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NISO Training Thursday: GitHub - How to Use it to Greatest Effect

Thursday, February 25, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

System Requirements: 

  • NISO has developed a quick tutorial, How to Participate in a NISO Web Event. Please view the recording, which is an overview of the web conferencing system and will help to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding participating in an online Webex event.
  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.
  • Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Cisco WebEx requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins.


About the Training

GitHub is a repository primarily for open source software. It has become an important central resource for many open source projects. Understanding how to use it, what can be done with it, and how the community uses the service to share resources is an important fundamental skill for those wanting to implement an open source solution. This session will introduce participants to the GitHub service and describe its key features. This introduction will provide a foundation for future work with open source tools and software.

This session is meant to be a guided, step-by-step session that will follow the February 17 NISO Virtual Conference: Using Open Source in Your Institution

About the Instructors

 Arfon Smith, Chief Scientist, GitHub

Arfon Smith, scientist at Github Inc., and co-founder of the Zooniverse, is a lapsed academic with a passion for new models of open scientific collaboration. He gained his PhD in astrochemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2006 and then went on to build DNA sequencing pipelines at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute – the site responsible for sequencing more than a third of the original human genome. In 2008 he moved to the University of Oxford and co-founded the Zooniverse – a web based collaboration that has engaged millions of people in online citizen science. In October 2013 he joined GitHub Inc. to work on supporting researchers who are using the GitHub platform for capturing the process of scientific discovery.
Shawn Averkamp, Manager, Metadata Services Unit, New York Public Library

Shawn Averkamp, Manager of Metadata Services, NYPL Labs at New York Public Library, oversees metadata production and directs the development of metadata infrastructure for NYPL’s unique digital resources. Prior to joining NYPL, she supported metadata management, digital humanities, digital preservation, and data curation at the University of Iowa Libraries as Data Services Librarian and Interim Head of Digital Research & Publishing and as a Metadata Librarian at the University of Alabama Libraries. She earned her MLIS from the University of Iowa and holds a BA in Music from Luther College.
Shaun Ellis, Digital Collections User Interface Developer, Princeton University Library

Shaun David Ellis is a full stack developer with over 15 years of experience designing Web-based software applications. Shaun has managed website development for Carnegie Hall, JP Morgan Asset Management, and Redken Cosmetics, among others in the private sector. For the last decade he has focused his efforts on developing award-winning applications for academic libraries at both Rutgers and Princeton Universities. Shaun is currently the Digital Collections User Interface Developer at Princeton University Library, and a contributor to open source projects such as IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) and Mirador. He has a BFA in Media Design, and a MLIS in Digital Libraries, both from Rutgers University.


Any organization that registers for the associated Virtual Conference, including the two subscription packages -- Buy 4, Get 2; NISO LSA and Voting Member offer Buy 3, Get 3 -- will receive a Login Information email invitation to join the associated Training event which will be sent on the Monday prior to the training session.

The Login Information email will be sent to the registered attendee listed in our online registration system.

If you would like to attend the event without registering for the associated Virtual Conference, you may do so using the following links:

Registration Fees:

  • NISO & NASIG Members: $50
  • NISO Non-Members & International: $50
  • Students: $25

If paying by credit card, register online.

Additional Information 

  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the training session via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.
  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact nisohq@niso.org to provide alternate contact information.
  • Presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived training webinar recording 24- 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's or member's organization.