1. About


SSRC Labs is a production of the Digital Culture program at the Social Science Research Council. Working in collaboration with various partners in the digital humanities, libraries, and computational social sciences, Digital Culture created packages of self-directed training modules and resources. These resources are and will continue to be aggregated and hosted as SSRC Labs.

Currently, Labs is home to the Doing Digital Scholarships (DoingDS) modules. DoingDS was created in collaboration with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University, and is a set of introductory lessons and readings on a variety of topics, from foundational skills like building a professional identity online to more advanced topics like mapping and spatial analysis and how digital methodologies affect pedagogy. The lessons are based on RRCHNM’s successful Doing Digital History summer institutes, with the curriculum expanded outward to include other social science and humanities disciplines and modified for self-directed rather than in-person instruction.

There is no required level of familiarity with digital scholarship topics or methodologies, and the modules are designed to be accessible and practical for scholars and interested parties at all career levels, from undergraduate and graduate students to tenured professors and committee members who might need to evaluate digital projects. With this aim in mind, the modules were beta-tested extensively by a cohort of SSRC fellows with varying levels of technical proficiency. We continue to welcome feedback, which you can email to digitalculture@ssrc.org.

Content for these web modules was developed by Dr. Sheila A Brennan, together with Megan Brett, at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, drawing heavily upon curricula created by Brennan and Dr. Sharon M. Leon (Michigan State University) for the DoingDH series of introductory digital humanities workshops and institutes.

Modules were tested extensively by Alyssa Bowen, Malene Herschend Jacobsen, Allison Korinek, Kathryn Lehman, Alaina Morgan, Rudo Mudiwa, Claire Panetta, Paloma Pueyo, Kathryn Renton, Seda Saluk, Darius Scott, SaraEllen Strongman, Natalie Susmann, Jermaine Thibideaux, and Xiaoshun Zeng.

Support for the modules was generously provided by Richard Witten.