Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities: Preserving and by Arjun Sabharwal

By Arjun Sabharwal

Archives and distinct collections departments have an extended historical past of holding and offering long term entry to organizational documents, infrequent books, and different detailed fundamental resources together with manuscripts, images, recordings, and artifacts in a number of codecs. The cautious curatorial cognizance to such documents has additionally ensured that such files stay to be had to researchers and the general public as assets of information, reminiscence, and id. electronic curation provides a massive framework for the continuing maintenance of digitized and born-digital collections, given the ephemeral and device-dependent nature of electronic content material. With the emergence of analog and electronic media codecs in shut succession (compared to prior paper- and film-based codecs) got here new criteria, applied sciences, tools, documentation, and workflows to make sure secure garage and entry to content material and linked metadata. Researchers within the electronic humanities have largely utilized computing to analyze; for them, persisted entry to basic information and cultural background skill either the continuation of humanities scholarship and new methodologies impossible with out electronic know-how. Digital Curation within the electronic Humanities, accordingly, contains a joint framework for holding, selling, and getting access to electronic collections. This ebook explores at nice size the conceptualization of electronic curation tasks with interdisciplinary methods that mix the electronic humanities and historical past, details structure, social networking, and different subject matters for any such framework. the person chapters specialize in the specifics of every zone, however the relationships preserving the data structure and the electronic curation lifecycle version jointly stay an overarching topic in the course of the ebook; therefore, each one bankruptcy connects to others on a conceptual, theoretical, or useful point.

  • theoretical and useful views on electronic curation within the electronic humanities and history
  • in-depth examine of the function of social media and a social curation ecosystem
  • the function of hypertextuality and data structure in electronic curation
  • study of collaboration and organizational dimensions in electronic curation
  • reviews of significant net instruments in electronic humanities

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Second, as authored objects created for particular audiences, data can be interpreted as texts. Third, as computer-processable information, data can be computed in a whole host of ways to generate novel artifacts and texts which are then open to subsequent interpretation and analysis. “What is data,” para. 1 Owens recognizes that data in the digital repositories represent three dimensions of humanistic knowledge: First, the data itself represents a digital object that is either a digital reproduction of the physical original—one that humanists may or may not necessarily be interested in if the digital copy is reliable and certified.

Since one of the aims of data curation is to support research across multiple data sets, collections, and text corpora, it remains an essential function (and, therefore, expectation) of repositories to present resulting in humanities-relevant contexts such as time period, location, author, provenance, and subject. Additional contexts, such as stylistic periods in literature, art, music, and theater, may require highlighting and indexing additional fields. Lindquist et al. (2013) emphasize that linked open data can be especially valuable for locating historical data such as names, places, events, and topics “buried in within the sources, particularly when drawing on ontologies and other specialized vocabularies that impart meaning to these concepts and the [complex, often nonlinear] relationships among them in a given historical domain” (p.

The chapter then addresses what constitutes critical discourse in the field and the various positions stated in the Digital Humanities Manifesto (2008) followed by concerns from the archivist perspective. The range of Digital Humanities projects from the early CD-ROM initiatives to current interests in data visualizations, geospatial representations, and social curation underscore the continuing role of archives as leading heritage institutions. The chapter examines specific Digital Humanities projects that have involved archives and used digital content, data, or both.

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