Staff in the Digital Research Commons offer consultations and workshops across an array of digital humanities, data curation, and publishing topics.

Digital Research Services

Our staff works with UH researchers and centers to develop digital research using computational methods and technological articulations to enhance the discourse between traditional and non-traditional knowledge production.

Services include:

  • Consultations on digitally based research projects of all sizes
  • Collaborations with individual classes to build long-term projects with a series of short-term deliverables
  • Collaboration with departments to offer a tailored series of workshops and classes in the core areas and methods. These sessions follow a period of careful consultation and discussion with members in the target department.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Text mining
  • Network analysis
  • Data cleaning and modeling
  • Digital project design and development
For additional information, please contact Dr. Linda Garcia Merchant.

Research Data and Materials Management Services

Our staff provides guidance for individuals and teams in all disciplines on topics related to research data management, archiving, preservation, and sharing. These services include:

  • Interpreting and clarifying funding agency requirements
  • Writing a Data Management Plan, including access to online templates and agency guidance via the DMPtool
  • Core research data management practices
  • Research data archiving and sharing solutions
  • Getting started with the UH Data Repository

Workshops can be customized based on the needs and context of the inquiry. Data Management and related topics mentioned in the consultation section can be developed within the context of the discipline, class, or research group needs as time permits. Generally 2-3 weeks time is needed for new requests.

For additional information on our Research Data Management services, please contact Santi Thompson.

Research Data Services

Additionally, our staff offers consultations and course-integrated services to researchers across all disciplines:

  • Introductory tutorials to analytic and visualization tools including Nvivo, Microsoft Power BI, ArcGis Online, and SPSS
  • Navigating and accessing public and propriety research data resources such as Neilsen/Kilts, Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS), Gallup World Data, and ICPSR, among others
  • Scoping and structuring data for initial quantitative or qualitative analysis

For additional information on these Research Data services, please contact Emma Fontenot.

Scholarly Publishing Services

Our staff provides a broad range of services that assist researchers in making their outputs broadly available.

  • Cougar ROAR comprises the UH Institutional Repository and UH Data Repository (Dataverse repository), providing all in the UH community with safe, legal, and permanent venue to make their research outputs available to anybody worldwide with an internet connection.
  • CV Service / Assisted Institutional Repository Submissions: All UH faculty may submit their CV or list of peer reviewed publications for processing and help in getting as much of their research output as possible globally disseminated through Cougar ROAR
  • Journal hosting and start-up: UH researchers at any level may request a hosted open access journal site on the Open Journal Systems platform and learn how to start a new scholarly journal
  • Applying a broad range of open source platforms and technologies, such as Omeka, PressBooks, and others, to digitally based scholarship
  • Open Monograph Publishing: the DRC is currently piloting production of open access, peer-reviewed scholarly monographs, leveraging local tools, platforms, and expertise

For additional information please contact Taylor Davis-Van Atta.

Rights Management Services

Our staff provides consultations on:

  • Understanding publisher agreements and rights negotiation strategies
  • Understanding Open Access publishing vs. traditional publishing options
  • Rights reversion: regain control over your existing publications, including older monographs and book chapters
  • Rights and copyright issues in thesis and dissertation development
  • The dissertation-to-monograph process
  • Preprint servers: when, why, and how

For additional information please contact Taylor Davis-Van Atta.

For a complete list of research services offered by UH Libraries, visit the main Research Services page.