Summer Musings on Legos and “Good Enough” Data Management

Regular readers of Tartan Datascapes will know that I like to draw comparisons between things in popular culture and data management. And for this month’s release of the blog, I wanted to focus on an irresistible comparison between using Legos to build cell phone stands for a desk and “good enough” data management practices! So get cozy (and maybe grab a stack of Legos to play with), and let’s dive in!

July 2021

This monthly installment features information on filling your social interoperability toolbox, the evolving nature of scholarly communication practices post-COVID, the 10-year birthday of CORE, a forthcoming OASPA webinar on Making Data Count, and the lists of the latest publications supported by the CMU Open Access Agreements and the CMU APC Fund.

Lessons on Data Management in Research from Video Game Let’s Plays!

Readers of Tartan Datascapes know that I like to find data management lessons in popular culture to share with the CMU community and beyond. As CMU’s Data, Gaming, and Popular Culture Librarian, I’m fascinated by all the lessons we can learn about data from video games and pop culture, and I’m thrilled to be focusing on something near-and-dear to my heart for this month’s release of the blog: video game Let’s Plays. Let’s Play are videos showing one or more individuals playing a video game and usually narrating their experience while playing.

June 2021

This monthly installment features information on forthcoming series of workshops from OASPA and the ACRL STS SCC, a call for volunteers to a new organization focused on translating the scholarly literature, an announcement from SCOAP3 on the approval of their Open Books Initiative, a summary from the first session of the OCLC-LIBER workshop on developing social interoperability to support research support, and the lists of the latest publications supported by the CMU Open Access Agreements and the CMU APC Fund.

Exploring your Relationship with Data through Art: Creative Prototypes for Future CMU Libraries Workshop

Those who have taken workshops from CMU Libraries know that we offer several workshops a semester open to the CMU community and beyond that teach skills in data visualization, data management, collecting data, and communicating data. We often find that many of our workshop participants, particularly students, see the Libraries as a safe space to learn these data concepts, especially in cases where they may feel embarrassment or anxiety in seeking foundational data help in their own departments. We are so glad to be able to offer this space for data skill development to learners!

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