Campus Resources for Collaboration

An inventory of the resources, spaces, and capacities of programs and associations at the university that support collaborative work in the humanities.

Workshops, Consultations, and Training Sessions:

Enriching Scholarship is a week of free workshops, discussions, and seminars for faculty and staff, addressing the role of technology in fostering engaging, collaborative, and effective teaching, learning, and research. The workshop takes place in May each year.

Teaching and Technology (TeachTech) Collaborative offers a wide range of workshops to faculty and students teams throughout the academic year, including sessions focused on achieving clarity and control through effective management of collaborative projects.

U-M Library Copyright Office provides the university community information about copyright through consultations, public workshops, and customized copyright education sessions.

U-M Library Accessibility provides resources and guidance to collaborative groups on scholarship and publishing deliverables that can be accessible to a range of audiences using a broad range of technologies. Learn more about how to make your projects accessible with Stephanie Rosen (U-M accessibility specialist and our guest blogger).

U-M Library Scholarspace is a place for collaborating and connecting with faculty and students on digital and technology-enabled projects. It provides consultation and workshops on a range of processes and products of research collaboration, including, but not limited to, text mining, web publishing, infographic design, and multimedia creation.

The Stephen S. Clark Library for maps, government information, and data services offers open workshops in mapping, data visualization, course instruction, and individual consultations on managing diverse types of data. Please visit their blog for tutorials on visualization work or contact Justin Joque for further information.

The Metadata and Data Documentation Research Guide provides a basic introduction to tools, resources, standards, and support for describing research data and make the data discoverable in repositories, understandable in context, and reusable by other researchers. For additional information, or to schedule a consultation on metadata and data documentation for your research, contact Matt Carruthers.

Collaborative Labs and Research Spaces:

CAEN Computer Labs and the Duderstadt Center provide collaborative stations built around a computer with a large LED display for students and faculty to come together for collaborative research and project development work. Visit the collaborative station reservation website to reserve a place from the web.

Located on the first floor of North Quad, the Language Resource Center (LRC) is a computer lab, study and meeting space, as well as a library for foreign language materials that supports faculty, staff, and students involved in the study of languages, literatures, and cultures at the University of Michigan.

Google+ Discussion Forum is a space for questions, information exchange, and showcasing interesting uses of collaboration tools including U-M GoogleU-M Box, and Canvas.

The University of Michigan Academic Innovation Initiative offers three collaborative labs to foster curricular and research innovation among faculty and students in departments and units from across campus:

  • Digital Education and Innovation Lab (DEIL): DEIL offers a collaborative learning space to create new programs, experiment with digital tools and platforms, explore media production capabilities, and discover new techniques for enriched teaching and learning.
  • Gameful Learning Lab (GLL): GLL provides a campus hub for collaborative scholarship, consultation, and implementation of gameful learning in higher education.
  • Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG): DIG supports innovations from across campus, applies user-centered design to mature those innovations, broadens user communities, and finds pathways to scale through collaboration.

The Digital Media Commons (DMC) provides students, faculty and staff access to a state-of-the-art multimedia facility with visualization and virtual reality technologies. Located in the Duderstadt Center on North Campus, the DMC serves as a development and training center for collaborative approaches to “rich media.” The DMC includes:

  • Design Labs: A network of peer-learning environments dedicated to creative and interdisciplinary projects, hands-on experimentation with new ideas and tools at every stage of a project, as well as documenting and sharing the collaborative research process for future work.
  • Groundworks: A self-serve media lab with hardware and software for creating, editing and converting audio and video recordings of collaborative research projects.
  • UM3D Lab: A space that provides access to the tools, expertise, and collaborative opportunities needed to support cutting edge research, academic initiatives, and innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning, visualization and simulation, custom tool and application development among others.
  • Audio Studio: A laboratory set up in the style of a recording studio, designed to encourage experimentation and research, and develop skills and techniques in audio production. Project teams can also collaborate with a certified student audio engineer through this resource.
  • Video Studio: A collaborative lab, where faculty, students, visiting educators, scientists and artists can come to collaborate and produce or display high quality video and audio, as well as to experiment with media technology.
  • Advanced Training Labs: The DMC has two computer labs that are open to all U-M students, faculty and staff for advanced training in Mac or Windows software.
  • Multimedia Workrooms: These spaces are ideal for small groups that want to work together and have shared access to audio editing applications, media conversion technology, DVD authoring, and image manipulation and compositing tools. To gain access to the workrooms, team members must first attend a video editing workshop or Multimedia Workroom orientation.

Multimedia Content Management and Publishing Platforms:

MiVideo is U-M’s cloud-based media streaming and content management service, where faculty, students, and staff can organize, catalog, share, search, and publish collaborative, multimedia content in coordination with U-M learning management system, Canvas.

The University of Michigan Press and Michigan Publishing, in partnership with University of Michigan Library IT, has launched Fulcrum, a new publishing platform in beta phase to open up possibilities for the dissemination of collaborative and “born-digital” scholarship in new and innovative ways.

Visual Resource Databases and Digitizing Services:

Located on the second floor of the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, Imageworks can help faculty, students, and staff find and use digital images, slides, DVDs, and VHS tapes in presentation softwares, as well as provide access to numerous digital image databases through their Research Guide for Images.

The History of Art Department’s Visual Resources Collection (VRC) maintains nearly two million images of art. They have extended their digitizing services to scholars and students in other departments across campus. Please refer to HISTORY OF ART-VRC Brochure 2017 for a full list of services, or contact Cathy Pense Rayos for further information.

Data Preservation and Storage Services:

U-M Library Deep Blue Data serves as a permanent and accessible home for publishing and preserving research done at the University. It supports a variety of collaborative formats and in-process work, including data, images, audio, and video files. It also offers teams the option of making their work visible in the larger context of the university environment, both within and across disciplines.

For large collaborative projects, shared M+Box accounts provide 200 GB of storage folders that can be shared with collaborators both inside and outside U-M.

Campus ITS MiStorage provides faculty, staff and students the ability to store and access large amounts of data to support their specific projects in a secure and cost-effective environment. Campus ITS also offers a Sensitive Data Guide with instructions on how to share data securely. Please consult their summary chart for a comparative overview of storage options.