CMU Files Comments on Public Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research

A bright yellow lemon in front of a yellow background.

If I gave you $100 to build a lemonade stand, it is reasonable that I would want to see the finished product to know how the money was spent. Further, if that $100 was given to me by members of our neighborhood, it is also reasonable that they might want to see the finished lemonade stand too! This is the premise of open science (or, more broadly, open research). 

Yes, a Plant Can Totally be a Dataset: Takeaways from the Spring 2020 Course “Discovering the Data Universe”

An aerial, nighttime photograph of the Gulf of Mexico showing electricity usage patterns across the area.

The last time I talked about the “Discovering the Data Universe” course on Tartan Datascapes (check it out here if you missed it!), my colleague Dr. Emma Slayton (Data Curation, Visualization, and GIS Specialist at CMU Libraries) and I were in the final stages of planning the course.

Tribute to Senior Librarian Mo Dawley upon her Retirement

Tribute to Senior Librarian Mo Dawley upon her Retirement

Senior Librarian Mo Dawley is retiring from the Libraries this June after serving over three decades as liaison librarian to both the School of Art and School of Drama. Mo’s expertise in providing reference and research support to students - along with her unique cultivation of the Libraries' Artist Book Collection - have served as hallmarks of her 33-year tenure at Carnegie Mellon University.

Our Interlude

Students of the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College.

What do we call this period when the library is physically closed, but we’re continuing to work? Inspired by our boss, we like to call it our “interlude”. While that name might suggest we’re idle or taking a break, we think of it as our work-from-home workcation. Instead of a staycation where you get a lot of little projects done around the house, we’re tackling all the work projects we never quite seem to have enough time for.  That’s our interlude, and here’s what we’ve been up to.

Systematically Tackling Research at Home

Students working in Hunt

During the challenging times that COVID-19 has presented to our university, the University Libraries continue to support critical research in a virtual environment. One example is our support of systematic review efforts. Systematic reviews, and other types of research synthesis, can result in highly impactful research at a time when lab and field work may otherwise be on hold. They are also an excellent way to engage students in the research process, without the need for lab or research facilities. 

Comic Books as Data: Dr. Felipe Gómez and the Latin American Comics Archive

Think back to the last time you read a comic book. How did you do it? Did you read it straight through from the first page to the last page? Did you first skim through it to get a general idea of the content? The last comic book I read was the manga Paradise Kiss (it’s brilliant, if you haven’t read it!), and I read it in the same way that I read all other comic books: I read the text in the speech bubbles and look at the illustrations in the panels. Most people reading this blog probably read comic books in a similar way!


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