Digital humanities (DH) projects pose several digital preservation challenges due to their multimodal approaches and varying technology. Last year, Virginia Tech presented a potential strategy for preserving these projects through documentation and project component packaging. The proposed strategies included identifying various project components, developing preservation strategies for complex items, and consolidating or creating documentation to be packaged and submitted to the Digital Libraries Platform (DLP). In the past year, they have successfully completed a case study for one DH project, identifying the existing components and documentation and creating metadata and documentation where appropriate. They are now in the process of ingesting the project into the DLP, developing a policy surrounding preservation levels and workflows for DH projects, and beginning another case study. In this presentation, they hope to share the strategies we implemented in both of the case studies and their outcomes, as well as the policies they have since created.
Digital Humanities (DH) projects are often complex and pose a challenge for digital preservation. Best practices and standard techniques for preserving combinations of databases, user interfaces, and documentation does not yet exist. At Virginia Tech University Libraries (VTUL), we have a group of faculty dedicated to developing and sustaining DH projects ranging from small online exhibits to large research projects. As support for these projects develops, a major component is to incorporate preservation planning early on in the process, including a preservation plan, sustainability plan, and general documentation. Another component is researching and testing technical requirements for packaging and maintaining DH project elements. The goal of this presentation is to outline our strategy of early planning and documentation to preserve DH projects effectively. We will discuss our current practices and highlight involvement with one or two projects and explore how this may be used as a model for future work. Please see the speaker notes in the PPTX file for additional context.
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Pre-print first published online 06/13/2019
Creating sustainable, preservable Digital Humanities (DH) projects is a challenge that is often left until after project completion if considered at all. This presentation explores a case study that is implementing a strategy of project management, preservation planning, and documentation early in development as a framework for preserving DH projects. Please see the DLF 2019 OSF repository for additional conference information (https://osf.io/meetings/DLFForum2019/)