What is Digital Scholarship at Brown?

Digital Scholarship at Brown is a Domain of One’s Own initiative provided by Reclaim Hosting. Domain of One’s Own is used by many colleges and universities to provide a versatile web environment for students and researchers that is still associated with Brown University. Users of Digital Scholarship at Brown can install supported software as needed, and can invite colleagues to collaborate. Because Digital Scholarship Domains are part of the Reclaim Hosting hosting service, it is easy to convert to an individually owned domain when the you leave Brown.

Digital Scholarship at Brown is primarily a LAMP stack server. It runs the Linux operating system and provides an Apache web server. In addition to choosing from a large variety of managed open source software, you can also install mySQL databases and database management software.

Creating My Domain (The signup process)

Look over the Guidelines for Use page! Then, click, to start the process, the “Sign Up” button on the Digital Scholarship at Brown home page. You will be asked to authenticate with your Brown ID and fill out a short request form. This will be read and approved by CDS staff within a day or two (usually less than a day). Once it has been approved, you will receive an email that your domain request is ready.

The next time you log into http://digitalscholarship.brown.edu you will be asked to create a domain name, which will be the main URL of all the sites you create on Digital Scholarship at Brown. This is not easy to change, and form the base URL for all the sites that you create. Some people use their name, the name of their project or another term identified with their work or persona. Don’t use something you will regret. The resulting URL will be

nameChosen.digitalscholarship.brown.edu (where nameChosen is the name you choose)

If you work with multiple sites, for example a Scalar site, an Omeka site and WordPress site, they could then have names like
nameChosen.digitalscholarship.brown.edu/scalar
nameChosen.digitalscholarship.brown.edu/omeka
nameChosen.digitalscholarship.brown.edu/academic-blog

Once you have chosen a name for your domain, you will be able to see a page with your dashboard, and you can install software and start to work on your project. Don’t hesitate to contact CDS at cds_info@brown.edu if you need help.

What Applications Can I Install?

When you log into Digital Scholarship at Brown you will have access to your cPanel, which allows you to install one or more applications by clicking on them. The cPanel you see has been edited to show only applications that are most likely to be useful to Brown users. If you are interested in using an application that is not available on your cPanel, you can get in touch with cds_info@brown.edu to see if it’s possible to allow installation. The cPanel applications are managed by piece of software called Installatron. You can see the full list of applications available here. See the Examples page for some guidance on what different applications best suited for, and the Documentation page for more detailed help.

Can I use the Command Line?

Digital Scholarship at Brown is a managed server, and it is not possible to install and run everything at all. If you need a raw server, you may need to use a different service such as Amazon Web Services or Digital Ocean. There are two way to access the command line and the server directly on Digital Scholarship at Brown. For simple uploads and file manipulation, you can use the cPanel File Manager. If you want to use ssh and sftp, you will have to set up a public key to allow secure login. More information on this is available in the documentation.

What Can’t I Do?

Most importantly, you have to abide by the Guidelines for Use. There are also some restrictions to what you can install and run on your Digital Scholarship at Brown domain. It is not currently possible to run Node or other servers, or to use Docker containers. Reclaim Hosting is piloting Reclaim Cloud,  a containerized environment that goes beyond what the cPanel environment of Domain of One’s Own.