Nancy Maron will speak on “Something of Great Constancy: Preserving the Elements of Innovative DH Work,” a panel at HASTAC 2015: The Art and Science of Digital Humanities.

As scholars and students continue to experiment and engage in Digital Humanities, real value is generated as scholars create new knowledge, whether using technology to address age-old questions in a novel way, or identifying new questions to pursue. Some forays into Digital Humanities, however, produce not just knowledge, but also very discreet digital outputs: a website, digital images, software code, or other digital objects that could have value well beyond the scope of the original work. Once the DH research is done, where do these assets go?

This session will address the question of sustaining the outputs of Digital Humanities projects. Whether they involve digitized collections or original digital content, what are the issues project leaders face when undertaking this work? Are host institutions in a position to take them on? Do project leaders plan to share them with others in the community, and continue to build on them over time?

Maron will share findings from the report, Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support Beyond the Start-up Phase (2014). The report is based on interviews with dozens of digital humanities practitioners, as well as library directors, deans, and other senior administrators at campuses around the country and outlines the tactics and strategies that campuses are taking when considering ways to maximize impact of the full project as well as preserving its digital assets.

Maron will be joined on the panel by James Shulman, president of Artstor, and Julie Bobay, associate dean for collection development and scholarly communication at University of Indiana Libraries.

When: Friday, May 29, 1:15-2:30 pm

Where: HASTAC 2015

Kellogg Center

Michigan State University