The design of the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship space, housed within the Robert W. Woodruff Library, represents openness and collaboration.
The glass walls allow a view into the work involved in digital scholarship, as almost all areas within the center can be seen from outside the center's walls. This helps to demystify the process of creating digital scholarship as well as encouraging faculty, students, and staff to enter the space and explore ideas. With no traditional cubes as workspaces, IT professionals, librarians, students, and faculty work together in clusters.
The openness of the space allows conversations to be overheard and other members of the team to learn from experiences on various projects. The few exceptions include an AV suite for media production, two conference and collaboration spaces, and a phone booth for telephone conversations and web conferencing.
This diagram shows the set-up inside the center. Public workspace and collaboration areas are located towards the entrance of the facility. IT staff in and library and team members have their workspaces on the outside of this space. The concept behind the design is that various combinations of people can come together as needed for each respective project.
A space adjacent to the main part of the center is called the Digital Visualization Lab, or DigiLab. The DigiLab houses the workspaces for two of the center's team members -- our geographer and digital information specialist -- in addition to student workstations. The work done in the DigiLab focuses on mapping, 3D, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR).
The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), created to move the practice of digital scholarship from the academic margins to a central concern of Emory departments and schools, provides consultation and support for research, open access publication, exhibition, data curation, and teaching.
Our center offers collaborative space and technical assistance that aims to encourage faculty, students, staff, librarians, and public partners to work together to demonstrate the possibilities of innovative and accessible digital scholarship.
In transforming scholarly work, ECDS is committed to training graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the skills of digital approaches, methods, practices, and practices. ECDS is also committed to the development of sustainable, open source, digital tools that can be shared with a wide network of scholars beyond Emory.
The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) is part of Emory University's Libraries and Information Technology (LITS) division. Although part of LITS, ECDS is a separate unit to maximize its ability to innovate and explore new tools and methods for teaching and research.
ECDS, created in 2013, is designed to provide centralized consultation and support for digital research, preservation, publication, exhibiting and teaching.
ECDS emerged from the recommendations of the Digital Scholarship Task Force, formed by Enterprise Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice Provost for Library Services and Digital Scholarship Rich Mendola to model a unified support infrastructure for digital scholarship in the Emory community.
The task force reframed this question as "Digital Scholarship 2020," a broad vision that recognizes the symbiotic relationship between teaching and research, especially since the same tools and skills are often used in each. In creating this vision, the task force sought to simplify access to services that are currently offered under many organizational units and brands.
Former entities combined into ECDS include:
- Lewis H. Beck Center for Electronic Collections (Est. 1994)
- Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC) (Est. 2011)
- Emory Center for Interactive Teaching (ECIT) (Est. 1998)
- Electronic Data Center (Est. 1996)
- Southern Spaces, a peer-reviewed, open access journal (Est. 2004)