You already know that Digital Scholarship Services helps NYU faculty and students incorporate digital scholarship tools and methods into their research and teaching. We help you to plan, analyze, visualize, store, share, and publish your digital projects.

But you may not know that we are also scholars and creators. We publish, present, and share our work in many different venues, and our research is a very important part of who we are and what we do both in and outside of NYU.

For Day of DH 2017, we want to give you a glimpse into some of the work that our DSS team has been involved in over the past year.

And new for this year’s Day of DH, we have collaborated with our partners at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai global. Be sure to check out their posts!
Day of DH at the Center for Digital Scholarship at the NYU Abu Dhabi Library
Day of DH at the NYU Shanghai Research and Instructional Technology Services


Scholarly Communications Librarian April Hathcock has been involved in two exciting projects aimed at opening scholarship within the library profession and in the global sphere, respectively. Idealis, launched in March of this year, is an open scholarship portal for aggregating and highlighting quality scholarship dealing with scholarly communication issues. Powered by the PressForward WordPress plugin, Idealis relies on the volunteer work of scholarly communications experts to find, bookmark, and post about new open scholarship in the field. Anyone interested in working as an editor can apply on the Idealis site. In terms of global open scholarship, April has also been part of the Force11 Scholarly Commons Self-Critique Working Group. The aim of the group is to examine ways to make discussions about scholarly communication and science communication standards more equitable and inclusive on a global scale. An offshoot of the Force11 Scholarly Commons committee, which has been crafting a set of principles for the publication of open scholarship, the Self-Critique working group looks to provide guidance and best practices for ensuring that any proposed principles for global open scholarship incorporate the perspectives of scholars from all over the world and not just the more privileged areas, like North America and Europe. To this end, the Self-Critique Working Group has made great effort to encourage linguistic equity in their work, hosting a Spanish-speaking open call to discuss scholarly communication from the perspectives of Latin American scholars; another call, this one in French and focused on the perspectives of Francophone-African scholars, is forthcoming. All calls, and indeed all the work of the Self-Critique WG is open to anyone to participate; documentation and information on future events (in multiple languages) can be found on the site.

Nicholas Wolf, Research Data Management Librarian, has been a co-lead on the NewYorkScapes project, an effort to build community research activity around the cultural and literary history of the city of New York with a special emphasis on digital projects. The project will unveil a new and updated website this spring (the old–and eventually the new–site can be found at and has been partnering with NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Brooklyn developer team Whirl-i-Gig to produce new software for teaching/research data management and and collective data authoring. As part of the building of data for teaching and research for NewYorkScapes, he has also been working with members of the NYPL Space/Time project to complete new datasets extracted from the city’s historic directories. On a related data front, he has been working with Dr. Marion Casey of Ireland House on an NYU University Research Challenge Grant funded project to clean and publish data emerging out of mid nineteenth-century Emigrant Savings Bank account books, unique archival sources that document the demographic features of the city’s transatlantic immigrants.

Stephen Balogh, Data Services Specialist, has working been recently with colleagues in Data Services and Digital Library Technology Services to expand support for new types of geospatial data in NYU’s Spatial Data Repository (to include 3D data, for instance), and in building data models and UI features to represent more diverse types of connections between datasets on the platform. This coincides with work being done on Federal government data “rescue” efforts; Stephen has recently been helping to create a framework for bringing government datasets into the Spatial Data Repository environment while preserving the context from which that data was collected. Besides that, he has begun working with colleagues on improving NYU’s offerings in the realm of historical and contemporary geocoding services, and has also been participating as a developer and architect in the ongoing effort to reimagine NYU’s digital repository environment. Stephen is currently pursuing a MS in Computer Science at the Courant Institute.

Monica McCormick, Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing, is continuing to work with colleagues in Digital Library Technology Services and NYU Press on the Enhanced Networked Monographs project, a three-year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project is creating a corpus of 110 open access monographs, linking them together with a topic map created from the indexes of the print books. Readers will be able to explore the corpus via the topics, which will be presented as linked open data. Work is also underway to enable annotation, using two open-source tools for digital scholarship, Readium and In terms of DH, this project is an experiment in presenting books not only for human reading (via Readium) but also for machine discovery and consumption (via the Linked Data topics.) We are grateful to our colleagues at the University of Michigan Press and the University of Minnesota Press for contributing books to the corpus.

Zach Coble, Head of Digital Scholarship Services, is continuing research on citation analysis of retractions in biomedical journals. This research updates a 2011 study, and preliminary findings indicate that most articles are retracted because of scientific misconduct, often plagiarism or duplication (publishing their article in multiple journals). He is also excited for the upcoming Summoning the Archive conference, where he will give a talk on the opportunities and challenges of using library collections as data. In addition to editing dh+lib and leading various DH workshops at NYU and beyond, he is finishing his second year in NYU’s ITP master’s program.