The Past's Digital Presence, February 19-20, 2010


13 - The Digital Age Library: "The Future is Now: Sustainability, Preservation, and Ongoing Access to Humanities Data"

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It is increasingly common for scholars in humanities disciplines to incorporate data collection and analysis into their research process. As digital humanists produce GIS data, annotated texts and concordances, image libraries, and other output, a new genre of scholarly product is being created. Because it is still relatively new, and because many universities are still struggling with how to give credit for this work alongside the traditional published channels of scholarly communication, we are only now beginning to take the long view. Who is maintaining the scholar’s data? What happens to a project when the scholar leaves the institution? How can the scholar ensure permanent, stable access to their data for current and future researchers?

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