Digital Scholarship @ Oxford launches

Digital Scholarship @ Oxford is a 5-year project – based in the Humanities Division and funded by a £2.4 million grant from the University’s Strategic Research Fund – which aims to transform the landscape of digitally-enhanced scholarship in Oxford. After an initial period of preparation, it will be formally launched by the Vice Chancellor in the Weston Library on the evening of 15 November 2021. As DiSc’s Academic Director, Professor Howard Hotson, remarks, ‘The SRF grant provides precisely the resources needed to support the huge and rapidly growing range of digital initiatives across and beyond the Humanities Division. We look forward to greatly intensified communication with all those engaged in these exciting developments.’  

DiSc’s ultimate goal is to help place the huge range of digital assets and initiatives in Oxford on an increasingly coherent, mutually supportive, and sustainable footing. This will involve collaboration between partners ​within and beyond the Humanities Division, including GLAM institutions and the OUP; assembling a team of experts in digital project design and development, who will be available for consultations and technical support on projects; and building infrastructure to support multiple research projects, beginning with the Sustainable Digital Scholarship Service.  

Achieving these goals will require capacity- and community-building. To this end, the longstanding and highly successful Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School, directed by Dr Megan Gooch and Professor David de Roure, will be joined by a one-year taught MSc in Digital Scholarship, directed by Dr Sarah Oglivie.  

As of this term, DiSc is also running a programme of events to help connect Oxford’s digital scholars.

DiSc will also be launching a programme of short-term fellowships and project grants, open to researchers at Oxford. This will distribute £65,000 this academic year, with further research support funding available over the next 4 years.  

All these initiatives will be delivered by a team based in the Centre for Digital Scholarship in the Weston Library. 

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