Research Informatics and Publishing

The Department of Research Informatics and Publishing enhances the technology-driven teaching and 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.

Our services are based on the tenets of openness, innovation and technology, collaboration, and supporting the entire research workflow.


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Data Analysis & Visualization

Supports users with GIS, mapping, data creation, data wrangling (subsetting, transforming, and/or manipulating data), quantitative data analysis including statistical modeling, quantitative text analysis, and data visualization.

Data Discovery & Reuse

Assistance with identifying data sources including discipline-specific data repositories and databases available through the University Libraries; how to clean, subset, or merge data from different sources; citing data sources; and handling restricted data.

Data Management & Sharing

Support and training for data management and sharing including data management plan (DMP) review services, assistance implementing your DMP, support for selecting an appropriate data repository, and open scholarly work and data sharing and curation via ScholarSphere.

Digital Publishing

Support for open access journal publishing, digital monograph and searchable annotated bibliography hosting, OA monograph subventions through TOME, and OER hosting through ROAM.


Center for Black Digital Research (CBDR)

The Center for Black Digital Research/#DigBlk is a public-facing research center committed to bringing the histories of early Black organizing to digital life through innovative scholarship and collaborative partnerships. The Center is home to the award-winning Colored Conventions Project, Douglass Day, and the Black Women’s Organizing Archive. Learn more at the CBDR website.

Data Learning Center

Support and training for data management, data analysis, data visualization, open data sharing, and ScholarSphere.

Digital Humanities

Support and training for data management, analysis, and visualization for the humanities.

Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps & Geospatial Information

Promotes and facilitates the use of maps and geospatial information in research, teaching, and learning.

Open Publishing

Supports open access journals, bibliographies, topical web portals, monographs, and OER resources hosting through ROAM.

Digital Projects

A gallery of our more notable digital projects.

Training and Events

Free workshops and trainings designed to help you with your research needs.

Department Contact Information

W313 Pattee Library
University Park, PA 16802

John Russell

Interim Head of Research Informatics and Publishing

Research Informatics and Publishing Staff

Name Title Email Office Phone
Tara L Anthony Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist 814-863-5753
Laura Bowman Part-Time Data Management Assistant
Zicheng Cheng Graduate Assistant
Lauren Cooper CBDR Research Librarian
Guanlin He Graduate Assistant
Ally Laird Open Publishing Team Lead 814-867-3702
Julian Luck Accessibility and Production Specialist
Angel Peterson Production Specialist and Accessibility Coordinator 814-865-2486
Heather Ross Map Specialist 814-863-1349
John E Russell Interim Head of Research Informatics and Publishing
Jessica Scharf Part-Time Staff
Alexandra Shoffner Part-Time Staff
Jennifer Valcin Statistician
Corey Wetherington Open Education Infrastructure Specialist
Briana Ezray Wham Research Data Librarian - STEM
Claire Williams Open Publishing Program Intern