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Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications Office


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 Scholarship and Scholarly Communications Office at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries supports new, interdisciplinary modes of research, discovery, and publication, ranging from geocoding to data citation to open access publishing. Broadly speaking, the Office provides support to students and faculty members in the following areas:

Copyright and Authors' Rights

Know your rights as an author and how to retain copyright when publishing with academic journals and presses. Understand the concept of fair use and its application to your scholarly projects. Learn more...

Data Curation

Discover how to encode your data and share it with peers by employing standards for data documentation and data citation. We can also advise you about data management protocols and data repositories. Learn more...

Digital Humanities

Broadly speaking, the digital humanities applies computational methods of analysis to humanistic topics of inquiry. While projects in the digital humanities take many forms, we can advise you about standards, protocols, and technologies to consider when creating a project. Learn more...

Education Technologies

Education Technologies encompass a wide range of tools and techniques to support learning and teaching. We have taught sessions about using Minecraft, Wikipedia, Wordpress and other tools in the classroom. If you’re interested in trying out a new education technology, we’d be glad to help you explore the options. We offer weekly workshops, personalized tutorials, and support sessions. Learn more...

Workshops & Workgroups

Workshop Series

11 a.m. on Fridays in Room 418a, Central Library

Learn new tools and techniques in the field of scholarly communications and digital scholarship. See the schedule and workshop descriptions

If you missed a workshop, we have prepared a series of "Get Started With" tutorials to help you out.
Working Groups

Study and learn technologies in an ongoing collaborative environment. Join us for working groups on Linked Data and the Semantic Web, Tiny Data, and XQuery.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Read dissertations across a wide range of disciplines using Vanderbilt University's Electronic Theses and Dissertations database. We can advise you if you have questions when preparing your thesis for inclusion in the database about fair use and the licensing of copyrighted material. Learn more...

Geographic Information Systems

Learn how to incorporate geographic information in your research. Whether you are working with geocoded research data or mapping a sequence of historical events, we can advise you about how to represent your geographic information effectively using a variety of technologies. Learn more...

Linked Data

Linked Data encompasses a range of methods of encoding data from Semantic Web Technologies to Network Analysis and Textual Graphs. We can advise you on tools, methods, standards and protocols for linked data projects.
Learn more...

Open Access Publishing

Publish your scholarly work in one of the peer-reviewed open access journals hosted by the Heard Libraries. We will be glad to assist you with understanding the different kinds of open access - such as the difference between "green" and "gold" models. We can also advise you about distributing your work under a Creative Commons license. Learn more...

Scholarly Repositories

Share your research with peers worldwide by depositing your scholarly articles in the Institutional Repository. We will also be glad to assist you with understanding and complying with open access requirements from the NIH, NSF, and other federal agencies. Learn more...