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We have several specialist units who work together to provide a wide range of services and support to researchers. The units are coordinated by a group of senior curatorial, technical and managerial staff, and work closely together on different aspects of single projects.

Digital Library Unit

The Unit has direct responsibility for the content on Cambridge Digital Library, our combined platform for the digital humanities, currently home to over 30,000 digital objects. We provide support and training for:

  • Data sustainability
  • Research impact
  • Rights management
  • Technical aspects of project planning and bid writing
  • Metadata standards (TEI, EAD, METS/MODS)
  • Transcription and digital editions
  • Data transformation
  • Long-term storage and hosting of data and images
  • Library/Research partnerships

Digital Content Unit

Taking responsibility for the production of digital content, the Unit is based in a dedicated imaging studio in the Library. Our team works with specialised equipment and innovative techniques to create high quality reproductions and representations in a variety of formats. We provide:

  • High-quality archival images of special collections material in a conservation environment
  • Support on use of imaging standards, techniques, software and equipment
  • Creation of 3D models, including support on 3D printing options
  • Production, editing and hosting of video
  • Support for multispectral imaging, including infra-red, UV and X-Ray imaging
  • Photography for events, exhibitions and publications

Software Development Unit

Our team of expert software developers provide development support for digital humanities projects in Cambridge and beyond. We offer a broad range of development services, including:

  • Interface development
  • Text mining
  • Data visualisation
  • Technical aspects of bid writing
  • Data processing and transformation
  • Linked data
  • IIIF
  • Digital editions

The Office of Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication is the ​process of academics, scholars and researchers sharing and publishing their research findings so that they are available to the wider academic community and beyond. The Office of Scholarly Communication, an initiative of the Library and the Research Office, provides advice, training and support on:

  • Innovative ways to publish and disseminate 'grey literature'
  • Provision of unique training opportunities in coding and software for humanities researchers
  • The changing landscape of research dissemination