Open Science Newsletter: November 2021


With cooler weather on the way, it’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch with your favorite hot beverage (pumpkin spice latte, perhaps?) and enjoy one of this month’s many virtual open science workshops and events, or take advantage of our new asynchronous courses in R, fresh off the press and ready whenever you are on the CMU Libraries YouTube channel (link below)! Round things off with a quick browse through this month’s recommendations in open science news and then reserve your spot for a live demo of the “Just One Giant Lab” platform for open science and innovation. Hope to see you there!

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Our Reproducible Research MiniSeries continues with Data Visualization with R!

Last month we brought back our Reproducible Research MiniSeries with an encore presentation of our Introduction to R workshop. OSDC Minis are designed to teach researchers basic concepts, skills, and tools for working with data so that they can get more done in less time, and with less pain. 

This month, we continue our series with Data Visualization with R! This 2-hour course based on our popular Carpentries workshops teaches students to create customized data visualizations in R. Using the ggplot2 package, students will produce plots, histograms, density distribution, and other useful visualizations to bring their data to life. Workshops are taught in a highly-interactive, hands-on format and require no prior programming experience to participate. Register now on LibCal.

Two upcoming opportunities to learn how to take advantage of our license

Are you looking for a way to keep your protocols better organized? allows you to create, organize, and share step-by-step methods in the cloud with collaborators or the public. Public protocols can be linked to manuscripts allowing for a more complete methodology in published works. It works great for solution recipes, wet lab protocols, or computational methods.

Our upcoming virtual workshop will help you get started with our institutional license for the platform and think about how to write your methods in a reproducible way.

Register here: The Art of Writing Methods: Tips and Tricks for Reproducible Methods at CMU: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Tuesday, November 23, 2021 (Virtual)

This workshop will cover:

  1. Introduction to Learn more about's mission, how to discover public protocols, create your own protocols, share methods with others, and how to publish protocols.

  2. Premium: We will walk you through how you can set up your Premium account and start working on adding your protocols to

  3. The Art of Writing Protocols: Receive practical tips on how you can make your methods more reproducible and you will be equipped with a list of best practices for writing protocols.

Reimaging science through the lens of Just One Giant Lab

JOGL (Just One Giant Lab) describes itself as an international community, a non-profit, open-source, collaborative platform, and a bastion to open-science and impact innovation. Last month, JOGL’s co-founder and CEO, Thomas Landrain, met with the OSDC team to demo the platform and discuss the opportunities it presents for academic researchers interested in leveraging the “wisdom of the crowd.” 

On November 10 at 11 am EST, the OSDC is hosting a follow-up presentation of the JOGL platform and methodology to provide CMU students and researchers a glimpse of how one open science community is helping shape the future of scientific discovery and innovation. Register now on LibCal.

Introduction to R Mini now available in asynchronous format

The wait is over! Our Mini course Introduction to R is now available in a self-guided, asynchronous format through the Libraries YouTube page. Check it out here!

This course is the first in our new Minis2Go asynchronous workshop series, with more to come shortly. If there’s a specific workshop we offer you’d like for us to make available asynchronously, please send us a note letting us know. Likewise, if you complete one of our asynchronous workshops, whether for personal use or in some other context, please let us know what your experience was like and anything we can do to improve the user experience moving forward!

Fall Workshop Series

We have a host of wonderful data and open science-themed virtual workshops lined up for Fall 2021! You can see a complete list of all our workshop offerings for Fall 2021 on the main CMU Libraries website, but we’ve also highlighted some below (each title is a clickable link which will take you to the registration page):

Open Science News & Opportunities

Below you’ll find the latest news and opportunities in open science.