dSHARP: digital Sciences, Humanities, Arts: Research & Publishing

Who Are We?

We are a team of faculty and staff in the University Libraries and the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences dedicated to advancing research and teaching involving digital tools, methods, and sources. At CMU digital scholarship has grown from humanities-oriented technology projects, to include data management and curation, digital pedagogy, open science, interactive media, and many other possibilities.

Our core team cover a range of disciplinary foci and provide consultations on a variety digital tools and approaches, including: digital humanities in general, open access publishing, data curation and preservation, data modeling, data visualization, data science, GIS data modeling and visualization, machine learning, project management, text encoding, text mining, usability, and text, network, and temporal analysis.

We 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).

Local Digital Research & Publishing Events

Consultations

dSHARP and the Data CoLab are taking their Wednesday afternoon Open Office/Open Consulting hours virtual for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

On Wednesdays, beginning March 18 and running through April 29, 2020, we will be using Zoom and Slack to hold open consulting sessions between 1 - 4 pm EST.

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 the channel and respond as possible Monday through Friday, typically 10 am - 3 pm.

These session are informal consultations with library experts in all things digital- and data-related.
This could be learning how to use command line; familiarization with GitHub; an introduction to the wide array of data visualization, GIS, text analysis, and data mining research methods available; using WordPress, Omeka, or another platform to digitally publish; or a brief consultation about a specific research or pedagogical project.
See more about the dSHARP group here: http://dsharp.library.cmu.edu/about/

Along with the Data CoLab group, we are often joined by library professionals with data curation, digitization, metadata, and scholarly communications expertise including using CMU's institutional repository, KiltHub. Appointments are not required, but we suggest you reach out to the team member who might best answer your questions. We welcome students, faculty, and staff to meet with us for brief consultations on their digital projects and research.

You can also contact us to schedule a consultation on projects, methods, and approaches outside our Open Office hours.

During these sessions we can:

  • show you how to work with experimental digital methods;
  • help you brainstorm, scope, and begin planning a project;
  • find, create, and use data;
  • provide feedback on your dataset, data management plan, project design, and code;
  • learn about the availability of tools and platforms on campus, such as ArcGIS (GIS data), Tableau (data visualization), and others;
  • and begin connecting you to resources for self-teaching or the local networks of DH and DS practitioners at CMU, the University of Pittsburgh, and the greater Pittsburgh area.

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

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CMU is hosting its first Pittsburgh Digital Humanities social event in two weeks, on February 2nd, 4:30-6pm in the Hunt Library, Studio B. Meet like-minded researchers, and catch up on what’s going on in our very DH-y city. Inspired by Alison Langmead’s DHRX events, we will have light refreshments (though no alcohol this time — sorry!). […]

Spring 2017 Office Hours

Our Spring 2017 semester office hours will be held every Wednesday, 12:30-2:50pm in Hunt Library Studio B. Have questions about digital research or publishing? Feel free to drop in.