DiSc — Digital Scholarship Services at BU Libraries — was created in February 2016. Over the following spring and summer, we added new staff; there are now four of us. We oversee OpenBU, our institutional repository; and are the Libraries’ representative on the My CV project.
- Digital scholarship support across BU.
- The Digital Scholarship Fundamentals workshop series will run throughout the Spring 2017 semester. Details forthcoming.
- We contributed syllabus material, presentations, and individual consultations and feedback to the experimental CAS digital humanities seminar for faculty and graduate students held in Fall 2016.
- We continue to make ourselves available for one-on-one consultation on a variety of topics, including ones related to the digital humanities and social sciences.
- We are collaborating with other units across BU to build sustainable support infrastructure for researchers engaged in digital scholarship in humanities and social sciences.
- Digital collection building. This academic year we are scanning and/or curating, and making available in OpenBU:
- BU’s historical theses and dissertations, from the beginning of the university through 1963 (1964-2011 theses and dissertations have different copyright considerations, and are a future project);
- BU’s contemporary theses and dissertations, submitted in 2012 and later (please note: access to some works may be embargoed or otherwise unavailable);
- a collection of late-20th-century slides donated to BU’s African Studies Library;
- the entire run of motive magazine (depositing for preservation; read motive here)
- old issues of Bostonia, scanned and curated by Alumni Medical Library staff (see also Bostonia‘s website)
- Open access. We believe that openness is a basic tenet of digital scholarship, and we support open access at BU through:
- The implementation of BU’s opt-out open access policy, which was ratified by the University Council on February 11, 2015.
- Events and programming about open issues, including Open Access Week, OpenCon Boston, an open textbook workshop for faculty, and a series of open meetups, informal gatherings to bring together those in the community interested in open.
- My CV. DiSc is a major contributor to the rollout of My CV across BU. This software system will assist faculty in collecting and maintaining their scholarly and professional contributions, reducing the administrative burden on faculty members by storing scholarly data in one place. My CV will replace the current Faculty Annual Report system in early 2018 and will facilitate compliance with BU’s open access policy.
- Community engagement within and outside BU.
- We are hosting a number of events, including DiScussion sessions, Open Meetups, and topical one-off gatherings. Keep an eye on our calendar for more information, and/or subscribe to our mailing list in the sidebar to the right.
- This year DiSc had, or will have, a presence at OpenCon, the DLF Forum, NDSA Digital Preservation, NERCOMP, and Digital Humanities 2017.
- We regularly attend, and sometimes host, events advertised through the BostonDH and BU DH mailing lists.