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Digital Scholarship @ Union College

“Digital Scholarship” is defined as any scholarly activity that makes extensive use of one or more of the new possibilities for teaching and research opened up by the unique affordances of digital media. These include, but are not limited to, new forms of collaboration, new forms of publication, and new methods for visualizing and analyzing data.

- Demystifying the Digital Humanities, University of Washington

Digital Scholarship Initiatives (DSi) consists of librarians and library staff with broad areas of research expertise, ranging from data collection to digital publishing and exhibition. This range of expertise allows us to support Union research projects and assignments using a variety of methodologies and at any stage of completion. We can help students, faculty, and staff think through planning, project management, publication/dissemination, and preservation of digital research projects. We can also support digital scholarship activities and projects as part of coursework or student theses. 

You will find common digital scholarship methodologies and outputs in this guide. We are always excited to talk about possible research projects -  even if the methods do not appear here. If you have an idea for a digital project that you would like to discuss with us or if you are interested in learning more about the resources we support, please contact Schaffer Library.

The Digital Scholarship Lifecycle

digital scholarship lifecycleDiagram adapted from University of Central Florida's Research Lifecycle. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.


Whether collecting digital data, using digital tools and methods, or publishing through a digital platform, decisions made at the beginning of a project will affect your timeline and funding needs, as well as dictate if/how a project is disseminated or preserved long-term. Early project planning can ensure you have the best possible outcome for your specific needs.

DSi Services & Expertise

DSi services & consultation topics: 

  • Planing or running workshops/consultations on various digital scholarship methods, platforms, and topics including: mapping, computational text analysis, network analysis, 3D or immersive experiences, and digital exhibitions
  • Scaffolding digital scholarship assignments and tutorials into coursework
  • Digital project conception, scope, planning, and grants
  • Identifying example projects and resources
  • Data management plans and file management practices
  • Selecting software to meet your skill set, time, or preservation needs
  • Hosting projects through supported software and platforms