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IUPUI Faculty Taking Advantage of the Digital Scholarship Fund

A few years ago Dean Lewis implemented a fund to assist faculty who are interested in developing digital collections that will enhance and advance their research agenda.  Faculty can use the fund to explore new modes of analysis, creation and dissemination where technology plays a significant role. 

Faculty Highlight

In 2011 I began working with Dr. Bob White to create an online and open-access collection that offers resources for students, teachers, and scholars that are interested in Irish History, Irish politics, social movements, political activism, and “terrorism.”

According to Dr. White, “The Irish Republican Movement Collection provides unique resources for the understanding the transformation of Provisional Irish Republicanism and for understanding those who opposed that transformation, including contemporary ‘dissident’ Irish Republicans."

The collection includes 4 Irish Newspapers and a streaming video created by Dr. White. 
http://ulib.iupui.edu/digitalscholarship/collections/IrishRepublicanMovement

Creating Cultural Heritage and Faculty Research Digital Collections: Less about process and more about human interaction

The evolution of creating a digital project includes various steps moving from project idea to digital collection.  While the idea to digitize is simple in theory, there are different ways to approach the digitization process. The creation of a massive digitization project is markedly different than that of a cultural heritage institution collection or faculty research project.  The goal of mass digitization is not to create collections but to digitize everything, or in this case, every book every printed (Colye, 2006). The creation of digital collections for cultural heritage institutions and faculty research projects is less about the methodology of digitization and more about the human interaction between the partnering institutions.  The interaction becomes a personal journey of selection and description of materials that strives to capture and provide online access to the history of the institution.