What is Digital Scholarship @ Oxford?

Digital scholarship @ Oxford is a 5-year project 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. It will pursue the aim of transformation in three complementary ways.

All these initiatives are supported by a team based in the Centre for Digital Scholarship in the Weston Library.

What DiSc does

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DiSc’s ultimate goal is to help place the huge range of digital assets and initiatives in Oxford on an increasingly coherent, mutually supportive, convergent, and sustainable footing. This will involve systematically exploring opportunities for collaboration between partners in and outside the Humanities Division – including Bodleian Libraries, the University’s museums, the Oxford University Press, the Oxford Internet Institute, and the Oxford e-Research Centre; creating a stable team of experts in digital project design and development available for consultations and collaboration on projects in digital scholarship; and building infrastructure to support multiple research projects, beginning with the Sustainable Digital Scholarship Service.

 

To help achieve this goal, DiSc will invest in the future of digital scholarship by helping to assemble and support a rich range of teaching and training options for all levels of the university community. A new MSc in Digital Scholarship will build on the success of the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School and complement training options provided by IT Services, Bodleian Libraries, and elsewhere. DiSc will also help catalyse new research through funded research calls and visiting fellowships.

DiSc will also support these aspirations by providing a unitary point of access, outreach, and engagement, enabling anyone interested in digital scholarship to find, communicate, and join forces with others in the field at the University of Oxford. This will be achieved by supporting academic and public events, nurturing strategic relationships, and showcasing projects nationally and internationally through a website, twice-termly newsletter, social media channels, and presentations.