Digital Scholarship and Curation Services
The Digital Scholarship and Curation Services unit collaboratively supports a number of library projects and programs, including:
- The Digital Repository sites:
- The Digital Scholarship Collaborative
- Media Preservation
- Research Data Management
- Open Consultation Hours
The Digital Scholarship and Curation Services unit (DS&CS) develops software to preserve and provide access to digital collections; consults with students, faculty, and staff on digital projects; curates analog and digital materials; and advises faculty, staff, and students on data management planning.
Digital curation in a nutshell is stewardship of digital assets. The assets we work with include library collections, scholarly records, and research data. When we say stewardship, we mean producing, acquiring, organizing, maintaining, controlling, preserving, and securing those assets.
Because of the complex nature of the work and the collections, we work collaboratively with departments and units across the library and across campus. The DS&CS unit ensures that the library is prepared to manage and provide access to digital collections of enduring value.
Digital scholarship generally involves working with the materials stewarded through the digital curation process to create research or scholarly output. Examples of this kind of work include metadata creation and curation, text and data mining, textual analysis, data visualization, GIS, web design, audio/video production, design ethics, 3D and games, electronic literature, and more. The DS&CS unit supports the work of and collaborates with students, faculty, and staff in these areas of scholarship.