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We collaborate with partners across campus to incorporate emerging technologies and methods into evolving research practices. These projects, prototypes, and initiatives provide a few examples of the kind of research we undertake. By no means exhaustive, these are meant to illustrate the breadth of our expertise and interests.


The Burroughs Archive

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This project is a collaboration between the Department of English, Special Collections and Archives, and the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship. The goal of this project is to provide a digital edition of several of William S. Burrough's manuscripts and typescripts.

Il Secolo

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The Il Secolo project involved the digitization of a nine-month sample from the Italian newspaper Il Secolo. Details and future directions are on the project's website.

The Owl

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The Owl is a peer-reviewed publication of research articles written by Florida State University undergraduates. The journal is hosted and published on the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform.

Journal of Art for Life

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The Journal of Art for Life (JAFL) is an international, refereed journal focused on art education, museum education, art therapy, and arts administration in authentic, real-world contexts toward the goal of social progress through the arts. The journal supports open access publishing and is published on the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform.


Text Encoding

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This proof of concept project took a recipe book from FSU's Digital Library and encoded it using a customization of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines for markup. Sarah Stanley, digital humanities librarian, generated a customized schema which allowed her to markup ingredients, with their regularized measurements and ingredient names. She then used XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) to convert the TEI to HTML and generate modernized ingredient lists. The TEI transcription, XSLT, schema, and CSS are viewable online.

Spatial Humanities

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Sarah Stanley created a map of all of the Wikipedia stubs under the topic of "Caribbean buildings and structures" (the list was generated on April 16, 2016). This map was used to visualize the areas that were the least represented on Wikipedia. Read about mapping as a digital humanities research method on the FSU Libraries blog.

Network Visualization

A network visualization of the FSU Digital Scholarship Network

Digital Scholarship is currently being conducted in several departments across FSU's campus. This sometimes makes it hard to get a sense of who is actually involved in different digital activities. To bring all of these different participants together, members of DRS created a network visualization of all of the people, projects, and places that were involved in digital scholarship on campus. Read about the process and see the component parts on the libraries blog.

Digital Publishing

Claude Pepper Photo in front of D.C. Capitol

The Mildred and Claude Pepper Collection documents the career of one of the most politically active individuals of this century, and also reflects the changes that have taken place in many areas of American life. The collection contains over two million pages consisting of Mildred and Claude Pepper’s official and personal documents. In effort to exhibit and test the digital publishing of special collection materials we compiled content from the collection into an online, interactive book.



Project Incubator

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The Project Enhancement Network and Incubator (PEN and Inc.) is a 7-week program for accelerating digital projects. We build a cohort of digital scholars and foster an environment in which researchers can conduct innovative scholarship.

Research Tools Training & Support

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DRS offers training and support for a number of digital research tools, such as Oxygen, Zotero, OpenRefine, and more. Discover a variety of digital tools useful for analysis, publication, and dissemination by viewing our Periodic Table of Digital Research Resources.

Open Access Policy

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In partnership with the Faculty Senate Library Committee, DRS advocated for the adoption of a campus-wide open access policy, adopted and passed by the Faculty Senate in early 2016.

Open Educational Resources

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To address the issue of the rising cost of college textbooks, FSU Libraries are offering Alternative Textbook grants to support instructors in their efforts to replace commercial textbooks with open alternatives that are available at no cost to students.


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