The benefits of ‘slow’ development : towards a best practice for sustainable technical infrastructure through the Davy Notebooks Project

Blickhan, Samantha and Bird, Eleanor and Lacey, Andrew and Wolf, Alexis (2024) The benefits of ‘slow’ development : towards a best practice for sustainable technical infrastructure through the Davy Notebooks Project. Notes and Records of the Royal Society. ISSN 0035-9149

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Abstract

In this article we consider technical development and its role in digital humanities research efforts. We critique the concept that ‘novel’ development is crucial for innovation and tie this thinking to the corporatization of higher education. We suggest instead that sustainable technical development practices require a combination of need, creativity and reuse of existing technical infrastructure. First, we present our theory of ‘slow’ development based on this need-driven approach, then demonstrate how this theory can be applied to digital humanities research efforts using the Davy Notebooks Project as a case study. By tracing the history of this multi-phase, public crowdsourcing project and exposing the decision-making process behind its technical development, we demonstrate the promise and possibility of the ‘slow’ method proposed. When read in conjunction with the other essays in this special issue, we hope that this article will demonstrate how digital humanities methods and technical infrastructure can support and sustain traditional modes of scholarship, and the importance of applying the same careful approach to technical development that is applied to research methods more broadly.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Notes and Records of the Royal Society
Uncontrolled Keywords:
/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1207
Subjects:
?? crowdsourcingpublic engagementpublic humanitiesproject managementdigital humanitieshistory and philosophy of science ??
ID Code:
219955
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Deposited On:
16 May 2024 11:35
Refereed?:
Yes
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Published
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21 Jun 2024 01:51