Linked data strategies for conserving digital research outputs: The shelf life of digital humanities

Digital research outputs in the form of websites, databases and interactive visualisation tools pose a challenge for long-term maintenance and reusability. A central problem for libraries and research institutions working in the digital humanities is that digital projects require constant maintenance: they are not static artefacts that can be preserved but living software environments that must be maintained. In this chapter, we argue in favour of creating semantically rich research data that can be separated from the software used to create and view it. We outline how we put this approach into practice, both within the scope of an individual research project and at scale, as libraries take on new responsibilities in managing digital research outputs. We hope to offer insights into the kind of artefacts that can be preserved in principle and the technical solutions with which reusability of research data can be achieved in order to make long-term preservation of digital research outputs feasible.
Florian Kräutli, Esther Chen & Matteo Valleriani
Kräutli, Florian, Esther Chen, and Matteo Valleriani. 2021. ‘Linked Data Strategies for Conserving Digital Research Outputs: The Shelf Life of Digital Humanities’. In Information and Knowledge Organisation in Digital Humanities, edited by Koraljka Golub and Ying-Hsang Liu. London: Routledge.