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Digital Scholarship

What is digital scholarship?  

Digital scholarship is the practice of using digital tools or technologies to change the methods by which data can be created or used by other researchers or a general audience. Digital scholarship also includes supporting and advocating for experimental tools and projects, and supporting digital dissemination.

How does the Freedman Center support digital scholarship?


The Freedman Center provides technological resources and its expert staff generates, curates, and shares transformative research across CWRU and beyond.


The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship aims to be the nexus of digital library technologies, expertise, learning and research at Case Western Reserve University charged with creating collaborative, socially responsive digital scholarship.

Our Team Values

We take a collaborative, gestalt approach to scholarly work.


  • We value history and how it informs scientific research.
  • We value education as lifelong learners who push technical boundaries and explore interdisciplinary concepts.
  • We value the transformative nature of new media and its impact on research.
  • We value digital literacy, using technology to strengthen the clarity of information.


  • We value people first—how people create information, how people access information, and how individuals and communities are differently affected by the dissemination of information.
  • We value open access to information as a human and civil right.
  • We understand the impact that our scholarly work may have on our local communities in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio and our global communities, academic and nonacademic.
  • We value dialogue with and inclusion of our incredibly diverse user community, which includes people from myriad racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, gender and sexual identities, religious affiliations, ages, and disability status.


  • We value and support an ethical approach to research that balances advancing human knowledge with an individual's right to privacy.
  • We value scientific and humanistic inquiry and using digital scholarship to explore problems and investigate solutions.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Customized project consultations to faculty and students interested in embarking on digital scholarship projects (contact us at
  • Educating our community in the use of digital scholarship-related tools and pedagogy through our workshops and classes
  • Support of faculty, staff, and researchers through the Freedman Fellows Program
  • Support of students through the Freedman Fellows Student Program
  • Hosting events such as colloquia, instruction sessions, and workshops that equip researchers with knowledge of trends in the area of technology and scholarly research.
  • Assistance with GIS and statistical analysis programs
  • Access to multimedia and digitization hardware and software.

Contact Us

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship welcomes your questions and input. You may e-mail us at or give us a call at (216) 368-0932.