What is Digital Scholarship?

Digitally enabled scholarship involves the use of digital collections, and ICT methods and tools for their analysis and representation. This can:

  • Facilitate and enhance existing research - by making research processes easier via the use of computational tools and methods

    Examples:
    - Searching and browsing large datasets
    - Bringing together diverse collections digitally
    - Working collaboratively on disparate data


  • Enable research that would otherwise be impossible - addressing research questions that would have been impossible to resolve without digital methods and tools

    Examples:
    - Large scale text mining and data analysis,
    - Using image analysis tools to uncover 'hidden' parts of manuscripts or art works etc.

  • Allow researchers to ask new research questions i.e. questions that are driven by insights that were only achievable through the use of new tools and methods

    Examples:
    - Using advanced imaging techniques (e.g. photospectral or RTI imaging) to see ancient documents in new ways that can be the basis for developing new research questions

The National Library of Wales Renovation Programme

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