The Digital Culture Program and the Social Science Research Council Labs has released its Doing Digital Scholarship (DoingDS) modules, a compilation of self-directed instructional resources aimed at scholars and students in the digital humanities and social sciences and their peers. The curriculum ranges from digital identity building to specific digital tools to developing projects for publication. It looks like a valuable resource for beginners or even advanced humanities and social science scholars looking to branch out into digital formats. Current practitioners might also find it useful for checking in on some of the latest work circulating in the field.
We were pleased to see one of our publications—Nicholas Bauch’s 2016 Enchanting the Desert, SUP’s first interactive scholarly work—cited as a prominent example in the module “Trends in Scholarly Communications.” The Project Lens exercise asks readers to browse the project and then follow some guided questions to consider some typical elements of digital projects including navigation, use of media, and credits.
As an intro, DoingDS is a good place to start, but authors should always consider what specific recommendations a publisher will have if the ultimate goal is to produce and publish a project that will persist. The reading lists and links to projects are perhaps the most valuable pieces of this project, so we’re glad to have representation there from our own authors. We’d love to see a future module on archiving digital projects using tools like Webrecorder or on working with an institutional or open digital repository for preservation. We look forward to following up on any updates to these modules as it’s still one of only a few resources like it out there for the digital scholarly community.
Jasmine Mulliken is Production and Preservation Manager, Digital Projects, at Stanford University Press. She coordinates the production and preservation workflow of born-digital projects, including recommending platforms and coding standards to authors, consulting with authors on projects’ technical attributes, and evaluating best practices for archiving and preservation.