About the Incubator: FAQs

The Incubator is a collection of digital work from students, staff, and faculty at Trinity College, designed to showcase how our community uses technology in innovative and creative ways. Our goal with The Incubator is to offer examples that can encourage others who might be interested in embarking on their own digital work.

Created by: Mary Mahoney, Jeff Naftzinger, Amy Harrell, Angela Wolf, Joelle Thomas, Jeff Liszka, David Tatem.

What is Digital Scholarship?

Digital scholarship is any scholarly process or product that utilizes digital tools, technologies, research methods, or platforms. It can be individual or collaborative, simple or complex, and may result in physical or digital output. Examples include textual analysis, 3D printing, data visualization, mapping, websites, video, and audio projects.

What is the Incubator?

The incubator is a collection of digital work from students and faculty at Trinity College, and is designed to showcase how our community uses technology in innovative and creative ways. Our goal with The Incubator is to offer examples that can encourage others who might be interested in embarking on their own digital work.

Why should I submit my project?

Submitting your project allows you to share your project with the larger Trinity community and receive feedback on the work you have done.

Who can submit?

Trinity students, faculty, staff may submit their projects to the Incubator

Does my project have to be finished?

Not at all—we encourage you to post works in progress, and you’ll be able to edit your post here whenever you want. The Incubator is for rough drafts of projects you want feedback on as well as for polished final products and “done for now” projects that you might add to later.

What are my options for hosting?

This site will accept files up to 125 MB. For larger files, or specific types, see options below:

  • Any file type: Microsoft OneDrive allows you to store and share files online. This is a good option for project outputs like documents. Pay attention to the permissions you set when you share your files to make sure your intended audience has access.
  • Websites: If you want to host your project on your own website, possibly on a platform like WordPress or Scalar, you might be interested in Domains.
  • Video: Two main options for hosting video are YouTube and Kaltura (Trinity’s paid hosting service). Both options offer essentially the same set of features: machine-generated closed captions on request, a caption editor, different video privacy settings, and basic editing tools.
    • Key considerations: YouTube will play advertisements with your film unless the viewer is a paid Premium member, whereas Kaltura is ad-free. However, access to your Kaltura account will not be available after you leave Trinity. 
    • See YouTube’s documentation in their Help Center under “Create and Grow your Own Channel” Kaltura’s help on uploading, captioning, and sharing is available here.
  • Audio: Kaltura, Trinity’s media hosting service can stream audio as well as video (see above for link to documentation). It is ad-free, but the account cannot stay with you when you leave Trinity. Soundcloud is one of the better-known streaming platforms for audio, and will host up to 3 hours of audio with the free account. See Soundcloud documentation for details
  • For help using these tools, contact an STA.

How can I make my project accessible?

  • Like any content you post online, your project should be accessible. Provide captions for video files and transcripts for audio files; use OCR to convert images of text to actual text in PDF files; make sure websites meet web accessibility standards
  • Captioning video: On request, Kaltura can generate captions for you to edit. 
  • Transcribing audio: You can try speech-to-talk apps to automate the bulk of the work. Transcription can be time-consuming; if possible, record speech from a written script. 

I submitted my project but I don’t see it. Where is it?

We review all submitted projects before they go live, so it may take a day or more before you see yours. Please don’t submit the same project multiple times. 

How long will my project remain in the Incubator?
The Incubator is intended to provide a short-term platform for sharing work with others. Every creator will be contacted annually and asked to choose one of the following options for their content: allow it to remain on the Incubator as-is, remove it, edit/revise it, or move it to the Digital Repository. All content may remain in the Incubator for a maximum of 4 years, except that faculty content may stay longer.