Laying the Foundations of the DH Commons’ Web Presence: Towards a hybrid service-research model that reacts with agility to the needs of researchers and their desire to collaborate

Digital scholarship centers are becoming more pervasive at academic libraries. It is only recently that
library staff at KU Leuven Libraries Artes decided to implement a DH initiative in their institution, the
Digital Humanities Commons; with the intention of fostering digital projects across faculty boundaries.
To help the DH Commons continue to grow, developing a web presence is an important first step. In
order to build a website which is embedded in the Digital Scholarship Organization landscape and is
useful for the specific context at KU Leuven, a set of guidelines and recommendations are needed about
the type of information that should be included when posting projects on the website. To complete this
aim, I conducted a case study wherein I subjected a sample set of five digital scholarship center websites
to content analysis. The result of the study is an interpretivist qualitative analysis of projects posted
across digital scholarship center websites, and a set of recommendations for the DH Commons website
at KU Leuven Libraries Artes.

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