We are a team of faculty and staff in the University Libraries and the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences dedicated to advancing research and teaching involving digital tools, methods, and sources. At CMU digital scholarship has grown from humanities-oriented technology projects, to include data management and curation, digital pedagogy, open science, interactive media, and many other possibilities.

Our core team cover a range of disciplinary foci and provide consultations on a variety digital tools and approaches, including: digital humanities in general, open access publishing, data curation and preservation, data modeling, data visualization, data science, GIS data modeling and visualization, machine learning, project management, text encoding, text mining, usability, and text, network, and temporal analysis.

We build websites, databases, and data analysis pipelines, and run research projects (Create); educate and involve the CMU community in digital scholarship (Engage); and offer resources to help students, faculty, and staff in achieving digital research goals (Support).

The “digital humanities” have been defined in numerous ways over the years; the breadth, innovation, and interdisciplinarity of the field make singular definitions difficult, while the rapid pace of technological developments make any definition a moving target. At Carnegie Mellon University, our current working definition of the digital humanities encompasses the following three elements:

  1. the application of digital methods and tools to humanistic questions
  2. the analysis of digitized and born-digital sources
  3. a shared culture and community of practice

Within the dSHARP core team, Dan Evans, Jessica Otis, and Scott Weingart have particular expertise in DH methods, tools, research, and pedagogy.

Both Dan Evans and Scott Weingart are currently funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has enabled the creation of several CMU initiatives in both Technology Enhanced Learning and the Digital Humanities. These include Faculty Seed GrantsGraduate Fellowships, and the annual DH Literacy Workshop.

Learn more at dSHARP’s website