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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
  • 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 facilitate and raise the visibility of collaborative and interdisciplinary work.


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.


The ULS presents 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.


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.

Digital Scholarship Summer Graduate Student Internship

Summer Graduate Student Interns acquire foundational digital scholarship knowledge and dig into one or more specialized topics by contributing to a library-hosted or library-affiliated project. This paid, on-site internship takes place in Hillman Library with the guidance of the Digital Scholarship Services staff. View the Summer 2019 call for applications.

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