Maker and Mobile Lab
The M&M Lab is a new service that will allow us to work with students and faculty to explore, experiment, build, deconstruct, analyze, reverse engineer, and test new ideas in safe, low risk, and interdisciplinary environments. The M&M lab can be used to talk about and demonstrate concepts such as 3D, digital storytelling, multimedia production, virtual reality, coding for fun, and more. We plan to bring and demo the M&M lab at different locations on campus including branch libraries, Armstrong Student Center, classrooms, etc.
Miami University Libraries can now meet your needs when it comes to three dimensional printing. If you can imagine it, we can print it using the MakerBot Replicator printer. We can convert from a wide variety of formats for printing. In a matter of days we can print what you have imagined. Design at TinkerCad online, in Blender, or in your favorite 3D modeling program. Set up an appointment with one of the two library 3D printing specialists for a consultation.
Data Management Planning
We can provide evaluation of data management procedures as well as help in the development of new data management plans as required by most Federal Funding agencies. An online tool for creating management plans is available at https://dmptool.org. Data management includes metadata design, data creation/collection, scientific/research processing, file formats, data transfer, storage, and access for research, sharing and reuse. Faculty and students are encouraged to archive their scholarly data and creative works in the University’s Scholarly Commons repository https://sc.lib.miamioh.edu.
Visualizations are important tools both for understanding and exploring your data as well as communicating your results. We can help you create static, dynamic and interactive data visualizations and teach class sessions on creating infographics. The Center can guide you through the steps of transforming your data into geographic visualizations that bring your points home. Visualization can often allow the researcher to see correlations that are not apparent in the columns of numbers or statistical analysis. The Center can help you find supporting shapefiles, base maps and other elements to make impressive presentations.
Do you need data for a research project? In addition to the subject librarians who can assist you in discovering many information sources including data, the CDS can assist in locating and acquiring numeric and spatial data to support your research. If the data has a cost, often the library can find a related free dataset or (to a limit) purchase the data for your research use.
If you want to learn more about digital methods, tools, and environments that can lead to the generation of new knowledge in your research or new pedagogies in the classroom then you may be interested in exploring the emerging field of digital humanities. We provide support for project development including prototyping, project planning, identification of appropriate platforms, standards and hosting solutions, database design, digitization and curriculum integration. We can assist with identification, development and application of tools for a variety of tasks such as digital storytelling, online exhibits, data visualization, mapping, text mining and transcription. In addition, we can help identify resources such as an existing corpus of texts, images, data sets and other materials that meet your research or pedagogical needs.
Digital Research Fellowships
A collaboration between the Miami University Humanities Center and the Miami University Libraries, the Digital Humanities Fellowship program aims to help identify and support digital humanities research.
Digital Publishing, Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing
We can help faculty and students to collect, preserve, and provide access to the intellectual output of the Miami University community as well as assist them with fair use and copyright retention. The Scholarly Commons repository can include faculty research articles, technical reports, honor theses, conference papers and proceedings. We can also assist faculty in developing and publishing open access e-books using open e-book standards like epub and mobi. Additionally, we can help you setup and manage an open access scholarly journal, with or without peer review, using the Open Journal system.
US copyright law impacts almost every facet of academic work, including course instruction, and the creation and sharing of new scholarship. We can help you better understand how third-party works can be used as part of class instruction, how they can be incorporated into new works you create, and the rights and responsibilities granted to you under US copyright law.
Affordable Learning initiatives involve reducing or eliminating the cost of instructional materials for students by using library, learning management system (Canvas), and/or existing Open Educational Resources (OER). We can help you learn more about these initiatives and the ways in which you can help make higher education more affordable and accessible for students.