What We Do

The Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) department provides infrastructure, research support, and instruction to the UCI community in support of transformative scholarly research and learning experiences. The department offers consultation appointment services and a range of workshops and customized instruction, including a robust online Carpentries-based programming curriculum. DSS librarians and technologists serve as liaisons to critical University of California infrastructure such as the eScholarship institutional repository, Dryad data repository, and the DMPTool. We are also engaged in the development of innovative new services, such as the Digital Sandbox Service for prototyping digital projects.


DSS teaches foundational coding and data science skills to researchers. Attending a programming workshop helps you build the skills and perspectives to work more effectively with data and software:

  • You will acquire a skill set of using code to replicate operations, clean up data, or automate routine tasks, empowering you to do robust research.
  • We offer a wide variety of lessons. If you are interested in a workshop for your department, class, or lab, please contact us.


We provide consultation and education for computationally-centered, data-driven, and reproducible research through workflow development, design, and implementation. We can help you:

  • Use tools to manage, analyze, and share data and code output (ex: GitHub, Unix, and open lab notebooks.)
  • Utilize specialized software to create, save, and share code and packages (ex: R, Python, etc.)
  • Develop critical literacies around FAIR data, code sharing, and reproducible research.
  • Computationally analyze and use digital library collections.


Data curation is the active management of data to maintain and extend its value over time. It includes effectively organizing data for access, documenting context for reproducibility, and securely preserving the physical integrity of the work. We help you with all stages of data management required by funding agencies:

  • Write grant winning Data Management Plans
  • Deposit data into repositories for access and preservation
  • Capture metadata to allow re-use
  • Create permanently resolvable hyperlinks
  • Connect your data with your publications


Collaboration and experimentation are at the heart of digital humanities (DH). We are eager to try new things with you. If you have existing DH projects, are embarking on new projects, or want to explore the possibilities of DH methods in your own research or teaching, we can:

  • Help you identify and effectively use digital collections, resources, tools, and methods in the humanities
  • Consult on projects from start to finish, including grant writing, project management, and technical application
  • Provide guidance on setting up technological infrastructure for discovery, access, and preservation
  • Empower you to explore and engage in creative digital publishing


Digital preservation is the active management of digital content over time. It combines policies, strategies, and actions to ensure ongoing access to and accurate rendering of authentic reformatted and born-digital content. We work closely with colleagues in Special Collections and Archives, the California Digital Library, and Library IT to steward UCI Libraries digital collections and make them available online. As part of this technical work, we:

  • Store digital content in trusted repositories for long-term access
  • Use reliable tools to harvest, build, and preserve digital collections


GIS (Geographic Information Systems) tools have become far more powerful and adaptable in recent years, making them useful in an ever-growing number of situations. Maps can illustrate and communicate concepts in new ways, and analysis of location-linked data can aid in the discovery of previously-unknown knowledge. The Libraries provide an introduction to GIS concepts and actively support the use of GIS digital scholarship at UC Irvine. We can help you:

  • Plan GIS projects
  • Learn and use software
  • Find GIS data
  • Teach GIS concepts to your students, colleagues or lab


Make your scholarly work accessible and interactive. We help you manage your information through the research process and communicate research results to the broader scholarly community and to the public:

  • Use tools to manage citations and research output
  • Comply with UC Open Access Policies and NIH Mandate
  • Deposit publications and other research results into open-access repositories
  • Publish in open-access journals
  • Understand your rights as author
  • Use online tools to manage your research impact and scholarly reputation

Contact subject librarians for discipline-specific digital scholarship assistance.