During today’s GIS Day, the History Department’s very own Jim Connolly and Doug Seefeldt presented on the opportunities that will be available to assist Ball State with storing and presenting research digitally with Ball State’s Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL). Co-director Dr. Connolly, Research Director Dr. Seefeldt, and the BSU IDIA Lab are currently leading an innovative archiving project with the DSL. The goal is to give those at Ball State the opportunity to take their data and research projects and realize connections within this information that cannot be seen through a table or a text block. Projects from similar facilities include the data from What Middletown Read, which includes, among other interactive applications, a type of word map that allows anyone to see the relationship between the titles that were borrowed in the late 1800s from the Muncie Public Libraries.
This facility will enable faculty to network between departments, scholars from other universities, and one another. It emphasizes collaboration, and fosters connections between different fields of study. The Digital Scholarship Lab desires to make faculty’s work endure through going beyond simple text and evolving data into interactive digital repositories. They also planning to offer funding for fellowships, and hope to sponsor three to four different research projects per year via seed funding, as well as providing assistance with data management projects for grants. In this way, the research and labor performed by faculty will be eternal and easily accessible for all for generations to come.
For more information on the Digital Scholarship Lab, go to their website: http://www.bsudsl.org/