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Digital Scholarship Services April Newletter

Spring semester has ended with many digital projects that students have produced over the last few months. We enjoyed looking through this showcase of digital projects by students in Department of English courses, including Digital Humanity, Composing Digital Media, and Documentary Film. We also make sure to take a look at the evolving Secret Pittsburgh online guidebook each term. The library regularly works with the Secret Pittsburgh literature course, in which students are encouraged to “explore ‘secret’ and unusual spaces in the city.”


Recent Activities and News

  • Data Rescue Pittsburgh was held on April 2 at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Around 50 people from across the Pittsburgh community spent the afternoon working to ensure continued access to vulnerable data. Members of the Digital Scholarship Services team were pleased to be involved as organizers of the event. Check out the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s coverage of Data Rescue Pittsburgh, a compilation of social media from the event, and stories about some of the Data Rescue participants!


  • DSS is continuing to participate in efforts to explore how libraries may move from a model of day-long Data Rescue events to regular and more long-term engagement with preservation of federal data. Read about these long-term efforts on the Libraries + Network blog.


  • The University of Pittsburgh will be the site of the Data Science in Libraries Workshop in May, which will bring together individuals from libraries and a range of other organizations to develop a vision for data science in libraries and data science education for libraries. This forum is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Organizers for this event include Dr. Matthew Burton and Dr. Liz Lyon of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. More information about the Data Science in Libraries Workshop can be found on the project website.


  • Aaron Brenner of Digital Scholarship Services and Matt Burton of the School of Information Sciences led a 2-day workshop on Python and web scraping for faculty and students from the Katz Graduate School of Business. Find their workshop materials on Github.



Pittsburgh Area Events

Carnegie Mellon University May 5, 9am-12pm: AM DH: A Morning of Digital Humanities Research, David Bamman, Assistant Professor (School of Information, UC Berkeley) and Scott Weingart, Digital Humanities Specialist (Carnegie Mellon University), Porter Hall 222C


Positions and Opportunities


  • Hathi Trust recently issued their annual call for proposals under the HathiTrust Research Center's Advanced Collaborative Support Program (ACS). This program matches selected researchers with consultants at the Research Center, who provide extended, expert guidance in the use of the HathiTrust collection and services and tools of the Research Center.


  • The 2017 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum will be held in Pittsburgh this year, from October 23-25, 2017. Proposals for panels, lightning talks, workshops, and lunchtime working sessions are now being accepted, with submissions due by May 22. DLF "works to advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies."


Located in the Digital Scholarship Commons on the ground floor of Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh, Digital Scholarship Services is a front-end to the library's resources, expertise, and services in support of a broad range of digital and data-intensive scholarly activities. We work with students, faculty, and researchers from all disciplines, and we strive to facilitate and raise the visibility of collaborative and interdisciplinary work. You can reach us by email:, on Twitter: @DSSatPitt, or by phone: 412-648-5908.