Digital Scholarship & Curriculum Center (DSCC)



The DSCC is currently relocated in the Cummings Art Center Room 212 during the renovation of the Charles E. Shain Library. It was created with a grant from the Keel Foundation. The DSCC is open from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year, and from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. during breaks. If you need to use the center at a specific time, or need assistance with your project, contact Michael Dreimiller or Lyndsay Bratton.

The Digital Scholarship and Curriculum Center (DSCC) provides faculty and students with high-end technologies and support to create and edit digital course materials and projects in teaching and research. The DSCC is expanding its scope to include digital scholarship, to include working with both faculty and students on digital research projects. Digital Scholarship and Visual Resources Librarian Lyndsay Bratton is leading efforts in this area.

The DSCC supports Internet2 activities such as videoconferencing, live and pre-recorded high-quality video transmission and reception, and high-bandwidth data transfers.

The DSCC staff, along with the rest of the Instructional Technology Team, also supports the evaluation and use of podcasting, screencasting, wikis, blogs and other emerging user-driven Web 2.0 technologies, to supplement Moodle, our course management system.

The following resources are available:

GRAPHICS

Graphics computers feature slide scanners, flatbed scanners, scanners with document feeders, a large ledger-size flatbed scanner, and CD and DVD burners. Software installed on these computers includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, OmniPage, Director, Flash, Dreamweaver and Camtasia.

PORTABLE EQUIPMENT

Equipment for audio and video recording includes digital still cameras, digital video cameras, Digital Audio Tape (DAT) recorders, cassette tape recorders, iPods with microphones, and flash memory audio recorders. In addition, a variety of wired and wireless microphones, mixers, headphones, tripods and lights are available.

AUDIO

A variety of computer-based audio and video editing equipment is available. The audio rack includes a turntable, DAT, cassette recorder, CD player and Audio-CD recorder. Material from any of these sources can be digitized through the DIGI002 interface, edited using ProTools, and then compressed for web delivery or recorded to CD.

VIDEO

The video rack includes playback and recording devices for a variety of analog and digital formats, including VHS/S-VHS and PAL/SECAM videotapes, laserdiscs, miniDV/DVCAM, and DVDs. Video from these sources can be electronically enhanced before being routed to two editing computers where the video can be digitized and edited using iMovie, Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro. The video can then be compressed to QuickTime, MPEG2 or MPEG4 for campus delivery from our video servers, recorded back to videotape, or made into DVDs using iDVD or DVD Studio Pro.

INTERNET2

To support Internet2 (I2) activities, the DSCC is equipped with a videoconferencing unit, live video encoding and transmission equipment (including High Definition), an Access Grid node, and enough bandwidth to simultaneously transmit and receive two DVD-quality video streams. I2 activities can now be supported in some classrooms in Blaustein, please ask for details.

WEB 2.0

The Instructional Technology Team provides advice on and supports the use of Web 2.0 technologies, such as podcasting, screencasting, wikis, blogs, YouTube and other user-centered emerging technologies. Please contact Michael Dreimiller or Lyndsay Bratton if you would like to explore these new content management environments.

INSTRUCTION

Instruction and support on the use of the equipment and technology in the DSCC is provided as needed throughout production. Faculty, academic departments, or student employees working for faculty can be trained and supported in the use of the DSCC facilities.

A student assistant is employed part-time in the DSCC and may be available to work on digitization projects.

All DCC computers are automatically backed up nightly, and completed projects are archived for future use to a 7 terabyte RAID5 system off-site.

Contact Information

Reference: 860-439-2655

Circulation Desk: 860-439-2662

IT Service Desk: 860-439-4357