Digital Sources And Research Data: Linked And Usable

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science can draw from a comparatively long history of digital scholarship, notably through its ECHO (Cultural Heritage Online) initiative that began to digitise historic sources and publish them on the web as early as 2002. Since then and continuing until the present day, research projects from various fields have been studying, annotating, and contextualising digital sources that have become increasingly available in recent years. In addition to common scholarly outputs such as books or journal articles, these projects produce digital outputs in the form of websites, databases or virtual exhibitions – typical artefacts of digital humanities research. Maintaining these artefacts has proven to be challenging: unlike their physical counterparts they do not end up in the library and instead live on scattered servers and ageing software systems. This makes maintaining long-term access to these resources difficult, and ensuring that they are usable and interoperable with evolving digital technologies nearly impossible.
Chen, E. & Kräutli, F. (2020). Digital Sources and Research Data: Linked and Usable. Europeana Tech Insight. Issue 15. Available at: