Ensuring Software Quality and Sustainability of DH Projects

moderated discussion / birds of a feather (BoF)
  1. 1. Julia Damerow

    Arizona State University

  2. 2. Diego Siqueira

    Service Center for Digital Humanities - Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster (University of Muenster / Munster)

  3. 3. Robert Casties

    Max Planck Institute for the History of Science / Institution Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

  4. 4. Malte Vogl

    Max Planck Institute for the History of Science / Institution Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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Many Digital Humanities projects involve the development of software or scripts. However, the development of software is often not understood as proper academic output that counts towards academic performance. In addition, software developers in DH often lack formal software engineering training, although not all concepts from the software development domain can be fully applied to DH research projects. This often leads to unmaintained or poorly written software that is hard or impossible to reuse by others. We propose a forum centered around the question of how the DH community can ensure code quality and sustainability beyond the limited and often temporary funding of DH projects. The discussion would be focusing on questions such as how the community can provide proper credit for coding related work, procedures to improve code quality and code sharing, and how scholars entering the field can receive training and support in programming related topics.

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Conference Info

In review

ADHO - 2020
"carrefours / intersections"

Hosted at Carleton University, Université d'Ottawa (University of Ottawa)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 20, 2020 - July 25, 2020

475 works by 1078 authors indexed

Conference cancelled due to coronavirus. Online conference held at https://hcommons.org/groups/dh2020/. Data for this conference were initially prepared and cleaned by May Ning.

Conference website: https://dh2020.adho.org/

References: https://dh2020.adho.org/abstracts/

Series: ADHO (15)

Organizers: ADHO