The life cycle of the Book of the Dead as a Digital Humanities resource

  • Ulrike Henny (Autor/in)
    Universität Würzburg
    Ulrike Henny studied Regional Sciences of Latin America at the University of Cologne and the University of Lisbon. As Research Associate at the Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH), she was responsible for the database development and programming of the Book of the Dead archive. Currently, she is a member of the Junior Research Group CLiGS (Computational Literary Genre Stylistics) at the University of Würzburg.
  • Jonathan Blumtritt (Autor/in)
    Universität zu Köln
    Jonathan Blumtritt studied History and Computer Science at the University of Jena, Autonomous University of Barcelona and University of Bonn. He worked for the Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH) since 2011 and contributed to the code of The Book of the Dead archive. At the Data Center for the Humanities (DCH), an institution of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cologne, he now cares for the sustainability and long term curation of digital humanities projects and their scholarly web applications.
  • Marcel Schaeben (Autor/in)
    Universität zu Köln
    Marcel Schaeben studied Philosophy, Psychology and Empirical Education Science at RWTH Aachen University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in European Multimedia Arts and Cultural Heritage Studies at the Universities of Cologne and Coimbra. He has been working as a research associate at the Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH) since 2012. He has taken on the legacy of the Book of the Dead web application and is responsible for its migration, security and long-term availability.
  • Patrick Sahle (Autor/in)
    Universität zu Köln
    Patrick Sahle studied History, Philosophy and Political Science in Cologne and Rome and holds a PhD in “Information processing in the Humanities”. He is an extraordinary professor for Digital Humanities at the University of Cologne where he works for the CCeH. There, he cares for the digital aspects of the long term research projects of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy for Science. In this role, he was responsible for the creation of the digital publication of the Book of the Dead project.

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This contribution tracks and analyzes the life cycle of the Book of the Dead as a digital project and a rather complex research resource. It gives an account of how the digital archive “Das altägyptische Totenbuch – Ein digitales Textzeugenarchiv” was constructed in the context of the digitization efforts of the Academy for Science of North Rhine-Westphalia. From the beginning, the design of the archive has factored in a life of the digital archive beyond its funding period and has sighted to create a sustainable information resource. The main issues to be discussed here are what experiences have been made with sustainability, use and reuse of the Book of the Dead archive since the official end of the project in December 2012, with a focus on conceptual, technical and organizational aspects. The lessons learned can be of interest for future undertakings in the creation of XML and web-based digital platforms in Digital Classics and beyond. In a nutshell, they are: (a) the importance of wary technological choices in an initial phase cannot be underestimated, (b) the application and presentation layers of a digital resource, if present, are an essential part of it, (c) a certain degree of commitment from the research community and funding bodies alike is indispensable for maintaining a web-based complex Digital Humanities resource.

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Zusätzliche Inhalte

Veröffentlicht
2017-11-02
Rubrik
Digital Classics Online Artikel
Sprache
en
Beitragende/r oder Sponsor
Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste; Universität Bonn; Arbeitsstelle Totenbuch; Cologne Center for eHumanities
Schlagworte
digital archive; sustainability; eXist; Egyptology; Book of the Dead