Managing 100 digital humanities projects: digital scholarship & archiving in King’s Digital Lab

Smithies, James, Westling, Carina, Sichani, Anna-Maria, Mellen, Pamela and Ciula, Arianna (2019) Managing 100 digital humanities projects: digital scholarship & archiving in King’s Digital Lab. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 13 (1). ISSN 1938-4122

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Abstract

During the 2016–2017 financial year, King's Digital Lab (King's College London) undertook an extensive archiving and sustainability project to ensure the ongoing management, security, and sustainability of ~100 digital humanities projects, produced over a twenty-year period. Many of these projects, including seminal publications such as Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity, Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania, Henry III Fine Rolls, Jonathan Swift Archive, Jane Austen Manuscripts, The Gascon Rolls, The Gough Map, and Inquisitions Post Mortem, occupy important positions in the history of digital humanities. Of the projects inherited by the lab, about half are either of exceptionally high quality or seminal in other ways but almost all of them struggled with funding and technical issues that threatened their survival. By taking a holistic approach to infrastructure, and software engineering and maintenance, the lab has resolved the majority of the issues and secured the short to medium term future of the projects in its care. This article details the conceptual, procedural, and technical approaches used to achieve that, and offers policy recommendations to prevent repetition of the situation in the future.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Digital humanities, research software, legacy software, software preservation
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: A General Works > AZ History of scholarship and learning. The humanities
A General Works > AZ History of scholarship and learning. The humanities > AZ0195 Electronic information resources. Including computer network resources, the Internet, digital libraries, etc.
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z0665 Library Science. Information Science
Depositing User: Carina Westling
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 08:47
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 08:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/85334
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