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Preserving Your Digital Scholarship Projects

Preserving Your Digital Scholarship Projects In-Person / Online

Don't lose all that hard work you've put into creating a digital scholarship project! With all the moving parts involved, digital scholarship projects can “break” two or three years after completion when preservation concerns aren’t considered. Websites require maintenance, platforms like Omeka and StoryMaps need version updates, file formats become obsolete – making projects interactive and accessible over the long-term can be complex.

In this roundtable discussion, we’ll explore challenges in preserving digital scholarship projects, as well as tools & approaches to supporting their long-term access and use. We’ll conclude with a sandbox session where we share case studies and respond to participant questions.

Details: This hybrid workshop will be recorded. The recording will be posted to the Sherman Centre's Online Learning Catalogue.

Facilitator Bios:

Danica Evering holds expansive experience with research support, education, project management, advocacy, and knowledge translation; with fluency in social practice art, healthcare, community research, data, and systems development. Danica supports students, postdocs, faculty, and staff with RDM through the data lifecycle—Data Management Plans, storage and backup, data security, data sharing. With an MA in Media Studies from Concordia, they are interested in fostering RDM within curious scholars and disciplines.

John Fink is Digital Scholarship Librarian at McMaster University. 

Devon Mordell is an educational developer with the MacPherson Institute, drawing on her experience in media art, hobbyist programming and instructional design to teach workshops for the Sherman Centre. She has also trained as a digital archivist and given workshops on digital exhibits and computational text analysis for the Canadian archival community.

Isaac Pratt (he/him) is a research scientist by training and has a PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology. He leverages nearly a decade of interdisciplinary research experience to help support students, staff, and faculty. His expertise lies in questions surrounding data storage, security, planning, archival, and sharing. Isaac also provides support and curation services for McMaster Dataverse. His other interests include reproducible research methods, open science, and data science.

Bridget Whittle is the Digital Archives Librarian and has worked at McMaster since 2012. Bridget holds an MA in Medieval Studies and a MISt in Archives and Records Management from the University of Toronto. The focus of her work touches on the many places the digital world and archives intersect--archiving born-digital content, managing digitized materials, and exploring new tools created by technology to explore and expand our access to archival material.


Wednesday, May 1, 2024
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship (1st Floor, Mills Library)
  DMDS     SCDS Sponsored Events     Workshops  

Registration is required. There are 23 in-person seats available. There are 4 online seats available.

More information on Sherman Centre Events can be found on the SCDS Events page.


The Sherman Centre and the McMaster University Library are committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for its presenters and participants. As a participant in this session, you agree to support and help cultivate an experience that is collaborative, respectful, and inclusive, as well as free of harassment, discrimination, and oppression. We reserve the right to remove participants who exhibit harassing, malicious or persistently disruptive behaviour. Please refer to our code of conduct webpage for more information.

Event Organizer

Bridget Whittle
Danica Evering

Research Data Management

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Isaac Pratt

Isaac Pratt is a Research Data Management Specialist. Isaac holds a PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology, and has research experience is in biomedical science and social science, specifically in Physics, Biological Anthropology, and Anatomy. He is available to help with any RDM related questions including data management planning, data storage & backup, data security, and data deposit and sharing. Isaac is a member of MREB and can help with questions about data management for ethics and sensitive data.

John Fink
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Jason Brodeur

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