Summary

  • Digital Scholarship at Brown is a pilot service offering.
  • You’re being offered a server space and software, but no technical support.
  • Brown students, faculty, researchers, and staff can use the service for teaching, learning, and research projects.
  • This is not a replacement for Websites at Brown
  • You will adhere to laws, University rules, and Brown’s Acceptable Use Policy.
  • You will adhere to applicable copyright law.
  • You will follow the Policy on the Handling of Brown Restricted Information
  • Your site goes away when you leave Brown, but you’ll have some options.                                                                               

What is it?

  • The Brown University Library is offering a pilot project, Digital Scholarship at Brown, to support digital scholarship at Brown University by providing users with access to flexible web and server space and a customizable hosting platform powered by Reclaim Hosting, separate from Brown’s standard IT infrastructure.
  • Digital Scholarship at Brown allows users to install and customize their own servers and software. For example, they may install and customize themes, plugins, modify the underlying databases, etc., within the restrictions of the overall Digital Scholarship at Brown environment.

    Support is available for basic technical issues (e.g. assistance resetting passwords, resolving network outages). However, the Center for Digital Scholarship (University Library) and Digital Learning and Design (CIS) will not provide technical support for issues related to customizations made to your sites or software that is installed on it unless this had been agreed upon in advance. 
  • Digital Scholarship at Brown is intended to complement the other web solutions provided by the University, as listed on Websites at Brown.

Who Should Use it?

  • Digital Scholarship at Brown is available to Brown students, faculty, researchers and staff who are working on digital scholarship projects with the Center for Digital Scholarship or Digital Learning and Design or who have a digital scholarship project that cannot be hosted on existing Brown solutions such as Google Sites, Canvas or Brown Blogs.. 

    Digital Scholarship at Brown sites must support the user’s teaching, learning, or research activities at Brown. It should not be used for Brown University business, marketing, student activities or commerce.

Rules and Regs:

  • Digital Scholarship at Brown users must comply with all federal, Rhode Island, local, and other applicable laws and all University rules and policies, most importantly, as this is part of Brown’s computing facilities and services, they must comply with Brown’s Acceptable Use Policy. You are responsible for the content on your site. If content that contravenes Brown’s acceptable use policy has been posted, or the site is being used for something other than teaching, learning, or research activities at Brown, the site may be shut down.
  • Digital Scholarship at Brown users are responsible for obtaining all permissions that may be necessary to incorporate works of third parties into their site. For more information about Copyright and Fair Use, see Copyright and Fair Use at Brown, and the Brown Library’s research guide to Copyright).
  • Digital Scholarship at Brown users are responsible for ensuring that content meets web accessibility standards as outlined in the Brown University Web Accessibility Policy. For more information, see Brown’s Web Accessibility Training
  •  Digital Scholarship at Brown sites must only contain information that is classified as Level 1 by Brown’s Data Risk Classifications. Users should never create content that contains or collects information that is restricted under the Policy on the Handling of Brown Restricted Information

Leaving Brown

  • Users lose access to their Digital Scholarship at Brown account when they are no longer affiliated with Brown University (e.g. after graduation, end of employment). In such cases, users have the following options, subject to any restrictions placed by Brown on the material on the site:
  • Users can transfer their accounts to Reclaim Hosting. You will not need to migrate your content, but you will assume responsibility for paying hosting fees. 
  • Users can migrate to another hosting service. Users are responsible for migrating their content.
  • Users can close their account. No action is required, however, your content will not be archived and will be deleted.