The Open Sandbox
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The Open Sandbox

The Open Sandbox

Exploring tools for open science, digital humanities, and beyond

The Open Sandbox is an exploration of open source digital research tools. We welcome scholars at all levels to join our online workshops and be part of the conversation. Attendees will get hands-on experience while learning how the facilitator uses the tool in their work. The Open Sandbox is organized by the Scholars’ Collaborative in Hodges Library and is open to all. Email us to suggest a tool to explore.

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Spring 2021

Spring 2021 : date TBA – Open Science Framework with Chris Eaker, Data Curation Librarian

OSF ( is a free, open source web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers use OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data.

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Spring 2021 : date TBA – Voyant Tools with Michelle Brannen, Head of the Scholars’ Collaborative

Voyant Tools is an open source, online text analysis tool. Voyant includes a number of different types of visualization tools to analyze text that you bring into a project. The open hosted platform is a good place to explore text mining processes.

Fall 2020

October 1, 2020 3-4pm – QGIS with Eric Arnold, GIS Specialist

QGIS is an open source, cross platform desktop geographic information system application. It allows you to view, edit, and analyze geospatial data. Learn about the QGIS user interface, using geospatial data, and creating a simple map.

November 5, 2020 3-4pm – Introduction to HathiTrust & HathiTrust Research Center with Rachel Caldwell, Scholarly Communication Librarian

The HathiTrust is a repository made up of digitized texts from research libraries around the United States. Books in the public domain are freely accessible; other books are available for text mining projects led by scholars. Learn more about the HathiTrust Research Center’s tools and services for text mining as well as freely accessible datasets.

The Open Sandbox

Join us for an exploration of open source digital research tools. Workshops are open to all.