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Title:Sustainability by design: Toward community-centered strategies for durable digital collections
Author(s):Thurston, Courtnie; Fenlon, Katrina
Contributor(s):Lakeland Community Heritage Project; Lakeland community; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
Subject(s):Digital Archives
Community Archives
Digital Preservation
Abstract:Thousands of digital humanities projects and digital community archiving initiatives have created diverse cultural heritage collections, which together constitute an extensive, scattered body of evidence of groups and histories that tend to be underrepresented in mainstream cultural institutions. Because they dwell outside of libraries and archives, these collections confront major barriers to sustainability. The vulnerability of community-centered digital collections compromises the completeness and equity of our collective digital memory. This poster presents a case study of one digital community archive, as part of an overarching investigation of community-centered strategies for sustaining digital collections over time. The Lakeland Digital Archive is an effort of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project to document a historic African American community by digitizing family records and gathering oral histories. This study aims to illuminate sustainability challenges and opportunities in the design and development of a digital community archive. The objectives of this research are to contribute conceptual and pragmatic guidance on community-centered sustainability, to promote dialog and collaboration among institutions and community collections, and ultimately to sustain a more diverse, distributed cultural record.
Issue Date:2021-03-17
Genre:Conference Poster
Sponsor:the Institute of Museum and Library Services (RE-246346-OLS-20)
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation “Community-centered strategies for sustaining digital humanities scholarship” project
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 is held by Courtnie Thurston and Katrina Fenlon. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-19

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