Useful Projects

  • The Digital Documentation Process, “Make your DH projects findable, citable, and stable.”

  • The Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap “[O]ne of the deliverables from the NEH-funded project, ‘Sustaining MedArt,’ that was housed from 2016-2018 in the University of Pittsburgh’s Visual Media Workshop (VMW).” It offers a project survey walkthrough to help you think about the long-term preservation of your projects.

Papers & Other Publications

This list demonstrates that preservation has been a concern of the DH community since the late 1990s. We present the list in two parts in order to demonstrate our awareness of the increasing attention to the challenges addressed in our application.

Part I: Early warnings, up to 2005

Alemneh D. et al. “A Metadata Approach to Preservation of Digital Resources: The University of North Texas Libraries’ Experience.” First Monday 7.8 (2002).

Arms, William Y. “Preservation of Scientific Serials: Three Current Examples.” The Journal of Electronic Publishing 5.2 (December 1999): 47 pars.

Bearman, David. “Reality and Chimeras in the Preservation of Electronic Records.” D-Lib Magazine 5.4 (April 1999): 15 pars.

Bullock, Alison. Preservation of Digital Information: Issues and Current Status. Network Notes #60. Information Technology Services. National Library of Canada (April 22, 1999).

Day, Michael. “Metadata for digital preservation: an update.” Ariadne 22 (Dec 1999): 39 pars.

Hedstrom, Margaret. “Digital Preservation: A Time Bomb for Digital Libraries.” Computers and the Humanities, 31 (1998): 189-202.

Hedstrom, Margaret. “The Role of National Initiatives in Digital Preservation.” RLG DigiNews 2. (October 1998): 11 pars.

Hodge, Gail M. “Best Practices for Digital Archiving: An Information Life Cycle Approach.” D-Lib Magazine 6.1 (January 2000): 63 pars.

Hodge, Gail and B. C. Carroll. “Digital Electronic Archiving: the State of the Art and the State of the Practice.” Executive summary of A Report Sponsored by International Council for Scientific and Technical Information. Information Policy Committee and CENDI. Information International Associates Inc. 26 April 1999.

Landow, G. P. and Delany, P. “Hypertext, Hypermedia and Literary Studies: The State of the Art.” In Paul Delany and George P. Landow (eds.), Hypermedia and Literary Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1991. 3–50.

Matthews, G. A. Poulter, and E. Blagg. “Preservation of Digital Materials: Policy and Strategy for the UK.” JISC/NPO Studies on the Preservation of Electronic Materials. British Library Research and Innovation Report 41. British Library Research and Innovation Centre, 1997.

Philips, Margaret. “Ensuring Long-Term Access to Online Publications.” Journal of Electronic Publishing 4.4 (June, 1999): 48 pars.

Rothenberg, Jeff. “Avoiding Technological Quicksand: Finding a Viable Technical Foundation for Digital Preservation.” A Report to the Council on Library and Information Resources. Commission on Preservation and Access, January 1999.

Rothenberg, J. and T. Bikson. “Carrying Authentic, Understandable and Usable Digital Records Through Time.” Report to the Dutch National Archives and Ministry of the Interior. RAND- Europe, 6 Aug 1999.

Rothenberg, Jeff. “An Experiment in Using Emulation to Preserve Digital Publications.” The Koninklijke Bibliotheek. RAND-Europe The Koninklijke Bibliotheek Den Haag, April 2000.

Siemens, Raymond (Project Coordinator), Michael Best, Alan Burk, Elizabeth Grove-White, Jean-Claude Guédon, James Kerr, Andy Pope, Geoffrey Rockwell, Lynne Siemens. The Credibility of Electronic Publishing. Report for the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, 2000.

Smith, Abbey. “Preservation in the Future Tense.” CLIR Issues 3 (May/June 1998): 46 pars.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. National Research Data Archive Consultation Phase One: Needs Assessment Report. May 2001.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Final Report. National Data Archive Consultation. Building Infrastructure for Access to and Preservation of Research Data. Submitted by the NDAC Working Group to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the National Archivist of Canada. June 2002.

Part II: 2005 onwards Website Archivability Testing Tool, 20 August 2015.

“Assessing Long Term Access from Short Term Digitization Projects.” University of London Computing Centre in Digital Preservation Case Notes , 14 December 2010. Digital Preservation Coalition (DCP).

Ball, Alex. Preservation and Curation in Institutional Repositories. Bath, UK: UKOLN, 2010.

Beagrie et al. “Keeping Data Research Safe 2.” JISC Research Study, 31 July 2009.

Brown, Susan, P. Clements, I. Grundy, S. Ruecker, J. Antoniuk and S. Balazs. “Published Yet Never Done: The Tension Between Projection and Completion in Digital Humanities Research.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.2 (2009).

Burkhardt, Marcus. “Improvements to the Usability of Software Collections Will Unlock the Potential of Open Digital Archives.” Impact of Social Sciences, LSE Impact Blog, 27 May 2013. collections/

Burrows, T. “Sharing Humanities Data for e-Research. Conceptual and Technical Issues.” In Sustainable Data from Digital Research. Humanities Perspectives on Digital Scholarship. Proceedings of the Conference Held at the University of Melbourne, 12-14th December 2011. Sydney: Custom Book Centre.

Caplan, Priscilla. “The Florida Digital Archive and DAITSS: A Working Preservation Repository Based on Format Migration.” International Journal on Digital Libraries 6.4 (2007): 305-311.

Canadian Research Data Summit 2011. Mapping the Data Landscape.

Chawner, Brenda, and Rowena Cullen. “Institutional Repositories in New Zealand: Comparing Institutional Strategies for Digital Preservation and Discovery.” ResearchArchive @ Victoria, 2008.

Conway, P. “Preservation in the Age of Google: Digitization, Digital Preservation, and Dilemmas.” The Library Quarterly 80.1 (2010): 61-79. Data Center for the Humanities (DCH). June 2013.

Davis, Corey. “Archiving the Web: A Case Study from the University of Victoria. Code{4}Lib Journal , 26. (October 2014).

De Leeuwe, Just, and Mirella Van der Velde. “From Repository to Eternity: From Delft Repository to DARE—The Developments of OAI in the Netherlands.” Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community 19, no. 2 (2006): 156-160.

Digital Preservation Handbook. Digital Preservation Coalition (DCP). 2012.

Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-term Strategies for Long-term Problems. Workshop, Cornell University Library, 2003-2007.

D’Iorio, P. “Scholarly Information Management: A Proposal in Connexions.” OpenStax-CNX. 14 May 2010.

Downs, Robert R., and Robert S. Chen. “Self-Assessment of a Long-Term Archive for Interdisciplinary Scientific Data as a Trustworthy Digital Repository.” Journal of Digital Information 11.1 (2010).

Durno, John, and Jerry Trofimchuk. “Digital Forensics on a Shoestring: A Case Study from the University of Victoria.” Cod{4}Lib Journal 27 (January 2015).

Goethals, Andrea et al. “Facing the Challenge of Web Archives Preservation Collaboratively: The Role and Work of the IIPC Preservation Working Group.” D-Lib Magazine 21.5-6 (May/June 2015).

Green, Ann, Stuart Macdonald and Robin Rice. Policy-making for Research Data in Repositories: A Guide. 2009.

Grotke, Abbie. “Web Archiving at the Library of Congress.” LOC website, 2 August 2014.

Hitchcock, Steve, David Tarrant, and L. Carr. Towards Repository Preservation Services: Final Report from the JISC Preserv 2 Project. London: JISC, 2009.

Hockx-Yu, Helen. “Digital Preservation in the Context of Institutional Repositories.” Program: _Electronic Library and Information Systems 40.3 (2006): 232-243.

Hrynaszkiewicz, Iain. “Data Descriptors: Providing the Necessary Information to Make Data Open, Discoverable and Reusable.” Impact of Social Sciences, LSE Impact Blog, 22 October 2014.

Humphrey, Chuck. Preserving Research Data in Canada: The Long Tale of Data Blog, December 2012-present.

International Internet Preservation Coalition.

InterPARES 3 Team Canada (International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems). Case Study 09: Alma Mater Society of The University of British Columbia: Policies and Procedures for Web Site Preservation. May 2013.

JISC. e-Science Curation Report. Data Curation for e-Science in the UK: An Audit to Establish Requirements for Future Curation and Provision. 2003.

Kenney, Anne R. and Nancy Y. McGovern. “The Five Organizational Stages of Digital Preservation.” Digital Libraries: A Vision for the Twenty-first Century. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Scholarly Monograph Series, 2003.

Kirschenbaum, Matthew G. “Done: Finishing Projects in the Digital Humanities.” Introduction to special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.2 (2009).

Knight, Gareth, and Sheila Anderson. SHERPA Digital Perservation: Final Report. London: JISC, 2007.

Kretzschmar, William A. “It’s For Sale, So It Must Be Finished: Digital Projects in the Scholarly Publishing World.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.2 (2009).

Kretzschmar, W. Jr. and Potter W. “Library Collaboration with Large Digital Humanities Projects.” Literary and Linguistic Computing 24.4 (2010): 439-445.

Maron, Nancy L. , Sarah Pickle, preface by Deanna Marcum. Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections. Ithaka S + R, 20 November 2013.

Maron, Nancy L. and Sarah Pickle. Sustaining the Digital Humanities. Ithaka S + R, 18 June 2014.

Maron , Nancy L, Jason Yun and Sarah Pickle. Sustaining our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content. JISC, Strategic Content Alliance and Ithaka S + R. January 29, 2013.

Molloy, L. “Oh, the Humanities! A Discussion about Research Data Management for the Arts and Humanities Disciplines.” In: JISC MRD - Evidence Gathering 2011.

Morreale, Laura K. “Medieval Digital Humanities and The Rite of Spring: Thoughts on Performance and Preservation.” In: The Digital Medieval: New Directions in Medieval History and the Digital Humanities. Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures 53, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, forthcoming.

Munoz, Trevor. “Stewarding Digital Humanities Work on the Web at MITH.” Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, 15 June 2015.

Nowiskie, Bethany and Dot Porter. “The Graceful Degradation Survey: Managing Digital Humanities Projects Through Times of Transition and Decline.” Digital Humanities conference 2010, King’s College London.

Nowviskie, Bethany. “Digital Humanities in the Anthropocene.” Keynote address, Digital Humanities conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, 9 July 2014. Available at

Palmer, Carole L., Nicholas M. Weber, Trevor Munoz and Allen H. Renear. “Foundations of Data Curation: The Pedagogy and Practice of ‘Purposeful Work’ with Research Data.” Archive Journal 3 (Summer 2013).

Pitti, Daniel. “Designing Sustainable Projects and Publications.” In A Companion to Digital Humanities. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens and John Unsworth (eds.). Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

Prieto, Adolfo G. “From Conceptual to Perceptual Reality: Trust in Digital Repositories.” Library Review 58.8 (2009): 593-606.

Reed, Ashley. “Managing an Established Digital Humanities Project: Principles and Practices from the Twentieth Year of the William Blake Archive.” Digital Humanities Quarterly, vol. 008, no. 1, Apr. 2014.

Research Data Canada, Research Data Strategy Working Group. Stewardship of Research Data in Canada: A Gap Analysis. 2008.

Rieger, Oya and Mickey Casad. “Interactive Digital Media Art Survey: Key Findings and Observations.” Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services Press. Blog post, July 30 2014.

Rockwell, Geoffrey, Shawn Da, Joyce Yu and Maureen Engel. “Burying Dead Projects: Depositing the Globalization Compendium.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 8.2 (2014).

Rumsey, Sally, and Ben O’Steen. “OAI-ORE, PRESERV2 and Digital Preservation.” Ariadne , no. 57 (2008).

Saachi, Simone. “What Do We Mean by ‘Preserving Digital Information’? Towards Sound Conceptual Foundations for Digital Stewardship.” PhD thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015. Columbia University Academic Commons.

Sahle, Patrick, Simone Kronenwett and J. Blumtritt. “Sustainability?! Four Paradigms for Humanities Data Centers.” Digital Humanities conference 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Sewell, David. “Large-Scale Humanities Computing Projects: Snakes Eating Tails, or Every End is a New Beginning?” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.2 (2009).

Siemens, Lynne. (ed.). Issues in Large Project Planning and Management. Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Victoria (2009).

Sinclair, Stéfan and Geoffrey Rockwell. “Towards an Archaeology of Text Analysis Tools.” Conference paper, Digital Humanities conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 2014.

Smith, MacKenzie. “Exploring Variety in Digital Collections and the Implications for Digital Preservation.” Library Trends 54.1 (2005): 6-15.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Draft Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management. 20 July 2015.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Image, Text, Sound, Technology Program. SSHRC Awards Search Engine (1998-2013).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Reports on Plans and Priorities , 2013- Part III. 6 September 2013.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, et al. Capitalizing on Big Data: Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada. 16 October 2013.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Research Data Archiving Policy. 4 April 2014.

Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information. Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, 2010.

TAPAS Project (Text Encoding Initiative Archiving Publishing and Access Service). (Launch planned Fall 2014.

Thaller, M. et al. “DA-NRW: A Distributed Architecture for Long-Term Preservation.” Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives. 2011.

UK Data Archive. 2002-2014.

Van den Eyden, V. “Data Management Practices in the Social Sciences.” Colchester: UK Data Archive Report, 2010.

Van den Eynden, V., L. Corti and M. Woollard et al. “Managing and Sharing Data 2011: Best Practice for Researchers.” Colchester: UK Data Archive Report, 2011.

Venkataraman, Bina. “The Race to Preserve Disappearing Data.” Boston Globe 17 May 2015. data/0KPHAx5iK6jaLIvWQqIl4O/story.html** [Elizabeth tweeted this article when it came out in May. Not very scholarly, but some excellent quotations, such as “Digital preservation is essentially a hot potato problem, where everyone wants to pass responsibility onward” (Francine Berman, chair of the Research Data Alliance and professor of computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).]

Vila, Camille. The Cost of Customization: Building, Maintaining, and Sustaining DH Projects. Berkeley Digital Humanities, 23 April 2015.

Digital Humanities Contributions Emanating from Our Case Study Projects

(including conference papers, marked [C])

The Robert Graves Diary Project

[C] Grove-White, Elizabeth. “Authorship, Collaboration and ‘Radiant Textuality’: Reflections on Robert Graves’ Diaries and Epilogue .” Robert Graves and the Art of Collaboration, Conference of the Robert Graves Society. Mallorca, Spain, July 2006.

[C] Grove-White, Elizabeth. “Developing TEI Ontologies for Diurnal Records: Robert Graves Diary Case Study.” Digital Humanities Observatory/NINEs, Summer Workshop. Royal Irish Academy, July 2009. (Led directly to the Irish partnership for the public humanities Letters of 1916 project. New link:

[C] Grove-White, Elizabeth. “Robert Graves’s Irish Inheritances.” Robert Graves and Ireland: A Symposium. Queen’s University of Belfast, November 2011.

The Nxa’amxcín Database and Dictionary

[C] Holmes, Martin, and Greg Newton. “Rescuing Old Data: Case Studies, Tools and Techniques.” Digital Humanities 2008. Oulu, Finland, June 2008. Digital%20Humanities%202008%20Book%20of%20Abstracts.pdf

[C] Holmes, Martin, and Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins. “Technology in Documentation: TEI and the Nxa’amxcín Dictionary.” 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC 3). University of Hawaii, March 2013. https://

[C] Holmes, Martin, Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins, and Sarah Kell. “Interoperability in Practice: The Nxa’amxcín Dictionary.” Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH/SCHN), Congress of the CFHSS. Victoria, BC, June 2013.

Czaykowska-Higgins, Ewa, Martin Holmes, and Sarah Kell. “Technology in Documentation: TEI and the Nxa’amxcín Dictionary.” Language Documentation and Conservation 8 (March 2014): 1-37.

Le Mariage sous l’Ancien Régime

Carlin, Claire. “Drawing Knowledge from Information: Early Modern Texts on the TAPoR Platform,” Text Technololgy 1 (2005): 13-20.

[C] Holmes, Martin, Claire Carlin, and Eric Haswell. “Problems with Marriage: Annotating Seventeenth-century French Engravings with TEI and SVG.” Digital Humanities 2006. Paris, France, July 2006.

[C] Holmes, Martin, and Claire Carlin. “Domstic Strife in Early Modern Europe: Images and Texts in a Virtual Anthology.” Digital Humanities 2008. Oulu, Finland, June 2008.

[C] Holmes, Martin. “Using the Universal Similarity Metric to Map Correspondences between Witnesses.” Digital Humanities 2010. London, England. July, 2010.

Holmes, Martin, and Laurent Romary. “Encoding Models for Scholarly Literature”. E- Publishing and Digital Libraries: Legal and Organizational Issues. Eds. Ioannis Iglezakis, Tatiana-Eleni Synodinou, and Sarantos Kapidakis. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2011.

[C] Holmes, Martin, and Megan Timney. “Image Markup Tool 2.0.” Digital Humanities 2011. Stanford,CA, June 2011.

The Map of Early Modern London

(includes invited lectures, marked [L])

[C] Jenstad, Janelle. “Mapping Early Modern London: A Hypertext Atlas Project.” City Limits? The European City, 1400-1900. University of Manitoba,Winnipeg, October 2004.

[C] Jenstad, Janelle. “The Map of Early Modern London: Navigating the World We Have Lost.” Renaissance Society of America. San Francisco, March 2006.

[L] Jenstad, Janelle, and Stewart Arneil, Humanities Computing and Media Centre. “Interface Design for Humanities Visualization,” course at Digital Humanities Summer Institute. University of Victoria, June 2007.

[L] Jenstad, Janelle. “Map of Early Modern London: Project Demonstration and Reflections.” “New Directions in Digital Humanities Scholarship” Symposium, Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 2009.

[C] Jenstad, Janelle, and Tracey Hill (Bath Spa University). “‘Our devices for that solemne and Iouiall daye’: Collaboration in the Making of the Early Modern Lord Mayor’s Show.” North American Conference on British Studies. Baltimore, November 2010.

Jenstad, Janelle. “Using Early Modern Maps in Literary Studies: Views and Caveats from London.” New Directions in the Geohumanities: Art, Text, and History at the Edge of Place. Ed. Michael Dear, Jim Ketchum, Sarah Luria, and Douglas Richardson. New York: Routledge, 2011. 112-19.

[L] Jenstad, Janelle. “Mapping the Literary Culture of Early Modern London.” Université Paul- Valéry, Montpellier, France, November 2011.

[L] Jenstad, Janelle. “The Pleasures and Perils of Starting a DH Project: Reflections on Gender, Work, and Tenure from an Accidental Digital Humanist.” Keynote Address, Humanities Computing Conference. University of Alberta, March 2012.

[C] Jenstad, Janelle. “Mobilizing Student Scholarship for The Map of Early Modern London .” For “Building Digital Humanities in the Undergraduate Classroom: An Electronic Roundtable.” Modern Language Associate. Seattle, December 2012.

[L] Jenstad, Janelle. “Looking for the Forest in XML Trees, or, Where’s London in the Map of Early Modern London?” Inaugural George Washington University Digital Humanities Symposium, 24 January 2013.

[C] Jenstad, Janelle. “Georeferencing the Agas Map.” Renaissance Studies and New Technologies session, Renaissance Society of America. San Diego, April 2013.

[C] Jenstad, Janelle. “Versioning John Stow’s A Survey of London , or, What’s New in 1618 and 1633?” Bibliographical Society of Canada. Congress of the CFHSS. Victoria, BC, June 2013.

[C] Holmes, Martin, Janelle Jenstad, Nathan Phillips, Sarah Milligan, and Cameron Butt. “Encoding Historical Dates Correctly: Is It Practical, and Is It Worth It?” Digital Humanities 2013. Lincoln, Nebraska, July 2013.

[C] Holmes, Martin and Janelle Jenstad. “Practical Interoperability: The Map of Early Modern London and the Internet Shakespeare Editions.” Digital Humanities 2013. Lincoln, Nebraska, July 2013.

[C] Jenstad, Janelle. “GIS, Spatial Narratives, and Interdisciplinarity.” Workshop on Mapping Geo-Cultural Space. University of Queensland, August 8–9, 2013.

[L] Jenstad, Janelle. “Networks and Neighbourhoods in Early Modern London.” Catapult Center for Digital Humanities and Computational Analysis, Indiana University. Oct. 28, 2013.

[C] Jenstad, Janelle and Diane Jakacki. “Mapping Toponyms in Early Modern Plays with MoEML and the ISE.” Renaissance Society of America. New York, New York, March 2014.

[L] Jenstad, Janelle. “Mapping Geo-Cultural Spaces in Early Modern London.” Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Speaker (New Horizons series). Bucknell University, 2014.


2014 Census of Open Access Repositories in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Launched 9 September 2014.

Lee, Christopher A., and Helen R. Tibbo. “Digital Curation and Trusted Repositories: Steps Toward Success.” Journal of Digital Information 8, no. 2 (2007).

Olsen, Porter. “Hacking MITH’s Legacy Web Servers: A Holistic Approach to Hacking on the Web.” Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. 8 July 2015. hacking-miths-legacy-servers/

Open Web Platform. 9 July 2014.

Shulman, James. “Artstor Announces New Digital Humanities Award: Winners Will Receive Five Years’ Free Use of Shared Shelf Cloud-Based Asset Management Tool.” Artstor. 6 September 2014.