NISO Announces Training Series on AI and Prompt Design

Early Bird Registration Ends March 21, 2024

NISO is planning three virtual training series in 2024, and the first of these, scheduled for Thursdays from April 4 to May 23, offers a particularly timely professional development opportunity: a course on AI and prompt design.

The training series will introduce students to prompt engineering with large language models (LLMs)—how you design and tailor a message to get an LLM to perform a specific task. It is designed for students with no coding knowledge, and a basic knowledge of machine learning is helpful but not required; the course will bring students up to speed with all the necessary terminology and concepts. Sessions will be divided between instruction and hands-on lessons in which students will apply the material as they learn. Topics covered include structured data and assistants, named entity recognition with LLMs, text classification with LLMs, and open source language models. 

See the event page for more information, course requirements, and to register. The early bird registration deadline is March 21, 2024

About the Instructor

William Mattingly is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution Data Science Lab in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). He has a BA and MA in History from Florida Gulf Coast University and a PhD in History from the University of Kentucky. His dissertation research explored using historical social network analysis, cluster analysis, and computational methods for identifying ninth-century intellectual and pedagogical networks. Most recently, his research has focused on developing text classification neural network models to identify sources in medieval texts and developing natural language processing (NLP) methods for medieval Latin. At the Smithsonian and USHMM, he is developing machine learning methods to aid in, among other things, the cataloging of Holocaust documents. He is co-investigator and developer for the Structured Data Extraction and Enhancement in South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Archive project and lead investigator and developer for the Digital Alcuin Project.

Upcoming Training Series Planned for 2024

Keep an eye on the NISO events calendar for updates on upcoming training series:

  • A course on developing and implementing DEIA policies in your organization (instructor TBD, June–July)
  • An introduction to open research facilitated by Bianca Kramer and Jeroen Bosman, scheduled for September–November