Removing Barriers to Digital Scholarship

Emerging from the field of humanities computing with origins in the late 1940s, digital humanities is, in many ways, still a growing discipline. With that growth comes a mix of exciting opportunities for researchers and librarians, as well as a host of challenges still to overcome.

For researchers, digital humanities scholarship is fueling new ways of interrogating content, analyzing insights and outputting discoveries, and it’s fundamentally shifting how scholars partner together to make new types of research possible. Collaboration is a key driver of change as people with diverse backgrounds and skills come together to address common barriers related to applying new technology to content that isn’t always prepped and accessible.  

As expert content curators and skilled technologists, librarians are natural collaborators throughout this process. Libraries around the world are embracing the opportunity to help faculty and students navigate ground-breaking research methodologies to advance scholarship and achieve new outcomes. While funding for humanities resources is increasingly limited, digital humanities initiatives typically garner more support than traditional programs, positioning libraries well to actively engage at every step of the process.

Together with libraries, Gale is poised to help colleges and universities launch, enhance or accelerate their digital scholarship programs. Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab, developed with participation from beta testers across a wide range of institutions and organizations, is designed to transform the way scholars and students access and analyze Gale primary source content by offering solutions to some of the most common challenges facing researchers in the digital humanities today. By integrating an unmatched depth and breadth of digital primary source content with the most popular digital humanities tools, Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab provides a new resource for exploring and teaching history and empowers researchers to generate world-altering conclusions and outcomes.

How it Works

Create Content Sets

The Digital Scholar Lab gives users the ability to create custom content sets containing as many as 10,000 documents. Users can search across their library’s Gale Primary Sources holdings and seamlessly select documents to be added to their custom content set.

Analyze Documents

Users can analyze and interrogate the data with the text analysis and visualization tools built into the Digital Scholar Lab. Digital humanities analysis methods include: Named Entity Recognition, Topic Modelling, Parts of Speech, and more. 

Manage and Share

Users’ content sets remained saved in the Digital Scholar Lab allowing them to manage their research for long term projects. Users can publish their outputs with confidence retaining all intellectual property rights and are free to share analysis outputs.

Look Inside

Search results page showing documents available to be added to a content set

Side-by-side view of the scanned document image and OCR text

 

Content set overview page

 

Configuration options for the Topic Modeling tool

Analysis options available in the Digital Scholar Lab

Answers from Gale's Expert Scholars

Wendy Kurtz, Ph.D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and Sarah Ketchley, Ph.D., Egyptology, serve as in-house scholars and advisors to Gale and its library partners. As Digital Humanities Specialists at Gale, they leverage their expertise and innovation in digital humanities research and teaching, and provide key insight to and from the scholarly community. Hear their thoughts on how Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab can fuel innovations in scholarship at your university.

 

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