Support

The core team of dSHARP supports the local digital research and publishing community through consultations, providing funding for graduate fellowships and digital microgrants, and directing those in need to resources at CMU and the greater Pittsburgh region. This page also offers references to additional research support for students, faculty, and staff.

Consultations

Many of our team follow the model of reference librarian consultations. In doing so we welcome students, faculty, and staff to meet with us for brief consultations on their digital methods and projects. We hold a weekly Open Consulting/Office Hours session, and are available for individual consultations by appointment. You can  contact us to schedule a consultation on projects, methods, and approaches. While appointments are not necessary for our office hours, you may wish to contact us to be certain the person you want to consult will be available on the day you plan to visit.

Open Office & Consulting Hours

During the fall and spring semesters we hold weekly Open Office & Consulting sessions on Wednesdays, from 12 – 3pm in the Engineering Den at the back of the Sorrells Library on the 4th floor of Wean Hall. We are often joined by Digitization and metadata specialists from the University Libraries who are also available for consultations.

During these sessions 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
  • find, create, and use data
  • 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.

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

You can also contact us to schedule a consultation on projects, methods, and approaches outside our Open Office hours. While scheduling is not necessary for our office hours, you may wish to contact us to be certain the person you want to consult will be available on the day you plan to visit.

DH Literacy Summer Workshops

Thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, CMU has also hosted an annual, week-long DH Literacy Summer Workshop since 2015.

Beyond CMU, the University of Pittsburgh offers a robust series of digital tool and methods in its ULS / iSchool Digital Scholarship Workshops series.

Graduate Funding

As part of supporting the adoption of DH tools and methods, dSHARP provides funding for HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) graduate fellowships each year. The Andrew W. mellon DH/TEL grant has also supported DH Fellows in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Graduate students associated with the center include:

 HASTAC Fellows

  • Susan Grunewald (2018)
  • Avery Wiscomb (2018)
  • Pierce Williams (2017)

Andrew W. Mellon Graduate DH Fellows

  • Susan Grunewald (2018)
  • Calvin Pollak (2018)
  • Natalie Suzelis (2018)
  • David Busch (2017)
  • Tianyu “Sophie” Qin (2017)
  • Connor Robinson-Arnull (2017)
  • Avery Wiscomb (2017)
  • María Pía Gómez Laich (2016)
  • Susan Grunewald (2016)
  • Susan Tanner (2016)
  • Pierce Williams (2016)

Microgrants

dSHARP offers microgrants of up to $500 on a rolling basis each semester until funds are exhausted. These grants are intended to “kick-start” digital research and publishing projects that only require a small amount of funding in order to purchase web hosting, software, digitized materials, or equipment. These should be projects in their initial development phase.

The Microgrant request is available using this webform. We review request on a biweekly basis.

Other Resources

Author Processing Charge Fund

CMU can help scholars pay the article and monograph processing charges necessary to obtain Open Access status for their research.

CMU Computing Services

Computing Services provides access to a range of software packages and applications for the students, faculty, and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. Their licensed software list details the applications available for download, which are available in the Computer Lab, and what can be accessed via Virtual Andrew. Web publishing is also offered to all CMU faculty, staff, and students with space on the Andrew File Server to build html-based websites.

CMU Funding Opportunities

There are numerous resources offered by the Office of Sponsored Programs to enable scholars to find funding and the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance to assist scholars in obtaining an IRB or navigating a potential conflict of interest. The Information Security Office can advise scholars on the protection of digital data in their research.

Specific opportunities for DH/S initiatives include:

Digital Publishing

dSHARP is experimenting with a Library Publishing initiative to support the hosting of open access journals and journal-like publications. We also offers consultations on open access,copyright basicsImage and Multimedia copyright, and use of Creative Commons licensing.

Digital Science

Digitization

CMU Libraries have facilities for self-scanning. For information on how to undertake more extensive digitization projects, please contact the University Libraries’ Digitization Projects Manager, Anne Marie Mesco.

KiltHub Institutional Repository

The online collection of an institution’s research and scholarship is its institutional repository (IR). KiltHub, the CMU IR, is collecting, preserving, and disseminating the intellectual work and research of the institution by providing online open access to work produced by CMU faculty and students. Journal articles, conference papers and presentations, books and book chapters, technical reports, Ph.D. dissertations, Master’s theses, and selected undergraduate student works authored by members of the Carnegie Mellon community can be uploaded to the repository.

Tool Directories

Although there is no single comprehensive site for all of the tools used in digital research, two sites offer a greater range than most:

The Data Visualisation Catalogue is a project developed by Severino Ribecca to create a library of different information visualisation types.
The DiRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.