Center for Digital Research and Scholarship Launches International Margot Conference Website and New Conference Services

(NEW YORK, July 14, 2009) In June 2009, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) launched the website of the “Third International MARGOT Conference, The Digital Middle Ages: Teaching and Research,” in partnership with the conference organizer, Barnard Professor Laurie Postlewate. This project is the first to employ the Center’s new web services for Columbia-based scholarly conferences.

Focusing on the use of digital resources in teaching and research related to the Middle Ages, the conference will be held at Barnard College, Columbia University from June 16 to June 17, 2010, and is co-sponsored by the MARGOT Project at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

CDRS worked closely with Professor Postlewate to build the conference’s web presence and enable organizers to manage conference logistics online. “Partnering with CDRS allowed us to produce an effective website for disseminating information about our conference, receiving submissions, registering attendees, and archiving materials," shared Professor Postlewate, "We are grateful for the Center's knowledgeable assistance."

Conference management support and other offerings, such as site hosting and design, are now available to all Columbia faculty, staff, and scholars who are organizing research conferences. CDRS can also preserve and share associated digital research materials in Columbia’s repository, Academic Commons. In addition to these enhanced services, the Center continues to offer a range of video production support for academic events and a suite of services for online research collaboration, scholarly publications, and more.

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) partners with researchers and scholars to share new knowledge. Using innovative new media and digital technologies, CDRS empowers Columbia's research community with the online tools and services necessary to make the most of scholarly communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation. More information about our services and projects is available at CDRS is part of the Digital Programs and Technology Services division of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at is the gateway to its services and resources.

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