The Digital Scholarship Group is pleased to announce the projects chosen for the DRS Project Toolkit Pilot program. In this Pilot program, the DSG works with selected digital projects at Northeastern to develop the new tools they need for online scholarship. Projects will store and preserve their digital content in Northeastern’s next generation Digital Repository Service (you can learn more about the DRS here). They will then be able to use platforms like WordPress and Omeka to curate and display this work in an engaging and accessible manner on the web.

The Digital Scholarship Group received impressive proposals from a wide range of Northeastern’s colleges and departments. We are happy to work with the following three proposals to develop and pilot new DRS Project Toolkit features :

  • Debra Mandel (Libraries) will showcase the exciting work Northeastern students have created in Snell Library’s Digital Media Commons and Studios. A collaborative facility with state-of-the-art audio and video technology and support, the Digital Media Commons has helped students at Northeastern record music, create animated films, and produce a range of high-quality creative projects. The Digital Scholarship Group will help Digital Media Commons staff celebrate and preserve this work.
  • Giordana Mecagni (Archives and Special Collections) will create digital exhibits about the Boston Public Schools Desegregation, a process which began in the fall of 1974. The Digital Scholarship Group will help Northeastern’s Archives and Special Collections to make digital records of this important event in the history of Boston more widely accessible and visible. In addition to Archives and Special Collections, an interdisciplinary coalition of students, faculty members, and archivists from the Northeastern community will participate in this project.
  • Jenny Sartori (Jewish Studies) will join the rest of the university’s Holocaust Awareness Committee in creating a publicly-accessible archive of Northeastern’s history of Holocaust Awareness Week programming. For more than thirty years, these events have reflected Northeastern’s commitment to Holocaust awareness and genocide prevention. The Digital Scholarship Group will help the committee create an important educational resource that highlights the digital records of survivor testimonies, distinguished lectures, and roundtable discussions. The project will also highlight the history of the Holocaust Awareness Committee itself.

These projects join three other new DSG initiatives from earlier in the Spring:

  • a web presence for content from the Library’s Arader Galleries collection (and the creation of new signage that directs viewers of the physical prints to this online collection)
  • the addition of Stephen Sadow’s collection of interviews with Latin American artists and writers to the DRS
  • the migration of the Catskill Institute materials from their current home at Brown University to the DRS (and a new website at Northeastern)

The Digital Scholarship Group also continues to support the ongoing work of the Women Writers Project; Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive; The Early Caribbean Digital Archive; Viral Texts; Digital Humanities Quarterly; and TAPAS. For more information on projects supported by the Digital Scholarship Group, please visit our Projects page.

If you’d like to contact the Digital Scholarship Group, please email us: dsg@neu.edu. We are also on Twitter: @NU_DSG.