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Welcome to the UTSC Library Digital Scholarship Unit
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learning from one another
Developing DS community &
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Openly licensed
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Designing workflows for sustainable, successful digital research

Our Services

Data Acquisition & Normalization

Find data and shape it for your use or get advice on data cleaning and structuring your data. 

Data Preservation

Keep your data safe and accessible by designing workflows at the start of your project and understand your options for deposit into a repository and getting a long-term identifier for your data. There are also resources on the University of Toronto Libraries Research Data Website.


The UTSC Library partners with the Internet Archives and Scanning Services located at the University of Toronto Robarts Library to digitize most of our local archives.  Reproduction services for items in our Archives & Special Collections are also available. The DSU can also help you plan your digitization project. 

Graduate Student and Faculty Training

The DSU trains Faculty and Graduate students to complete technical project tasks and coordinate the work of workstudy students. We also maintain an 'Emerging Professionals' program to give current students and recent graduates practical experience.

Metadata Management

The DSU can help you describe your data and understand how to structure it, crosswalk it, and how to design workflows and data dictionaries.

Project Consultation and Curriculum Development

Librarians in our unit have experience managing projects and incorporating digital scholarship methods into classroom assignments. Learn more about our Teaching & Learning work on this website.  

Referral Services

The Digital Scholarship Unit is a UTSC-specific gateway to services available throughout the UTL system and beyond. Visit downtown's DSS webpages. 

Scholarly Communication

Access help with all aspects of scholarly communication, including understanding open access grant requirements, permissions and copyright, and deposit into TSpace. We can also advise on storage, and research metrics.

Software Development

The DSU tests and develops Islandora software and participates in the Islandora community. The University of Toronto Libraries are Partners in the Islandora Foundation and support Duraspace. We also work with student in computer science on Faculty research projects through our Emerging Professionals Program. 

Data Visualization

A picture is worth a thousand words - we can help you design the best visualizations for analysis and communication of your research.