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Documenting Research Protocols with protocols.io
Supported by the University Libraries, protocols.io is an open source repository for scientists to record and share detailed up-to-date protocols for research and teaching purposes. Carnegie Mellon University members can access their free Premium account by verifying their CMU email address.
- Protocols.io supports sharing protocols within a lab. This helps research groups organize their methods and ensures that knowledge is not lost as students and postdocs move on.
- Protocols.io supports reproducible research. All protocols are dynamic and interactive, can be shared privately and publicly, and support transparency and reuse.
- Protocols.io supports sharing protocols within methods courses. This helps students to follow instructions precisely, stay organized, and have the opportunity to interact with class content online.
For more information on protocols.io, please visit our webpage: library.cmu.edu/protocols
For additional support contact our University Libraries data services team: email@example.com.
Get a 1:1 Consultation for LabArchives
LabArchives is an Electronic Research Notebook that can be used for securely storing, sharing, searching, and managing research data in any field or as an instructional tool in classes. All CMU affiliates have free access to the Educational and Professional Editions of LabArchives. To learn more about how to use the platform, visit our page here or contact lcubias@labarchives to set up a free consultation for you or your work group on how to get started with it or learn if it is the right choice for you.
Making Your Data Open
Increasingly, funding agencies and journals are requiring that researchers make their data publicly available. For example, the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy requires that large scale genomic data be shared, while PLOS journals require that all data underlying the findings in their papers be made publicly available.
Sharing data and metadata can be beneficial in a number of ways and can be a good option even if not required. Sharing data can:
- foster collaboration
- increase the visibility of one's research
- drive data reuse
- increase transparency
- facilitate the reproducibility of research
There are a number of great options for making data available, including:
- government-sponsored repositories
- discipline-specific repositories
- our own institutional figshare-powered platform at CMU, Kilthub.
Browse the Kilthub respository here. If you are interested in depositing any of your research products (i.e. data sets, conference posters, dissertations, or publications) to Kilthub, please contact us.
Data Carpentry for Learning Intro to R and Python
University Libraries is a member of the The Carpentries, a non-profit that teaches researchers basic programming and computing skills in R and Python. You can read more about our workshop series here and check out our calendar to look for future workshops.
OSF for Collaboration and Reproducible Research
Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free & open source project management web-based tool that is useful for:
- organizing and managing research projects (projects can be private or public) in any discipline
- viewing files that are stored across a number of platforms (i.e. DropBox, Google Drive, Box) in one place
- sharing projects or parts of a project with collaborators
- sharing conference materials
- student projects
- pre-registering a study
- publishing a pre-print
CMU now has an institutional license for OSF. Use your Andrew email address to sign-up for OSF to take advantage of our institutional benefits including:
- the ability to showcase your project on our CMU landing page if you choose
- single sign-on
- increased security
If you are interested in learning more about OSF or need help, you can read our OSF guide or contact University Libraries Data Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.