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March 1, 2019

Client: Oxford University IT Services & Humanities Division

Project Phase 1: Functional Requirements for a Sustainable Digital Humanities Infrastructure (2018)

In 2018, Athenaeum21 carried out an in-depth analysis of the functional requirements of Digital Humanities (DH) projects at the University of Oxford, including extensive interviews with DH project leads, followed by technical and functional analysis for more than 30 DH projects. Our charge, from the university’s IT department and Division of Humanities, was to help the University to design and more sustainable infrastructure for the DH projects. Our research uncovered a more robust and detailed picture of how both active and retired DH projects differ from the most common research data management and preservation models, and of their unique technical sustainability and preservation issues. In response to these diverse needs, we propose a layered service model for creating a sustainable digital hu...

October 30, 2018

Many universities are facing difficult choices about how to sustain, preserve, and/or archive their (often) hundreds of digital humanities (DH) projects that have reached the conclusion of their funding or support. In 2018, Athenaeum21 carried out an in-depth analysis of the functional requirements of DH projects at the University of Oxford. This included extensive interviews with DH project leads, followed by technical and functional analysis for more than 30 DH projects.

Our research has uncovered a more robust and detailed picture of how both active and retired DH projects differ from the most common research data management and preservation models, and of their unique technical sustainability and preservation issues. In response to these diverse needs, we propose a layered service model for creating a sustainable digital humanities technology infrastructure. Breaking down the functional requirements into “layers” acknowledges the differing life cyc...

Almost 60 years before the terms “big data” and “digital humanities” were in use, and before economist Thomas Piketty compiled and analyzed his enormous data set, one man pioneered the use of computers for data-driven historical analysis. David Herlihy, a historian and early demographer of Medieval European populations, went to great lengths to access and master the use of the earliest commercial computer, and subsequently revealed a surprising and more accurate picture of Medieval life than known to his predecessors.

 

Herlihy was a pioneer in the use of computers to analyze socioeconomic trends of the middle ages. In 1953 IBM corporation delivered the UNIVAC I computer to the U.S. Census Bureau. The UNIVAC was the first commercial computer to attract widespread public attention. Linguistic and literary scholar and Jesuit priest, Father Roberto Busa, is widely credited as the first digital humanities scholar, having collaborated with IBM to produce the...

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