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Editors’ Choice: Articulating a Vision for Community-Engaged Data Curation in the Digital Humanities

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify critical elements in a conceptual model for a community-engaged data curation in the digital humanities, to propose a set of evaluation criteria that would act as guiding principles in pursuing such work in the future, and to explore ways in which community-engaged data curation practice can further the mission of public digital humanities. I selected 28 data curation projects taking place in the digital humanities as my study population and collected data in the form of observations from the project websites, seeking evidence of emergent themes related to the categories of data curation, digital humanities and community engagement. I adopted a grounded theory methodological approach with a pragmatist theoretical perspective, as such approaches aligned well with the evidence-based orientation of this research study.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Westcott based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Bobby Smiley, Sasha Frizzell, Melissa Norr, and Diego Sierra.