PGH|DH Calendar

All Upcoming PGH|DH Events

Seth Lazar Talk - Why Should We Care About Explainable Systems? Perspectives from Moral and Political Philosophy
Starts: October 21, 2019, 4:30 pm
Ends: October 21, 2019, 6:00 pm
Description: Monday, October 21, 2019
Seth Lazar, School of Philosophy, Australian National University
Title: Why Should We Care About Explainable Systems? Perspectives from Moral and Political Philosophy
Talk Location: Hamburg Hall A301, 4:30 - 6:00pm
Abstract: Computer scientists, lawyers, and STS scholars have devoted much attention to the problem of inscrutability in AI systems (especially those relying on machine learning). Computer scientists have developed novel methods for explaining the outputs of AI systems; lawyers have debated whether European law provides for a 'right to explanation'; STS scholars have described the prevalence of unexplainable AI systems, and proposed institutional models for how to respond to them. Moral and political philosophers are late to the party. But there is work for us to do: while there is a widespread sense of the 'intuitive appeal' of explainable systems, relatively little time has been spent figuring out just what grounds that intuitive appeal. A rich and systematic account of the role of explanations in our moral and political lives may help us better decide what counts as a good explanation, and how to trade off the value of explanations against other things that matter. In this paper, I make a start on that project, using the tools of moral and political philosophy to give an account of the value of explanations.
This talk is being offered by: K&L Gates Endowment for Ethics & Computational Technologies, Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy
Gerrymandering Series Event with Draw the Lines PA - Sorrells Den
Starts: October 22, 2019, 3:00 pm
Ends: October 22, 2019, 6:00 pm
Location: Carnegie Mellon University - Sorrells Engineering and Science Library, 4400 Wean Hall #4, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Description: What choices go into making a gerrymandered map?
Do you think you could make better choices and a better map?
Do you want to learn how?

dSHARP is excited to bring Rachel Colker from Draw the Lines PA to discuss gerrymandering, its effects, as well as show us how to build our own district maps!

Whether you’re a map geek or have never worked with mapping software before, this will be a great opportunity for you to grow your skills, learn, and make a difference.

Rachel Colker is the Western PA Coordinator at Draw the Lines PA, a statewide civic education and engagement initiative for Pennsylvanians to draw election maps. Its goal is to help Pennsylvanians of all ages learn about and connect with the issue of political redistricting and gerrymandering.

You are encouraged, but not required to register for the event. (https://cmu.libcal.com/event/5881374)
dSHARP Office Hours (CMU Sorrells Library Den, in the back)
Starts: October 23, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: October 23, 2019, 3:30 pm
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Mario Khreiche
Starts: October 24, 2019, 4:00 pm
Ends: October 24, 2019, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: "Revisiting the Automation Debate in the Digital Age"
DSS Workshop: Data Visualization Best Practices, including Introduction to Tableau Public, with Emma Slayton (CMU) and Boris Michev (Pitt)
Starts: October 25, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: October 25, 2019, 3:00 pm
Location: Hillman Library, Ground Floor - Digital Scholarship Commons, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Being able to effectively communicate your data to an audience is a necessary part of any project. How to harness visualization tools to tell a story will be presented in this short workshop. We will discuss how different types of graphs and charts are perceived and how they can be used to answer different questions. Tableau Public is a free data visualization tool. You can create interactive graphs, dashboards, maps and tables from virtually any data. You need to create a free account in order to save your work.

Presenters:
Emma Slayton, CLIR Fellow for Data Visualization and Curation, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries

Boris Michev, GIS & Urban Studies Librarian, ULS

Register: https://pitt.libcal.com/event/5587878
dSHARP Office Hours (CMU Sorrells Library Den, in the back)
Starts: October 30, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: October 30, 2019, 3:30 pm
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Richard Marciano
Starts: October 31, 2019, 4:00 pm
Ends: October 31, 2019, 5:00 pm
Location: 3106 Posvar Hall Anthropology Department Lounge, University of Pittsburgh
Description: "Developing a Computational Framework for Library and Archival Education"
Derek Mueller - Disciplinary Rusle, Phantasmagoria, and Fugue
Starts: October 31, 2019, 4:30 pm
Ends: October 31, 2019, 6:00 pm
Location: Baker Hall 255B, CMU
Description: As an academic discipline matures, what forms of evidence attest to its well-being? To its vulnerability? Taking the field of Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies as a case, the presentation first acknowledges terminal turns, precarity and disturbance, accounting for these phenomena by inventorying disciplinary “gones”—or marked termini. With this as basis for phantasmagoria, or gatherings of ghosts, I will describe this inventory as a fugue data set, due to its denoting dissipation, loss of self- awareness, and something slipping away. Finally, I will assert that gone-noting and the curation of fugue data sets is a crucial function of network sense and that, as such, it must, if the field
chances lasting, persist among the epistemological charges of graduate education.
DSS Workshop: Cleaning and Linking Data with OpenRefine, with Mike Bolam
Starts: November 1, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: November 1, 2019, 3:00 pm
Location: Hillman Library, Ground Floor - Digital Scholarship Commons, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Before analysis comes the messy work of evaluating, cleaning, and transforming data. This hands-on workshop will introduce a free power tool to get the job done: OpenRefine. We will get familiar with the latest edition of OpenRefine, create a project, and get oriented to the many features for exploring, scraping, and transforming tabular data.


Register: https://pitt.libcal.com/event/5587916
dSHARP Office Hours (CMU Sorrells Library Den, in the back)
Starts: November 6, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: November 6, 2019, 3:30 pm
DSS Workshop: Make Scholarship Open! Using repositories and archives to share your work, with Lauren B. Collister
Starts: November 8, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: November 8, 2019, 3:00 pm
Location: Hillman Library, Ground Floor - Digital Scholarship Commons, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Open scholarship is a practice of increasing the accessibility and reusability of all of the products of scholarly work; a foundational component of the practice of open scholarship is sharing your work. Increase the robustness, reproducibility, and impact of your work, by sharing manuscripts, data, supplemental files, and more to the network of open access repositories and archives. We will cover both the “why” and the “how” of sharing your work with a survey of different types of repositories, considerations for where to share, and how to identify copyright status for published works.

Presenter: Lauren B. Collister, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh


Register: https://pitt.libcal.com/calendar/today/make-scholarship-open
GIS Day 2019
Starts: November 13, 2019
Ends: November 13, 2019
dSHARP Office Hours (CMU Sorrells Library Den, in the back)
Starts: November 13, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: November 13, 2019, 3:30 pm
DSS Beyond Beginner Workshop: Web-Scraping Techniques in Python, with Matt Lavin
Starts: November 13, 2019, 3:00 pm
Ends: November 13, 2019, 5:00 pm
Location: Hillman Library, Ground Floor - Digital Scholarship Commons, University of Pittsburgh
Description: This workshop will demonstrate some of the most important considerations necessary when using Python to automate the retrieval of data from web sources, including use cases with the BeautifulSoup library, especially as it pertains to constructing datasets for research. It will include a discussion of best practices, including the ethics and legality of web-scraping. To get the most out of this workshop, you should have completed Codecademy’s “Learn Python” module (version 2 or 3), or possess equivalent experience. E-mail the instructor (lavin@pitt.edu) if you have any questions about the difficulty level of this workshop.<br><br>Laptops are required.<br><br>Presenter: Matt Lavin<br><br>Register: <a href="https://pitt.libcal.com/calendar/today/webscraping-python">https://pitt.libcal.com/calendar/today/webscraping-python</a&gt;
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Sabina Leonelli
Starts: November 14, 2019, 4:00 pm
Ends: November 14, 2019, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: "Data In and Out of Information Ecosystems: Lessons from the Study of Data Journeys"
DSS Workshop: Learning Python through Jupyter, with Barry Moore II
Starts: November 15, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: November 15, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location: Hillman Library, Ground Floor - Digital Scholarship Commons, University of Pittsburgh
Description: This workshop is for attendees of any experience level. If you have experience with another programming language or have never programmed at all, this workshop will help you hit the ground running. This workshop approaches Python as a tool to complete data science tasks. Attendees will walk through Python at their own pace covering: types, operators, data structures, loops, flow control, comprehensions, and dealing with files. If you finish the introductory material you can continue to learn about Pandas. Pandas is a Python library which contains useful data structures for completing common data science tasks.

Presenter: Barry Moore II, Assistant Research Professor, Center for Research Computing


Register: https://pitt.libcal.com/calendar/today/python
dSHARP Office Hours (CMU Sorrells Library Den, in the back)
Starts: November 20, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: November 20, 2019, 3:30 pm
DSS Workshop: What Is Literary Style?, with Patrick Juola (Duquesne)
Starts: November 22, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: November 22, 2019, 3:00 pm
Location: Hillman Library, Ground Floor - Digital Scholarship Commons, University of Pittsburgh
Description: What is literary style, and how can it be measured? This workshop will present the basics of stylometry and illustrate the applications, strengths, and weaknesses of traditional and computational approaches to studying “style.” No programming background is required, but participants are encouraged to bring their own devices and data.

Participants who bring their own device are encouraged to install Java and the JGAAP jar package (https://github.com/evllabs/JGAAP) in advance.


Presenter: Patrick Juola, Professor of Computer Science, Duquesne University

Register: https://pitt.libcal.com/calendar/today/literary-style
dSHARP Office Hours (CMU Sorrells Library Den, in the back)
Starts: December 4, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: December 4, 2019, 3:30 pm
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
Starts: December 5, 2019, 4:00 pm
Ends: December 5, 2019, 5:00 pm
Location: 3702 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: "Exposure to News and Political Information in the Digital Age"
dSHARP Office Hours (CMU Sorrells Library Den, in the back)
Starts: December 11, 2019, 1:00 pm
Ends: December 11, 2019, 3:30 pm
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Jo Guldi
Starts: January 10, 2020, 4:00 pm
Ends: January 10, 2020, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: "A Distant Reading of Property: Topic Models, Divergence, Collocation, and Other Text-Mining Strategies to Understand a Modern Intellectual Revolution in the Archives"
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Safiya Umoja Noble
Starts: January 24, 2020, 4:00 pm
Ends: January 24, 2020, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Title TBA
Katherine Bode visits PGH (event times TBA)
Starts: January 27, 2020
Ends: January 27, 2020
Katherine Bode visits PGH (event times TBA)
Starts: January 28, 2020
Ends: January 28, 2020
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Matthew Lincoln
Starts: February 7, 2020, 4:00 pm
Ends: February 7, 2020, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: "Ways of Forgetting: The Librarian, The Historian, and the Machine"
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Eduoard Machery
Starts: February 21, 2020, 4:00 pm
Ends: February 21, 2020, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Title TBA
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Colin Allen
Starts: March 6, 2020, 4:00 pm
Ends: March 6, 2020, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Title TBA
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Bill Rankin
Starts: March 20, 2020, 4:00 pm
Ends: March 20, 2020, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: “Mapping Time in the 20th (and 21st) Century”
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Mar Hicks
Starts: April 17, 2020, 4:00 pm
Ends: April 17, 2020, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: “Why Programmed Inequalities from the Past Teach Us Where Tech Is Headed”
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Melissa Finucane
Starts: April 24, 2020, 4:00 pm
Ends: April 24, 2020, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: “Does use-inspired science produce useful information?”
GIS Day 2020
Starts: November 18, 2020
Ends: November 18, 2020