Project Collaboration

The CDS regularly hosts interdisciplinary faculty research projects, providing workstations, hardware, software and staff expertise. Faculty and students are welcome to use CDS machines for existing digital scholarly projects or set up a consultation with CDS staff. Our rotating CDS Scholar-in-Residence program provides incubator space, equipment and technology for a scholar working on a project that makes substantial use of NYUAD Library and CDS resources.


Our services include:

  • Advising on digitization best practices, helping faculty and students transition materials from analog to digital to ensure a longer lifespan.
  • Preparing media for deposit into NYU Libraries preservation repositories. Establishing guidelines around the capture of new media bound for archival treatment to ensure it meet international preservation standards. 
  • Working with researchers to identify and use digital publishing platforms (Wordpress and Omeka) to help disseminate their scholarship.
  • Providing Geospatial Data Services assistance, helping faculty and students generate and locate spatial data and integrate it into their research.
  • Advising on metadata standards for description and retrieval of materials.
  • Working with scholars on the creation and implementation of audio visual material into their research 
  • Offering a centralized place for equipment, technology, and expertise not routinely found elsewhere on campus, including:
    -large format, high-resolution scanners
    -a microfilm/fiche reader
    -OCR technology
    -geospatial data software
    -digitization equipment for migrating older analog formats to digital files, including VHS players, turntables, cassette players, mini-DV decks and more

Current Collaboration

A selection of current projects include:

Music and Sound Cultures Research Group

As partners in the Music and Sound Cultures research group, we're working on the creation of a digital compendium of regional heritage music for computational analysis, and a library archive, to ensure perpetual access to this valuable material

Arabic Collections Online

Hosting Arabic Collections Online, a publicly available digital library of public domain Arabic language content.

Akkasah: NYUAD Center for Photography

The CDS is also home to Akkasah: NYUAD Center for Photography, where we work with the project team to preserve the rich photographic history of the region.

Digital Humanities Meetups

Providing incubator space for Professor David Wrisley’s Digital Humanities projects, and providing hardware and software for their work. We are also collaborating on our series of Digital Humanities Meetups.

Family Business Histories Project

Working with History faculty to create the Family Business Histories project to capture and preserve the oral histories of small family businesses in the region.

Middle Eastern Artists' Archive

Creating a multimedia archive of contemporary Middle Eastern artists’ interviews, working with the full life cycle of the project, including advising on best practices in capturing new artists’ interviews, the digitization of older interviews and the preservation of media.

Center for Digital Scholarship

Located in the NYU Abu Dhabi Library, the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) provides expert assistance to NYUAD scholars on digital research projects, geospatial data services, guidance and equipment for reformatting media for preservation, incorporating visual media into research and teaching, and support for NYU’s enterprise technology tools. The CDS is also an incubator for faculty-led projects that incorporate library resources, systems, tools, and methodologies.