Archives: The creation and maintenance of, and access to, new kinds of online archival databases materials have already had an incalculable impact on scholarship in every field. From JSTOR to the Human Genome project, scholars are accessing scholarship and primary data in ways that were hard to imagine just a decade ago. Still, the vast majority of archival repositories will remain in analog form for generations to come, and a major challenge will be learning how to integrate the analog with the digital archives in a seamless way so that scholars can build new networked collaborations on the labors of the past.
Analysis: Scholars in the humanities and social sciences have now joined those in the natural sciences in using computer software as fundamental to their daily toolsets. Many scholars have become adept in image-processing software, geographic information systems, video editing, interactive, 3-D, database and other software tools. Making scholars aware of the available new tools for their fields, and testing those tools effectiveness, is a major goal of the CTS. We are also interested in modeling new modes of scholarly collaboration that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries, combine theory and practice, and push beyond a service model of technology support.
Digital Publication: The cultivation of new forms of scholarship and publication will need to be fully assimilated into the academic mainstream. The CTS will support the development of a digital dissertation program at USC, bring USC authors together with academic presses and journals that are developing digital publications, work with academic presses to develop solutions to the problem of a business model for online publications, and explore the possibilities for a digital press at USC. We are particularly interested in the potentials of robust interactive media for new forms of scholarly output and in rethinking the traditional outputs of humanities scholarship.