Ball State’s Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) originated out of the experiences of faculty engaged in research projects that employed digital tools or disseminated results in digital form. These were highly collaborative efforts, bringing together faculty from different departments, professional staff and students. The difficulty that project leaders had in discovering and assembling resources and expertise from across campus highlighted the need for a hub that fostered connections across units and disciplines.
The core mission of the Digital Scholarship Lab is to support BSU faculty and staff who undertake research projects that involve the use of digital technologies in areas such as big-data analytics, text analysis, virtual and augmented reality, and GIS mapping.Since its inception, the DSL has supported more than 20 faculty-led investigations, generated more than $5 million in grant applications and earned grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and private funders.
The DSL also organizes events and activities designed to build an active scholarly community that produces high-quality, nationally and internationally competitive digital scholarship at Ball State. These have included public lectures, workshops, lunchtime talks, and video conference demonstrations. Its speakers have included Abby Smith Rumsey, the former director of the Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia and a leader of the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, and Bernie Frischer, Professor of Informatics at Indiana University and a leading virtual archeologist. For a list of past events, see the Events menu on this site.
The lab also works with students, whether as paid employees, interns, or on for-credit projects.