Open Science at CMU Newsletter - April 2020


Since our last newsletter, our lives and work have changed in ways that none of us could have imagined.  During these uncertain times, the Open Science and Data Collaborations team at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries is happy to help provide support as many of you transition to conducting your research virtually. Below, we've included information on how you can attend virtual office hours for data science support, COVID-19 open datasets, some highlights of our online tools for remote collaboration, bizarre and strange open datasets (because we all could use a laugh right now!), and Open Science Virtual Cafe to connect with each other. At CMU Libraries, we are online, but never remote! 

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dataCoLAB Office Hours Are Going Virtual!

Help us spread the word! Data Collaborations Lab (DataCoLAB) office hours are now hosted online, every Wednesday 1-3 pm. In partnership with dSHARP, we provide consultations and office hours (now virtually) to continue to help your endeavors in data analysis projects and to learn about best practices in project management and data science. Through our program, participants with data science skills gain experience consulting on interesting real-world data problems. Participants seeking support with a data project get help to more effectively plan their data research, or analyze, organize, or visualize their existing data. Anyone from CMU or the Pittsburgh community can participate!  To learn more,  join our virtual consulting hours, or email

COVID-19 Open Datasets and Resources 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians, epidemiologists, scientists and data scientists are joining together to share information related to the disease as open data and open source tools, including datasets, visualizations, and simulations. These initiatives highlight the spirit of why we practice open science -- by sharing resources that are open and reusable, we can get things done quickly! 

We'd like to highlight a collection of
some of these open resources with the community. Whether you are interested in exploring these data, informing yourselves about the COVID-19 case and its distribution and progression, or finding out what is published in the literature, we hope you might find something useful. Due to the rapid evolution of the research, this is by no means a complete collection. We welcome your collaboration, contribution, questions, or feedback!   Email us at 

Online Tools for Remote Collaboration & Sharing
Did you know that CMU Libraries offer an institutional license for the Professional and Classroom editions of LabArchives? This tool is a research data management and collaboration platform for securely storing, sharing, searching, and managing research data in any field or as a lab manual and notebook in lab classes. With measures for access control, LabArchives is a fantastic platform for remote collaboration!
Read more about our license and how to get started
Open Science Framework
Open Science Framework (OSF) is a platform that brings many of the research tools used in your workflow conveniently into one space. Storage tools like Google Drive and Box, citation managers like Zotero and Mendeley and coding platforms like GitHub and Bitbucket, can be connected to your OSF projects, providing an enhanced level of access and organization to your collaborative work. It allows for fine-tuned access to different parts of projects, both privately among collaborators, and with the parts of the project you'd like to share publicly. As an institutional member, public CMU projects will be highlighted on
CMU's OSF page. To get started with OSF, visit
Share your lab protocols or computation workflow with your group, collaborators, or the public. The protocol or workflow that you share publicly will get a DOI so others can cite your work. You and your collaborators can also use the platform to make comments and changes on the protocols, share experience and observations, and keep it up to date. All changes are version controlled. All CMU users have access to a Free Premium account. To learn more, visit  Want a fun example of what you can share on Here is a cookie recipes collection we put together during the Love Data Week! We can all use some comforting cookies at this time! 
In the past few weeks you may have found yourself with some time to organize your research, or perhaps a conference or event you were participating in has been cancelled, but you still have output that you'd like to share.  All CMU faculty and graduate students have accounts in
KiltHub, CMU's comprehensive institutional repository, where you can upload your research, including posters, slide decks, datasets, working papers, and more.  Work in KiltHub receives a DOI and is crawled by Google and Google Scholar, and your research will be accessible and preserved long-term.  To find out more about KiltHub, visit or contact the KiltHub team at 
Fun Open Datasets
Animated image of a person riding a unicorn on a spreadsheet backgroundWe could all use a pick-me-up right now, so why not check out these 'seven weird and wonderful open datasets' from the Open Data Institute, including a list of cats seen in movies! 

The quirky datasets for machine learning on this list range from cup stacking to UFO reports to a comprehensive Rick and Morty API.

If you need any help working with or managing data, whether it's funny or not, contact the Research Data Services team
Open Science Virtual Cafe
Feel like connecting with others in the open research community? Join us for an Open Science Virtual Cafe on Tuesday, April 28 at 3pm and find out how others are coping with working from home, share cool projects you've been working on, fun things you have been doing, tips for new daily routines, or just be in a shared space with other people. Anyone is welcome to join! Please register at: