Scholarly Commons Space Closed 6/14 Due to Library Renovations

The Scholarly Commons space will be inaccessible on Tuesday, June 14 due to this summer’s renovation project at the Main Library. It is possible that this closure may extend to Wednesday, June 15. For the most up to date information, you can call the Main Library at 217-333-2290.

Although our regular space will be inaccessible we are still available to provide expertise and consultations in alternate locations. You can set up a consultation through our consultation request form and address any questions to

We look forward to continuing to serve you during this work and throughout the summer! 


Floor Replacement Scheduled for July 25 through July 29

A few of the library’s facilities will undergo renovations this summer which may result in brief closures of—and disruptions within—some departmental libraries and units.
Those planning on visiting the Main Library or Undergraduate Library, and any individual spaces within these buildings, are encouraged to contact departmental libraries and units before their visit to make sure these spaces are accessible during the renovation projects. For a list of library locations and their contact information, visit

The Scholarly Commons would like to draw your attention to one project in particular which will affect physical access to our offices. The floor outside of Scholarly Commons is scheduled to be replaced during the week of July 25- July 29. (The actual time frame depends on work conditions.) During this time, those specialists who would normally be in Scholarly Commons if it not for construction will be available at other locations in the library.

If you would like a consultation, during this time, please feel free to contact us by email, consultation request form, or by phone, and we will meet you at another location.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work to make your experience more pleasurable in the fall. Enjoy your summer!

Creating the Semantic Web for Visual Cultural Heritage Digital Humanities, Arkyves, and Iconclass

Organizer: Mara R. Wade, Germanic Languages & Literatures
Event Dates: April 8-9, 2016

Please join us for three events that feature Hans Brandhorst, editor of
Iconclass ( and founder of Arkyves
(, a reference database for the history of culture.
Arkyves is a collection of collections that indexes images and texts
through Iconclass, a multi-lingual classification system currently used
by the Albertina in Vienna, the Princeton Index of Christian Art, and
the Getty Research Institute, among others. Iconclass is designed for
describing cultural heritage visual resources including emblem books,
medieval manuscript illuminations, Erasmus’ adages, Victorian
illustrations, printers’ devices, and early modern typography, in
particular decorated and historiated initials, satirical journals from the
University of Milan, and the virtual print room (VKK) of the Herzog
Anton Ulrich Museum and the Herzog August Bibliothek, totaling
some 50,000 graphic prints. Arkyves collaborates with multiple
projects, e.g. the German Hygiene Museum, Dresden, for a project of
cataloging AIDS posters.

Schedule of Events:

• Public Workshop (Friday, 8 April 10:00-11:30; 314 Library)
Searching and Browsing with Arkyves
Hans Brandhorst will introduce searching and browsing with Arkyves in this workshop. The UIUC subscribes to Arkyves through the School of Fine and Applied Arts, and it is available to campus via the homepage of Ricker Art and Architecture Library. We wish to make this valuable resource more useful to the campus researchcommunity, particularly for projects addressing text/image cultures.

• Public Lecture (Friday, 8 April, 4-5 PM, 126 GSLIS, CIRSS Seminar)
Iconclass, Arkyves and the use of Iconography Vocabulary Standards to Enhance Access Hans Brandhorst will provide a brief introduction to (a Brill online resource) and Iconclass, a classification system designed for art and iconography. As a long-time partner in Emblematica Online (, Brandhorst will then lead a discussion of how vocabulary standards like Iconclass are applied to enhance discoverability of and access to cultural heritage visual information resources,including early modern emblem books.

• Public Workshop (Saturday, 9 April 1-5 PM, 314 Library)
Learning to Index with Iconclass
Hans Brandhorst will conduct a hands-on workshop for participants on how to do their own Iconclass indexing. This workshop will have two parts: introduction of Iconclass, followed by practical application. Participants will learn indexing based on a handful of emblems, the genre with which we are most familiar. Sponsors: These events have received generous financial support from the School for Literature, Culture, and Linguistics; Germanic Languages and Literatures; Krannert Art Museum; French and Italian; Comparative and World Literatures; English; Religious Studies; Spanish and Portuguese; Classics; and Medieval Studies. TheUniversity Library and GSLIS have kindly offered the space for these events.

About Hans Brandhorst: As an Art Historian (Leiden University, 1982), Hans Brandhorst works as an independent researcher in iconography. He also works part time for the institutional repository “RePub” at the Library of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He has been the co-editor of Iconclass since 1990 and primary editor of Iconclass and since 2002.

Please email Mara R. Wade ( if you plan to attend either of the workshop events in 314 Library. There is no registration but seating for a Public Workshop is limited.

GIS Savvy Researcher Workshops

At the Scholarly Commons, we offer a variety of introductory workshops designed to enhance scholars’ and students’ research needs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Among these workshops is a series of GIS workshops that will be offered again this coming April with the aim to get researchers started working with GIS. Check them out below:

Geographic Information Systems 101: Understanding GIS:  No GIS experience is needed for this workshop that will guide researchers through the foundational concepts of GIS and geospatial technologies in research. Researchers will gain skills in:

  • Thinking spatially about research
  • Identify resources available across campus to aid in GIS research

GIS for Research I: Tools, Concepts, and Geodata Management: This hands-on workshop is designed to introduce researchers to working with GIS software and data management. This workshop is recommended after completing Geographic Information Systems 101: Understanding GIS or if you want a refresher for working with ArcGIS. Researchers will gain skills in:

  • Framing research problems to utilize GIS
  • Gain an understanding managing vector and raster GIS data, scale, and coordinates systems

Discovering GIS Data:  This workshop will cover where and how to find geographic data throughout the web. No experience is needed, but it will be helpful to know about GIS data models. Researchers will gain skills in:

  • Identifying common and authoritative portals for geodata, recognizing quality GIS data and different GIS data formats
  • Understanding the importance of geospatial metadata

GIS for Research II: Geoprocessing, Analysis, and Visualization: This hands-on will explore different geoprocessing and spatial analysis tools common to GIS. Designed as a follow-up to GIS for Research I, this workshop requires basic knowledge of using ArcGIS. Researchers will gain skills in:

  • Solving a real world research problem using real geospatial data
  • Create maps to visualize geospatial data

We are looking for suggestions for upcoming workshops feel free to tweet your suggestions to @ScholCommons and include #GISworkshops.


Are you a Graduate Student at Illinois?

The University Library, in partnership with the Graduate College, is participating in a national survey of graduate student research practices this month. The survey invitation is being sent to a sample of graduate and professional students. If you receive an invitation to participate in the survey, we very much welcome your input and thank you for your time in filling it out. The findings from this survey will be extremely helpful as we work to provide a library environment that meets your needs as an Illinois graduate student. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Hogenboom ( or Lisa Hinchliffe (217-333-1323;

CITL Data Analytics

Sometimes institutional life stumbles onto stage a bit disheveled. And there are other times when a fruitful collaboration happens…

At the Scholarly Commons, we strive to partner with members of the UIUC community to support their scholarly work. When it comes to more substantial questions about statistical analysis, we do this by referring members of our community to our partner CITL Data Analytics (formerly ATLAS Open Statistical Consulting Lab).

Their spring training schedule is now online and we thought you might like to know about it. There are workshops on Stata, SAS, SPSS, Qualitative Coding and Questionnaire Design. The courses are grouped in sets of two with a basic course followed by a more advanced one.  (Click the hyperlink below for registration.  Workshops are listed on the second screen.)

Spring Training Schedule [Grouped by Topic]
02/23/2016 – Stata 1: Getting Started with Stata
03/01/2016 – Stata 2: Inferential Statistics with Stata

02/24/2016 – SAS 1: Getting Started with SAS
03/02/2016 – SAS 2: Inferential Statistics with SAS

03/08/2016 – ATLAS.ti 1: Introduction – Qualitative Coding
03/09/2016 – ATLAS.ti 2: Data Exploration and Analysis

03/15/2016 – SPSS 1: Getting Started with SPSS
03/29/2016 – SPSS 2: Inferential Statistics with SPSS

03/16/2016 – R 1: Getting Started with R
03/30/2016 – R 2: Inferential Statistics

04/05/2016 – Questionnaire Design

These are short evening workshops and are available free of charge to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign faculty, instructors, staff, and students. These courses are offered every semester, so if you miss a course this semester keep your eyes open for next semester’s schedule.

Their Open Statistical Consulting Lab is housed in 2043 Lincoln Hall. Its hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 am – 4 pm and Friday from 10 am – 2 pm.

All members of the UIUC community are welcome to use the lab space. The first hour of consulting is free of charge. Some charges may apply for consulting beyond the first hour based on one’s affiliation and the nature of the project.  If you are referred to the lab from the Scholarly Commons, charges may be waived depending on the extent of assistance that you need.

For more information about any of their services, please visit:

Undergraduate Research at the Scholarly Commons

While the research conducted by graduate students and faculty has been a trademark of the University of Illinois for over a century, undergraduate research is often overshadowed. Why is undergraduate research important? As the Office of Undergraduate Research explains, “Our [mission] is guided by the philosophy that all Illinois undergraduate students should learn about current disciplinary research, take part in research discussions, and be exposed to research experiences in their regular coursework.” Learning how to do research in a field is quickly becoming part of what it means to learn a field.

As a source for digital content creation and scholarly communication, the Scholarly Commons has built on this mission to provide a digital publishing base for these bright students through the Undergraduate Research Journals. These journals have the dual purpose of showcasing the work our undergraduates are doing while giving experience to students, both undergraduate and graduate, in running their own academic journals.

Through the open-access framework of Open Journal System, these journals present work from disciplines across campus ranging from English to Agricultural sciences. Some of these journals have had print runs in the past, or continue to print conventionally, while others are taking advantage of the online format to start new publishing opportunities.

The Illini Journal of International Security is one such journal. Through the Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security, IJOIS is a new journal publishing this year accepting cross-disciplinary approaches to international security issues.

Our Undergraduate Research Journals are a window into the exciting work being done by undergraduates across campus, and we encourage our readers to check each of the journals out at

-Posted on behalf of Dylan Burns

Join Us for Love Your Data Week

The University of Illinois Research Data Service and the Scholarly Commons will be participating in Love Your Data week Feb. 8-12, 2016, a nationwide event designed to raise awareness about research data management, sharing, and preservation, along with the support and resources available at our university. We believe research data are the foundation of the scholarly record and crucial for advancing our knowledge of the world around us. If you care about research data, please join us!

Each day will have a theme driving the event, with opportunities to complete hands-on activities that will guide your efforts to keep your data safe, findable, understandable, citable, and reusable.

Follow @ILresearchdata on Twitter where the Research Data Service will be tweeting daily research data management tips, examples, and resources, as well as connecting you with experts on our campus and in your discipline. Track #LYD16 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to tune into the national Love Your Data week campaign and join the conversation about research data management by sharing your own experiences and results from the daily activities.

Visit the Love Your Data website to learn more about the event and check out the topics we will be exploring each day.

If you have any questions about Love Your Data week at the UofI, please email Elise Dunham at

(Guest post by Elise Dunham)

Natural Language Processing in the Digital Humanities

     Natural Language Processing (NLP) is an important method for digital humanists, enabling researchers to look for relationships and patterns between words in large bodies of text. The Scholarly Commons provides tools and resources for scholars who are using or learning NLP in their research, and we want to alert you to awesome-nlp, which is a compilation of NLP guidance available on the internet.

     This page on GitHub “awesome-nlp,” has links to resources, tools, and tutorials. Three resources that I found to be helpful on the page:

1. Video: Stanford’s Coursera Course on NLP basics
2. Article: Natural Language Processing: An Introduction
3. Paper: TwitIE: An Open-Source Information Extraction Pipeline for Microblog Text

     Awesome-nlp is available on GitHub at One thing that I really liked about this site was that it is inclusive to all users. It provides a range of resources suited toward the novice and the more advanced practitioner. I found this page to be especially beneficial for someone who does not have an in-depth background in natural processing languages. It offers a wide variety of introductory videos and papers on the topic.

Data/Python Open Hours for Spring Semester

Research data not playing nicely? Don’t let a data management or a technical problem come between you and your data being beautiful. Let the Research Data Service and the Scholarly Commons help.

The RDS has once again partnered with the Scholarly Commons to offer Data/Python Open hours for the Spring 2016 semester. These drop-in hours are designed for anyone needing data management or technical help on a research project. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to drop by (for free!) to get help with:

• Research data management
• Learning how to code
• Using Python and R for reproducible research
• Accessing large data files
• Cleaning data
• Web scraping
• And much more!

Please bring your computer and any data files you’re trying to work with. Drop-in hours are not designed to be homework help for programming or statistics courses.

Stop by anytime between 3-5pm on Tuesdays starting January 19 at the Scholarly Commons (Room 306 Main Library; near the Wright Street stairwell).

Questions? Contact Elizabeth ( or the Scholarly Commons (

(Guest post by Elizabeth Wickes)