The vision of the University Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship is to serve as a collaborative partner with faculty, students, and staff by providing digital library, data repository, multi-media, digitization, scholarly communication, geospatial and data management services. Some examples of those services are listed below, but please feel free to contact us if you don’t see what you need here.
Instructors can collaboratively design course modules around digital scholarship using our space, equipment and expertise. We offer a hands-on environment along with training to give instructors a special advantage in developing unique and meaningful coursework for students.
Data Management Planning
We can provide evaluation of data management procedures as well as help in the development of new data management plans as required by most Federal Funding agencies. An online tool for creating management plans can be found here. A step-by-step guide to data management can be found here. Data management includes metadata design, data creation/collection, scientific/research processing, file formats, data transfer, storage, and access for research, sharing and reuse. Data management plans should describe the types of data collected or created, how long each type of data will be preserved, the formats for each type of data, how the data will be shared, who is responsible for each stage of data handling, how the data will be stored, and how continuing access to the data will be insured after the project is completed. Faculty and students are encouraged to archive their scholarly data and creative works in the Center’s institutional repository. Existing faculty or student projects can have their data flows evaluated and the Center (after consultation) can provide continuing support for grant applications’ data management.
Do you need data for a research project? In addition to the subject librarians who can assist you in discovering many information sources including data, the CDS can assist in locating and acquiring numeric and spatial data to support your research. If the data has a cost, often the library can find a related free dataset or (to a limit) purchase the data for your research use.
Data sharing, publication and Data Preservation
When your data is in a final state, ready for public viewing, it can be archived in the Miami Scholarly Commons data repository. This searchable public portal to MU research data is supported by preservation services going beyond redundant backups to provide high quality industry standard preservation services.
Visualizations are important tools both for understanding and exploring your data as well as communicating your results. We can help you create static, dynamic and interactive data visualizations and teach class sessions on creating infographics.
Database Creation / Metadata Design
The Center provides support for database design and development, including the identification and application of recognized standards, which can be important for web-based discovery, resource preservation and interoperability across platforms over time. Based on the attributes of collection content we can help with the selection of appropriate descriptive elements and content standards that guide the population of elements. We can also help with the development of a customized taxonomy that will support navigation and discovery through both browse and search functionality.
Digital Publishing, Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing
We can help faculty and students to collect, preserve, and provide access to the intellectual output of the Miami University community as well as assist them with fair use and copyright retention. The Scholarly Commons repository can include faculty research articles, technical reports, honor theses, conference papers and proceedings. We can also assist faculty in developing and publishing open access e-books using open e-book standards like epub and mobi. Additionally, we can help you setup and manage an open access scholarly journal, with or without peer review, using the Open Journal system.
Digitizing and Building Digital Collections
We can help you develop and maintain digital collections through drawing from our multi-decade digitization and publishing program. A variety of innovative digital technologies are used to capture, store, describe, and provide access to images, texts, multimedia and other materials. Our goal is to preserve and provide easy access to unique and special collections that support student and faculty research both at Miami University and elsewhere. We build digital collections using leading digital library platforms such as CONTENTdm, DSpace, and Omeka. Using these tools, we can provide consultation on digital project design, metadata/database design, help develop proofs of concepts and assist with cost determination for grant projects. Our facilities include equipment to digitize a wide variety of old and new formats including photos, magnetic tape, 16 mm film reels, books and more.
Digital Humanities Projects
We can help you develop new resources or make new discoveries using existing resources. We provide support for project development including project planning, digitization, collection building and prototyping. We can help you identify resources such as an existing corpus of texts, images, data sets and other materials that meet your research or pedagogical needs. We can also assist with the identification, development and application of tools for a variety of tasks such as data visualization, mapping, text mining, transcription and others.
Spatial Data Services and Software
The Center can guide you through the steps of transforming your data into geographic visualizations that bring your points home. Visualization can often allow the researcher to see correlations that are not apparent in the columns of numbers or statistical analysis. The Center can help you find supporting shapefiles, base maps and other elements to make impressive presentations. We also provide classroom and individual training to build skills for using geographic design and analysis software.