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Digital Sandbox Workshop Series - Spring 2023

The Digital Sandbox workshop series offers hands-on opportunities to explore new methods and technologies that are useful across a wide range of fields. For Spring 2023, this includes sessions on data wrangling, text analysis, and spatial storytelling!

All sessions are taught at an introductory level and are intended for those who have little to no knowledge of the subject. These workshops are open to anyone at EIU (students, faculty, and staff). Come learn and experiment with something new!

Thursday, February 9 - Introduction to Data Wrangling with OpenRefine
Thursday, March 9 - Introduction to Text Analysis with Voyant Tools
Thursday, April 13 - Spatial Storytelling with Esri ArcGIS StoryMaps

Introduction to Data Wrangling with OpenRefine

Thursday, February 9, 3:30 - 4:45 pm

Preparing data for analysis in any given project often requires more time and labor than the analysis itself. OpenRefine is a free application that can help you clean and normalize your data, transform it from one format to another, and even automate complicated tasks like data validation. In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the basic operations used in OpenRefine to help us work with “messy” data.

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Introduction to Text Analysis with Lexos

Thursday, March 9, 3:30 - 4:45 pm

Text mining and analysis offer ways of using computers to help process and “read” large amounts of text. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to perform a number of basic operations related to text analysis, such as calculating word frequencies and other statistics, using the free and cloud-based Lexos. This workshop will also survey some of the potential benefits and challenges of incorporating text mining and analysis into different types of projects.

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Spatial Storytelling with Esri ArcGIS StoryMaps

Thursday, April 13, 3:30 - 4:45 pm

Esri ArcGIS StoryMaps allows you to easily combine GIS data with effective visuals to create powerful interactive and informative presentations. If your information can be visualized spatially, as a map, it can also be turned into a StoryMap. In this workshop, we'll build a basic StoryMap and discuss possible uses in the classroom as well as for digital presentation of research. To see examples of StoryMaps in action, visit Esri's StoryMaps gallery.

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Prior Presentations

Fall 2022

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Center for Student Innovation
Booth Library

600 Lincoln Avenue,
Charleston, IL 61920
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(217) 581-6073


  • Today: 12:00pm-4:45pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 2:00pm-9:00pm

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