Intro to U.S. Census and American Community Survey (ACS) Data and Tools

Ely Hall Rm 200

Presenter David Kraiker, Data Dissemination Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, will provide an introduction to the Census Bureau, the data it collects and provides, and how to find and use the data. Attendees will learn what Census Bureau is, the differences between the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Decennial Census, parameters for finding data of interest, and using the tools in the Census Bureau's data portal,, to explore and visualize ACS and Census data. Refreshments and open discussion with Mr. Kraiker to follow (4:30 - 5:00 pm). Hosted by the Department of Earth Science and Geography. 

Intro to Audio Recording and Campus Resources

Main Library Electronic Classroom

Planning to record voice or music and you have never done it before? Interested in podcasting? Perhaps you have an interview you need to edit and share? We’ll review free and cross-platform tools and review resources for audio production. We'll conclude by visiting the audio nook and the studio in the basement of Chicago Hall. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services.

Faculty Seminar on Using Mathematica & Wolfram Alpha

BLS 202

Andy Dorsett, of Wolfram Research, will present a seminar on (1) the basics of Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha for beginners, (2) classroom/homework/lesson plan activities, and (3) research applications - including machine learning, data analysis, image processing, connections to AI, etc.

Intro to the Vassar College Libraries Digital Library


The Digital Library includes photos, audiovisual materials, manuscripts, and much more!  Did you know it now also provides access to Finding Aids, Vassar Scholarship, and a Herbarium? Join us for a tour of the system followed by a Q&A. The tour will include tips on how to find what you need for your research and how to submit your work to the Vassar Scholarship repository. Led by Nicole Scalessa of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services. Register Online:  

Intro to Vassar GIS Resources for Social Science Mapping

Ely Hall Rm 114 (GIS Lab)

Powerful GIS tools for social science mapping are available to all students, faculty, and academic staff at Vassar. This workshop will provide an introduction to two of these tools through practical exercises. First, we'll use Social Explorer, an online social science mapping platform, to map demographic and socioeconomic patterns using Census and American Community Survey (ACS) data. Then, we'll obtain and map ACS data in ArcGIS Pro, an industry standard desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, and use it to explore the relationship between recent housing data and historically redlined neighborhoods in Poughkeepsie.

Intro to Photoshop

Main Library Electronic Classroom

Adobe Photoshop is software used for editing photographs, digital art, animating, and graphic design. In this workshop we will practice with the basic tools of photoshop in order to edit a photo or composite compex images. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services.

Managing your Web Resources


Now that you have signed up for account and built an online resource what’s next? Learn how to set up backup schedules in CPanel and perform a manual local backup of your site(s). Having issues with site loading times, also learn how to use image compression and caching plugins to improve site performance. Led by Nicole Scalessa of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services. Register Online:

File and Email Management


Looking to clean out and organize your digital storage but not sure how to start? As part of World Digital Preservation Day, this workshop will cover general file and email management tips and best practices to make your work life more efficient. We will also cover how to identify whether you may have documents of lasting value suitable for transfer to the Vassar College Archives. Led by Digital Preservation Librarian Kim Gianfrancesco and College Archivist Emma Gronbeck. Register Online:

Basics of Research Data Management


In recognition of World Digital Preservation Day, this workshop will cover strategies and tips for organizing, documenting and preserving your research data. Learn how to streamline the research process and ensure data is accessible and understandable into the future with effective research data management! Led by Digital Preservation Librarian Kim Gianfrancesco. Register Online:

Digital Humanities Data Management Plan Basics


Are you considering building an Omeka, Scalar, or WordPress site to share your work with the world? Have you already created a proof of concept for a digital project and want to know what comes next? You need a Digital Management Plan to ensure sustainability of your site! A DMP describes the data that will be acquired or produced during your project; how the data will be managed, described, stored, accessed, and preserved during and after the completion of the project. Register online:

Intro to Omeka


Omeka is a free, open-source content management system for online digital collections that allows users to publish and exhibit scholarly collections and cultural heritage objects. The Vassar College Digital Scholarship Services Collaboration (DiSSCo) provides a web hosting resource called This service, a Domain of One’s Own (DoOO) product, provides the flexibility for anyone in our academic community to build websites on a variety of platforms, including Omeka. Led by Nicole Scalessa of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services. Register Online:


Ely Hall Rm 200

Join fellow students and faculty in Vassar’s 4th GIS Day, part of an international celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and geospatial mapping. Student and faculty presentations of geospatial mapping projects across multiple disciplines will be followed by discussion, food and refreshments. All are welcome. Hosted by Hudson Valley Mappers, the Earth Science and Geography Department, and the Office of Community Engaged Learning.