Bits and Pieces

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  • Shauna-Kay Gabrielle Harrison
In response to the rise in book challenges in Michigan and across the country, a new web archive has been created to preserve, to the best of our ability, information regarding attempts to change collection development policies in public schools and public libraries.
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  • Peter Cerda
  • Rachel Woodbrook
In this interview, Anja Sheppard, Ph.D. Candidate in Robotics, describes her research with the Field Robotics Group and why she decided to share his data set entitled "Machine Learning for Shipwreck Segmentation from Side Scan Sonar Imagery: Dataset and Benchmark" in Deep Blue Data.
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  • Peter Cerda
  • Rachel Woodbrook
In this interview, Dr. Brandon Ponder, Ph.D., describes his research as a graduate student in the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Department and why he decided to share his data set entitled "The Venus Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model (V-GITM): A Coupled Thermosphere and Ionosphere Formulation" in Deep Blue Data.
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  • Rachel Woodbrook
  • Peter Cerda
This Love Data Week, Deep Blue Data celebrates 1,000 curated and published datasets!
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  • Rachel Woodbrook
  • Jeremy Morse
Open Access Week 2023 is upon us! The theme this year is "Community over Commercialization."

This theme emphasizes transparency and equitable access to knowledge, which directly aligns with the goals of an institutional repository. Deep Blue Repositories, offered by the University of Michigan Library, facilitates the free and open sharing of research content generated and used in support of research activities at U-M.
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  • Rachel Woodbrook
We are excited to share the publication of "Archaeological Investigations in a Northern Albanian Province: Results of the Projekti Arkeologjik i Shkodrës (PASH)" Volumes 1 & 2, edited by Michael L. Galaty and Lorenc Bejko, along with the associated data set on Deep Blue Data Repository. See the UM Press blog ( for the whole interview!
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  • Scott David Witmer
The 2023 iPres conference at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana brought an international community of digital archivists to the Midwest for a week of sessions that explored a range of digital preservation challenges.
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  • Joanna Thielen
In this interview, Dr. Amir Salaree (Research Fellow at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) describes his research and why he decided to share his data set entitled "Supporting Data for Solving a Seismic Mystery with a Diver's Camera" in Deep Blue Data.
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  • Lance Thomas Stuchell
Part two of our ongoing series on getting our dark repository back up and running. This post outlines our approach to moving forward.
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  • Peter Cerda
This post highlights one of the new members to the DBRRDS team! Peter Cerda is Data Curation Specialist for Workflows and Big Data.