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  • UO Team: DSC Initiative Team:Karen Estlund, Head, Digital Library ServicesKirstin Hierholzer, Director, Interactive Media GroupLesli Larson, Image Services CoordinatorStephanie Wood, Director, Wired Humanities Projects With significant assistance from:John Russell, Social Sciences Librarian, HistoryKira Homo, Electronic Records ArchivistDavid Baker, Classroom Technology Specialist
  • More like usability testing and less scientific research. Not out to prove just to improve.
  • Little bubbles random things in schools and collegesEmail survey of all IT centersInterviews with Service Centers in Bubbles
  • Passive and Active Review
  • No uniform model but a combination of these services on some level used in most DH/DSC.
  • Undergraduates just through Honors College faculty interviews; they’re a secondary audience and we will tackle once we get our feet under us.
  • Survey fatigueFocus group scheduling was too onerous.“What is Digital Humanities?” problem alleviated by being able to make it a discussionWho?UO Digital ScholarsFaculty and students involved in creation of new New Media & Culture Graduate CertificateSnowball
  • Time!Retention
  • Time!
  • Recommendations included: Services, Space, Organization/Staffing
  • The Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) collaborates with faculty and students to transform research and scholarly communication using new media and digital technologies. Based on a foundation of access, sharing, and preservation, the DSC provides digital asset management, digital preservation, training, consultations, and tools for digital scholarship.Found couldn’t teach courses without mini-lab and tools installed.Courses-filled up very quickly; graduate students were hungry for coursesNeeded sandbox mini-lab to support classes and training and
  • Listening tours organized by:Melissa Woo, CIOAndrew Bonamici, Associate Univ. Librarian for Media and Instructional Services
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    • 1. First Steps toward a Digital Scholarship Center Educause LIB/IT - Digital Humanities March 20, 2013 Karen Estlund Head, Digital Scholarship CenterKaren
    • 2. Base Wired Humanities Projects Libraries Digital Collections UO Digital Scholars Since 1997 Since ca. 1998 Faculty interest group Moved into Libraries 2010 Began support for digital Started ca. 2009 Dr. Stephanie Wood scholarship ca. 2007 Archaeology and Landscape in the Altai Mountains of MongoliaMapas Project (Colonial Mexican Pictorial Manuscript Facsimiles) Karen Estlund
    • 3. Needs Assessment & Environmental Scan1. Review existing campus services2. Survey / focus groups / interviews with faculty & graduate students3. Scan of existing digital humanities / digital scholarship centers – external4. Consult with DH expert on-site5. Create stepped recommendations based on data - (improve not prove)Karen
    • 4. A de-centralized model Center for Advancement of Technology Infographics and Education (GIS) Libraries (incl. WHP) Yamada Language Center Information ServicesKaren
    • 5. Review of Other Centers / Advice Phone ARL SPEC kit interviews 326 with 3 centers Conferences: HASTAC Consultant MLAKaren
    • 6. Synopsis of Services External DSCs• Instruction focused – in a partnership with faculty who teach digital humanities• Faculty / Graduate fellowship programs• Open Interactive Lab• R&D for digital scholarship tools• Support for grant-funded projects• Support for projects within the collecting areas/scope of library• Archiving digital scholarshipKaren
    • 7. UO Constituents Faculty Graduate Students Other Service Undergraduate Centers StudentsKaren
    • 8. One-on-One Interviews “What is Digital Humanities / Digital Scholarship?” problem alleviatedKaren
    • 9. Dream DSC Findings - FacultyPeople over Space• Training -- including workshops, tutorials, seminars, and speaker series• Consulting on tools, best practices, project management, copyright, technology transfer, digital archiving and grants• Fellowships and course buy-outs to support dedicated time for digital scholarship• Space for networking, community, and collaboration• Server space to store and serve research projects and to experiment with systems• Digital object creation facilities• A flexible space to move people and equipment around• A place to market and share projects / “incubator” for ideas and projectsKaren
    • 10. Dream DSC Findings – Graduate StudentsTraining and a place for networking• Consulting on tools, best practices, project management, copyright, and grants with “a fleet of consultants.”• GTF appointments, apprenticeships, and internships• Space for networking, community, and collaboration• Server space to store and serve research and to experiment with systems• Digital object creation facilities• Credit CoursesKaren
    • 11. Service Recommendations• Phase 1 – Training / Workshops (peer-led) – Credit Courses – External Grant Consultation and Support – Speaker Series / Symposium – Internal DSC Fellowships• Phase 2 – Increased capacity for projects – Open Production LabKaren
    • 12. Goals winter & spring 2013• Foster a community of digital scholars – Design DSC space – Start peer-taught Workshop Series in spring 2013 – Revive UO Digital Scholars blog• Support faculty engagement with digital scholarship tools and methodologies – Creation of sandbox public mini-lab (2 computers) with DH software and tools – Subscription service to Amazon Web Services with customizable VMs – Consultation on faculty/grad student projects (at least 2 new)• Develop Digital Scholarship Center curriculum – LIB 607: Issues in Digital Scholarship, 4-credit course, winter term 2013 – LIB 407/507: Data Management, 1-credit course, spring term 2013 – LIB 605: Reading: TEI, 4-credit course, spring term 2013Karen
    • 13. Relationship with Campus IT• New CIO!• CIO and Library Listening Campus Tours• Exploring how IS can support: – General cyber-infrastructure – Digital storage – Collaboration tools / policies – Advanced Drupal hostingKaren