Digital Initiatives and Resource Discovery Department

About the Department

The department of Digital Initiatives and Resource Discovery provides leadership, direction and innovation in digital scholarship, digital collections, digitization, digital preservation, scholarly communications and oral histories to support the University's teaching and research needs. Our mission is to help foster, create and preserve open data, research and scholarship. Digital Initiatives is a collegial environment where communication and collaboration are two of our key values for supporting each other, the Libraries and the campus community.

Collaborating with Digital Initiatives and Resource Discovery

Would you like to develop a digital project, share and preserve your scholarship, create an oral history/podcasting project or launch an open-access journal? We can support students and faculty in many ways by helping develop and manage projects and providing digital platform expertise.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our services, please schedule a consultation or use the Digital Collections Project Request Form to propose an idea for a digital collection.


Digital Scholarship

We offer support for new and emerging methods for research and teaching, including developing digital projects, working with data, digital publishing, digital storytelling and more. We can also provide guidance on tools for content and digital asset management. Learn more about digital scholarship services.

The pilot Digital Scholarship Center (pDSC), located in Science Library Building Room 209 (SL-209), is a flexible space for collaboration on digital projects, workshops, consultation services and invited lectures.

The recording studio has hardware and software for creating, editing and sharing audio and video content for class projects, course introductions, presentations, podcasts, oral history interviews and other educational and professional purposes.

Open Repository and Digital Preservation

In accordance with Binghamton University’s Open Access Policy, we provide access and ensure long-term stewardship and stewardship of scholarly and creative output in the ORB, the Libraries' institutional repository.

Long-term preservation of digital material is available via Rosetta, the Libraries' digital preservation system. Learn more about our open repository and digital preservation services.

We also offer a service to archive Binghamton University students' electronic thesis and dissertations (ETDs) in The ORB and make them public, open and discoverable.

Digital Collections

Our digital collections feature unique digitized and born-digital materials curated and preserved by the Libraries. The collection includes historically significant documents, photographs, audiovisual recordings, postcards, and diaries. Learn more about our Digital Collections

Open Access Journal Publishing

We can host research and student journals on The ORB. There are no fees to set up a journal. Priority will be given for journals that are open access and peer-reviewed. Learn more about open access journal publishing services.


We support the digitization of materials for the purpose of scholarship and research. Our primary focus is to digitize the unique collections of Binghamton University Libraries. Still, we also partner with other departments on campus to digitize materials in support of research projects, digital scholarship projects and exhibits. Learn more about our digitization services.

Scholarly Communications

We help support the life cycle of research and publishing by offering copyright and publishing consultations and providing campus-wide advocacy, education and outreach for open access to scholarship. We also can create DOIs for faculty, researchers, staff and students who wish to assign a permanent identifier to their work, including datasets.

We support research data management activities including assistance with creating data management plans, identifying appropriate data repositories, and depositing data in the ORB (Open Repository @ Binghamton). Learn more about our scholarly communication services.

Oral Histories

We can partner with faculty and students to support the creation, sharing and preserving oral history interviews. Learn more about our oral histories services.

Web Archiving

We select and archive websites affiliated with the University. This is a new initiative, so we are just beginning to build our collections. If you are interested in web archiving, please contact us using our consultation form.