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Data office hours are an informal event where all students, faculty, and staff across Pittsburgh can drop by and have consultations with library experts in all things digital- and data-related. This can mean anything from just learning how to get working on the command line on your computer; getting an introduction to the wide array of data visualization, GIS, text analysis, and data mining research methods available; or having a brief consultation about a specific research or pedagogical project. Our team can help you across the research lifecycle, including data curation, digitization, metadata, and scholarly communications expertise including using CMU’s institutional repository, KiltHub.
Appointments are not required, but highly suggested! We are located in Sorrells Library Den in Wean Hall. Please make an appointment HERE.
Consultations might include:
- Connecting your data analysis problems with an external consultant, or finding datasets to work on.
- Finding, creating, and working with data, including data management, data mining & data modeling, and statistical analysis.
- Learning about the availability of tools and platforms on campus, such as ArcGIS (GIS data), Tableau (data visualization), Open Science Framework, and others. Showing you how to work with experimental digital methods.
- Connecting you to resources for self-teaching or the local networks of Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship practitioners at CMU Helping you brainstorm, scope, and begin planning a project.
- Evaluating and offering advice on the display of visual content, such as presentations, poster designs, and web design. Providing feedback on your dataset, data management plan, project design, and code.