Data Curation

Get help with a data management plan

Funding agencies are increasingly requiring the submission of data management plans (DMP) with any new grant proposals.  In order to help fulfill this new requirement, CDS staff can assist in crafting a plan to manage data produced by the Brown University researchers.  Email for assistance.


Use the Brown Digital Repository

The Brown Digital Repository (BDR) is a place to gather, index, store, preserve, and make available digital assets produced via the scholarly, instructional, research, and administrative activities at Brown. The BDR provides:

  • A searchable index of digital objects shared by the Brown community.
  • Permanent, secure storage for personal and departmental digital objects.
  • Off-site backups of digital content.
  • Persistent links and identifiers.
  • APIs for re-using digital content
  • Data curation, format migration, and preservation services.

For more information on the BDR and to access it:


Describe your data (metadata creation)

CDS provides long-term maintenance and support for digital scholarly projects, including digital repository services, and expertise in data and metadata standards and maintenance. CDS staff can help ensure that projects are designed and developed for permanence, interoperability and scalability. We can also advise researchers on metadata and documentation issues with regard to long-term access to research data.

Email for more information.


Digitize objects for research and publication

The CDS works closely with Brown University Library’s Digital Production Services, which is responsible for digitization of materials in support of scholarship, research, and teaching.

See the DPS website, for more information on digitization and supported image formats:

Data Analysis and Visualization

Interact with a large-scale, high resolution display

The centerpiece of the Rockefeller Library’s new Digital Scholarship Lab is a 7-by-16-foot high resolution display wall.

With over 24 million pixels, the wall allows for a wide variety of use cases, including: classes looking at a single image in great detail, a researcher viewing hundreds of images side-by-side, and participants in a group project displaying multiple documents simultaneously.

For more information see the Digital Scholarship Lab’s website


Visualize Data

Have data? Want to see it in new ways? CDS has in house expertise using a number of data visualization tools and methods. Email us at and let us know what you want to see.


Perform spatial analysis and make maps

CDS is available to assist faculty, graduate students, and staff with projects that use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for spatial analysis, data management, and producing static (printed) or dynamic (interactive web-based) maps.  CDS staff offer workshops, training sessions, and consultations ranging from simple assistance for first time users of GIS software to larger projects that incorporate dynamic web based maps for digital scholarship.

For more information contact Bruce Boucek, Social Sciences Data Librarian

Digital Humanities

Start a Digital Humanities project

CDS works with faculty and graduate students who have existing digital humanities projects, are embarking on new projects, or want to explore the potential of digital humanities methods for their research or teaching. CDS can provide the following assistance:

  • Consulting on DH methodologies
  • Contributing technical implementation
  • Assisting with project management
  • data management and metadata consulting
  • Grant writing support

Workshops & Conferences

learn new skills or teach them to your class

CDS staff offer workshops, short courses, and seminars on a variety of topics in digital methods, issues, and tools. We currently offer training in the library on applications like ArcGIS and have presented workshops on digital humanities tools and practices, and scientific data management. As digital methods and tools evolve to address new research questions and data sources, and Brown faculty become interested in using them, we can develop training or workshops in topics that are requested.

Currently available workshops:

  • ArcGIS
  • Stats
  • Database Design for Humanists
  • Network Analysis for Humanists
  • You won’t get scooped: Academic and Professional Publishing Online
  • Zotero, open source citation management software

If you are interested scheduling a workshop or in developing a new workshop with CDS please contact us


Conferences and Lectures

CDS organizes conferences, symposia, lecture series, and colloquia on digital scholarship in collaboration with Brown faculty and on our own. We have offered pre-conference workshops, served on program and conference committees, and helped identify speakers and planned sessions. Some topics we can contribute to:

  • Digital scholarship methods and tools
  • Digital repositories
  • Scholarly text encoding
  • Digital scholarly editing
  • Discipline-specific approaches to digital technology

The Computing in the Humanities User Group (CHUG) series of occasional digital humanities talks brings a variety of speakers to campus who present their work in an informal setting. Subscribe to the CHUG announcement list (listserv).  A list of CHUG announcements. is also available.


Write a grant proposal for a digital project

CDS staff are always happy to discuss new grant ideas, particularly for projects that offer new ways of working with digital materials, or whose outcomes would have the potential to enhance existing digital projects. To plan an external funding proposal in collaboration with CDS, please contact us for an initial meeting. To allow time to develop a competitive proposal, please contact us as soon as possible, and ideally allow at least three months before your grant is due at the Office for Sponsored Programs.