Below are descriptions of some of the Digital Scholarship Unit's current projects.

Beginning Fall 2018, partners at the University of Maryland, the University of South Carolina and the University of Toronto Scarborough will begin work on a prototype for the Early Modern Songscapes platform. The project is hosted at UTSC Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit and represents a development partnership with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. This first phase of the project will launch early in 2019, to correspond with the annual conference at the ... more

The Web Annotation Utility Module allows users to make web-based annotations on multimedia objects, including video/audio, Oral Histories, large images and simple images. Learn more about the software by reviewing our Code4Lib poster or article... more

The Oral History solution pack is software developed and released by the Digital Scholarship Unit to support stewardship and display of multiple tiers of transcription and translation alongside video and audio files.  The software is being used internationally as well as in UTSC classrooms and UTSC research projects. You can learn more about the Oral History Solution pack by reading our publication in Code4lib

Please Note: This module would not have been possible without the support of ... more

A partnership with Anne Milne in the UTSC English Department to publish student-produced, annotated images of William Hogarth’s work and other contextual pieces. The project is designed, in Anne’s word, to “encourage teamwork and a strong classroom culture, enhance research and bibliographic skills, teach ‘writing for the web’, promote a deeper understanding of eighteenth-century British culture, and generate a legacy project for the students.” 

Since 2014, we have been working in partnership with Faculty, Liaison Librarians, iSchool practicum and humanities graduate students to create digital scholarship learning objects for use in the classroom. Topics vary widely, but the resulting objects are designed as introductions to commonly requested topics in digital scholarship.  All modules are collaboratively maintained and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Next steps include developing a comprehensive metadata profile for these objects so that they are easier to find... more

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The Scarborough Oral History Project builds on and expands existing university-community collaborations among UTSC faculty across disciplines and community organizations in Scarborough and gives researchers at all levels the opportunity to engage directly retelling the story of Scarborough from within.  

The SOHP initiative began in the fall of 2013 with the first offering of a successful interdisciplinary course in... more

This open access inorganic Chemistry textbook, by Chemistry professor Alen Hadzovic, is currently being used by UTSC undergraduate students. Beyond hosting the textbook, the unit is working to help Alen display more complex molecule visualizations using Jmol and Flot libraries that can help students better understand core concepts.

Bioline International is a not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries. By providing a platform for the worldwide distribution of peer-reviewed journals BI helps to reduce the global knowledge divide by making bioscience information generated in these countries. The Digital Scholarship unit manages the workflow for publishing the journal articles in the Bioline framework, which is maintained and hosted by the Reference Center on Environmental Information (CRIA) based in Brazil.


This project aims to optimize and preserve a digitized manuscript collection of the 15th-century Ethiopian monastery at Gunda Gunde (Tigray Province). The processing work consists in taking native RAW images and producing archival quality tiffs and appropriate metadata for storage in our repository, as well as indexing and providing a discovery interface for the collection. 


EHRN is an international network of scholars and community organizations focused on historically nuanced cultural studies of the Eastern Himalayas and their borderlands.

The Dragoman’s Renaissance explores the personal and professional trajectories and textual practices of dragomans (diplomatic interpreters) employed by the Venetian consulate in seventeenth-century Istanbul. It aims to offer new insights into the role of this important yet under-studied group in mediating sociopolitical and ethnolinguistic relations between the Ottoman and Venetian empires at a crucial point in their long entangled history, and, more broadly, in the genealogies of Orientalism in the early modern Mediterranean. Methodologically, the project seeks to model and facilitate (... more