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RCR Forums

Beyond the RCR orientations, each PhD student should complete six additional hours of RCR training during his or her first four years of study, and each Master's student should complete two hours of additional training. This requirement can be met by attending RCR Forums (two-hour workshops, GS711 or GS712), which are offered each fall and spring on a wide range of topics. The schedule of RCR Forums organized by the Graduate School will be provided at the beginning of each semester. Students are responsible for checking the schedule, preregistering, and participating in these events to complete their RCR degree requirement. You should register for these RCR Forums via links below, NOT through DukeHub.

2019 Fall RCR Series: Open for Registration

Scholarly Publishing in East Asian Studies
Thursday, September 12, 2019
1:40 pm to 4:10 pm

The event will focus on scholarly publishing in the US and East Asia, addressing the structure of book publishing in each country as well as journal publishing, focusing on questions such as evaluating journals, peer review, citations and open access. It will look at open access at Duke and the Duke repository as well as open access in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
More information and registration.

Gender Differences in Academia: Challenges and Choices along Career Paths in Higher Education
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
9:00 am to 11:00 am

This presentation explores some of the possible situations women and men may encounter (as a faculty member or some other type of position within academia) as well as provide information on current research findings related to the gender divide in college and university settings.
More information and registration.

Research Data Management 101 + Disciplinary Discussions
Tuesday September 17, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00pm

The first hour of this workshop will introduce good digital data management practices and how they can be practically applied throughout the research lifecycle. The second hour of this workshop will allow participants to break up into broad disciplinary groups (sciences and engineering, social sciences, and humanities) for a facilitated discussion on how to specifically apply good data management in your field. Note: If you register for this workshop, you should not attend Data Management 101 + Tool Demonstrations.
More information and registration.

An Introduction to Human Subjects Review
Thursday, September 26, 2019
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This forum will introduce you to the Duke Main Campus IRB, otherwise known as the Institutional  Review Board for Protecting Human Subjects in Non-Medical Research.
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Textual Recycling
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This forum addresses text recycling (AKA “self-plagiarism”) which refers to authors reusing material from their prior work in a new document.
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Introduction to XML, TEI, and Structured Markup
Thursday, October 3, 2019
9:00 am – 11:00 am

This session introduces the concept of semantic markup and distinguishes between markup and automated textual analysis. Note the follow-on session on October 10.
More information and registration.

Shaping Your Professional Identity Online
Monday, October 7, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop is designed to help you consider the best ways to navigate how you want to present yourself online, including what to share and how to share, the ethical issues involved, and how to maintain the right balance of privacy
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Project Management for Academics
Monday, October 7, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This workshop will present basic principles for managing goals, time, and people, including how these can be applied to work with project teams.
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Project Management for Academics (repeat offering due to high demand)
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This workshop will present basic principles for managing goals, time, and people, including how these can be applied to work with project teams.
More information and registration.

Copyright in Online Environments and International Collaborations
Monday, October 7
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

International collaboration in research, teaching, and publishing requires gathering and sharing archival materials, digital primary sources, and academic publications. What copyright laws apply when sharing materials in learning management systems, digital publishing projects, open educational resources, or academic publications, including the thesis and dissertation? How can scholars be confident in Fair Use analysis? Come learn from a wide-ranging consideration of copyright issues in international online environments.
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The Empowered Author: Evaluating Publishers, Negotiating Contracts, and Navigating the Scholarly Publishing Ecosystem
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This is a workshop about the process of being an author, about getting published and getting the rewards of being published, while sharing the benefits of your research with as broad an audience as possible.
More information and registration.

Digital Text Analysis Methods for Humanities Scholarship
Tuesday, October 8
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This session provides an overview of text analysis methods that are useful in humanities scholarship.  Participants will learn about the kinds of textual analysis that are possible using various techniques and concepts, including collocates, measures of distinctiveness and similarity (e.g., term frequency-inverse document frequency), collocates, topic modeling, and document classification. Using Voyant Tools for hands-on exploration, participants will learn how to apply these techniques to sample corpora and to their own research questions.
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Finding a Home for Your Data: An Introduction to Archives and Repositories
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This workshop will provide an overview of the different types of repositories, including Duke’s own Research Data Repository, and the overall role of repositories within the data sharing landscape.
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Digital Publishing 101:  The Audiences of Digital Publishing
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We’ll learn about some of the ways successful projects connect with their users and promote their work to potential audiences and how you can incorporate these into your own publication planning.
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Ethics and Visualization
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This session introduces participants to core ideas in the ethics of visualization – designing to avoid distortion, designing ethically for broad user communities, developing empathy for people represented within the data, and using reproducibility to increase the transparency of design.
 More information and registration.

Applications of TEI for Research
Thursday, October 10, 2019
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Building on the content of the previous workshop (on October 3), this session takes an in-depth look at the use of TEI as a research tool.
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Acquiring and Preparing a Corpus of Texts
Thursday, October 17, 2019
9:00 am – 11:00 am

This session focuses on the technical dimensions of corpus development. We will explore:

  • the risks and benefits of optical character recognition (OCR)
  • file formatting and naming issues
  • organization strategies for large corpora
  • problems of data cleaning and preparation
  • common sources for textual research data
  • common legal concerns around the use of textual corpora.

More information and registration.

Analyzing Documents in Context
Thursday, October 24, 2019
9:00 am – 11:00 am

This session focuses on the kinds of textual analysis that are possible using concordances,
document-term matrices, measures of distinctiveness and similarity, and other tools of style or
content analysis based on the characteristics of tokens (words) within documents relative to
general characteristics of a corpus.
More information and registration.

Analyzing Text with Python (1/2)
Thursday, October 31, 2019
9:00 am – 11:00 am

We'll use some of Python’s capabilities in this workshop as we discover how to code our own tools for analyzing individual texts and textual corpora.
More information and registration.

Research Data Management 101 + Tool Demonstrations
Thursday October 31, 2019
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

The first hour of this workshop will introduce good digital data management practices and how they can be practically applied throughout the research lifecycle. The second hour of this workshop will offer a mini “tour” of research data management tools including GitHub, LabArchives, and Tropy. Participants will be able to attend two of these demonstrations in the time allotted. Laptops recommended. Note: If you register for this workshop, you should not attend Data Management 101 + Discipline Discussions.
More information and registration.

Analyzing Text with Python (2/2)
Thursday, November 7, 2019
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Continuing where the previous workshop left off, this session is focused on the Python Natural
Language Toolkit (NLTK).
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Topic Modeling for Humanities Research
Thursday, November 14, 2019
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Participants in this session will acquire a general understanding of topic modeling, the automated analysis technique often referred to as "text mining."
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Research Data Management 201: Preparing Your Data for Publishing
Thursday November 14, 2019
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Building upon the foundational concepts covered in the Data Management 101 courses offered this year, this workshop will provide hands-on experience where participants will learn strategies for “curating” a dataset for formal sharing. Participants will identify common data issues, determine recommendations to optimize the dataset, generate metadata and documentation, and consider how these practices might be applied to their own research. Participants are not required to have taken a Data Management 101 course (although it is recommended). Please bring a laptop to participate fully in the workshop.
More information and registration.

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