Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication (DISC)

DISC develops online cultural heritage, scholarly and educational resources for UNM students, researchers, and the public.

Our Goals:

  • provide access to UNM and state-wide special collections
  • promote open access through collaborative and integrated projects
  • coordinate and manage large image and multimedia digitization projects
  • develop and maintain special project websites
  • provide technical and program support for cooperative digital projects

DISC organizes courses, presentations and workshops on a variety of research and information management subjects:

Research Tools

Scholarly Communication Tools

  • LoboVault - Scholarly output of the faculty, students and staff at UNM and administrative records of the University.
  • UNM Digital Repository - Electronic journals and publications published by UNM (will replace LoboVault).
  • UNM Open Journals Portal - UNM-sponsored electronic journals and scholarly publications.
  • SORA (Searchable Ornithological Archive) - the world’s first and largest open access ornithological publications repository.

The University Libraries own and manage a wide variety of digital collections and digital archival materials. These include digital images and high resolution scans of special collections, and also electronic journals, scholarly resources and archives. DISC's responsibility is to ensure that these valuable resources are stored safely for future use, and are recoverable in case of unfortunate disaster.

DISC Digital Preservation Resources currently include:

  • Local Preservation Data Storage
  • Digital Preservation Network
  • LIBSAFE Digital Preservation System
  • Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage

Contact the DISC unit at for more information about Digital Preservation services.

DISC offers a number of graduate fellowships and work-study positions throughout the year. DISC student employees work on a range of projects that include the research, digitization, processing and online publishing of collections and scholarly works from all across UNM and New Mexico.

Current Fellowships Available:

  • No Fellowships currently available. Please check back in April, 2017 for Fall 2017 Fellowship offerings.

Work-Study Positions Available:

  • No Work-Study positions currently available. Please check back in May, 2017 for Summer 2017 positions.

About DISC

The DISC Center is located in Zimmerman, at the bottom of the main stairwell, Room B25. The DISC suite includes an exhibition space with a digital wall of ongoing and upcoming projects. In addition, DISC hosts office spaces, work stations, and equipment and storage to facilitate onsite digitization project work in multimedia formats.

Kevin Comerford

Amy Winter
Program Specialist

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