Open Science Newsletter: March 2022

Did you know that CMU Libraries has support for using Open Educational Resources (OER)? OER is one part of the broader Open Science landscape and emphasizes making educational and instructional materials freely available and reusable by others. We are excited to share some resources from our colleagues for instructors that are interested in lowering costs for their students.


In this issue:

  • Info on a new Open Educational Resources (OER) workshop

  • Last chance to register for the Genomics Data Carpentry workshop

  • Meet our newest Open Science & Data Collaborations team member and OER expert, Emily Bongiovanni

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Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop

Introduction to OER: Making higher education more equitable through free and open resources 

March 8, 2022  12:00-1:00pm EST

Register here

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available and openly licensed educational materials. OER lower the costs of higher education by replacing commercial educational resources. As openly licensed materials, OER allows instructors to remix and tailor the materials to meet their specific course needs. 

This Zoom session will explore OER, the benefits of using OER in a classroom, and provide examples of ways instructors can start engaging with open educational resources in their courses.

You can find more guidance and resources on OER in this guide created by Ethan Pullman, OER Specialist for CMU Libraries.


Registration is still open for the Genomics Workshop

Join us in the Genomics Data Carpentry Workshop, organized and delivered by Carnegie Mellon University! The core content of the workshop is developed by Data Carpentry; we are offering it with a pilot add-on module on UK Biobank. 

Genomics Data Carpentry Workshop
March 23-25, 2022
9:00am-1:00pm EST, virtual

Aim: teach data management and analysis for genomics-related research. Topics include: 

  • Project organization and management
  • Introduction to the command line
  • Data Wrangling and Processing
  • Introduction to cloud computing for genomics
Who: Anyone who would like to learn about data management and wrangling workflows in a cloud environment are welcome to attend. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. Existing genomics knowledge is helpful but not required. Priorities will be given to CMU affiliates. 

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer with a Mac, Linux, or Windows OS (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.)

For more information and to register:


Introducing Emily Bongiovanni, the new Psychology and Social & Decision Sciences Librarian

Hi! I am Emily Bongiovanni (she/her), the new Psychology and Social & Decision Sciences Liaison Librarian at CMU. Previously, I was the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Colorado School of Mines, where I supported faculty and students navigate the research lifecycle and promoted Open Science practices and tools. One of my main responsibilities was to lead the campus’ open educational resource (OER) initiatives, to help lower the costs of higher education through free educational materials. I am happy to be joining OSDC and to contribute to their efforts in providing Open Science  tools, training, and hands-on support. I am especially excited to share my expertise in OER with the group!


Spring Workshops

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