May 2021

This monthly installment features information on a CHORUS Forum session on open access business models, access credentials to an OAPSA webinar on using the OA Switchboard for reporting, a NISO Working group on developing best practices for updating post-publication author name identity records, a guest post from Professeur honoraire - Université de Montréal Canada, Jean-Cleaude Guédon, on immediate open green open access and publication versions, and the lists of the latest publications supported by the CMU Open Access Agreements and the CMU APC Fund.

April 2021

This monthly installment features information on the MIT Press Open Architecture and Urban Studies Collection, access details to recent ALA CopyTalk and NISO webinars, information on the Open Access Agreement between the University of California and Elsevier, upcoming CMU Scholarly Communication workshops, and the lists of the latest publications supported by the CMU Open Access Agreements and the CMU APC Fund.

March 2021

This monthly installment features information on accessing Dimensions through the new Shibboleth integration, access credentials to a recent NISO webinar for CMU faculty, staff, and students, a series of posts on the cOAlition S Rights Retention Strategy, upcoming CMU Scholarly Communication workshops, and the lists of the latest publications supported by the CMU Open Access Agreements and the CMU APC Fund.

February 2021

This monthly installment features information on the upcoming changes in access for Dimensions, a recent response on the role of Repositories by COAR’s Executive Director, Kathleen Shearer, upcoming CMU scholarly communication workshops, and the lists of the latest publications supported by Publisher Relationships and the CMU APC Fund.

“What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been”: Tartan Datascapes in 2020

I apologize for the cliché use of the “What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been” lyric from the Grateful Dead song "Truckin'" that can sometimes be overused to describe odd happenstances and situations over a long period of time, but it really is the perfect way to describe the year of 2020 for Tartan Datascapes (and really, 2020 in general).

README Files: Front Matter for Your Data

For all you bibliophiles out there (a person who loves books and/or collects them), I’m certain that you’ll enjoy this blog post where I draw an irresistible connection between the front matter of books and README files. For the casual book user, I hope today's Tartan Datascapes not only increases your interest in README files, but also sparks a passion for all the lovely things that comprise a book.

A Safe, Cozy Home for Data: The KiltHub Institutional Repository

Maybe it’s because I’ve been listening to a lot of YouTube ambiance videos (check out this one creating a soundscape of being in a cabin during a blizzard) and drinking copious amounts of tea, but I’ve had the word “cozy” on my mind for a few weeks now. What comes to your mind when you think of the word “cozy”? Soft blankets? A cabin with a fireplace? A basket of tiny, fuzzy bunnies? Being the data enthusiast that I am, a really interesting thing comes to mind when I think of the word “cozy”: data repositories.

SCONE November 2020

This monthly installment features information on the upcoming CMU Open Access 2020 event on November 11th, a recent announcement of a nation-wide transformative agreement in Germany, upcoming CMU scholarly communication workshops, and the lists of the latest publications supported by Publisher Relationships and the CMU APC Fund.

Spooky Data Management Lessons from “What We Do in the Shadows”

You might be reading the title of this blog post and thinking “Really, Hannah? Data management in a vampire mockumentary?” Hear me out, because not only is the 2014 film What We Do in the Shadows a phenomenal story about the trials and tribulations of daily life for vampire roommates in Wellington, New Zealand, many of the themes and plotlines can be translated to data management principles and challenges!

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