Technology and Innovation
DRS collaborates with faculty, students, and researchers on finding, evaluating, and implementing digital tools and technologies to create innovative scholarly outputs. Our goal is to both meet individual needs and enhance the Library’s knowledge-base and technological capacities for supporting new kinds of scholarship.
Areas we currently specialize in include Virtual & Augmented Reality, GIS Mapping, and Data Visualization. We provide consultation on the use and application of technologies in these areas throughout all stages of the research cycle.
Tools and Technologies
DRS uses a Lulzbot Taz6 fused filament fabrication printer running Cura LulzBot Edition 3.2 software for printing 3D models and dimensional data visualizations.
DRS uses Blender, Unity, Autodesk Meshmixer, and Autodesk Fusion 360 to build and modify 3D models for printing and use in virtual environments.
DRS consults on a variety of open source data visualization software like Voyant, Gephi, Tableau, and Palladio.
We use VR equipment like the HTC Vive Pro and Oculus Touch to investigate the use of virtual environments for research projects and instruction in the classroom.
We use open source tools like QGIS and Google Maps to display and analyse geospatial data.