Digital Scholarship & Data Services, November 2018 Update

By: Cynthia Vitale

Introducing Digital Scholarship & Data Services Summer of 2018 marked the official launch of the Digital Scholarship & Data Services department in PSU Libraries. This department pulls together 5 units and services areas under one umbrella department. The department enhances the technology-driven research capacity of the Penn State community. We partner with students, faculty, and staff to consult, provide training, and support projects in the areas of research data management, digital humanities, mapping, statistical analysis, and open publishing.

The new department includes:
– Data Learning Center: Lizhao Ge, Statistical Information Specialist
– Research Data Services: Robert Olendorf, Research Data Librarian, Seth Erickson, CLIR Software Curation Fellow & Hannah Hadley, IMLS Data Curation Workshops Project Manager
– Digital Humanities Services: John Russell, Digital Humanities Librarian & Heather Froehlich, Literary Informatics Librarian
– Maps & Geospatial Information: Nathan Piekielek, Geospatial Services Librarian, Heather Ross, Map Information Resources and Services Supervisor-Manager & Tara LaLonde, GIS Specialist
– Open Publishing: Allyson Laird, Open Publishing Production Specialist & Michele Barbin, Open Publishing Production Assistant

Please note, we are also considering a departmental name change, which you may have read about in the Admin Retreat notes. We’re still thinking through what this would mean – but will keep everyone updated!

TOME Open Access Subvention Grants – Applications Now Open!
Applications are currently being accepted for subvention grants to support open access monographs through the TOME initiative. TOME, or Towards an Open Access Monograph, provides grants of up to $15,000 to University presses publishing Penn State author’s
works for open access editions. For more information please see the website or email Ally Laird (

NVIVO Software Available on Library Computers
University faculty, students, and staff who want to analyze qualitative research now have access to the NVIVO software from public terminals on the 2nd floor of Paterno and within the Data  Learning Center.  Additional statistical and data analysis software on these computers include SAS, SPSS, and R, to name a few. Library support and services for NVIVO are in the works – stay tuned for more information!

Text Mining: web-based resources
If you know University faculty, staff, or students are interested in text mining, point them to the new guide developed by Literary Informatics Librarian, Heather Froehlich. This guide provides an overview of important considerations and resources for text and data mining – it should be used as a starting point.

Campus Maps Topic Guide  
We often get questions asking about campus maps.  Years ago we had scanned all our campus and State College maps to facilitate patron access but had never posted them. In conjunction with Special Collections, we now have one place we can point patrons to view a list of curated historic and current campus maps.

Service Spotlight: Data & Software Curation
Libraries have provided access and preservation to books, journals, and special collections for years, providing the same services for data, software, and other digital research assets is not so different. Data & Software curation is the encompassing work and actions taken by curators in order to provide meaningful and enduring access to the assets. These actions may be  technology-based through the infrastructure provided by Digital Scholarship & Repository Development, and more hands-on, such as the treatments provided by Rob Olendorf & Seth Erickson. Hands-on curation activities may include checking the files and deposits for completeness, creating or enhancing read-me files and metadata, running code, and linking datasets and assets to related online resources (such as publications and grant award  information).


DSDS Distinctions (2018-08-01 – 2018-10-30) Publications
LaLonde, T., & Piekielek, N., (2018). “Planning for Change: A Maps and Geospatial Information Services Survey,” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 90. DOI:10.5062/F43F4MW4

Huang, J., Bagher, M., Ross, H., Piekielek, N., Wallgrün, J. O., Zhao, J., & Klippel, A. (In Press). “From Archive, to Access, to Experience – Historical Documents as a Basis for Immersive
Virtual Reality,” Journal of Map & Geography Libraries.

Presentations, Posters, and Webinars 
Froehlich, H., “Vocabulary for Madness, 1400-1800.” ThincLab, University of Guelph. Presentation. October 25, 2018.

Froehlich, H., “Co-ops to Post-Docs: Models of Labor in Digital Scholarship” Digital Library Federation Forum 2018, The Council on Library and Information Resources + Digital Library
Federation. Presentation. October 17, 2018.

Froehlich, H., “The Semantics of Whorishness in Jacobean Drama.” 20th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, University of Edinburgh. Presentation. August 29, 2018.

Roth, M., Froehlich, H., Vitale, C.R.H., “SHARE-ing Omeka in the Web of Scholarship.” Association of Research Libraries Webinar. October 4, 2018.

Schwenter, K., & LaLonde, T., “When the Flash Burns Out: Migrating the Cultural and Literary Map of Pennsylvania from an Adobe Flash Platform to a Robust Content Management System.”
Pennsylvania Library Association Conference. Poster. October 16, 2018.

Olendorf, R., “Putting theory into practice: Lessons from the Data Curation Network” Digital Library Federation Forum 2018, The Council on Library and Information Resources + Digital Library Federation. Presentation. October 16, 2018.

Russell, J.E., “Pedagogy for Data-Driven Humanities.” Digital Art History Summer School, Malaga, Spain, Sept 3, 2018.

Russell, J.E., & Froehlich, H., “Digital Humanities in the Classroom.” Penn State Altoona Teaching and Learning Conference, August 15, 2018.

Vitale, C.R.H., Ruttenberg, J., “Enhancing the discovery of distributed scholarly assets: an exploration of requirements”, Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference. Lewisburg,
PA. Presentation. October 6, 2018.

Vitale, C.R.H., Cox, K., Darby, K., Spies, J., “Critical issues in Open Access infrastructure: metadata, licensing, and data archiving in the social sciences”, Open Scholarship in the Social Sciences (O3S). Baltimore, MD. Panelist. October 19, 2018.

Local and National Workshops Conducted
Ge, L., & Olendorf, R., “Introduction to R.”  Pennsylvania State University. Workshop. October 9, 2018.

Ge, L., “Statistical Methods.” Schreyer Honors College, Pennsylvania State University. Workshop. October 2, 2018.

LaLonde, T., “Geospatial Exploration: Mapping and locations topics and applications.” Penn State University. Workshop. September 26, 2018.

LaLonde, T., “Geospatial Data: Library Resources and beyond.” Penn State University. Workshop. September 26, 2018.

LaLonde, T., “Geospatial Online: Overview of ArcGIS Online.” Penn State University. Workshop. October 3, 2018.

LaLonde, T., “Introduction to ArcGIS Pro.” Penn State University. Workshop. October 3, 2018.

LaLonde, T., “Geospatial Analysis: Using ArcGIS Desktop for location and demographic data.” Penn State University. Workshop. October 10, 2018.

LaLonde, T., “Open Source GIS: QGIS.” Penn State University. Workshop. October 10, 2018.

Vitale, C.R.H., Carlson, J., Fearon, D., Hadley, H., Johnston, L., Lafferty-Hess, S., Kozlowski, W., Moore, J., “Specialized Data Curation” [1.5 days]. Las Vegas, NV. Workshop. October 17 & 18, 2018.

New Service Appointments
Appointment: Russell, J.E. – Editor-in-Chief, dh+lib
Grant Peer Reviewer: Froehlich, H., – National Endowment for the Humanities (August 16, 2018)
Journal/Manuscript Peer Reviewer: Froehlich, H. – Mémoires de la Société Neophilologique (Modern Language Society of Finland) (October 2018)
LaLonde, T. Penn State University Libraries Instruction Steering Committee, at-large member
Ross, H., Penn State United Way Steering Committee member