This is a very gentle introduction for non-programmers to the most basic, text-based ways to do things with a computer: the Unix (or Linux) command line. Sometimes considered arcane, off-putting, or just old-fashioned, a bit of command line knowledge is still required for much digital humanities and social science work, even on a modern Mac or PC -- knowledge that is too often treated as implicit, but too seldom taught. We will also cover the basics of Git, the near-universal version-control system that is one of basic toolkits of digital scholarship and especially collaboration. This workshop is a safe space for people of all experience levels, with no question too basic to ask!
Prerequisites: None. Please bring your own computer. It would be helpful before the class to create a free account on http://github.com if you don’t have one.
This workshop is offered by Stanford Libraries' Center for Interdisciplinary Research as part of its mission to provide training in technical academic research practices and applied research methods.