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Preservation for the (Digital) Ages


The preservation workflow

Researchers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and the University of Texas at Austin have developed an enhanced solution for the preservation of digital humanities databases.

Credit: Texas Advanced Computing Center

Researchers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and the University of Texas at Austin have collaborated to enhance the preservation of digital humanities databases.

The researchers say their solution preserves a vast database of Homeric speeches, including multivariate links between the texts and the insights developed over years of research.

The team's preservation approach enables the database to be relaunched in various settings--from individual computers to virtual machines to future Web servers--while keeping its interactive features intact.

The researchers note the data is saved independently from the interactive application, so students can reuse it in other technical and functional capacities.

The process dissociates the Web code from the data and re-implements the full application on different platforms. A scholar can reboot the application at a later date by activating a virtual machine image containing the application.

The solution was presented in June at the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2017) in Ontario, Canada.

From Texas Advanced Computing Center
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