Open Science Newsletter: September 2021


It’s official! Summer is over and school is officially back in session. For many of you, this means returning to campus after the long hiatus imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Feelings are undoubtedly mixed as we are all making this challenging transition, but we’re here to help with a wide range of exciting new opportunities in both virtual and in-person formats to meet you wherever you’re at in the transition process.

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Citizen Science Featurettes presents: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and FoldIt

Our new Citizen Science Featurettes workshop series continues this month with two exciting new projects: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and FoldIt!

Mapping window showing task selection optionsHumanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. HOT works together to provide map data which revolutionises disaster management, reduces risks, and contributes to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. This virtual 2-hour event will be held on Thursday, September 18th from 2-4 pm ET. Register now on LibCal.

Model of a protein from the Foldit game“Foldit is a revolutionary crowdsourcing computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. This page describes the science behind Foldit and how your playing can help. This virtual 2-hour event will be held on Thursday, September 30th from 2-4 pm ET. Register now on LibCal.

Each Citizen Science Featurette will expose participants to the diversity of citizen science opportunities online and in the local community. Each Featurette centers on a single citizen science project and includes orientation and training in the project’s methodology; a hands-on “field-test” of the project interface and workflow; and a debrief and discussion highlighting key insights, opportunities, and challenges.

Learn more about Citizen Science at CMU.

Introduction to Neuroimaging Analysis in Python Workshop

Join us for our first Introduction to Neuroimaging Analysis in Python workshop on October 5th & 6th!

This workshop from the Carpentries Incubator will cover introductory topics including:

  • Reading NIfTI files with Python
  • Data organization with BIDS
  • Exploring Preprocessed fMRI Data from fMRIPREP
  • Image Manipulation using Nilearn
  • Integrating Functional Data
  • Cleaning Confounders in your Data with Nilearn
  • Applying Parcellations to Resting State Data
  • Functional Connectivity Analysis
This virtual workshop is designed for researchers with a basic familiarity with Python.

More information and registration can be found here.

Learn foundational data science skills at your own pace with Minis2Go

Doggy boxIf you missed out on either of our recent Introduction to R or Data Visualization with R Mini Workshops, don’t despair! As of July 2021, we’ve made our curriculum available 24/7 and added a number of supplementary materials to let you learn at your own pace!

Complete this form to let us know how we can best support you in your learning journey and to join our mailing list, where you will receive personalized emails with suggested learning templates, helpful tips and tricks, and links to sign up for weekly office hours where you will have the chance to ask questions and connect with peers.

Fall Workshop Series

We have a host of wonderful data and open science-themed virtual workshops lined up for Fall 2021! You can see a complete list of all our workshop offerings for Fall 2021 on the main CMU Libraries website, but we’ve also highlighted some below (each title is a clickable link which will take you to the registration page):