Center for Digital Scholarship Opens

Students sitting on a couch
Students working in the Center for Digital Scholarship

The Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) at Regenstein Library. The CDS is a hub for research and collaboration that connects students and faculty to digital tools for research and learning.

The Center provides access to a small but growing set of specialized software (see the list here) and connects patrons with Library experts. Librarians specializing in planning digital projects, data management and analysis, publishing and copyright, applying GIS, text and data mining, AI literacy, and more are available by appointment to consult on research projects. In addition to these services, the Center administers platforms supporting digital scholarship, including Knowledge@UChicago, Omeka,, ORCiD, DMPTool, and various corpora of texts and spatial data.

The Center is also the home of the Dissertation Office, which offers support to students submitting their dissertations. The Dissertation Office hosts workshops for doctoral candidates and is open for one-on-one assistance through appointments and walk-in hours.

This Fall, UChicago students, faculty, and staff will have access to additional workstations loaded with GIS, data visualization, and statistical analysis software; collaborative meeting spaces for digital projects in two Hybrid CoLabs, and space for learning with multi-media instructional equipment in the Trial & Train Studio.

Tables and desks in the Center for Digital Scholarship
Tables and standing desks are available for work on digital projects. Workstations make specialized open and commercial software available.

Center staff collaborate on research, collection, and infrastructure projects. For example, the Mapping Chicagoland Project is a collaboration with the Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum to make digitally available historical maps and atlases of Chicago. The Resurrecting the 1970s Guerilla Television Movement is a partnership with the Chicago-based Media Burn Archive to make available videotapes from media art centers across the country. And the GIS Librarians for Open Workflows initiative develops strategies for efficient digital consultations and incorporating open educational resources into instruction.

The CDS is on the first floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library and is open from 9am to 4:45pm Monday through Friday. The Dissertation Office is inside the CDS and is open 9am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Learn more about us on our website or visit us on the first floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library, next to Ex Libris!