In the introductory post for this blog, I defined ‘digital scholarship’ as research and teaching that is made possible by digital technologies, or that takes advantage of them to ask and answer questions in new ways.
I recently came across another definition in Abby Smith Rumsey’s New-Model Scholarly Communication: Roadmap for Change:
Digital scholarship is the use of digital evidence and method, digital authoring, digital publishing, digital curation and preservation, and digital use and reuse of scholarship.
She goes on to define ‘new-model scholarly communications’ as “what results when we put those digital practices into the processes of production, publishing, curation, and use of scholarship.”
I think this definition, in addition to being much less vague than my original one, provides some useful context for thinking about the role of digital scholarship in an organization as large and diverse as the OSU Libraries. It easily encompasses activities in research services, collection development, special collections, scholarly communications, and more. Perhaps it can help us think of the larger context of the work we do, day-to-day, and the ways in which that work is helping to shape the future of scholarship.