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Building the Archive of DH Research


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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 DH Research

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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 @greenharr
  3. 3. 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.” @greenharr
  4. 4. 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.” @greenharr
  5. 5. 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? @greenharr
  6. 6. 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 WALT WHITMAN ARCHIVE @greenharr
  7. 7. 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 VICTORIAN WOMEN WRITERS PROJECT @greenharr
  8. 8. 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 VALLEY OF THE SHADOW @greenharr
  9. 9. Needs Analysis Resources Personnel Training
  10. 10. 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 @greenharr
  11. 11. 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: • 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
  12. 12. 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 @greenharr
  13. 13. Thank you! Harriett Green English and Digital Humanities Librarian University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Twitter: @greenharr Handout: