Researcher Highlight: Divyansh Kaushik and the Fascinating Data Behind Natural Language Comprehension!

Hello Datascapers! I’m bringing this feature to you from Washington D.C., where I’m currently at a conference that is exploring public access to research data - an incredibly important topic of discussion (learn more here:!

Data Management Plans: The Original Love Letter to Your Data

Hello Datascapers! This week brought us a wide variety of weather, from a sunny start to the week, to a cold mid-week, to a rainy end of the week. Moving from Knoxville almost seven months ago, I still haven't gotten used to the quick weather changes that happen in Pittsburgh. I don't know about you, but this has wreaked havoc on my sinuses! While we're in a busy time of the semester (which, let's be honest, that could be said for the whole semester!), I'm trying to make time for some rest and some fun, which for me entails lots of tea and Netflix. 

Bagels and Bioinformatics: NCBI Codeathon at CMU Libraries

Happy Friday, Datascapers! Now that we are a couple of weeks into the semester, how is everyone feeling? Are you staying hydrated? If you are like me, it’s a struggle to remember to drink water throughout the busy day, and by the end of the day, you have a significant dehydration headache and feel like a dried-out sponge. Or maybe that’s just me. Regardless, I love to use phone apps to help me remember to drink water.

Can a plant be a dataset? Find out in "Discovering the Data Universe"!

Hello Datascapers! We’re finally at the end of the semester, and as you take your finals, hand in your final projects, submit your grades, etc., I wanted to send a special note of support during this likely stressful time. This was always my favorite video to watch when I needed a study break during finals week, so I hope it brings a smile to your face too (hint: it's about a guinea pig having an existential crisis):

Research Highlight: Immersive Education through Shakespeare-VR

360-degree camera used in the filming of Hamlet for the Shakespeare-VR project

Hello all! We are rapidly approaching the end of the semester, and I’m sure as all of you can empathize, I am eagerly awaiting the holidays for some much needed rest. At CMU Libraries, we’ve been working hard to support students, staff, and faculty with their end-of-semester teaching and research needs, and we are also building up a great lineup of spring 2020 workshops and engagement opportunities. Keep a close watch on our website for updated information! 

IDeATe's 5th Anniversary

IDeATe's 5th Anniversary

IDeATe’s primary role is helping students augment their disciplinary education with an exposure to the skills and techniques of working with other people. We know our graduates will have to work with others when they enter the workforce, and we want them to understand the skills and habits of mind from colleagues in other fields. Many of our courses involve collaboration and making as practical ways of allowing interdisciplinary skills to be developed and practiced. These practical approaches are highly relevant in a time of interest in maker-movements.

You Can't Spill Tea on These: Research Data Management and Collaboration in LabArchives

So, it got really cold this week. Really cold. I moved here from Knoxville, Tennessee in July after having lived down there for five years, and while I promise it does get cold down there, this is a whole level of chilled that I wasn't prepared for. If you see a librarian walking around campus with simply not enough winter gear (yet) and shuffling towards the warmth of Hunt Library, that's me!