Emory University

Emory University Libraries and Information Technology

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship
United States

Primary Contact:
Jesse P. Karlsberg
Senior digital scholarship strategist

Program Overview

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) conceives of publication broadly. Our publication program takes diverse forms, including journals, blogs and magazines, 3-D visualizations, data sets, GIS projects, and in-house developed applications for reading and disseminating scholarly content. ECDS is committed to open access publishing and digital scholarship that engages both academic and popular audiences. The Scholarly Communications Office manages the open access repositories OpenEmory and ETDs for the scholarly works of Emory faculty and students.

Year publishing activities began: 1994

Organization: services are distributed across campus

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (4); graduate students (8)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (85); grants (15)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 5

Open access focus (1–5): 4

Advisory/editorial board: N

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: Emory does not have a university press

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (4); campus-based student-driven journals (2); databases (18); ETDs (695)

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Number of paid titles:

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: Southern studies; Religious studies; Medical humanities; Atlanta studies

Top publications: Southern Spaces (journal); Molecular Vision (journal); Atlanta Studies (journal and website); Practical Matters (journal); Sacred Matters (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 80

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): Fedora; OJS; OCS; OMP; Wordpress; locally developed software; Drupal

Digital preservation strategy: Amazon S3; MetaArchive; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: graphic design (print or web) copy-editing; outreach; training; analytics; metadata; dataset management; budget preparation; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; digitization; image services; data visualization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming; consulting on long-term archiving; consulting on indexing

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: ECDS has developed a suite of open source platforms focusing on map-based storytelling and annotating digitized books. In particular, we have developed the Readux platform for annotating digitized books and publishing digital editions, as well as ATL Maps, a platform for overlaying multimedia content on historical and contemporary map layers, and OpenTour Builder, a tool for creating mobile app tours.
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