Boston Research Center

The DSG is engaged in an intensive preliminary planning and design process for a new digital research initiative focused on the city of Boston. Funded by a planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this design process involves the development of prototypes, design plans, and technical specifications that will guide the development of a full-scale suite of tools, data, and staff.

The Boston Research Center (BRC)  seeks to unify, for the first time, unique special collections related to Boston, data generated by the government, citizen groups, social media, digital modes of scholarship, and a wide array of researchers to offer scholars a seamless environment for studying a city’s history and culture. The BRC will be a dynamic research center that will enable scholars and communities to generate and operate on an array of archival materials and data in new ways, to draw upon a wide range of digitized resources and data sets, and to analyze multiple sources together through new services. The BRC will connect research collections of images, maps, texts, audio and video files, as well as spatial and statistical/numeric data collections.