Hey, Datascapers! I’m happy to be back writing the first Tartan Datascapes of the year after a two-week vacation where I was consistently streaming Bob’s Burgers, playing a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and, most importantly, sleeping.
Tartan Datascapes is a blog featuring snapshots of the data landscape across the entire Carnegie Mellon University campus, including students, staff, and faculty from the College of Fine Arts to the School of Computer Science. Each installment of Tartan Datascapes features an individual researcher or research team, highlighting how their work contributes to the broader datascapes of CMU, as well as special features on tools and educational opportunities at CMU Libraries to support research data management. Our students, staff, and faculty from across the spectrum of domains are doing amazing work with data at our institution, and Tartan Datascapes is a great place to read about this work!
Featured with each blog are quick tips for managing your data through research data management (RDM) techniques, and information on how the University Libraries can assist you with your myriad data needs through workshops, outreach, and consultations!
For more information about Tartan Datascapes or to request a feature of your research, teaching, or coursework, please contact Dr. Hannah Gunderman, Research Data Management Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org
I apologize for the cliché use of the “What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been” lyric from the Grateful Dead song "Truckin'" that can sometimes be overused to describe odd happenstances and situations over a long period of time, but it really is the perfect way to describe the year of 2020 for Tartan Datascapes (and really, 2020 in general).
For all you bibliophiles out there (a person who loves books and/or collects them), I’m certain that you’ll enjoy this blog post where I draw an irresistible connection between the front matter of books and README files. For the casual book user, I hope today's Tartan Datascapes not only increases your interest in README files, but also sparks a passion for all the lovely things that comprise a book.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been listening to a lot of YouTube ambiance videos (check out this one creating a soundscape of being in a cabin during a blizzard) and drinking copious amounts of tea, but I’ve had the word “cozy” on my mind for a few weeks now. What comes to your mind when you think of the word “cozy”? Soft blankets? A cabin with a fireplace? A basket of tiny, fuzzy bunnies? Being the data enthusiast that I am, a really interesting thing comes to mind when I think of the word “cozy”: data repositories.
You might be reading the title of this blog post and thinking “Really, Hannah? Data management in a vampire mockumentary?” Hear me out, because not only is the 2014 film What We Do in the Shadows a phenomenal story about the trials and tribulations of daily life for vampire roommates in Wellington, New Zealand, many of the themes and plotlines can be translated to data management principles and challenges!
In this mini-issue of Tartan Datascapes, I’m thrilled to signal boost an upcoming open house for our Data Collaborations Lab (dataCoLAB) at CMU Libraries, which connects researchers who need help with their datasets with individuals who have data science and computer science skills!
There’s an iconic scene from the UK science fiction television show Doctor Who in which the Doctor describes the concept of “time” as a “big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff.” (Video below for those who don’t know this scene!)
Each day in my role here at CMU Libraries, I’m steeped in everything data. I really enjoy getting to teach other people data skills while also honing my own skills in the process! However, it hasn’t always been easy. In fact, for a long time, I’ve always found it quite intimidating to learn new data and technology skills. Part of that intimidation was never feeling like I fit in with data science and technologist communities.
Full-disclosure to my readers: I am writing this post in the midst of a multi-day migraine, but I’ve got a cup of oolong tea with a healthy dose of caffeine and I’m excited to be sitting down to write to you all about something that I really love: data management plans (hereafter DMPs). Yeah, okay - at first glace you might read that and say, "Really? You love DMPs?" But hear me out!
Our fall 2020 semester has officially started, and wherever you are joining us from, we are glad you are here! I am really happy to share that we have a full lineup of virtual workshops for the upcoming semester, many of which have a distinct Tartan Datascapes flavor! What's the benefit of attending a Libraries workshop? It's a great chance to learn some new skills in a short amount of time, and can be an excellent supplement to your teaching/learning/research/professional development.