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Digital Scholarship Services September Newsletter

Happy Fall Semester from Digital Scholarship Services!

We have a great lineup of workshops for the fall term ULS/School of Computing and Information Digital Scholarship Workshop Series. These workshops are led by ULS librarians, graduate students from the School of Computing and Information, and colleagues from the Center for Research Computing and the World History Center. We hope to see you at some of the sessions! And, if you can't make the scheduled times, remember that Digital Scholarship Services is here to support you whether you are experimenting with a digital tool for your research or working on a digital project for a class.


Recent activities and news  

  • The University of Pittsburgh has been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant of $224,761.00, with Aaron Brenner of ULS Digital Scholarship Services as principal investigator. The grant is for a project to help public and academic libraries serve as key partners in local open civic data ecosystems. The ULS, with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, and the Urban Institute will develop a guide and toolkit that will help libraries address needs, develop practices, anticipate challenges, and learn from successful civic data partnerships. In addition to Aaron, the project team includes Nora Mattern of the ULS and the School of Computing and Information, Bob Gradeck and Liz Monk of the UCSUR/Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, Toby Greenwalt and Eleanor Tutt of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Kathryn Pettit of the Urban Institute.


  • This summer, our DSS colleague, metadata Librarian Mike Bolam moved into a new role at the University Library System as Head of the newly-formed Metadata and Discovery Unit. This unit will be a center for ULS expertise in descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata, with a focus on access, discovery, and stewardship of digital content created, hosted, or published by the ULS. Congratulations, Mike!



  • On Friday, September 22, the Office of Research, The University Library System, and the Health Sciences Library System will present a day-long Researchers @ Pitt Bootcamp designed to help early-career and new-to-Pitt faculty. The event is designed to give participants hands-on experience with a wide range of tools and resources; by the end of the day faculty will be better positioned to take advantage of the many research support services at the University.


  • The ULS is pleased to be hosting the University Center for Teaching & Learning this fall for a number of Teaching Center @ Hillman Workshops; several of the workshops cover aspects of digital pedagogy. We're also working with the Teaching Center to bring some of the equipment they support to Hillman for informal hands-on experiences -- look for Google Cardboard VR viewers that you can play with in the Digital Scholarship Commons soon.


  • We're also glad to be working with Pitt's Center for Creativity on a few things. DSS's Aaron Brenner will be giving a Digital Portfolios workshop at the C4C Workshop space on September 19. And on September 27, DSS's Nora Mattern and Kiana Jones and Kate Joranson of Frick Fine Arts Library are delivering a session on "Creating Multimedia Digital Narratives." You can register for those sessions, and check out lots of other goings-on at the C4C's programs page. And did you know that C4C also has a great newsletter of their own?



Upcoming Events at Pitt

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Events in Pittsburgh Region

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Carnegie Mellon University


Positions and Opportunities  

  • The call for proposals to the Computational Archival Science: digital records in the age of big data has been posted.The workshop will be held on Wednesday December 13, 2017 in Boston, MA, USA, in conjunction with the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2017). Submissions are due October 10, 2017. Find the call for papers here.


  • WordCamp Pittsburgh is hosting its second conference on Saturday, September 19. The meeting focuses on WordPress and is aimed at beginners and experienced WordPress users, designers, and developers. Read more about WordCamp Pittsburgh here.



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.