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Digital Scholarship Services

Located in the Digital Scholarship Commons on the ground floor of Hillman Library, Digital Scholarship Services is a front-end to the library's resources, expertise, and services in support of a broad range of digital and data-intensive scholarly activities. We offer support for:

  • Research Data Management ​ If you... have a hard drive full of field photographs you need to organize; a data management plan to complete for a grant application; a research team that needs to standardize its data files; need help getting your data ready to be shared publicly
  • Data Acquisition and Analysis If you... need to scrape web sites for data; figure out how to use an API; use Optical Character Recognition to extract electronic text; count word frequencies; explore your data with a visualization you've never used before
  • Digital Curation and Stewardship  If you... want to make sure your digital projects last and that others can access them years from now; need a photograph, map, manuscript, or an oversized print object digitized
  • Metadata, Vocabularies, and Linked Data  If you... need to create a data dictionary for your research project; decide how to structure your data collection spreadsheet or how to model your data; are interested in experimenting with linked data for a digital project
  • Multimedia and Web-based Scholarship  If you... want to create a digital exhibit of scholarly materials or other digital content; build a digital portfolio of your digitized artwork; want to figure out how to embed a video on a website; create a digital book or timeline to tell a story

We work with students, faculty, and researchers from all disciplines, and we strive to faciliate and raise the visibility of collaborative and interdisciplinary work.

Consultation

If you are starting a new project, or are just curious about a particular tool or method for your research or teaching -- library specialists in Digital Scholarship Services are available for consultations to help you get started. Contact us to make an appointment, stop by our office space in Hillman Library, or reach us by phone at (412) 648-5908.

Training

The ULS has partnered with faculty and doctoral students from the School of Information Science to present a recurring workshop series exploring the topics and tools of digital scholarship. View upcoming workshops, or a list of previous offerings. Training is also available on-demand or through scheduled consultations at any time. Digital Scholarship Services also partners with instructors and students exploring digital or data-intensive methods; we have worked with courses on topics such as text analysis, network analysis, mapping of time and space, and digital exhibits and storytelling.

Coordination

Undertaking digital work often means drawing on resources and expertise distributed around the university, the region, or the world. Digital Scholarship Services not only represents library capabilities, but also works to maintain awareness of other relevant resources, and can assist with connections and coordination.