What is the Research Commons?
The UW Libraries Research Commons is intended to meet a new set of student and faculty needs that are emerging with the growth of data-driven research, digital scholarship and interdisciplinary studies. The space provides a collaborative environment in which students and faculty can come together to share and discuss research, as well as get support for all steps of the research process: searching, writing, publishing, funding. The Research Commons is a place to collaborate and connect with fellow students and faculty on research projects. It is a place for workshop and presentation opportunities, and a place to discover what your peers and colleagues are researching.
The ground floor of the Allen South Library was transformed over the summer of 2010, utilizing Capital Projects funding from the Office of the Provost. Data and wireless upgrades were generously provided by UWIT. The Research Commons Advisory Board provides recommendations on services to be offered within the space, including consulting, workshops, salons and presentation space.
The University of Washington Libraries is enthusiastic about the possibilities that this project opens for UW students and faculty doing research, and believe that the Research Commons will go far in furthering our mission to enrich the quality of life and advance intellectual discovery by connecting people with knowledge.
Learn more about the development of the Research Commons on our blog: http://uwresearchcommons.wordpress.com.