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Digital Initiatives: Services


Watzek Digital Initiatives has expertise in digital technologies that can enhance scholarship and pedagogy. We are happy to consult with students, faculty, and staff in any of the areas below. For large scale projects, please visit our project proposal page.

Digital Collections

Are you interested in creating an online collection of images, texts, videos, or other type of media? We can help you build an online digital archive including: selection of software, web design, metadata choices/cleanup, and workflow. We build most of our digital collections using the Omeka digital collections platform.

Some of our digital collections take the form of polished web sites:

  • Rabat Geneziah Archive
  • Oregon Poetic Voices
  • William Stafford Archive

Other digital collections projects are often works-in-process or short-term endeavors. Organizing and presenting a collection of objects is an interesting intellectual exercise that can be woven into coursework. Some projects that fall into this category:

  • an online collection of student research on Lewis & Clark's 16th century Book of Hours Medieval Manuscript;
  • a collection of TV ads that exemplify global capitalism organized and classified by students.

Information Visualization and Presentation

We can help you convey complex ideas visually using digital tools. Our information visualization toolbox includes:

  • Interactive maps
  • Timelines
  • Interactive charts and graphs
  • Metadata display (tag clouds, etc.)
  • Image galleries
  • Virtual exhibits


We have many years of experience creating web-accessible maps. More recently, we have entered the world of geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial data. We are slowly building a geospatial data repository ( that will act as a platform for student and faculty research projects that utilize and create geospatial data.

Bioinformatics Computing

We have experience supporting cloud computing infrastructure for bioinformatics computing. We can also assist with configuration and scripting to process data sets. 

Digital Preservation

Organizing and preserving intellectual work in digital form over the long term is a major twenty-first century challenge. We are developing the capacity to preserve digital files of long term interest that will include College historical records and cultural heritage (literary, historical, scientific) content of wider interest.