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Paper presentation at the 2013 DLF Forum, "Building the Archive of Digital Humanities Research: Libraries and Data Curation of Digital Humanities Projects."

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  • Building the Archive of Digital Humanities Research: Libraries and Data Curation of Digital Humanities Projects Harriett Green University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2013 DLF Forum November 5, 2013
  • Today’s Talk • Overview of humanities data curation • 3 case studies of digital humanities curation in libraries • Possible principles for digital humanities data curation in libraries and areas of focus green19@illinois.edu @greenharr
  • Humanities Data Our Cultural Commonwealth: The report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences “The complexity of the record of human cultures . . . makes digitization difficult and expensive. Moreover, a critical mass of information is often necessary for understanding both the context and the specifics of an artifact or event, and this may include large collections of multimedia content: images, text, moving images, audio.” green19@illinois.edu @greenharr
  • DH Data Curation In Libraries Walters and Skinner, New Roles for New Times: Digital Curation for Preservation Muñoz and Renear, “Issues in Humanities Data Curation”: “Librarians and archivists acting as humanities data curators must embrace roles as researchers in the manner that programmers and software engineers in the digital humanities have come to do.” green19@illinois.edu @greenharr
  • Case Studies Interviews with: • Walt Whitman Archive (Nebraska) • Victorian Women Writers Project (Indiana) • Valley of the Shadow (University of Virginia) Analysis: - What is their level of curation? - What are their needs to implement full data curation workflow? green19@illinois.edu @greenharr
  • DATA: - XML files - HTML files - Images - Recordings WORKFLOW: - XML files stored on server - Images in variety of sizes - Storage on optical discs - Two earlier versions of the full Archive and website preserved ANALYSIS: - Beginning to partner with university archives - Basic level of data curation - Basic steps for storage and preservation http://whitmanarchive.org/ WALT WHITMAN ARCHIVE green19@illinois.edu @greenharr
  • DATA: - XML files of transcribed texts, annotations and biographical summaries - HTML files WORKFLOW: - Submit repository for creating, editing, ver sioning, and storage - Fedora repository for storage ANALYSIS: - Mid-tier level of data curation - Strong system and repository for managing e-texts http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/vwwp/ VICTORIAN WOMEN WRITERS PROJECT green19@illinois.edu @greenharr
  • DATA: - XML files - HTML files - Images PROCESS: - Assessment and inventory - Reformatted and upgraded XML and HTML files - Rescanned images - Migrated files ANALYSIS: - High level of data curation - Extensive and wellsupported process for digital curation of the archive http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/ http://www.digitalcurationservices.org/sustainingdigital-scholarship/valley-of-the-shadow/ VALLEY OF THE SHADOW green19@illinois.edu @greenharr
  • Needs Analysis Resources Personnel Training
  • Principles for Best Practices Sustaining Digital Scholarship report • Significant properties: “Those elements that are intrinsic to the project's identity and purpose. They include those parts of the project that contain the project's scholarship.” • Curation Levels 1-5: Metadata  preservation of the entire project Data Curation Profiles DCC Curation Lifecycle green19@illinois.edu @greenharr
  • Areas to Pursue Education Evaluation rubric for DH projects Long term planning for data curation • Workshops and conferences (e.g., Humanities Data Curation Institutes) • DH Curation Guide: http://guide.dhcuration.org • SDS Report • Consider your library’s resource environment • “The library needs to think of digital curation as a core function of the library and to invest financial and other resources into it accordingly.”—Walters and Skinner, New Roles for New Times
  • Data Curation for Research Librarians Scholars “Much work remains to build the scholarly infrastructure necessary for digital scholarship to become mainstream in the humanities. . . . Librarians, archivists, programmer s, and computer scientists will be essential collaborators, each bringing complementary skills.” —Christine Borgman, “The Digital Future is Now: A Call to Action for the Humanities” Research collaborations green19@illinois.edu @greenharr
  • Thank you! Harriett Green English and Digital Humanities Librarian University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign green19@illinois.edu Twitter: @greenharr Handout: https://uofi.box.com/dlf2013papergreen