Heidi Dowding: Developing a Sustainable Model for Digital Scholarly Edition Publication and Dissemination


Hi there, my name is Heidi Dowding and I’m currently working as a DiXiT fellow at Huygens ING in the Hague under the advisory of Karina van Dalen-Oskam.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.  I most recently worked for the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) Program.

My project with DiXiT will involve developing a dynamic business model framework through which a digital scholarly edition can be sustained into the very long-term.  Current models generally support only the genesis of such projects, often through a grant or one-time fund allocation, but do not consider the costs of continuing to preserve and provide access to a digital edition.  This is where my research comes in.

While I’m still in the initial stages of my project, here’s a short presentation of what’s currently in the works:

Note that the slides go left to right and down – follow each section by going down, and then navigate to the right.  These slides can also be found here.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact me at @theglobal_lib.

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