Through our partnerships and strategic initiatives, we're building community and transforming scholarly communication.


The Data Collaborations Lab (dataCoLAB) at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries connects the research community across disciplinary borders, and facilitates collaborations between data producers and data scientists. The program connects researchers who want more from their datasets with individuals who have data and computer science skills, creating opportunities for people with different technical and disciplinary backgrounds to work together. The ultimate goal of the dataCoLAB program is to help build a strong community and a healthy data ecosystem.

Learn more about the dataCoLAB or join them during weekly office hours.



Over the past fifty years, Carnegie Mellon University has been at the forefront of innovation in the sciences, technology, and an emerging information society. However, in continually looking forward, we are at risk of losing the records of past accomplishments and fully grasping CMU’s influence on the modern, technological world. The History of Science and Technology at CMU (HOST@CMU) is a cross-campus, interdisciplinary initiative aimed at uncovering, clarifying, and celebrating CMU’s unique historical contributions to scientific and technical development. In locating, preserving, and analyzing CMU’s historical records, from lab notes and gray literature to source code, HOST@CMU works to ensure that CMU’s history remains alive and accessible into the future.

Learn more about HOST @ CMU.


Open Initiatives  

The term open access describes materials that are freely accessible online and quickly discoverable in an Internet search. Open access is strategic for Carnegie Mellon, disseminating as broadly as possible works authored by the CMU community, encouraging use, and increasing citations and impact. It also enables the CMU community to access works authored elsewhere around the world, many of which the University Libraries cannot afford to purchase. Providing open access to research and scholarship has become a worldwide movement serving the mission of higher education and the Libraries have a number of initiatives to support this movement.

  • Open Access Publishing Support (APC Fund) provides funding opportunities, processing discounts, and individual author members so that scholarship and research produced by CMU authors can be published open access. 
  • CMU Open Access Licensing Agreements with Publishers: As a world-leading research institution, Carnegie Mellon is a major creator and consumer of scholarly materials. Through the Libraries' efforts to champion new forms of scholarly communication, we have focused on building relationships with publishers that prioritize open access and sustainability through licensing agreements that ensure CMU publications are published open access by default. 
  • The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries Publishing Service (LPS) provides an infrastructure to publish and host born-digital scholarly content to maximize open and free access to scholarly publications and products in a sustainable fashion for the benefit of scholars, students, and the general public. 
  • The Libraries' Open Science and Data Collaborations program provides services and infrastructure for open research at CMU through digital tools, training opportunities for research tools and practices, collaboration opportunities on data science projects, special events and advocacy, and a team of experts available as research consultants and collaborators.
  • The CMU KiltHub Institutional Repository, collects, preserves, and provides stable, long-term global open access to a wide range of research data and scholarly outputs created by faculty, staff, and student members of Carnegie Mellon University in the course of their research and teaching.