Open Science at CMU Newsletter - July 2020


At the start of 2020, many of us could not have predicted the situation we find ourselves in currently. We know that for many of us, although we cannot access our physical research labs, our research efforts are continuing in virtual spaces. The Open Science & Data Collaborations Team at CMU Libraries recognizes these efforts, and we are using the summer to strategically curate resources to best support your research endeavors in these virtual environments. Check out our list of resources and information below! 

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Save the Date for the AIDR and Open Science Symposiums - October 19 & 20, 2020

The AIDR (Artificial Intelligence and Data Reuse) Symposium will be held virtually on October 19, 2020, followed by a virtual Open Science Symposium (last year's program here) on October 20th.

These events have brought together researchers and developers from across the university and country to share cutting edge work and discover innovative solutions for data sharing and open science the past couple of years. This year we will come together virtually to enjoy speaker talks, round-table panels, posters, social hours, and breakout discussions. 

Stay tuned for speaker line-ups and registration information!

Blog Post Round-Up: Tips and Tricks for Remote Research
We've put together this list of useful blog posts to help you continue your research, collaboration, and data sharing during this era of remote work.

How can our suite of digital tools help you with your remote research? The following blog post has some examples of how CMU researchers are taking advantage of Electronic Research Notebooks and other collaboration software to manage and share their data during this time. Overwhelmed by thinking about how to incorporate data management into your research workflow? In this fun and relatable blog post, Dr. Hannah Gunderman, our Data Research Management consultant, shares some easy steps you can take now that will save you tons of time in the long run. Creating a systematic review or map involves identifying and synthesizing all scholarly research on a particular topic using methods that are transparent and reproducible, hallmarks of open science. In this blog post, we discuss how the Libraries can help you write a systematic review while at home.
Help Build our Carpentries Community
We are thrilled to announce that we have renewed our institutional membership with The Carpentries and will have a series of virtual workshops during the next academic year.

Over the last 1.5 years, we have hosted 8 workshops that have brought together about 250 students, staff, and researchers from CMU and Pitt to learn basic programming and data science skills. Keep your eyes peeled for an email invite to register for our next workshop in August!

We continue to build our local Carpentries community and are looking for volunteers to help run these popular workshops. If you have already attended a workshop, you might remember the important role that "helpers" play. The helpers are the folks that float around the room and help our learners debug as they go. They make the workshop run smoothly and are a key component to their success!

If you are interested in volunteering to be a helper, please write us at You do not have to volunteer for the entire event, just a portion of it. You also don't have to be a fluent programmer to help. Anyone with working familiarity with organizing spreadsheets, OpenRefine, Git, Unix, Python OR R can help out! This is a great opportunity for anyone that is interested in instruction or data science.

You can also send us an email if you are interested in becoming a certified Carpentries instructor. We might have a few spots left for training in the upcoming year. 

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about these opportunities - we are excited to talk to you!
CMU and PLOS's New Open Access Agreement
If you haven't already heard, CMU and PLOS have signed an open access publishing agreement!

Under this new two-year agreement, CMU researchers will be able to publish their manuscripts openly in any of the PLOS journals at no additional cost to themselves or their academic departments. The Libraries have paid a flat free to cover all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for PLOS journals incurred by CMU-affiliated authors. Read more about this agreement here and visit the FAQ for additional information on the impact to researchers. This is the third open access agreement that the Libraries have announced in the last eight months, following recent agreements with Elsevier and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
State of Open Data Survey

We encourage you to take the 'State of Open Data' survey by figshare and Springer Nature (in association with Digital Science) to contribute your thoughts and practices on sharing data and open data, particularly in research taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey closes July 23rd. Begun in 2016, the State of Open Data is now the longest-running longitudinal study on open data practices. Read previous reports.