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Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities

Preserving and Promoting Archival and Special Collections

  • 1st Edition - April 11, 2015
  • Author: Arjun Sabharwal
  • Language: English
  • Paperback ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 0 8 - 1 0 0 1 4 3 - 1
  • eBook ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 0 8 - 1 0 0 1 7 8 - 3

Archives and special collections departments have a long history of preserving and providing long-term access to organizational records, rare books, and other unique primary so… Read more

Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities

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Archives and special collections departments have a long history of preserving and providing long-term access to organizational records, rare books, and other unique primary sources including manuscripts, photographs, recordings, and artifacts in various formats. The careful curatorial attention to such records has also ensured that such records remain available to researchers and the public as sources of knowledge, memory, and identity. Digital curation presents an important framework for the continued preservation of digitized and born-digital collections, given the ephemeral and device-dependent nature of digital content. With the emergence of analog and digital media formats in close succession (compared to earlier paper- and film-based formats) came new standards, technologies, methods, documentation, and workflows to ensure safe storage and access to content and associated metadata. Researchers in the digital humanities have extensively applied computing to research; for them, continued access to primary data and cultural heritage means both the continuation of humanities scholarship and new methodologies not possible without digital technology. Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities, therefore, comprises a joint framework for preserving, promoting, and accessing digital collections. This book explores at great length the conceptualization of digital curation projects with interdisciplinary approaches that combine the digital humanities and history, information architecture, social networking, and other themes for such a framework. The individual chapters focus on the specifics of each area, but the relationships holding the knowledge architecture and the digital curation lifecycle model together remain an overarching theme throughout the book; thus, each chapter connects to others on a conceptual, theoretical, or practical level.