Managing Your History Research: From Creating to Sharing

Data Management, Open access, and Digital Tools for Historians

In this blog post, Dr Matt Phillpott as a historian talks about how to manage data. He opens his post addressing the question of what research data is.

“During the research process historians produce a whole heap of materials including notes, quotations, statistics, interview transcripts, images, databases, spread sheets and much more besides. We consider this part of the research process, but rarely consider it in terms of producing data that needs to be conserved and archived in its own right. I think it’s still true that historians still tend to talk in terms of final publishable content, and not in terms of the underlying materials (or data) that the publications rely upon.”

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Born Digital (Data or Text) May Need Attention to Survive

Chronicle of Higher Education Feathers the topic of Digital Humanities 

Most people conceive of preservation as backups, but tending a piece of digital scholarship involves much more than just dumping a copy in an archive. The most recent article in the CHE features digital scholarship, digital curation, and digital stewardship.

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DH Curation Guide

DH Curation Guide: A community Resource Guide to Data Curation in the Digital Humanities

The DH Curation Guide is a compilation of articles that address aspects of data curation in the digital humanities. The goal of the DH Curation Guide is to direct readers to trusted resources with enough context from expert editors and the other members of the research community to indicate to how these resources might help them with their own data curation challenges.

Each article provides a short introduction to a topic and a list of linked resources. Structuring articles in this way acknowledges the many excellent resources that already exist to provide guidance on subjects relevant to curation such as data formats, legal policies, description, and more.

The DH Curation Guide grew out of a needs analysis study of data curation at digital humanities centers conducted by the Data Curation Education Program for the Humanities (DCEP-H) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which has been generously funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (RE-05-08-0062-08). In the course of interviewing directors and senior-level staff of centers engaged in digital research in the humanities, project team members identified a clear need for a collection of reviewed, trusted resources for basic information on issues related to data curation. The DH Curation Guide is an initial contribution toward meeting that need.

Coordinated by the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), the DCEP-H program extends the existing Data Curation specialization within the ALA-accredited master’s program at GSLIS to include humanities data. Encompassing curriculum design, internships, a fellowship program as well as other activities in addition to the needs analysis survey, DCEP-H is intended to prepare information professionals for the unique challenges of working with humanities research data.

More information about DH Curation Guide available at:

Big Data and Digital Humanities: A Librarian’s View | Wiley

Big Data and Digital Humanities: A Librarian’s View (Interview Video)

Humanities is an area ripe for exploiting big data, enabling scholars to analyze topics more broadly and deeply than ever before – whether in the form of books, artworks, music, or any other digitizable format. In this video, Amanda Rust, Assistant Head of Research & Instruction, Arts & Humanities at the Snell Library of Northeastern University, Boston, MA tells us about her experience of and visions for the use of big data and digital humanities.

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Big Data and the Humanities Workshop

A workshop on Big Data and the Humanities will be held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2013), which takes place between 6-9 October 2013 in Silicon Valley, California, USA.

The workshop will address applications of “big data” in the humanities, arts and culture, the challenges and possibilities that such increased scale brings for scholarship in these areas, and interpretative issues raised by applying such “hard” methods for answering subjective questions in the humanities.

Full papers, of up to 9 pages, should be submitted via the conference online submission system. The submission deadline is 30 July 2013. All papers accepted will be included in the proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, which will be made available at the conference. For more information, see the workshop website at, and the main conference website at

DH Curation Institute

DH Curation Institute

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, three workshops on humanities data curation will be offered in 2013-14. Calendar of Workshops:

  • Workshop Location Apply By Dates
  • Workshop One Champaign, IL February 15, 2013 June 24-26, 2013
  • Workshop Two College Park, MD August 7, 2013 October 16-18, 2013
  • Workshop Three TBD TBD TBD (Spring 2014)

Note: The content of each workshop will be substantially the same. Case studies and guest lectures will vary by location.

For more information on the attendance to the Institute: DH Curation Institute

Digital Cultures in the Age of Big Data – Summer Institute

Bowling Green State University will host the Digital Cultures in the Age of Big Data Summer Institute, from May 13-May 17, 2013. The keynote speakers for this institute are N. Katherine Hayles and Lev Manovich, two foundational scholars in the field of digital studies. Other speakers are scholars of digital cultures who will speak to the institute’s themes, digital art and new media, electronic literature, digital scholarship and publishing, digital democracy, the Digital Divide and the politics of Big Data, the public humanities, and grant writing. The full institute schedule is available at

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