dSHARP and Data CoLab Virtual Consulting Sessions

dSHARP and the dataCoLAb will offer Virtual Consultations for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

We encourage you to contact us individually or email our group using dsharp @ andrew.cmu.edu to schedule a virtual consultation. If your interest is in working with datasets and data visualization, members of the DataCoLAB should be emailed using: dataCoLAB @ andrew.cmu.edu.

During consultations we can:

  • show you how to work with experimental digital methods;
  • begin connecting you to resources for self-teaching or the local networks of DH and DS practitioners at CMU, the University of Pittsburgh;
  • help you brainstorm, scope, and begin planning a project;
  • evaluate and offer advice on the display of visual content, such as presentations, poster designs, and web design;
  • find, create, and work with data, including data management, data mining & data modeling;
  • learn about the availability of tools and platforms on campus, such as ArcGIS (GIS data), Tableau (data visualization), and others;
  • provide feedback on your dataset, data management plan, project design, and code.
  • consult on digital humanities platforms (Omeka, Scalar, Mukutru, for example) and digital publishing (Janeway Open Journal platform and WordPress).

We will also do our best to refer you to support and expertise around CMU including other Library consultants and the Eberly Center.

See more about the dSHARP group here: http://dsharp.library.cmu.edu/about/

CMU: Data Carpentries (R for Social Sciences)

CMU Libraries is thrilled to be hosting a two-day Data Carpentries (R for Social Sciences) workshop on March 12th-13th!

This event is an example-driven two-day workshop on spreadsheet organization, OpenRefine, SQL, and R. Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged both to help one another and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions.

The workshop is completely free to attend, and we will provide breakfast and lunch on both days.

For more information and to register, please visit our Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cmu-libraries-data-carpentry-r-for-social-sciences-workshop-tickets-92407598615. Space is extremely limited, so register now!

If you have any questions, please email us at UL-DataServices@andrew.cmu.edu.

Drawing the Lines: How redistricting reform will improve Pennsylvania and restore citizen’s trust in government.

This event is not part of the CMU Libraries Gerrymandering Series but has a related focus on redistricting!

At the University of Pittsburgh: 

Drawing the Lines:
How redistricting reform will improve Pennsylvania and restore citizen’s trust in government.

January 30, 2020
12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.
The University Club
Ballroom B (123 University Place, Pgh. PA 15260)

Part of the Discussions on Governance Lecture Series

David Thornburgh,
President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy.


Over the last 4 years, the once-arcane topic of redistricting reform-drawing election maps in a transparent, accessible and accountable process—has improbably captured the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians.  As we anticipate the 2021 Census, and the election maps that will be drawn from those numbers, time is short for legislative leaders to take action.  But citizen energy around this issue is at an all-time high and dozens of legislators from both parties have called for reform, and several proposals are now circulating in our state capitol.  Why does redistricting reform matter, and what we can do about it, and what’s likely to happen?

David is the second son of Dick and Ginny Thornburgh and is the President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, the longstanding nonpartisan advocate for better government based in Philadelphia.  With the support of Pennsylvania foundations, in 2018 the Committee of Seventy created Draw the Lines PA, a statewide public mapping competition that has engaged over 5,000 Pennsylvanians, as young as 14,  in drawing their own congressional maps.  Draw the Lines PA has demonstrated that Pennsylvanians are ready, willing, and able to share in the work of drawing election maps.  Thornburgh was also appointed by Governor Wolf to chair the PA Redistricting Reform Commission, whose 2019 report advanced a “Pennsylvania Plan” for redistricting reform that brings more transparency and independence to the process.

Parking is suggested at Soldiers and Sailors auditorium garage.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Registration is requested.
Refreshments will be served.

dSHARP Gerrymandering Series: Understanding Census Data with the WPRDC

The Libraries Gerrymandering series continues this week.

Please join us for Understanding Census Data with the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, January 21st (12pm to 1pm).

 To register for other upcoming events in the Gerrymandering Series, please use the links below

If you have any questions about these events, or other things happening at CMU Libraries, please contact e.slayton@andrew.cmu.edu

dSHARP Gerrymandering Series: Teaching the Cultural Ramifications of Gerrymandering through John Oliver, Video Games, and Political Cartoons

What choices go into making a gerrymandered map?
Do you think you could make better choices and a better map?
Do you want to learn how?

If you are interested in discussing gerrymandering and its effects, as well as learning new technical skills (ex. finding data or network analysis), join us for the Libraries dSHARP Gerrymandering Series!

The process of gerrymandering, manipulating voting district boundaries to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group, often leads to rippling cultural effects on the communities in which the redistricting efforts are meant to exploit. Using a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment focusing on gerrymandering, a redistricting video game, and political cartoons, I will describe a pedagogy for engaging an audience on the cultural impacts of gerrymandering, teaching how these redistricting processes may be aimed at disadvantaging only a certain population, but ultimately affect all of us.

Lecture attendees may wish to bring a laptop to play along with the redistricting video game, but bringing a laptop is not required.

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Sorrells Library, Den
Campus: Sorrells Library

Please use this link [https://cmu.libcal.com/event/5975410]and go to the bottom to register for the workshop.

Please consider joining us to discuss gerrymandering and its effects, as well as learning new technical skills (ex. finding data or network analysis), at all the events in the Libraries dSHARP Gerrymandering Series!

 Whether you’re a map geek or are just interested in picking up technical skills, these workshops and events will be a great opportunities for you to grow your skills, learn, and make a difference.

Gerrymandering Series Event with Draw the Lines PA

October 22, 2019
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sorrells Library, The Den

What choices go into making a gerrymandered map?
Do you think you could make better choices and a better map?
Do you want to learn how?

dSHARP is excited to bring Rachel Colker fromDraw the Lines PA, to discuss gerrymandering, its effects, as well as show us how to build our own district maps!

Whether you’re a map geek or have never worked with mapping software before, this will be a great opportunity for you to grow your skills, learn, and make a difference.

Rachel Colker is the Western PA Coordinator at Draw the Lines PA, a statewide civic education and engagement initiative for Pennsylvanians to draw election maps. Its goal is to help Pennsylvanians of all ages learn about and connect with the issue of political redistricting and gerrymandering.

You are encouraged, but not required to register for the event.

CMU’s Department of English Spring Book Salon 2019

Join Us Tuesday, April 30: 12pm – 1:30pm
Rachel Mellon Walton Room, Posner Hall (Ground Floor)

The Invention of Whiteness: Exploring David Brown’s ENGLISH AND EMPIRE and the Intersection of Race, Visual Data and Stigmatized Language

Featuring: Richard Purcell (CMU English); Alex Reinhart (CMU Statistics & Data Science); Amanda Godley (Pitt School of Education); and David Brown (CMU English)

Lunch provided.
RSVP preferred but not required. Join our Spring Book Salon 2019 for a multi-faceted set of presentations around David Brown’s ENGLISH AND EMPIRE (nominated for the MLA Prize for a First Book).

Each speaker will address a different aspect of the work, including race, data analysis, and how stigmatized dialects are taught in American classrooms. We hope to see you there.

RSVP preferred but not required.

For more information contact: ajanuzzi@andrew.cmu.edu

Seeking Contractor for Front-end UI Development

We’re looking to contract a Front-End UI Developer to help complete the prototype for a Digital Humanities project.

Contracting Front-end UI Developer (3-4 months)

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

3-4 month front-end job, beginning April 22, 2019 (remote work considered, Pittsburgh preferred)

Front-end developer with UX design experience sought to build a custom theme/user interface for a digital humanities project. The project requires an interface to display custom HTML5 elements with ReactJS. This person will work closely with the back-end developers to implement an existing design mock-up and will need some creativity to translate designs to be responsive to a variety of devices and screen sizes. The interface is envisioned to be targeted for tablet-first delivery. Total contract for up to $5,000 USD.

The theme must be finished no later than 4 months after the contract begins. Development will require some discussions for iterative adjustments. We will require virtual or face-to-face meetings every two weeks with the team to provide feedback and testing of the stable interface; otherwise the schedule is flexible.

-Strong knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3
-Strong knowledge of responsive design.
-Experience with templating paradigms, React JSX is preferred.
-Experience with UX design.

– Experience working with XML-based projects.

Submit a brief cover letter, resume, and links to some of your work to Rikk Mulligan (rikk@cmu.edu) and Scott Weingart (scottbot@cmu.edu). Not accepting new applications after 04/15/2019.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We do not discriminate on race, religion, gender, etc., and particularly welcome members of underrepresented communities.

Digital Tools Workshop: R for Textual Analysis & Data Visualization

Introduction to R for Textual Analysis & Data Visualization

Workshop 1 – Thurs., 3/21, 4pm – Hunt Library Studio B
Workshop 2 – Thurs., 4/4, 4pm – Hunt Library Studio B
Workshop 3 – April TBD

Held by David Brown (CMU English) and Matthew Lincoln (CMU Libraries), this is a series of three workshops for those interested in learning some basics of R (the popular programming language and coding environment), specifically for analyzing textual data and producing data visualizations.

The workshops are geared toward those with little or no R coding experience,
but all are welcome!

Register for any and/or all three coding workshops here: https://form.jotform.com/90716430178154

Contact is David Brown: dwb2@andrew.cmu.edu

Community Processing Day 2019

Please consider attending Community Processing Day, a series of digital arts workshops, panels, artist lectures, and lightning talks that are taking place at both Pitt and CMU on January 25-26. You may already be familiar with Processing, a programming language/software that was developed by artists who are devoted to making coding accessible. While working with my fellow organizers Lindsey French, Golan Levin, and Tom Hughes, I’ve learned how committed the Processing community is to making these events inclusive, with lots of opportunities for beginners.
As a part of this 2-day event, I am planning a curiosity discussion, “Curiosity + Unfamiliar Spaces” on Friday January 25, 6-8pm, at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU. We will explore how people create with and contend with seemingly inaccessible languages, vocabularies, scripts, social spaces, and wild spaces. As always, we welcome audience questions throughout the discussion. Please Register here, under the CMU heading. Learn more about the previous curiosity discussions here.
Our panelists for Curiosity + Unfamiliar Spaces will be:
Nina Barbuto is the founder and director of Assemble, a community space offering daily educational STEAM programs to youth throughout Pittsburgh, and a platform for experiential learning, open creative processes, and building confidence through making. On her own, Nina works in a variety of media and often explores the idea of recycling noise into a system or elevating the vernacular to the spectacular.
Marijke Hecht is currently a PhD student in the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Science and Policy program. Her research looks at how the urban environment can best be used as a platform for civic engagement through science, art, and other disciplines. Before graduate school, Marijke led community based environmental education and stewardship programs in Pittsburgh’s parks.
Darrell S. Kinsel is a creative entrepreneur, cultural agitator, and community organizer. D.S. is the co-founder of BOOM Concepts, a creative hub dedicated to the advancement of black and brown artists representing marginalized communities. BOOM Concepts focuses on youth, community artists, and neighborhood partners to identify contemporary expressions of social justice through drama, dance, music, visual art, and technology.
Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He is a contributor to open source arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, and builds tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative ways. He creatively subverts networked communication and computation, explores glitch and systemic bias, and extends these concepts to reversal of everything from identity to relationships.
Kate Joranson
Head, Henry Clay Frick Fine Arts Library
University Library Sysytem
University of Pittsburgh