Image courtesy of Our Marathon Digital Archive.

Why the BRC?

Boston is a place of complex and deeply layered history.

The BRC:

  • Focuses on the history of underrepresented groups to expand our understanding of Boston’s long history through the eyes of its residents, past and present.
  • Expands on Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections’ existing commitment to activate archives by making them as useful as possible to the neighborhoods and underrepresented groups they originate from.
  • Builds on the strength of scholars across Northeastern and expertise within the Library to interlink digital historical materials (maps, photos, texts) with data (census information, commercial records) and narrative (analytic writing to pull out important themes).
  • Connects collections across Boston through both information infrastructures and partnerships with other Boston organizations.
  • Unlocks historical analog and paper data (charts, tables, maps, finding aids, books, articles) through scanning and reformatting to perform more robust large-scale analysis, and computation of older data previously only on paper.
  • Emphasizes long-term, sustainable, inclusive information infrastructures to create a safe place to build community-based histories in freely-available and non-commercial systems.

About the DSG

The Digital Scholarship Group offers services ranging from grant-writing support to GIS and data visualization consultations. The DSG also conducts research on subjects like inclusive information systems, data representation standards, and digital repository systems. Working as an applied research team within the library, the DSG seeks out new tools and methods, tests them on real-world projects, and makes them available to the Northeastern community. The DSG supports a wide range of projects, including projects from the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks and the CERES Exhibit Toolkit.