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David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

Compels Curiosity. Sparks Conversation. Fosters Experimentation.

The DSC is committed to:

  • Providing access to hardware and software that enable new modes of knowledge building
  • Creating opportunities for students to integrate digital tools into their learning
  • Building partnerships with UCSC faculty and staff to facilitate digital research and scholarly publication
  • Developing and maintaining spaces that foster experimentation and innovation


Getting Started

Ready to launch a project or experiment with new tools? Start at the DSC

  • Register for a Workstation password
  • Reserve space in the DSC
  • Check out hardware from the DSC


Get Help

Need help? Bring your digital research or assignment questions to the DSC

  • Visit our student consultation hours: Fall Quarter, starting Week 3
  • Contact us to set up a research or project consultation
  • Learn more about our team


David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commmons

The Digital Scholarship Commons serves as a catalyst for the creation, management, and delivery of digital content. We invite all members of the UCSC community to build innovative digital and web-based projects, find new intellectual partners, and collaborate on ground breaking research.


DSC Lab - 0390A

The DSC Lab provides access to eight high-end workstations with Mac and PC working environments, overhead scanners, and a meeting area with a large 4k screen. This space is reservable for class sessions, workshops, and project team meetings. Submit a reservation request online.

VizLab - 0349

The VizLab includes a HTC VIVE Virtual Reality environment, a high performance workstation, and brainstorming or team meeting space. This space is reservable for class sessions, workshops, project development and project team meetings. A VIVE VR Headset is available with reservation.


VizWall - 0350

The VizWall is a 13'x4' screen installation that enables large-scale presentation of visual materials or simultaneous interaction with multiple pieces of digital content. This space will be open in late Fall 2017 and available for class sessions, lectures, and special events. Please be in touch to learn more.

Digital Production Studio 

Coming Soon!

The DSC Digital Production Studio includes a flatbed scanner and VHS to Digital media converter. Reservations are required to use this space. Submit a reservation request online.

Podcasting Studio - 0344

Record audio files, create podcasts, and experiment with sound in the DSC Podcasting Studio. The room offers sound insulation and can be reserved for recording or interview sessions. Podcasting equipment (microphones, audio converter equipment, and a dedicated MacBook Pro) is available with reservation.  

Media Desk ➚  - 0350

The Media Desk is located in Room 0350 on the ground floor of the McHenry Library addition. They maintain media reserves including videotapes, laserdiscs, DVDs, phonographic records, cassette tapes, CDs, and music scores.  In addition, all DSC hardware is available for checkout and reservation at the Media Desk.