The Digital Studio has been working hard this semester to increase our offerings for students and staff. Our Sound Room, which is a small recording studio located off our main lab space, has been upgraded with an application of noise reducing foam tile. While this does not make the space sound proof, it does reduce background noise and improve overall audio quality. The Sound Room is equipped with a range of software, including Sibelius, Finale, and Audacity, and is a great spot to check out if you are looking to record a podcast or compose a song. Use of this room is not limited to coursework－you can reserve it anytime to work on a personal project. It can be booked here: ds.bc.edu/digital-studio.
Additionally, we have added a few new programs to our collection of software: Tableau Desktop and OpenRefine. Tableau is a data processing software that allows users to create a variety of visualizations, including charts, maps, and graphs. It is both powerful and easy to use, and we have offered many Coffee & Code events for users of all experience levels to try it out. OpenRefine is an open source software designed to clean up messy data. It has the capabilities to implement edits over huge quantities of datasets, transform data to other formats, and lots of other neat functions. Take a look at our past events, and keep an eye out for more here: ds.bc.edu/events. We’ll be offering more workshops in the coming months, but if you want to get started before that, let us know and we are happy to provide one-on-one support.
The Digital Studio staff is always happy to assist with any of the software that we offer. We are also always open to new software suggestions, be sure to check out our Software Request Policy for details: libguides.bc.edu/dssoftwarerequestpolicy.