DSG Visiting Scholars

The NULab/DSG Visiting Scholars program enables visitors to spend time embedded in the DSG to pursue a personal research project or to learn by contributing to DSG activities. In partnership with the NULab, the DSG offers a vibrant intellectual community with a wide array of expertise and active projects in the domains of digital scholarship, digital humanities, and public humanities. Scholars are unpaid but receive a campus network/email account, regular mentorship and consultation, and space to work, and they are welcome to participate fully in the DSG’s meetings and working environment. They are expected to contribute actively to the DSG community, to make an informal presentation on their work at some point during their visit, and to submit a short final report which may be published on the DSG blog.

To apply, please send a proposal with the following information:

  • your name, affiliation, and contact information
  • a a description of the project you plan to pursue during your time with the DSG
  • an explanation of why you want to pursue this work at DSG and Northeastern (specific people or projects that are relevant to your work, specific resources, etc.)
  • the proposed dates of your stay

We particularly welcome work on topics including:

  • GIS, data visualization, and information design across the disciplines
  • XML/TEI data modeling and schema development including data transformations via XSLT, XPath, and xQuery
  • Research, encoding, and data analysis on early women’s writing
  • Fedora/Samvera repository development and management
  • New forms of scholarly communication, scholarly editing, and digital publishing
  • Data management and curation for long-term sustainability
  • Using Wikipedia in the classroom

Previous Visiting Scholars have worked on projects including:

  • Building and using digital archives as windows into conceptualizing the relationship of the digital archive to literary history (Katherine Bode, Fall 2014)
  • Digital formats and their effects on the formation of the book canon (Anna Spatz, Spring 2015)
  • Improving Wikipedia’s coverage of women and writing before 1900 (forthcoming)
  • Development of ontologies and linked open data (forthcoming)


Wikipedia Visiting Scholars

The DSG participates in the Wikipedia Visiting Scholars program by sponsoring a remote position focused on improving Wikipedia’s coverage of women and writing before 1900, building on the DSG’s expertise in early women’s writing through the Women Writers Project. Through the Wikipedia Visiting Scholars program, the DSG receives applications from interested Wikipedians, and sponsors a university computing account for the successful applicant. The successful applicant has access to all of the Northeastern University Library resources, as well as experts in women writers who will suggest topics needing development and resources for research. The Library will also purchase, where possible, ebooks in support of the subject area. In return, the successful applicant will improve content on Wikipedia, meet virtually with DSG staff to check on project progress (initially weekly, then monthly), and write a post for the DSG blog summing up the experience and outlining articles produced.

When we have Wikipedia Visiting Scholar positions open, we will take applications through Wikipedia Library’s main Visiting Scholar website.