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Webbs on the Web: Libraries, Digital Humanities and collaboration

Fay, E; Nyhan, J; (2015) Webbs on the Web: Libraries, Digital Humanities and collaboration. Library Review , 64 (1/2) 118 - 134. 10.1108/LR-08-2014-0089. Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose: This research makes a contribution to ongoing debates about the nature, value and potential of closer collaboration between digital humanities (DH) and the library sector by identifying and contextualising the types of new knowledge that were created through such a collaboration on the LSE’s Webbs on the Web project. • Methodology: a qualitative approach comprising a literature review; a case study of Webbs on the Web; a summary and analysis of results of user testing; and a critical analysis of the collaboration itself. • Findings A deeper understanding of the complementary skills of library professionals and DH researchers and how they may best be utilised in digital library development will lead, ceteris paribus, to richer and more fit for purpose digital scholarly resources. This is exemplified by Webbs on the Web, where the unique but complementary perspectives that such groups brought to user testing enhanced the usability of the resource for a wide range of audiences. Furthermore, the kinds of collaborations that characterised this project reflect broader changes in academic communities and digital library development and a host of mutually beneficial outcomes can be pursued as a result of such changes.

Type: Article
Title: Webbs on the Web: Libraries, Digital Humanities and collaboration
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/LR-08-2014-0089
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/LR-08-2014-0089
Language: English
Keywords: Digital Humanities; Collaboration; Digital Libraries; User Studies; Digital Resources in the Humanities
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1452689
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