Centre for Digital Scholarship

About the Centre

The Centre for Digital Scholarship (CDS) is a purpose built teaching, research and presentation space in the Library that is ideal for analysing, visualising and interacting with most types of digital content in a highly collaborative environment. 

The Centre for Digital Scholarship also recognises the changing needs of learning and assessment. Increasingly, students are required to produce digital outputs such as digital objects or web content and online exhibitions. In the Centre for Digital Scholarship, students will be able to access multi-functional spaces, technology and support and at various times during the Semester both Library and University experts will be on hand to offer specialised training and assistance.

Use the Centre for teaching, research and study

The Centre provides multi-functional spaces, technology and support for creators and curators of digital content. The space is open 24/7 and available to anyone working in the area of digital scholarship.

For teaching

Email cds@library.uq.edu.au to discuss using the CDS in your teaching, including: 

  • How you can use the software, digitisation and 3D printing services
  • Using our spaces, including the Training room (seats 17)

For research and study

Use CDS-recommended software, and our digitisation and 3D printing equipment for your digital content.

Book a space in the centre:

  • Group room 1 (contains computer, whiteboard, digital display screen)
  • Group room 2 (contains large display screen, whiteboard)

Centre for Digital Scholarship

Software & support

Get assistance using CDS-recommended software through our guides, online training and CDS staff.

Text analysis

Text analysis software can be used to access and interpret text and produce quantitative data that can be analysed.

Data analysis

Data analysis software can help to examine data to discover useful information. Use data analysis tools to collect, evaluate and present data and draw conclusions.

Data visualisation

Data visualisation software is used to produce visual representations of data to convey meaning.

Geographical information systems (GIS)

Geographic information systems (GIS) software is used to capture, analyse and present spatial or geographical data.

Media creation & editing

Media creation and editing software is used to produce and edit video, audio and graphics.

3D modelling software

3D modelling software can be used to create and modify 3D models.

Training in the Centre



Specialty scanner

With our Bookeye scanner, you can scan:

  • items at a resolution up to 600ppi 
  • rare and heritage items for preservation using the V-shaped book cradle
  • large items up to A2 size including posters, newspapers and bound volumes
  • directly onto your USB stick in PDF, JPEG, TIFF and PNM formats

Presentation screens

The 80-inch screen is perfect for collaborative sessions and presentations

Research in the Centre

2016 Fryer Fellow

Dr Roger Osborne has done innovative work in the digital humanities. He has been associated with AustLit for many years and continues to contribute to the database as a researcher and compiler. The first of five components of his open-ended Joseph Furphy Digital Archive was published on AustLit in 2015.  

As part of his 2016 Fryer Fellowship he will explore the short story market in Australia and the long-running Australia Journal during the editorship of Ronald Campbell from 1926 to 1955, using the collections of the Fryer Library.

His project will also explore the potential for digitisation of the materials in Campbell’s material archive in order to develop a digital archive that better introduces researchers, teachers and students to the career of an editor who played a significant role in Australian print culture.

One of the proposed outcomes of his work will be an online peer-reviewed exhibition. 

Dr Roger Osborne, 2016 Fryer Fellow

Digital scholarship

Digital scholarship uses tools and software in the areas of text analysis and mining, data analysis, GIS mapping and visualisation of data to gather, analyse, reuse, produce and/or preserve text, data, and images, both still and moving. Digital scholarship is often concentrated by discipline in school based laboratories or spaces. The new Centre is well-placed to bring together scholars from across the University, enabling collaboration and cross-disciplinary projects and fostering new and innovative research.


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Floor plan and accessible facilities

Level five, Building #2

  • Meeting rooms 
  • Group/individual zone
  • Study pods & lounges
  • Computers
  • Printing, scanning and photocopying
  • Quiet study area
  • CDS training room
  • Student equipment/prep area
  • Book copier
  • 3D printer
  • The Nest