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.


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.