POST: Guidelines for Digital Dissertations in History

Sharon Leon (Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media) has written a post discussing the genesis of the newly-released “Digital Dissertation Guidelines” for George Mason University’s History and Art History Department. Leon points to some of the materials that were consulted in developing the guidelines, though she ends on a cautionary note:

[W]e still have serious issues to address in the realm of official deposit and preservation of digital dissertation work. This is usually the responsibility of the university library, but very few institutions are equipped to ingest and provide access to web archives, or to provide emulators for other kinds of digital work. Digital humanities scholars are going to need to enter into a serious conversations with our university librarians and institutional repository administrators to develop a official submission process that preserves digital dissertation work.

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