About the BRC

The Boston Research Center is an initiative of the Northeastern University Library’s Digital Scholarship Group to develop a model research center, focused on the city of Boston, for deeply integrative study of urban history, communities, systems, and culture. The 2018 planning phase of the BRC was generously funded by a planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Combining emergent work in “smart cities” with library-based research collections and services, the BRC will provide a physical and digital research environment that draws together archival materials, civic data sets, linked data resources, and standard reference frameworks. In contrast with research efforts more narrowly focused on numeric datasets, the BRC seeks to integrate and connect research collections of images, maps, texts, audio and video files, as well as spatial and statistical/numeric data collections.

About the DSG

The Digital Scholarship Group offers services ranging from grant-writing support to GIS, data visualization, and grant-writing consultations. The DSG also conducts research on subjects like diverse interface design, digital repository systems, and text encoding. 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 projects.

BRC Planning Grant team

Dan Cohen—Dean of the Libraries and Co-Principal Investigator

Patrick Yott—Associate Dean for Digital Strategies and Services and Co-Principal Investigator

Julia Flanders—Director, Digital Scholarship Group

Giordana Mecgani—Head, Archives and Special Collections

Bahare Sanaie-Movahed—Geographic Information Systems Specialist

Steven Braun—Data Analytics and Visualization Specialist

Sarah Connell—BRC Analyst

Des Alaniz—BRC Coordinator

Colleen Nugent—Digital Scholarship Group Research Assistant

Lauren Bergnes Sell—Digital Scholarship Group Research Assistant

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