What is "digital scholarship"? Perhaps the best way to define this new concept in scholarship is to examine just what it does. Digital Scholarship advances research by incorporating emerging digital tools and processes such as data visualization, network analysis, text-analytic techniques, GIS/mapping, and data-mining. By facilitating an environment of openness, it allows the work of scholars to reach audiences in ways once not possible. Digital Scholarship promotes collaboration by bringing together the scholar and the technology expert, crossing boundaries to exchange expertise. The recipient of a $1 million endowment, the Freedman Center is ready to embark on its mission to rethink its purpose as we move to become the support for Digital Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University.
In fall, a team of eight composed of staff representing the Freedman Center, Baker-Nord Center for Humanities, and ITS toured Digital Scholarship centers at University of Virginia, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and North Carolina State University. Surveying services, resources, spaces, and staffing at these institutions, the group brought their thoughts to the table as a major step in moving forward. The next phase of discussions are happening, as we meet with identified people and departments on campus whose expertise and services will assist in creating and sustaining our new support model. An Advisory Committee is to be formed that will help steer the Freedman Center's focus, helping to define what Digital Schlolarship means to the campus, propose policies, advise on essential services and resources, and facilitate communication to share the message about the importance and impact of Digital Scholarship.
As we grow in concept and space, we look to:
To learn more about our plans for moving forward, we invite you to read our Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship: White Paper.
The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship welcomes your questions and input. You may e-mail us at email@example.com or give us a call, (216) 368-0932.