Research

Jointly supported by the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Libraries, dSHARP provides specialists who offer one-on-one consultations, workshops, training seminars, and will collaborate on projects using their expertise with digital tools and methods at various points of the research lifecycle or the whole of a project. Research is one of the core pillars of the dSHARP mission. We consult on research projects as well as conduct our own original research individually and as a team. Together, we work to model practices and develop resources to foster ethical collaboration within CMU’s digital research community, as espoused by our values.

Digital research uses digital evidence, tools, or methods including:

  • employ data visualization and analysis,
  • GIS data and digital mapping,
  • text encoding and computational analysis,
  • digitized analog sources,
  • 3-D modeling and makerspaces,
  • digital collections and exhibits, or
  • adapting and coding digital tools.

Beyond its well-known computer science, design, and engineering programs, CMU has also fostered the creation of digital tools in its departments and interdisciplinary programs including DocuScope (text analysis) and the User Experience Lab of the Department of English and the Human-Computer Interface Institute’s Knowledge Accelerator (crowd sourcing) that provides information processing support. The Entertainment Technology Center and HCII cross colleges and disciplines to combine the humanities, arts, and computer technology, models that the library can emulate and expand upon to foster a digital scholarship community at CMU.

Numerous tools and library guides help scholars working at all stages of the research lifecycle:

Various workshops on these tools are available from CMU libraries and Pitt libraries.