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Computer Lab

Specialized Computing

Our computer lab is designed for one to three people to work at a station on digital scholarship and art projects.

The workstations in this lab are designed with the computing power and software required for such use cases.

Such scholarly and artistic work includes, but is not limited to:

  • textual analysis
  • data set creation and manipulation
  • big data research with large datasets requiring high-level computer processing
  • editing and modeling for photogrammetry
  • social network analysis
  • geo-spacial mapping
  • virtual and augmented reality development
  • CAD (Computer-aided design) for use in the Makerspace
  • educational and research-based gaming

For examples of appropriate research and projects, please see sample projects by previous scholars and artists on our blog.

Specialized software includes, but is not limited to:

  • Abbyy Finereader
  • Agisoft Metashape
  • Anaconda
  • Android Studio
  • Audacity
  • BattleNet
  • Blender
  • FreeCAD
  • Fusion 360
  • Gephi
  • Gimp
  • Google Refine
  • Inkscape
  • Mallet
  • Maya
  • Meshmixer
  • Origin
  • QGIS
  • R
  • Rstudio
  • Steam
  • Unity Game Engine
  • Unreal Engine
  • Visual Studio

If you are in need of a specific software, please contact us at digitalscholarship@temple.edu to ensure availability.

Technical Support and Training

During the operating hours of the Scholars Studio, we will be available to provide technical support and project consultation for these workstations. 

Software and method training may be available, depending on our availability and applicable skills.

Please contact digitalscholarship@temple.edu to arrange a consultation.

Policies for Use

As this computer lab is prioritized for the above use cases, if you are attempting tasks which do not require the computing power or specialized software of our computers you may be asked to move elsewhere in the library.

If asked to move, you must comply within 15 minutes of the request.

If you are asked to move but still require a computer, laptops are available for check out on various floors of Charles Library.

If you require a workstation for the above use cases, but none are available, you may ask us to verify that current users require the computing power or specialized software to conduct their work. 

If they do not, they will be asked to discontinue their use. The decision to ask a user to move based on their current task will be determined by the length of time the user has been using the workstation and the discretion of library staff.