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Sustaining DH

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Posted by: University of Pittsburgh
Deadline: Fri, May 17th, 2019

Sustaining DH

An NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

University of Pittsburgh, December 10-11, 2018 Georgia Institute of Technology, January 17-18, 2019 Oklahoma State University, February 28-March 1, 2019 Brown University, April 4-5, 2019 Brigham Young University, May 16-17, 2019

The ongoing sustainability of digital humanities projects is of critical concern to archivists, librarians, and digital humanities practitioners alike. This NEH ODH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities is designed to help such professionals create sustainability plans and address preservation concerns at any point in the life of a digital humanities project.

These workshops will be based on the Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap (STSR), a sustainability project housed in the Visual Media Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh. The STSR is a structured group exercise that guides participants through the practice of creating effective sustainability plans. It is based on research findings that demonstrate that the needs of a project’s social infrastructure must be addressed alongside the needs of its technological infrastructure in order to successfully sustain digital work over time.

The Sustaining DH project team has selected host institutions from across the contiguous United States in an effort to reach the largest, most diverse number of participants. We strongly encourage participation from humanists and librarians who work with underrepresented communities or who are being trained to work with diverse, expansive publics.

Each Sustaining DH Workshop is designed to accommodate approximately 25 people, most working in teams of two or three, and will focus on attracting participants from the region surrounding the chosen sites. We will be able to offer $1,000 travel bursaries to those participants who will need to travel in from the local area. We expect the participants who attend this workshop to leave not only with a well-documented and effective sustainability strategy for their digital work, but also with the ability to employ the Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap for all of their projects on an ongoing basis.

Further information on the application dates for each workshop and application requirements can be found on the Institute’s website. Should you have any additional questions about the workshops and/or the application process, please do not hesitate to be in touch with the Institute’s facilitators, Alison Langmead, Aisling Quigley, and Chelsea Gunn, at

We will also be holding weekly “virtual office hours” after October 1, 2018 during which we will be available to answer questions about both this NEH-funded Institute and also any digital-humanities-focused sustainability questions you might have. Please check the Institute’s website for further information about the dates and virtual locations for this avenue of assistance.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted on Tue, September 25th, 2018
Expires on Fri, May 17th, 2019

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