By Jim R Tyson, on 25 April 2023
As part of our never ending quest to promote digital skills at UCL, I am hosting two sessions on 5 May covering topics that fall outside of our usual Digital Skills Development programme:
Zotero: Citation Power Moves (10 am – 12 pm) and Starting up right with Git, GitHub and RStudio (1 – 3 pm) in the Cruciform Building Cruciform Building B1.15A University College, Gower St, London London WC1E 6BT.
The first of these will be an opportunity for users with some basic Zotero knowledge to share what they do know and to learn new stuff. I will start by giving a quick introduction to the Citation Style Language (CSL) which is a standard for specifying citation and referencing styles and to support that a brief outline of XML – the standard text-based language for representing all kinds of structured information. This will also be an opportunity to share how we are using Zotero, to get support with any issues we are facing and to talk about Zotero training needs. I would be pleased to talk about using Zotero for annotation and reporting for example.
The second session is rather different. Many R data analysts would like to use git and git-hub with R and RStudio, but even after following online videos and guides, actually setting up your repositories and linking them to your RStudio projects can be a bit daunting; you may encounter problems that no one else has documented or be unsure of the best set up for your use case. In this session, we will step through – collectively – installing the software (a desktop git client for example), creating projects in RStudio and on git-hub and then setting up a simple and effective workflow. So this is a practical session where you should end up ready to roll with version control for your RStudio projects.
I hope these sessions will be informal, interactive and above all practically useful, so see you there!