Do you have a digital scholarship project in mind but need some guidance on getting started with the research process? Drop in during Office Hours with questions and DSSG members will suggest tools, methodologies, and approaches that can benefit your work, and try to connect you with relevant resources, organizations, and researchers. Office Hours are open to all Harvard affiliates (undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and professional staff).

The DSSG has run office hours since spring 2018. Our goals for the office hours are to

  • Serve as a single point of entry to quickly answer digital scholarship questions
  • Better surface and support new projects
  • Identify emerging technology trends and user preferences
  • Promote resources and events provided by the DSSG’s constituent organizations and affiliated groups or service-providers around campus
  • Assist graduate students and postdocs working on independent projects without a faculty PI

We have worked with dozens of digital scholarship practitioners based in History, Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology, Sociology, EALC, Psychology, Classics, French, English, and numerous library and art museum units. During office hours, we have fielded questions involved text analysis, data mining, computer vision and image recognition, digital repositories, digital storytelling, data management, content management systems including Scalar and Omeka, Python scripting, web scraping, digital pedagogy, TEI encoding, and digital mapping / GIS.

We encourage you to fill out this Google Form before attending to help us bring in the right DSSG experts and ensure the session is productive. For the current office hours schedule, please see our calendar. We typically run office hours on a weekly basis, alternating between Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you’re unable to attend any Office Hours sessions, feel free to contact us at, and we’ll do our best to assist you remotely or set up an appointment.

Due to the impacts of the coronavirus, we are offering remote office hours at the same times as in-person office hours. Please fill out the same Google Form linked above so that we can ensure we have the right volunteers on hand to handle your questions! The Zoom link is: