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Author(s) from Durham
This paper describes the results of research carried out
during the LAIRAH (Log analysis of Internet Resources
in the Arts and Humanities) project (
) which is based at UCL’s
School of Library Archive and Information Studies. It was a
fifteen month study (reporting in October 2006) to discover
what influences the long-term sustainability and use of digital
resources in the humanities through the analysis and evaluation
of real-time use.
At Digital Humanities 2006 we reported on the early stages of
the project, in which we carried out deep log analysis of the
AHDS and Humbul portals to determine the level of use of
digital resources. (Warwick et al. 2006) This proposal will
discuss the results of the final phase of the research in which
we examined digital resources from the point of view of those
who designed and built them. We aimed to discover whether there were common characteristics and elements of good practice
linking resources that are well- used.
Numerous studies have been carried out into the information
needs and information seeking practices of humanities scholars
(Barrett, (2005) Talja and Maula (2003), Herman (2001) and
British Academy, (2005)). However, our research is original
because it surveys the practices of those who produce digital
humanitiesresources. We also based the selection of our projects
on deep log analysis: a quantitative technique which has not
previously been applied to digital humanities resources to
ascertain real usage levels of online digital resources.