Digital Scholarship

It is important to have a broad and flexible definition for a field that is ever growing and shifting.

Digital Scholarship is simply scholarship (academic research or knowledge building) in a digital capacity. This may refer to a field of digitizing scholarship or the method by which a scholarly goal is achieved. The field or method of digital scholarship requires the use of technology, in its broadest sense. More specifically, the level of advanced technology matters, for example, ink and papyri are more advanced technology than clay tablet and stylus, but neither can be considered digital scholarship. For our modern contexts, it seems computers must play a role for the concept of digital scholarship to apply. In digital scholarship computer technology is utilized to meet academic or scholarly goals. Digital scholarship may meet an academic goal by answering a specific research question (method) or simply by building a framework for future researchers to utilize (field).