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Digital Scholarship Services March Newsletter

Recent Activities and News

  • Registration is now open for Data Rescue Pittsburgh, which will be held on April 2, 12-5pm at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh! Data Rescue Pittsburgh is an opportunity for programmers, scientists, librarians, activists, and volunteers of all kinds to identify, back-up, and help preserve publicly accessible federal data resources. The goal of Data Rescue Pittsburgh and its sister events throughout the country is to ensure continued access to vulnerable data in the public interest through trustworthy archives. Learn more and register by visiting the Data Rescue Pittsburgh website.
  • Digital Scholarship Services is partnering with the Center for Creativity and hosting Arduino drop-in hours every Thursday afternoon in March from 4-6pm. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop by the Digital Scholarship Commons to learn about Arduino, an open-source electronics platform used for building interactive electronic objects.

  • On February 10, Chelsea Gunn and Aisling Quigley, both PhD students at the School of Computing and Information, introduced workshop participants to, a web annotation tool. They’ve made their workshop materials available in a GitHub repository.

  • A new guide is available to assist Pitt researchers with the process of data sharing through Pitt's institutional repository, D-Scholarship@Pitt. We offer guidance on approaches for data organization and documentation to implement during a research project, with the intent of facilitating data sharing. 



Events at Pitt

Health Sciences Library System

March 23, 12-1pm: Electronic Lab Notebooks: Introduction to LabArchives, Classroom 2, Falk Library

School of Information Sciences

March 24, 1:30-2:30pm: Foretold Futures from Digital Footprints: Artificial Intelligence, Behavior Prediction, and Privacy, Jen Golbeck, Associate Professor (College of Information Studies, University of Maryland), 3rd Floor, School of Information Sciences

University Senate

March 29, 12-3pm: University Senate Spring Plenary 2017: The Role of Research Metrics in Faculty Evaluation, Assembly Room, William Pitt Union

Asian Studies Center

March 30, 3-4:30pm: Distant Reading and Modern Japanese Literature, Hoyt Long, Associate Professor (East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago), 4130 Posvar Hall


Pittsburgh Area Events

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

April 2, 12-5pm: Data Rescue Pittsburgh, International Poetry Room, Main Branch (Oakland)

Carnegie Mellon University

April 3, 4-5 pm: Introduction to Data Management, Room 448, Mellon Institute


Positions and Opportunities

  • Oberlin College Libraries and Department of History are hosting a symposium on April 7 titled “Innovation and Pedagogy Through Digital Humanities: Exploring Diversity Through Collaboration.” Registration is now open and a schedule of events is available on the symposium webpage
  • On his GitHub repository, Pitt Chemistry Assistant Professor Geoffrey Hutchison shared an opportunity for students to work on an open source chemistry project with Google Summer of Code. Students can submit their applications between March 20 and April 3. Get more information about Google Summer of Code on the program's website.



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.