshops on exciting subjects like machine learning, podcasting, 3D printing, qualitative data, and data sonification (i.e./ turning data into a sound installation. Neat!).
Browse the full slate and register here.
Please note in particular our first event: “What is Digital Scholarship?”, coming up on Tuesday September 20 at 2:30pm.