Book Review: Truevine

Book Review: Truevine

Truevine : Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest : a true story of the Jim Crow South, by Beth Macy (NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2016)

“Their world was so blindingly white that the brothers had to squint to keep from crying. On a clear day, it hurt just to open their eyes. They blinked constantly, trying to make out the hazy objects in front of them, their brows furrowed and their eyes darting from side to side…”

How Jerry Garcia Helped Me Learn Better Data Management: Tips and Tricks for RDM

Image Description: The Grateful Dead at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, October 9, 1980 from Chris Stone. Features three men on a stage playing guitars, and two men in the background playing drums. Image licensed for reuse through Wikimedia Commons.

I want to tell the story of my own personal data management disaster. The year is 2013. It’s a Friday night, and I am in the GIS (Geographic Information Science) Lab at the University of Wyoming, where I am working on my Master of Arts in Geography/Environment and Natural Resources. My thesis is due in a week, and I am trying as quickly as I can to make the maps that my advisor has requested to be included in the thesis. I’m tired. I’ve got some tea with me, but the caffeine isn’t helping anymore.

CMU Files Comments on Public Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research

A bright yellow lemon in front of a yellow background.

If I gave you $100 to build a lemonade stand, it is reasonable that I would want to see the finished product to know how the money was spent. Further, if that $100 was given to me by members of our neighborhood, it is also reasonable that they might want to see the finished lemonade stand too! This is the premise of open science (or, more broadly, open research). 

Yes, a Plant Can Totally be a Dataset: Takeaways from the Spring 2020 Course “Discovering the Data Universe”

An aerial, nighttime photograph of the Gulf of Mexico showing electricity usage patterns across the area.

The last time I talked about the “Discovering the Data Universe” course on Tartan Datascapes (check it out here if you missed it!), my colleague Dr. Emma Slayton (Data Curation, Visualization, and GIS Specialist at CMU Libraries) and I were in the final stages of planning the course.

Tribute to Senior Librarian Mo Dawley upon her Retirement

Tribute to Senior Librarian Mo Dawley upon her Retirement

Senior Librarian Mo Dawley is retiring from the Libraries this June after serving over three decades as liaison librarian to both the School of Art and School of Drama. Mo’s expertise in providing reference and research support to students - along with her unique cultivation of the Libraries' Artist Book Collection - have served as hallmarks of her 33-year tenure at Carnegie Mellon University.


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