About Us

Our Mission

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) provides consulting expertise, project coordination, and a technology-rich collaborative space for faculty, staff, and students to incorporate digital tools and methods into research, teaching, and publishing.

The multidisciplinary ECDS staff of technologists, librarians, faculty, curriculum designers, and students work with scholars at Emory and partner institutions to create innovative and sustainable models of digital scholarship and pedagogy for academic and public use.

ECDS provides a central point of contact for expertise in topics and methods such as:

  • Digital pedagogy
  • Digital publishing
  • Digital storytelling
  • GIS mapping
  • Online exhibitions
  • Statistical analysis
  • Technology-enhanced assignments
  • Text analysis and electronic text encoding
  • Visualizing data
  • 3D environments

Dr. Rich Mendola (Emory's Enterprise Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice Provost for Library Services and Digital Scholarship) formed the Digital Scholarship Task Force and charged it with modeling 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 often the same tools and skills are used in each. In creating this vision, the task force sought to simplify access to services that are currently offeredunder many organizational units and brands.

During the summer of 2013, the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) was formed as a new entity located in Woodruff Library. ECDS combines several units and projects to provide centralized consultation and support for digital research, preservation, publication, exhibiting, and teaching. The entities that were combined include the former Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC), the Emory Center for Interactive Teaching (ECIT), the Electronic Data Center, The Lewis H. Beck Center for Electronic Collections, and the peer-reviewed, open access journal Southern Spaces.

ECDS is positioned as part of Libraries and Information Technology at Emory to better support partnering with the other entities within the group to successfully complete its digital scholarship efforts.