The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

Digital Scholarship

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 Scholarship 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.

Our Services

Education & Customized Consultation

We strive to promote and support scholars in exploring the possibilities technology can impart on their research and it's delivery through all phases of the research lifecycle by:

  • Promoting collaboration through new technology, bringing people together across disciplines, departments, and institutions
  • Providing year-round workshops that educate on Digital Scholarship-related tools and best practices
  • Continued support of faculty through the Freedman Faculty Fellows Program
  • Hosting events such as colloquia that equip researchers with global knowledge of trends in the area of technology and scholarship
  • Celebrating and sharing the accomplishments of researchers at CWRU who explore digital platforms

Scholarly Production & Specialized Support

Understanding what today's emerging technologies mean for scholarly output made easy--we offer services and expertise to help researchers get started in several key areas:

Geospatial & statistical data analysis: GIS (Geographic Information Systems) uses software to create digital maps using locative data. To learn more about the Center for Statistics & Geospatial Data, click here.

Data visualization & manipulation: Seeing data in a whole new light--from digital mapping to large-scale display on a visualization wall. Data visualization allows us to analyze and answer complex inquires and pose those never thought.

Discipline-specific expertise: Research Service Librarians (RSL) play an integral role by keeping abreast of departmental research needs. RSLs help to seamlessly guide faculty through the process of their research by aiding in the discovery of how technology impacts scholarly work.

Design & production employing new media: Creativity is at the core of projects and presentations that incorporate visuals, sound, and interactivity. The Freedman Center provides its users with up-to-date software and tools to go beyond the flat context of traditional design.

Digitization of information: Our facility offers the equipment and expertise to help guide researchers through the scanning and digitizing of printand analog audio/visual media.  To learn more about these services, click here.

Digital text encoding: TEI (text encoding initiative) sets standards for the use of machine-readable texts which allow computers to process and analyze textual data.

Metadata generation: Describing data in the digital age is just as important as the data itself. Metadata ("data about data") allows researchers to better understand the structure, limitations, and opportunities datasets hold.

3D printing: Turn digital files into three dimensional objects. The Freedman Center offers 3D printing, promoting hands-on interactive learning and demonstration.

...and more!

Dissemination: Publication, Curation & Archiving

The Freedman Center is committed to guiding researchers and departments in finding solutions for the long-term digital storage, retrieval and sharing of publications and data through in-house and external subject-specific repositories.

To learn more about our plans for moving forward, we invite you to read our Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship: White Paper.

Our Team

  • Jared Bendis, Creative New Media Officer
  • Dr. Leigh Bonds, Digital Research Services Librarian for the Humanities
  • Ann Holstein, GIS Librarian
  • Amanda Koziura, Digital Learning & Scholarship Librarian
  • Evan Meszaros, Digital Research Services Librarian for the Sciences
  • Roger Zender, Associate Director for Creation & Curation

Contact Us

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship welcomes your questions and input. You may e-mail us at  or give us a call at (216) 368-0932.

  • Freedman Fellows 2011 Announced
  • Freedman Fellows Program 2011
  • Freedman Center Fellow Program 2010
  • Freedman Fellows 2009 Announced

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