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Digital Scholarship @ UW

Learn more about departments, programs, and centers at UW who support digital scholarship research!

Browse a sampling of digital scholarship projects happening at the University of Washington.

Animation Research Labs

The University of Washington Department of Computer Science & Engineering, together with the Schools of Art, DxArts, Drama, Music, and Architecture, have launched a new interdisciplinary center of research and education, called the Animation Research Labs (ARL). Core support for the ARL comes from the Advanced Technology Initiative, a collaborative undertaking of the University of Washington, Washington State University, and the Washington State Legislature.  The mission of the Animation Research Labs is to advance the state of the art in animation through research, teaching, and computer-animated production.

Center for Data Science

The Center for Data Science is a hub for experts in data analytics, data management, and data science. The Center for Data Science uses a multi-disciplinary approach to explore the impact of big data, its challenges, and its opportunities.  Their aim is to develop tools and algorithms that enhance our fundamental understanding of how to store, manage, analyze, search and model data.  They use the principles and openness of the World Wide Web to deliver this impact.

Center for Game Science

The Center for Game Science creates games focused on scientific discovery, discovering optimal learning pathways for STEM education, cognitive skill training, and games that explore collective over individual intelligence.

Center for Statistics & the Social Sciences

The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences promotes collaborative interdisciplinary research on statistical methods for the social sciences, and teaches a rich menu of courses for social science students.

Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology

The Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) supports population research and training at the University of Washington. It also functions as a regional center that gives population scientists at affiliated institutions in the Pacific Northwest access to cutting-edge demographic infrastructure and services. The core of CSDE consists of a large group of productive population scholars, with disciplinary homes in the departments Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Epidemiology,Statistics, and Psychology, as well as the UW schools of International Studies, Public Affairs, Social Work, Nursing and Public Health.  They have drawn faculty into a cohesive research community anchored by a weekly seminar series, collaborative projects, and shared use of state-of-the-art technical, administrative, and consulting services.

eScience Institute

As available data grows exponentially, researchers must apply computational and data management approaches to their research. Access to computer science expertise is key to this endeavor. The eScientists at the eScience Institute act as matchmakers, helping domain scientists apply the most appropriate technology to their research. The eScience team consists of individuals with backgrounds in physics, astronomy, bio-engineering, bioinformatics, data management techniques, and computer science. Their approach is to engage early and often.

The eScience Institute launched in July 2008, dedicated to the support of research computing and to leadership in key areas of eScience expertise, including data mining, machine learning, and sensor networks. Their emphasis is on the emerging need to support data-centric high performance computing.

UW CSE Graphics and Imaging Laboratory

GRAIL, the Graphics and Imaging Laboratory of the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, focuses on computer vision, graphics, games and visualization.  GRAIL is particularly known for research in computational photography, games for science and education, 3D reconstruction, Internet photo collections, object recognition, human and shape motion analysis, information visualization and animation.

Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR)

The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) is a computer resource center which provides facilities and support for social science departments at the University of Washington, including Anthropology, Communications, Economics, Education, Geography, Jackson School of International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology. CSSCR facilities are restricted to use by UW students, faculty, and staff.  CSSCR provides free computer consulting (in lab, by telephone), in-class instruction, an Archive of Electronic Data, access to U.S. government data collections and U.S. census materials, and a subscription to Datastream.  Find CSSCR in Savery Hall.


The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) is an interdisciplinary degree-granting center designed to support the emergence of a new generation of hybrid artists. DXARTS fosters the invention of new forms of digital and experimental arts by synthesizing expanded studio research with pioneering advances in digital computing, information technologies, performance, science, and engineering. Embracing an expansive range of arts practice, theory, and research across multiple disciplines, DXARTS creates opportunities for artists to discover and document new knowledge and expertise in an evolving field of media arts.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.

Lake Union Laboratory

The Lake Union Laboratory is a cross-disciplinary team exploring the potential for digital platforms and tools to generate new transdisciplinary knowledges in and of urbanism and cities.  Using the digital to deepen and expand urban discourses and imagination, the Lake Union Laboratory is creating the Lake Union Digital Atlas: a multi-media (maps, photographs, census data, historical records, ecological data) Atlas of the lake and its surrounding neighborhoods, in order to develop a more comprehensive resource of Lake Union as a social, economic, cultural, spatial, and ecological place over time.

Textual Studies Program

Textual studies encompasses a broad set of disciplines in the arts and humanities.  From memory to written record, manuscript to book, cuneiform tablet to tablet PC, textual studies comprehends the products of literary and documentary culture.

Simpson Center for the Humanities

The Simpson Center offers UW scholars varied opportunities for intellectual community, professional development, and financial support that advance cross-disciplinary understanding, collaboration, and research.  Initiative and resources include:

  • The Certificate in Public Scholarship brings together a cross-disciplinary cohort of UW graduate students and faculty interested in public scholarship that engages in cultural practice and inquiry, campus community partnerships across all sectors of higher education, digital and multimedia publication, exhibitions, performance, and other innovative modes of disseminating scholarship, community-engaged research, teaching, and service, professional development for careers inside or outside of higher education.
  • The Simpson Center offers annual summer fellowships for faculty and doctoral students to pursue research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. Inspired by the value of open access, this annual program is called the Digital Humanities Commons.


UW Information Technology (UW-IT) is the central IT organization for the University of Washington, providing technology support to all three campuses, UW medical centers and global research operations.  Offerings include:

  • DH Office Hours: a periodic and informal opportunity to drop-in and discuss DH project ideas with UW-IT and other staff members.
  • Technology Workshops: Attend a free workshop on using digital creation tools like HTML, CSS, Adobe InDesign, our Sound Studio, and several Digital Video Editing systems.
  • Technology Spaces: Create digital objects and projects in UW-IT’s technology spaces.