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Open Access for 3D Objects

The Center for Digital Scholarship provides several services that are not only available to university faculty, staff and students but also to Indianapolis community and cultural heritage institutions. Our latest venture is the exploration of 3D digitization and how to make these collections openly available in an online environment.

Updated Oct 28, 2016 by Digital Outreach Librarian

3D Technologies at IUPUI University Library Oh the Possibilities!

 In a rapidly changing technology environment it was only a matter of time that we would see some really cool things happening with 3D technology-particularly 3D scanning. University Library is embracing 3D scanning technology and finding ways to compliment the scanning initiatives that are already taking place with our cultural heritage and community partners. We recently purchased a portable Creaform GoScan scanner to begin capturing 3D artifacts.

Updated Feb 21, 2016 by Webmaster

Scholars, do the right thing.

If you are a scholar who is on the fence about whether or not to get on the Open Access bandwagon, then consider this: It's your ethical duty as a researcher to share your research. As authors John Willinsky and Juan Pablo Alperin explain in their article, "The Academic Ethics of Open Access to Research and Scholarship,"

The ethics of access have to do with recognizing people's right to know what is known, as well as the value to humanity of having one of its best forms of arriving at knowledge as widely shared as possible. The level of access is often reduced by the financial interests of publishers in a market in which there is little sense of rational order, given huge discrepancies in prices for similar products.

Updated Dec 11, 2015 by Webmaster

IUPUI Faculty Taking Advantage of the Digital Scholarship Fund

A few years ago Dean Lewis implemented a fund to assist faculty who are interested in developing digital collections that will enhance and advance their research agenda.  Faculty can use the fund to explore new modes of analysis, creation and dissemination where technology plays a significant role. 

Faculty Highlight

In 2011 I began working with Dr. Bob White to create an online and open-access collection that offers resources for students, teachers, and scholars that are interested in Irish History, Irish politics, social movements, political activism, and “terrorism.”

According to Dr. White, “The Irish Republican Movement Collection provides unique resources for the understanding the transformation of Provisional Irish Republicanism and for understanding those who opposed that transformation, including contemporary ‘dissident’ Irish Republicans."

The collection includes 4 Irish Newspapers and a streaming video created by Dr. White. 
http://ulib.iupui.edu/digitalscholarship/collections/IrishRepublicanMovement

Updated Dec 11, 2015 by Webmaster

Creating Cultural Heritage and Faculty Research Digital Collections: Less about process and more about human interaction

The evolution of creating a digital project includes various steps moving from project idea to digital collection.  While the idea to digitize is simple in theory, there are different ways to approach the digitization process. The creation of a massive digitization project is markedly different than that of a cultural heritage institution collection or faculty research project.  The goal of mass digitization is not to create collections but to digitize everything, or in this case, every book every printed (Colye, 2006). The creation of digital collections for cultural heritage institutions and faculty research projects is less about the methodology of digitization and more about the human interaction between the partnering institutions.  The interaction becomes a personal journey of selection and description of materials that strives to capture and provide online access to the history of the institution.

Updated Dec 11, 2015 by Webmaster