What We Do

DSS collaborates with UCI faculty members, students, and administrators to transform research and scholarly communication using new media and digital technologies. DSS manages content, infrastructure, and user interfaces for all stages of the research lifecycle, including research planning, execution, dissemination, discovery, preservation, and impact. 

Through the Carpentries curriculum we teach foundational coding and data science skills to researchers. Attending a Carpentries 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.
  • The Libraries have several certified Carpentry instructors and we hold quarterly workshops on Python, R, Unix and Git.
  • We offer a wide variety of lessons. If you are interested in a workshop for your department, class, or lab, please contact us.

 

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 can help you:

  • Migrate content in obsolete or fragile formats to sustainable formats
  • Store content in trusted repositories for long-term access
  • Use reliable tools to harvest, build, and preserve collections of web content

 

Create or support creation of themed digital collections that are openly accessible for scholarly use, including text, image, audio, video, or other media types. We can help you:

  • Appraise and digitize content in traditional media for discovery and online access
  • Design metadata solutions suiting the nature of content and the purpose of project
  • Manage digital assets and make them accessible online in user-friendly ways

 

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.