The Brown University Scholarly Technology Group (STG) provides advanced technology consulting to Brown humanities faculty, departments, libraries, and research centers. We undertake large and small projects in support of scholarly work in the digital medium. We also explore the critical new technologies that are transforming scholarly work and helping to maintain its longevity: data and metadata standards, XML publication tools, text encoding methods, database design, and accessibility standards.
Most of our work is done through our faculty grants program, which supports a new set of projects each year. This program lets faculty work closely with consultants to create experimental research tools or to publish their research digitally in innovative ways. Founded in 2001, the program has supported the creation of over 25 innovative projects from across the humanities and social sciences. Several of these have gone on to receive federal funding for further development.
We also work closely with Brown's Center for Digital Initiatives and other digital research centers on campus, working to develop methods of archiving digital research and materials, and addressing the challenges of supporting Brown's investment in digital research. This work provides an infrastructure that also supports the archiving and reuse of instructional materials.
STG staff have expertise in text encoding standards, accessibility, database design, web programming, digital project design, information design, and grant-writing. We combine a strong background in the humanities and social sciences with a deep interest in the meaning and impact of digital technologies for scholarly communication. Our research explores these issues as they affect faculty, institutions, and the ongoing evolution of the academic enterprise.