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About the DSG

The Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) provides faculty, students, and staff interested in incorporating digital methods into their teaching and research with a single point of entry to the many resources available at Harvard.

The DSG brings together faculty and staff with technical, pedagogical, and subject-specific expertise in a range of areas across disciplinary and divisional borders to create the technical and personnel resources necessary to support digital scholarship. Members are based in a number of campus organizations, including academic departments, research centers, and museums, as well as multiple units within the Harvard Library and Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT).

This network provides a forum where sustained dialogue among the units represented allows for all parties to fully understand one another’s needs and objectives. Additionally, the knowledge base offered by the DSG facilitates quick, agile analyses of issues related to digital scholarship, while facilitating a “no wrong door” approach to connecting questions and requests with the appropriate support organization or individual, thereby forging the shortest path to exactly the right expertise.

The DSG’s core activities focus on three areas:

  1. Digital Literacy: The DSG’s literacy initiatives aim to provide opportunities for faculty and students to acquire digital skills and support their efforts to build new forms of engagement at the curricular level;
  2. Research Support: The DSG supports the use of digital methods and research techniques by making expert advice and special infrastructure available to researchers, as well as cultivating a community of practice that facilitates comparing approaches and finding support; and
  3. Infrastructure Development: The DSG’s member organizations, and partners across the University, work together to develop well-integrated, University-supported hardware and software frameworks, along with the in-house expertise essential to support them.