48 · Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
22. Does your library preserve all digital humanities project resources that are produced in-house?
Yes 27 59%
No 19 41%
Again, this is in-process. We currently have active Fedora installations and are working on developing workflows for
ingest of assets.
Assets not platforms.
Most digital humanities projects are maintained on servers and sustainable open source platforms.
Once we commit to the project (time, budget, personnel), we expect to provide for the preservation of the collection.
We also use the state’s consortial digital archiving system.
Yes, BUT there are occasions when a digital humanities project may not warrant preservation. The library is working to
deﬁne the circumstances in which we may opt not to preserve a digital resource once it has been completed.
Large-scale projects are preserved, and we have an Institutional Repository which is capable of preserving certain
outputs and ﬁle types. Many smaller DH projects are undoubtedly underway that use library resources but do not
involve library staff in a signiﬁcant way.
Not for all projects. Some projects for the Special Collections Research Center are archived.
Only selective projects created at the DHC are saved. However, LDPD as well as CCNMTL and CDRS project are saved,
as a rule.
Some (not all).
Some projects go into our repository software, and so are preserved. Others are more ephemeral, such as web exhibits.
The library intends digital preservation; however, the library is currently in discussions about its digital preservation
This is an enormous issue for us at the moment. In the past we have implicitly (though not explicitly) assumed the library
would provide long term preservation support over both the data used in and applications built by digital humanities
projects. However, we are now looking to more clearly outline when this will be a service we provide and when it will
not. When we do preserve the output, we employ many of the strategies listed in the 2nd part of this question (that one
only answers if one checked ‘yes’ for this ﬁrst part).