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David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

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Let the DSC help you integrate digital tools and methods into your research 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.  

Data Management & Preservation    |    Digital Project Development    |     Digital Exhibit Building & Online Publishing
Open Access    |     Podcasting    |     Scanning & Digitization    |     TEI & Text Analysis


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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

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

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


In addition to the podcasting studio and equipment available for checkout, the DSC is available to provide help getting started with your podcast project.  Visit Scott during his walk-in consultation hours for advice getting started, a primer on how to use the equipment, or help editing your audio.  If this quarter's hours don't fit your schedule, email us at to arrange for a consultation.

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

TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) and Text Analysis

The DSC is equipped with software to help you get started on your TEI and Text Analysis project.  If you're starting with a corpus that needs to be scanned, use either our flatbed scanner or overhead scanners to scan your text.  Abbyy Finereader is installed on all of our Mac computers to provide OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in multiple languages.  If you're working with texts from an online database, we recommend reaching out to our RSS librarians for guidance on access to online databases.  Once you've scanned your texts, we recommend Voyant for beginning text analysis or R for more advanced analysis, both are available to use in the DSC lab.  We're available for consultation on best practices for scanning text, what to consider when working with the OCR process, and how to approach the text analysis process to answer the critical questions you have.

Get started with Text Analysis using Voyant

Consultation Support

Kristy Golubiewski-DavisKristy Golubiewski-Davis, Interim Director of the Digital Scholarship Commons

Consultation Areas & Interests: 3D Metrology, 3D Scanning,3D/VR Preservation, AR and VR for Education and Public Scholarship, Data Management and Preservation, Digital Exhibit Building, Digital Research Methods, Digital Heritage Management, Workflow Documentation

Sue PerrySusan Perry, Head of Digital Initiatives

Consultation Areas & Interests: Data Management & Preservation, Omeka, Digital Research Methods, Digitization​

Angelika Frebert​Angelika Frebert, Digital Imaging Specialist

Consultation Areas & Interests: Photography, Digitization of Photographic Material, Digital Image Processing, Project Management and Workflows

Ann HubbleAnn Hubble

Consultation Areas & Interests: Data Management & Preservation, Omeka, Neatline, Story Maps, Aerial Photos

Jess WaggonerJess Waggoner

Consultation Areas & Interests: Omeka, Digital Exhibit Building, Usability and User Experience

Ned HenryNed Henry

Consultation & Interests:  Web Development, Programming for Open Source Applications, PHP, Ruby/Rails, Online Media, Omeka Development, Avalon Media System, Hydra

Scott CampbellScott Campbell

Consultation Areas & Interests: Film & Video Digitization, Audio Digitization, Multimedia Hardware, Project Management and Workflows