With the advent of the digital era rendering possible a niche within which scholarship could thrive, many opportunities have yet to be explored. Designing Digital Scholarship aims to envision how the future of academic scholarship may take form on the web.

Print is not the future of academia. But the prestige of being published in print is among the most prominent of reasons that it remains favored. A shift in ideology, begging an epistemological investigation into the possibilities of using the web as a primary medium for publishing scholarly work, could result in a wider spread of information, as well as an augmentation in divergent approaches to how knowledge is conveyed. Digital scholarship can advance the reach of materials and ameliorate accessibility across devices.

Envisioning digital scholarship, the academic design journal, Visible Language, was used to inform direction. Style tiles lent to the definition of the journal’s personality, followed by mockups and then HTML and CSS. Additionally, data visualization was explored through using Voyant, Serendipomatic, RAW, Adobe Illustrator, and Javascript.

Exploration has resulted in a functioning prototype demonstrating scholarship on the web, achieving digitally what the medium of print inherently falls short accomplishing. This research into digital scholarship shows the possibility for the web to maintain the prestige of print scholarship, advanced methods in conveying information, as well as increase access to materials.

Megan Doty // Amy Papaelias

SUNY New Paltz