Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications
What is it?
Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications are interdisciplinary fields in librarianship that facilitate the production and dissemination of academic research through the use of emerging digital tools and applications, while enhancing the communication of and access to the results of this research.
The digital humanities is an interdisciplinary area of research involving the application of computational methods to humanistic topics of inquiry. Digital humanities projects range widely in scale and technologies. A simple project may involve marking up a set of documents according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) schema or plotting historical events on a map. A larger project may describe a complex digital object using the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) or generate metadata for an archival collection using crowdsourcing tools. Large-scale projects in the digital humanities may utilize "big data" concepts like MapReduce in combination with statistical programming languages to analyze massive datasets of literary texts.