DiSc Services

  • Consultation. Please contact us if you’d like to talk about:
    • Archiving and preserving your BU center’s, institute’s, or department’s publications in our institutional repository OpenBU.
    • Hosting your digital scholarly project, getting started on one, further developing one already in progress.
    • Having us present to your faculty, staff, and/or students on topics around open access to research, digital humanities and humanistic social sciences, and digital archiving and preservation.
    • Copyright as it relates both to your own intellectual product and to your use of others’ (please note: we are not lawyers, and do not give legal advice — but we do have significant experience with copyright in scholarly publishing, and are happy to consult and point you at resources).
  • Pedagogical services.
    • Collaborative creation and/or adoption of open educational resources: DiSc staff are available to assist faculty in revising syllabi to engage existing open educational resources (OER) in place of high-cost textbooks and other materials, or to create new educational resources with the explicit purpose of making them openly available and reusable.
    • Incorporating digital humanities/humanistic social sciences work, blogging, and/or social media use into the classroom: have you wondered what the emerging best practices are in these areas, and what issues need to be considered when involving students in contributing to public scholarship? We can meet for conversation, do some field research with you, and help you experiment with these powerful pedagogical tools.
  • Help with funding.
    • We can help you identify sources of funding for your research project. We have created guidance materials on this topic, available at the BU Office of Research website as well as in OpenBU.
    • We have experience writing successfully funded grant proposals. Are you writing a grant proposal with a digital humanities component, or one in any field that involves a data management plan? We’ll be glad to help you think through some of its aspects.
  • Help with adherence to BU’s Open Access Policy.
    • We are here to help you understand the policy or open access issues in general, and to help you comply with the policy while honoring your publishing contract.
  • Training.
    • We have offered many workshops, from the Digital Humanities Fundamentals series to bespoke workshops when and where necessary. If you would like us to offer a one-off training session to any BU-affiliated group, please let us know. Topics we cover include, but are not limited to: creating humanities courses that satisfy the Hub Digital/Multimedia Expression requirement; creating and maintaining an online scholar persona; tools available for digital humanities and social sciences research; text encoding as a computable approach to close reading; project management for digital scholarship, including collaboration with a variety of professionals; software useful in digital scholarship, such as WordPress (with or without CommentPress and other useful plugins) and Omeka; and incorporating concept and/or geographical mapping into your humanities course.

Is there a service that you would like us to offer, that you do not see in the list above? Let’s talk. We would love your help in prioritizing based on your needs.