Digital scholarship is research and teaching that critically engages with data and computing technologies. Digital scholars employ computational tools and methods to extend knowledge production, dissemination, and preservation, while also uncovering technology’s limitations, biases, and misuses to create a more just and equitable digital world.
Critically engage with data and computing technologies
What We Do
Interested in the digital humanities, data science, digital exhibitions, open access, or integrating digital methods into the classroom? Please be in touch!
The Digital Scholarship Initiatives (DSi) team at Schaffer Library is available to help students and faculty incorporate digital methods into their research and teaching, and we can assist with every stage of the digital scholarship lifecycle, from initial conception through long-term preservation.
Our services include providing instruction on digital tools and methods; consulting and collaborating on digital projects; advising on open access and open education, and managing long-term digital curation and preservation.
DSi is committed to the following principles:
We welcome digital projects that support critique and engagement; that advance economic, environmental, and social justice; and that give voice to underrepresented groups
We ensure that all involved labor is compensated and credited fairly, and we actively counter exploitation
Promoting openness and accessibility
- We promote the use of free and open-source software (FOSS)
- We require that data and digital projects be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR)
- We treat open-access publication as the default, except where ethical or legal circumstances require otherwise
We protect privacy rights and eschew technology that violates privacy, such as by collecting user data
- We promote critical thinking about digital media and tools, not their uncritical use.
- We advocate research that is data driven and projects that value insight over style.
- We promote the use of digital tools only when they are needed, not for the sake of computing or seeming innovative.
- We support digital projects that are planned and built for long-term access