Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation

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At Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC), community members, students, faculty and researchers collaborate on digital projects and scholarship that crosses academic boundaries and public/private distinctions. The CDSC provides support, outreach, training, and access to digitization hardware and software and inspiration for meaningful and long-lasting partnerships.
For more information contact us at cdsc.info@wsu.edu

The creation of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC) at Washington State University was approved by the Faculty Senate in November 2014, formalizing long-term collaborations between faculty from the WSU Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences. The central goal of the CDSC is to foster the creation of digital tools, projects, public programming, and educational opportunities for the many publics the University serves with an emphasis on ethical curation and collaborative scholarship. The work of the faculty, staff and students engaged with the CDSC focuses on meeting the unique digital challenges and needs of underserved populations nationally. The CDSC will serve WSU and extended communities by providing support, outreach, and training for faculty, students, and community stakeholders.

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Contacts

Dr. Kimberly Christen, Co-Director CDSC | 509.335.4177 | kachristen@wsu.edu

Trevor Bond, Co-Director CDSC | 509.335.6693 | tjbond@wsu.edu

CDSC Information | cdsc.info@wsu.edu

History

The creation of the Center was approved by the Faculty Senate in November 2014, formalizing long-term collaborations between faculty from the WSU Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences. The central goal of the CDSC is to foster the creation of digital tools, projects, public programming, and educational opportunities for the many publics the University serves with an emphasis on ethical curation and collaborative scholarship. The work of the faculty, staff and students engaged with the CDSC focuses on meeting the unique digital challenges and needs of underserved populations nationally.

Mission

The Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation facilitates and sustains digital scholarship and teaching at Washington State University in support of the University’s strategic plan to foster exceptional research, innovation, and creativity. The CDSC is committed to upholding WSU’s land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society by collaborating with and providing support to a wide range of constituents. To fulfill our mission, the CDSC:

  • Partners with Native American and Indigenous communities to support the ethical curation of cultural resources;
  • Provides best practices for the organization, digitization, and preservation of unique collections;
  • Trains graduate students and provides opportunities for faculty development;
  • Supports curriculum development, particularly the introduction of technology into courses to provide faculty and students with hands-on opportunities;
  • Assists scholars to explore new and emerging models of digital research, publishing, and peer-review;
  • Collaborates with faculty to pursue external grant awards
  • Provides a forum for scholarly innovation and discussions between faculty, graduate students, and other scholars.

 

KimChristenWithey

Dr. Kimberly Christen, Co-Director of the CDSC, Director of the Digital Technology and Culture program, provides strategic planning and oversight for the Center, directs the Mukurtu and SHN project, and facilitates graduate training and community workshops.

TrevorBond

Trevor James Bond, Co-Director, CDSC, Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, provides strategic planning and oversight for the Center, oversees library digitization efforts, and supervises library faculty and staff.

BethBlakesley

Beth Blakesley, Associate Dean of Libraries; Associate Director of CDSC, provides administrative leadership for the center and collaborates on grant proposals.

AlexMerrill

Alex Merrill, Director of Technology, CDSC, Head of Systems and Technical Operations, manages the technical platform of the Plateau Peoples' Web Portal and has responsibilities ranging from traditional IT management to digital preservation, curation and discovery.

LotusNortonWisla

Lotus Norton-Wisla, Tribal Digital Archives Curriculum Coordinator, supports curriculum development, community training, and digitization project management.

SteveBingo

Steve Bingo, Project Archivist at Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, does processing, digitization, and creates content for the SHN website, provides support for other SHN members, and performs outreach to grow the network.

MichaelWynne

Michael Wynne, Digital Applications Librarian, provides support for Mukurtu users, community workshops and training, and digitization and digital curation workflows.

MariaMontenegro

Maria Montenegro, Sustainable Heritage Network Assistant, creates educational resources for the SHN, performs outreach to grow the program’s network and plans for SHN workshops.

TaleaAnderson

Talea Anderson, Scholarly Communication Librarian, provides support to members of the WSU community who wish to increase the visibility of their scholarly work via Research Exchange (WSU's institutional repository), open access publishing, or tools that facilitate wider public access to university expertise.

DavidSquires

Dr. David Squires, Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, English department, provides support for outreach and public programming at the CDSC.

SteveTaylor

Steve Taylor, Information Technology Specialist, software developer for Mukurtu, technical support and development for the Research Exchange (WSU's institutional repository) and other open access publishing tools and systems.

Graduate Assistants

Lucy Johnson, PhD student in the English department.

Jason Chung, PhD student in the Anthropology department.

To get in touch with our staff, contact CDSC Information cdsc.info@wsu.edu

New projects

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Building on established grant-funded projects, the CDSC will extend the Mukurtu CMS platform as a primary way to engage with the challenges and possibilities for digital collections management, sharing, and curation at multiple scales and with multiple publics. Mukurtu will form a core technology for building new types of digital workflows, archival projects, data curation practices, and research sharing at multiple scales.

Ongoing projects

Ongoing projects at the CDSC build on established partnerships and University collections including:

The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal

The Portal is a collaboratively curated and reciprocally managed online space providing access to Plateau cultural materials housed in Washington State University's Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC), the Museum of Anthropology and our national partners including the National Anthropological Archives and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution. The Portal is built on Mukurtu CMS and is a collaboration between the Plateau Center at Washington State University and the Spokane, Colville, Umatilla, Coeur d'Alene, Warm Springs and Yakama nations.  The materials in the portal have been chosen and curated by the tribes, who provide traditional knowledge, cultural narratives and additional materials to the portal as a means of expanding and extending the archival record.

Plateau Peoples Web Portal Screenshot

The National Park Service Nez Perce Historic Images Collection

The Nez Perce National Historical Park Research Center is operated and maintained by the Resource Management Division of the Nez Perce National Historical Park located in the Visitor Center at Spalding, Idaho. It is the policy of the National Park Service that its natural and cultural resources shall be made available for educational and scholarly purposes.  The research center collection is non-circulating but available through on-site use to assist in the study and interpretation of Nez Perce history and culture. The park library collection consists of approximately 3000 items including books, theses, dissertations, reports, periodicals and reprints. The catalog for the NPS library collection is available online at http://www.library.nps.gov/webvoy.htm. The center also houses the park archives and donated manuscript collections including historical photographs, maps and architectural records, audio/video and microform material.

The National Park Service Nez Perce Historic Images Collection

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The Sustainable Heritage Network

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The Sustainable Heritage Network is a collaborative platform that provides hands on and virtual training in the digital lifecycle of cultural materials. Aimed specifically at the needs of tribal archivists, librarians, and museum specialists, the SHN makes information and educational resources accessible for the preservation of digital cultural heritage and traditional knowledge. Within the network, institutions and communities work together to provide each other with digital tools and preservation assistance. We call this Collaborative Stewardship.

The Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program

The TSCP is focused on providing educational opportunities for tribal archivists, librarians and museum professionals in hands-on and virtual trainings provided using a small cohort model to stress practical skills and replicable processes. Our goal is to promote understanding of the entire digital lifecycle, from physical object, to digitization, with a focus on providing community access to collections. The program is funded by a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Scholarly Communication Services and Open Access Initiatives

Scholarly communication services at the WSU Libraries are designed to help researchers to rapidly and inexpensively circulate their scholarly work to a worldwide audience. Services include use of Research Exchange (WSU's institutional repository) to share scholarly work, support for open access publishing, and resources to assist with data management and assessment of scholarly impact.

Scholarly Communication Services and Open Access Initiatives Guide

Faculty Projects

FirstPerson: A Digital Storytelling Workshop

Rebecca Goodrich, Senior Instructor of English, and Assistant Director of Digital Technology and Culture at Washington State University, will be leading a series of digital storytelling workshops at the CDSC. The first workshop took place during the first week of August, where six women from Columbia Plateau Region tribes participated. During the three days of workshop they identified a personal story to share, developed the story elements to appeal to a wider audience and told their story with still and moving images, voice recordings, and music. They also learned to scan images, locate copyright-free images and music, edit video clips and photos, and add titles and credits to their digital projects.

Graduate Student Projects

Projects list coming soon.

What can I do at the CDSC?

  • Data curation: get help with ethically and responsibly curating your cultural resources or managing your collections using Mukurtu CMS.
  • Digitization: digitize photos, documents and/or objects for your community’s collections management project or research initiative.
  • Preservation: learn about best practices for the organization and preservation of your community’s digital cultural heritage.
  • Workshops: learn how to use digital tools and how to share knowledge back with your community.
  • Training: we train graduate students and provide opportunities for faculty development in the introduction of technology and hands-on activities into their curriculums.
  • Grant writing: let us help you or your community writing a grant proposal for your digital project.
  • Research: the CDSC invites faculty and graduate students to conduct their research on digital scholarship and explore new and emerging models of digital research, publishing and peer review.
  • Conferences: CDSC organizes conferences and lectures on digital scholarship and curation in collaboration with faculty at the College of Arts and Science and MASC (Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections) at WSU.
  • Scholarly Communication: researchers are welcome to come and share their scholarly work, get support for open access publishing and resources to assist with data management and assessment of scholarly impact.

TSCP Cohort Sharing

The Space

The CDSC is located on the 4th floor of Holland Library at Washington State University, Pullman Campus. The Center offers a flexible space and is equipped with comfortable and adaptable seats and tables - all our furniture is on wheels which allows us to easily convert the space from a seminar setting into a hands-on workshop.

  • Mobile 80” display for presentations
  • 15 tablet-style seats
  • 9 collaborative work tables and 18 task chairs
  • 12 rearrangeable armchairs
  • 6 mobile whiteboards
  • Flexible presentation or lecture space
  • Dedicated digital media workstations

Resources and Equipment

  • Six digital media workstations running Windows 8
  • 3 Epson Expression 1000XL large format flatbed scanners
  • Full suite of Adobe products
  • Full suite of Microsoft products
  • Audacity audio editing software
  • Blackmagic Design products

To schedule time for your class in the CDSC, fill out the CDSC Classroom Booking Form.

CDSC Space

Post date: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 12:56

As the rising cost of educational resources has caused concern on campuses across the country, the WSU Libraries and Academic Outreach and Innovation invite you to attend two events that consider how universities can reduce the cost of course materials.

Post date: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:10

Digital stories are short films made from personal photographs, video clips, voiceover narration, and music.
They are made with simple technology such as digital scanning, video editing with WeVideo, and digital audio editing.

Post date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 09:32

WSU Social Sciences Librarian Lorena O’English will be hosting a workshop titled, “Electronic Marginalia: Tools for Annotation” in the CDSC Spring Series Friday, March 25th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm in the CDSC (Holland Libra

Post date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 09:30

Join us for a public talk with Dr.

Post date: Monday, March 14, 2016 - 13:39

Join us for a public talk with Dr.

Post date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 17:20

Join us for a public talk by Tara McPherson titled “DH by Design: Alternative Origin Stories for the Digital Humanities” in the CDSC Spring Series Thursday, March 3rd from 3:00pm - 5:00pm in the CDSC (Holland Libraries,

Post date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 17:18

Join us for a public talk with Dr. Jentery Sayers titled “Remaking Old Media across the Disciplines” in the CDSC Spring Series Thursday, 7th from 3:30pm — 5:30pm in the CDSC (Holland Libraries, 4th Floor).

Post date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 17:17

Scalar developers Craig Dietrich and Tara McPherson will be hosting a workshop titled “Introduction to Scalar” in the CDSC Spring Series Friday, March 4th  from 9:00am - 12:00pm in the CDSC (Holland Libraries, 4th Floor)

Post date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 17:17

CDSC Graduate Assistant Lucy Johnson will be hosting a workshop titled “Using Camtasia for Multimodal Collaboration” in the CDSC Spring Series Friday, March 11th from 9am-12pm in the CDSC (Holland Libraries, 4th Floor).

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For a full list of upcoming events, please see our calendar.

Workshops

Space in our workshops is limited, please register in advance to ensure your seat.

 

  • April 8th, 2016, 9:00AM-12:00PM - From Article to Kit: A Workshop on the Scholarship of Assembly with Jentery Sayers.
  • March 25th, 2016, 1:00-4:00PM - Electronic Marginalia: Tools for Annotation with Lorena O'English
  • March 11th, 2016: 9:00AM-12:00PM - Using Camtasia to Explore Multimodal Collaborative Rhetorical Analysis with Lucy Johnson
  • March 4th, 2016, 9:00AM-12:00PM - Introduction to Scalar with Craig Dietrich & Tara McPherson.
  • February 19th, 2016, 9:00AM-12:00PM - Wordpress for Personal Portfolio Websites with Kristin Becker.

Public Lectures

  • April 14th, 2016, 2:00-4:00PM - Larry Cebula - "Digital Projects in the Classroom and the Community: The Case of SpokaneHistorical.org"
  • April 7th, 2016, 3:30-5:30PM - Jentery Sayers - “Remaking Old Media across the Disciplines”
  • March 24th, 2016, 3:00-4:00PM - David Squires - "Universities of the Air, Libraries Without Walls"
  • March 3rd, 2016, 3:00-5:00PM - Tara McPherson - "DH by Design: Alternative Origin Stories for the Digital Humanities"

To schedule time for your class in the CDSC, complete the CDSC Classroom Booking Form.