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David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

Consultation Services

Let the DSC help you integrate digital tools and methods into your research, teaching, and publication practices. We support existing digital humanities projects and can help you find the right tool to get started. We’re available for consultations at all stages of your research project development.

We're here to help! Meet Our Team and get in touch at digitalcommons@ucsc.edu. Set up a consultation now for help with any of the following or to talk through your digital ideas:

  • Digital Project Development
  • Digital Exhibit Building or Publishing
  • Omeka in the Classroom
  • Scanning and Digitization
  • Data Management
  • Open Access

Digital Project Development

Digital projects tell stories, make arguments, answer questions, or develop theories.   Thinking through the scope, purpose and sources included any project, and then documenting those decisions will help communicate the plan to team members, administrators, potential donors, funders and your audience. 

Learn more about the Lifecycle of your Digital Project ➚ and let us help you plan your long term strategy from the beginning.

Digital Exhibit Building and Online Publishing

A wide range of online platforms enable researchers to publish their work online and showcase their research for audiences beyond the academy. Interested in writing hyperlinked books, constructing multi-media essays, or building online exhibits?

Let us help you get started using

Omeka in the Classroom

As part of our support for Digital Assignments and Classroom Innovation, the Digital Scholarship Commons can help you create Omeka-based assignments for your course that further your learning objectives.

Integrating Omeka into your course offers students an opportunity to create media-based argumentation, analyze visual objects, learn about digital citation and develop critical reading skills for online sources.

See omeka.library.ucsc.edu ➚ to start exploring.

Scanning and Digitization

The Digital Commons works closely with the UCSC Digital Initiatives team, which is responsible for digitization of materials in support of scholarship, research, and teaching. If you're looking to digitize photographs, video, or text, let us help you establish the best practices ➚ to ensure the long term viability of your materials.

See these guidelines for determining digitization file sizes

Data Management and Preservation

We assist UCSC faculty, staff, researchers, and graduate students with strategies and tools for organizing, managing, and preserving research data throughout the research data life cycle. We can help you:

  • Create a Data Management Plan
  • Manage your Data
  • Publish, Preserve & Back Up
  • Find Data for Reuse

Learn more about our Data Management Services ➚

Open Access

Open Access (OA) publications are digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. The University of California has a new Open Access Policy ➚. We can help you deposit and manage your articles in an Open Access repository so that they are easy for other researchers to find, use, and cite.

Learn more about our Open Access support services ➚