Photo outside the Pattee & Paterno Library on University Park campus.
Published on: Jan 23, 2018

A series of workshops titled “Software in the Humanities and Social Sciences” will continue through the spring semester and features researchers from across the University offering weekly tutorial sessions that aim to highlight a range of software options and resources in relatable topics.

The workshops, organized by Heather Froehlich, digital scholarship fellow for Penn State University Libraries’ Technology and Digital Strategies, are an effort to engage faculty, staff and students across the disciplines to increase professional identity and aid in research.  

Presentations take place Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. in 403 Paterno Library on the University Park campus. All sessions are free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. For those unable to attend the presentations, a Zoom link is available for virtual viewing at

For additional information about “Software in the Humanities and Social Sciences” series workshops, contact Heather Froehlich at or 814-865-7908.

Dates, workshop themes and presenters are listed below:

Jan. 24: — A resource for conducting historical research, with Brett Spencer.

Jan. 31: Databrary — A digital data library developed at Penn State for storing, sharing and annotating video and audio recordings, with Rick Gilmore.

Feb. 7: OpenRefine — A free and open-source resource for cleaning, regularizing and organizing complex data, with Jose Guerrero.

Feb. 14: Upwork — A network for building and establishing a writing portfolio, with Jenna Spinelle.

Feb. 21: QGIS — a free and open-source geographic information system for viewing, editing and analyzing spatial data with graphical maps, with Zhiyue Xia.

Feb. 28: Hadoop — a way to process very large datasets efficiently, with Junjun Yin.

March 14: ggplot2 — Makes pretty, easily reproducible and modifiable graphs for publication, with Nathan Piekielek.

March 21: Pandoc — Convert documents from one file type to another and back again, all from the command line, with Grant Wythoff.

April 4: IIIF, an interoperable framework for image viewing, with Karen Estlund.  

April 11: PGP (pretty good privacy) — a popular program for encryption and authentication of digital messages like email, with Andrew Singer.