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.
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
Along with the Data CoLab, we hold these weekly on Wednesdays between 1 – 4 pm using Zoom and Slack.
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 this channel and respond as possible Monday through Friday, typically 10 am – 3 pm.
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;
- 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.
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 hosted an annual, week-long DH Literacy Summer Workshop from 2015-2019.
Beyond CMU, the University of Pittsburgh offers a robust series of digital tool and methods in its ULS / iSchool Digital Scholarship Workshops series.
As part of supporting the adoption of DH tools and methods, dSHARP provided funding for HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) graduate fellowships in 2017 and 2018. The Andrew W. mellon DH/TEL grant supported DH Fellows in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2016-2018. Graduate students associated with the center include:
- 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)
dSHARP offers microgrants of up to $200 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.
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:
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 basics, Image and Multimedia copyright, and use of Creative Commons licensing.
- Data Management Plan basics
- Data Management Plan Tool
- Open Science Framework
- Research Data Management
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.
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.