Frequently Asked Questions:
What are you?
Jointly-sponsored by the Dietrich College and Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Libraries, dSHARP (digital Sciences, Humanities, Arts: Research and Publishing) is a virtual center for a coalition of faculty and staff dedicated to advancing research and teaching involving digital scholarship: the use and reuse of digital evidence, methods, and tools for research, pedagogy, and publication.
Where are you?
dSHARP does not have a physical presence on campus.
Along with the Data CoLab, we hold weekly Open Office/Open Consulting hours during the Fall and Spring semesters. These are between 1-4 pm on Wednesdays using Zoom and Slack.
We offer a shared text chat space at the main room: https://cmu.zoom.us/j/238160149 to contact the group and begin the discussion. We can and then create “breakout rooms” for small group/1-on-1 consults (with video/audio/screensharing) as needed.
We also offer the public Slack channel to the CMU community: #virtual_consult
We will monitor this channel and respond as possible Monday through Friday, typically 10 am – 3 pm.
Who are you?
Our core team build websites, databases, and data analysis pipelines, and run research projects (Create); educate and involve the CMU community in digital scholarship (Engage); and offer resources to help students, faculty, and staff in achieving digital research goals (Support).
- Hannah Gunderman is the Research Data Management Consultant in the University Libraries. She offers individual and group consultations on data management, as well as helps support education in data management at all stages of the research process, from collecting and/or reusing data, analysis, to dissemination and storage. She has a background in cultural geography and is interested in providing consultations on projects integrating qualitative and ethnographic data into quantified environments.
- Matt Lincoln is the Digital Humanities Developer in the University Libraries. He is a DH generalist, with particular expertise in data science, machine learning, data modeling, and text, network, and temporal analysis.
- Rikk Mulligan is the Digital Scholarship Strategist in the University Libraries. He has experience with content management systems, digital publishing, text encoding, usability, and user interface design.
- David Scherer is the Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant in the University Libraries. He offers consultations on digital publishing, open access publishing, and research curation including CMU’s institutional repository, KiltHub.
- Emma Slayton is the Data Curation, Visualization, and GIS Specialist in the University Libraries. She offers consultations on data visualization (data analysis, making graphs/charts, using tools like Tableau or languages like R), evaluating and providing advice on visual content (such as website design, presentation, or poster design), GIS data (finding GIS data, manipulating or preparing GIS data), GIS modeling, GIS visualizations, virtual reality pedagogy, and data management.
- Scott Weingart is the Program Director for Digital Humanities in the University Libraries. He is a DH generalist, and offers consultations on text and network analysis, humanities data modeling, data science & data visualization, and on scaling up DH projects.
How can I find research partners?
dSHARP is working to create methods for finding research partners in other colleges, schools, and departments around campus. If you’re interested in working with a member of the dSHARP team directly, check out our collaboration guidelines.
The University Libraries and Archives
Several of the Liaison Librarians provide some of our strongest partnerships. We work with our colleagues to plan conferences, workshops, and teaching opportunities. Some of our core team partner with Liaisons in the Open Science and Data Research Groups to offer Library Carpentry workshops periodically through the academic year. The Digitization Unit also offer valuable expertise and services including digitization, metadata enrichment, and consultations for digitization projects.
The University Libraries also provide access to a wide variety of digital and analog resources of value as source materials for research and pedagogy:
- Digital Collections
- Special Collections
- Text & Data Mining (including CMU-accessible databases)
- University Archives
- The Center for the Arts in Society is dedicated to the exploration of society in the arts, including the digital.
- Entertainment Technology Center is involved in a wide variety of digital scholarship activities, such as the creation of educational games and ETC Press, a partner with dSHARP in the Publishing@CMU initiative.
- HumAn, Dietrich College, Department of English – dSHARP’s closest relationship on campus is the Humanities Analytics program in the Department of English. With this group, dSHARP co-sponsors the weekly DH Lunch Lecture series, co-organizes events, and frequently shares research projects and goals.
- IDeATE has a variety of Makerspace technology, including 3-D printers. While prior training is required before being allowed access to their spaces and equipment, such training is offered on a regular basis.
- The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Enquiry, in the College of Fine Arts is a laboratory for atypical, anti-disciplinary, and inter-institutional research at the intersection of arts, science, technology and culture. They sometimes co-host events, seek external sponsorship for projects, and occasionally exchange students with dSHARP.
- The Carnegie Museum of Art also occasionally hosts digital projects and events, such as Art Tracks and the 2016 Digital Provenance Symposium.
- The Digital Scholarship Commons in the University of Pittsburgh Library collaborates with dSHARP to invite speakers, host workshops, and bring together students and researchers.
- Pitt’s DHRX, Pitt’s DMAP, &Pittsburgh Digital Humanities (PGH|DH) – dSHARP works with these and other extra-institutional digital humanities organizations to organize events, train students, and share organizational work.
- Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a joint effort between CMU and Pitt, offers access to powerful systems for high-performance computing, communications and data storage. CMU faculty/staff/students are eligible for reduced data storage rates on their systems. PSC also offers advanced collaborative support grants and training for people interested in the application of supercomputing in their research.
- The University of Pittsburgh has the Visual Media Workshop, directed by Alison Langmead (Itinera, Decomposing Bodies) and Constellations.