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

We offer a weekly Open Office & Consulting sessions on Wednesdays, from 1 – 4pm in the Engineering Den at the back of the Sorrells Library on the 4th floor of Wean Hall.

Our core team 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.

Latest Posts

Mapping your story with story maps

 October 30th at 10:00 am –register here Join geographer and Esri education manager Joseph Kerski for a lively, hands-on session where you will combine multimedia (audio, video, narrative, photographs) with interactive web-based maps and tools to create story maps.  These maps (https://storymaps.arcgis.com) can be used in teaching and research at any scale from local to global, and […]

Visiting Speaker: Brent Seales on The Digital Restoration Initiative

Dr. Brent Seales will be visiting CMU on Wednesday, September 26, to give a talk on The Digital Restoration Initiative: Reading the Invisible Library. Dr. Seales will give his talk in the Danforth Conference Room of the Cohon Center at CMU from 4 – 5 pm. Progress over the past decade in the digitization and […]

dSHARP Digital Research and Publishing Seminar

dSHARP will be offering it’s first for-credit undergraduate course in the fall of 2018. 66224: dSHARP Seminar: Evolution of AI and Ethics of Creation T/R 10:30-11:50AM Dr. Rikk Mulligan   Isaac Asimov coined the term “Frankenstein Complex” in his 1947 robot stories to not only warn of humanity’s tenuous control over technology, but also to […]

THATCamp Pittsburgh 2018 A Great Success

THATCamp Pittsburgh 2018 met this past weekend and was a great success. Thanks to our organizing team (Jessica Benner, Susan Grunewald, Jessica Otis, Abigail Owen, and Emma Slayton) as well as our awesome sponsors (dSHARP, CMU’s Department of History, the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, and the DHRX).