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David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

Workstation Information

The Digital Scholarship Commons has installed 8 workstations available to all students, faculty, and staff at UCSC. Each computer is dual boot, providing both a PC and MAC work environment. The Commons also has 3 scanners available for use.

The Digital Commons provides access to software and hardware, but we cannot provide expert support for all functionality. The user is responsible for all work conducted on these workstations. 

Need Help?
We can provide limited help during our Student Support Hours.  Our software tutorials provide introductions to some of the software we have used to support classes on campus.


The Digital Scholarship Commons workstations enable digital experimentation with new tools and methods. To access the new workstations, REGISTER for PASSWORD by filling out this form ➚

How to save your work

For use RIGHT NOW:

  • Save locally to Desktop or Downloads Folder

For LONG TERM use and preservation:

  • Use a Thumb Drive: save directly to the drive or drag from desktop onto drive
  • Email a file to yourself
  • Upload file to Google Drive (especially large files that cannot be emailed)

For continued or collaborative use in the Digital Scholarship Commons:

  • Save in Shared Directory –
    • On the PC OS: Click on "DS Commons Share" Directory
    • On the  MAC OS: Click on “dscommons” on desktop or “>dscommons” in Finder
  • NOTE: this shared drive WILL NOT BE wiped overnight, but is viewable, accessible, and editable to any user in the Commons


Materials saved locally will be wiped between every quarter.

DSC Lab Feedback

Submit feedback and software requests through this online form ➚. Contact with questions.​

Please Note

The DSC lab workstations log usage statistics.  We do not retain a record of websites visited or searched.  

Usage statistics include information on which programs are being used and for how long.  These statistics help us determine what software to maintain, workshops to offer, and how best to support the digital goals of our users.

For more information on UCSC campus policies regarding computer usage, please see the Accepted Use Policy ➚ and the Traffic Monitoring and Privacy ➚ statement.